Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Doodle

This merry holiday season I thought about getting my dog an ugly Christmas sweater. Above is what I suspect his reaction would have been. I thought better of said idea and got him a giant bone instead. Below is what his Christmas actually looked like. 

Happy Holidays! 

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dutch Red

Here's a portrait of my friend Anne (who is a kick-ass illustrator, by the way. I highly recommend clicking that linky link).

Alright, so here's the deal. I was trying to do another traditionally animated lip sync and I got ridiculously frustrated with it. So, I decided to not touch it at all today and instead paint something (which is something I hadn't been able to do since the summer!).

Monday, December 10, 2012

Simple Poly Trifecta

 I modeled, textured, and rigged this vegan-milk-carton dude for our sophomore simple poly assignment. Spent around three weeks animating this guy and it was a blast! Here's a compilation of his jump, walk, and turn.

On a non-animation related note, expect a huge concept post this next week! 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Primitive Theater

Primitive Theater from Millie González on Vimeo.

Hur, hur, hur, it's primitive theater time! I animated some bunnies and lightsabers, because I could.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ball Bouncing

Here's my first Computer Animation I assignment and my first animation in Maya. So far, animation is pretty fun. I dig it.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pug Walk Cycle

This is my exaggerated pug walk cycle for Traditional Animation II. Also, pugs are the coolest dogs ever. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Maimou and the dolphin

I am aware I haven't given my blog some lovin' in a while, but here's the first post of the school year. Just some character sheets for our first Concept Development assignment and some dolphin silhouettes

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Art Brawl

So, me and my friend, Kevin, have been giving each other little art challenges to keep us from slacking off during the summer. These are some of my favorites from the ones I have done. The one above is a caricature of Kevin. The challenge was to just draw each other. 

Challege: Draw yourself in the style of Gravity Falls (which is, by the way, one of the best animated TV shows out there). This one was probably the funnest to do. 

 Challenge: Awkward date scene. 
Challenge: Draw a mermaid. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

One Odd Pinup

I was doing some mostly-landscape paintings and was feeling pretty bummed about them, so I resorted to doodling...and then this happened.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Monsters and Aliens, oh my.

Oh hey, character designs! I barely ever draw creatures, so I decided to step away from human characters and try to make some cool monsters/aliens. I started with the silhouettes above and then translated those to an actual drawing. This whole process was really quick. Everything took me less than an hour to make. Below are the three designs I liked the most. I tried to step away from cute...but that didn't work at all.

Also, bonus 5 minute Korra sketch; because, why not?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Plantains Make Everything Better

Just a quick still life painting. I tried to focus first on value and then on color, eliminating detail from my priority list. Overall, I had a lot of fun doing this quick piece; maybe it was because of the plantains.

I mean seriously, you should try them sometime. They are delicious.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Doggies with Hobbies

Ha! I made it rhyme.

This is a just-for-fun piece. I just wanted to make something fun and most preferably involving dogs and their careers. It was definitely a nice break from summer classes and overall academic studies. I will also be printing it on some canvas fabric soon for a little project I have so I might post pictures of that later.

In all seriousness though, what would your dog's career be?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A portrait and shtuff.

Just a quick painting I did of my good friend Megan. I tried doing this in color, but quickly ran away from it. I just wanted to focus on likeness and shape without having color get in the way. Plus, it's always fun drawing friends you miss!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Nervous Groom

Just a quick doodle done under an hour. I used a Cup O'Doodle...well, doodle as the base. I think I'll start doing more of these. It's a nice break from all the academic studies I've been doing. (:

Monday, May 14, 2012

Legend of Korra

My friend Adele and I arbitrarily proclaimed today Fan Art Monday and taking into consideration that I am currently obsessed with Legend of Korra I had to make some Korra fan art. I tried mostly using the lasso and paint bucket tool which was pretty fun. I liked doing such a loose sketch, nothing was really planned too much, which was pretty cool. 

Also, can it just be Saturday already?

