21 November 2011 @ 09:42 pm
CTN Expo report  
Phew...finally back from CTN Expo over the weekend! Which of course means it's time for a con report...

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

So yeah, all in all, another great con! Here is hoping next year goes even better for me.

Drawing: Commission work mostly, plus other things

Writing: Taggles again
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: MST3K - Earth vs the Spider
Current Location: Lynxland
17 November 2011 @ 07:53 pm
Crazy weekend coming up...  
Aaaah, tomorrow I'll be off for three days at CTN Animation Expo! I always like this con even if it drives me to mad jealousy with how much amazing, droolworthy talent is there. I'm really hoping that certain things go well, though! And I hope I'm prepared enough...I've got new business cards, portfolios, plus my proof copy of LG for whoever wants to see it. And I'll likely give some manner of con report when I'm back Sunday night. If you happen to be going, I hope I see you there!

Our family is keeping a new doggie for a week, to see if she's a good fit for her and if we want to adopt her! She's a rescue dog, a swiss mountain dog mixed with something else; probably an American bull terrier. She's a huge sweetie, (and a huge dog in general!) and she's nervous about a lot of things right now because new house/new people/new smells and all that deal. But she just wants love! If we keep her, I think we'll be naming her Sophie.

Kia and I have got up another episode of our KH2 LP:

All Hearts - Merlin, Yen Sid and Pluto )

Under-covers drawings 225-233 )

Drawing: Tons of commission stuff, and occasional All Hearts

Writing: Just tags
Current Mood: rushed
Current Music: MST3K - Daddy-O
Current Location: Lynxland
22 November 2010 @ 11:44 am
CTN expo report  
Aaaand I am back from the con! It was a busy weekend, so I slept pretty late this morning, but it's all good. So, may as well do it now while most stuff is still fresh in my mind (and also to get it out of the way), here's the con report for this year's CTN Expo!

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

Swag )

Overally, a totally fun weekend, both inspiring and exhausting since you get to see first-hand just how many amazing artists are out there in the industry. But I'll definitely head back next year.

Drawing: Got so much stuff I want to work on now I don't even know where to start...

Writing: And same here. |D
Current Location: Lynxland
Current Music: The Beatles - Come Together
Current Mood: tired
18 November 2010 @ 09:03 pm
Always-necessary going-to-con post  
As you may have guessed from my chatting about it, CTN Animation Expo starts tomorrow, so don't expect to see me at all this weekend. It should be a bunch of fun; we'll see how much my wallet is hurting after a weekend of so many delishus and shiny art books and comics and prints and aaaaaaahhh! And seeing people I haven't seen in awhile, and seeing incredible artists being incredible! Also maybe will meet some new dudes; who knows. Sadly I'll be missing the new Harry Potter movie, but hopefully I can see it soon next week. 'Cause new Harry Potter movie is always fun.

But before I go, have some more arts for the reindeer story as I continue to puzzle stuff out. Including some villains this time...

Reindeer, elves and monsters )

Will probably write more on them later, too. For now...AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH CONNNNNNNNN

Drawing: Just this stuff, 10HAD, more when I can

Writing: Plotty things
Current Location: Lynxland
Current Mood: hopeful
22 November 2009 @ 06:09 pm
CTN Animation Expo!  
So yesterday ended up actually being pretty awesome!

I Got up early and headed over to the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank, and spent pretty much the entire day there! I wasn't sure what to expect with this con (there really wasn't much to expect anyway, since it was the first one), but it was pretty much like all of my favorite things about Comic Con, except condensed into a mere fraction of the space and people involved, with less line-waiting, more professionals and no crazies. I was pretty much surrounded by people so much more talented than me, which is both agonizing and inspiring. 8o

Considering I was only able to do one day there, I did as much as I could! Got into the Dreamworks' Production Design panel, which was on their design process for "How To Train Your Dragon" and how they went through three different levels of development as the story kept changing. I actually wasn't aware how much influence Chris Sanders had in that, but after seeing lots of it, yeah there's definitely lots of his work influence. (To say nothing of Toothless the dragon looking quite a bit like Stitch!) We got free signed lithographs of some production work from that. 8D

The other panel I waited a bit for was the Pixar Story artists panel, which was basically like five story artists talking about their story process. It's kind of interesting and encouraging how many of them are into comics, utilize their comics work in story, or both. All their advice and stuff seems like it should be obvious when you create stories for movies, yet is so difficult for people to follow for some reason!

Also went to the Character Designer's panel, which included people like Harald Siepermann and Andreas Deja, and they also spilled a bunch on how they did their design process. So the panels were gooood.

And then the exhibit hall AAAAAAAAAH. MY POOR WALLET SUFFERED. Because seriously, I walked in and it was like HEY LOOK Stephen Silver Claire Wendling Sergio Toppi Peter de Seve David Coleman etc. etc. A THOUSAND ARTISTS YOU REALLY LIKE ARE SELLING THEIR CRAP HERE, COME BUY IT ALL, SUCKERRRRR. I was mostly good and only came away with a Wendling sketchbook, a Disney/Pixar artist comic anthology (the sequel to Rocket Johnson), and one of Pascal Campion's sketchbooks because he's a really sweet guy. OH YEAH, and all the free a HUGEASS PRINCESS AND THE FROG POSTER OH YEAH. I also ran into a ton of people I hadn't seen in awhile, including people from Gnomon that I'd been meaning to say hi to. I stopped by the Sony Animation booth and passed along my stuff, and seemed to get a decently good reaction, although it didn't really go one way or the other.

Also uh, while I was there, I was pretty much introduced to Shane Acker and got to talk with him and we had this whole convo about what he's working on next. 8DDDD

The con was also showing off a ton of character maquettes, with some really oldschool stuff as well as stuff from the new Alice and Wonderland. They were also doing live demos, so I got to sit for an hour and just watch Andreas Deja draw various Disney characters and relate anecdotes about what it was like designing and drawing them. 8D

I finally finished off the day by deciding to stay late for the movie screenings, which were Don Bluth's Banjo the Woodpile Cat, and The Secret of Kells, both of which I hadn't seen before. I don't think either were super-strong on story, but animation-wise MORE than made up for it. Especially Secret of Kells, OMFGGGGGG. That whole movie was just ridiculous eye candy, with some mesmerizing animation, and getting to watch it in a full theater full of animators who applauded at the end was nothing short of awesome.

SO YEAH, GOOD TRIP. If they hold it again next year I'm definitely making an effort to go back, since it WAS all the best professional stuff about Comic Con for me condensed down into a small enough package to be both manageable and fun!

Drawing: Lunargyros and commissions still

Writing: Cards
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: Majora's Mask speedrun