Still Life

One of the many still lifes that I will (hopefully) be posting during the summer. I feel like I want to work on this more and fix some of the colors (and add that one object I left out). But, for now, I'll call this finished.
This is a photograph of the objects I arranged.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

My current state of mind

Whenever something isn't going as planned, I just like to leave the project as is and either play music or draw something fun. This time I chose to do a quick (and eerily accurate) self-portrait. Can you tell I've been having some issues with colors?

Monday, May 7, 2012

Juana the Frog

This is my 3D Design final. We had to invent a character, sculpt it, and then make an environment for it. I chose to make a snobbish and pretentious frog who always looked down on anyone who isn't at her level of sophistication.

Original concept sketches and illustration, complete with a brief summary of her character

 Sculpture turn-around
Final image

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Blade Runner: A Color Study

I've been attempting to do some color studies from movies for a while now. Usually, I would get frustrated half-way and never finish them. After all those failures, I decided it was time to stick with one until I finished it; this is the result! 'Tis a color study from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. No color picking or tracing, as it should be.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cup O' Doodle?

I found this blog the other day called Cup O' Doodle the other day and quickly became fascinated by it. They basically make random shapes/scribbles and them turn them into awesome art! My friend Kevin and I decided to give it a try. We chose the same scribble, just to see what we came up with and this is what I have! You can also check out what Kevin did here

Thursday, May 3, 2012

An Analysis on Rango

As part of our History of Animation class at Ringling we had to pick a scene from a computer animated film and analyze it as much as we could. I thought it was a pretty cool project and I wanted to share some knowledge with all of you. So, warning, this is a HUGE post! I just hope I don't get sued for posting pictures from the art book on here.

Rango in the Terrarium

The back story on Rango

Rango is the Academy Award-winning story of a pet chameleon that is trying to find out who he is through acting. He is constantly faking his character and confidence, but under that bravado lays a troubled chameleon that has no idea who he is. It isn’t until a twist of events propels him out of his owner’s car that he finds himself more lost than ever, but this time in a real desert rather than his terrarium. Lost in the strange town of Dirt, this little chameleon takes the character of brave Rango, a Western outlaw who isn’t afraid of anything.
              I picked to analyze the movie Rango, because ever since the first time I saw it, I fell in love with its unique story and characters. The movie was very different than most animated films, since it’s not necessarily meant for everyone. Crash McCreery’s character designs were very realistic and rather strange, compared to most characters in animated films. It was definitely an unusual movie, but in terms of storytelling and animation, it is one of the greatest. The movie was made by Industrial Light and Magic, a company that focuses primarily in special effects rather than feature-length character animation, making it their first fully animated film.

 The Terrarium: Explained
The scene goes from 1:54 to 5:37

 The first scene in the movie, Rango in the Terrarium, introduces the character in one of the most brilliant of ways. In this sequence, the filmmakers present all of Rango’s different personalities; from the acclaimed hero, to a sea captain, to an anthropologist, and even a Spanish womanizer. From the first shots, the audience expects the movie to look very simple and cartoony, but it is actually the exact opposite. This scene presents the main conflict (Rango getting lost in the desert) in one of the most creative ways possible. In Rango’s eyes, conflict is the most important part of the story and its characters. As he mentioned during his epiphany: “The hero cannot exist in a vacuum”. During the first five minutes of the movie, Rango is living in this vacuum. A vacuum that doesn’t allow him to develop as a “person”. When the terrarium falls from the back of the car and breaks, it literally breaks Rango’s bubble and thrusts him into his own personal conflict. I specially found this storytelling mechanism to be very smart, creative, and appealing.

The team

     Kevin Martel was the lead animator for the character of Rango and Geoff Hemphill (seen on the upper left hand corner acting out a shot in the terrarium scene) was one of the many animators who worked on the movie and, more specifically, in this scene. I had a chance to have an e-mail interview with Geoff, in which he explained his experience working with this sequence which will soon be posted online.  Click through for Geoff Hemphill’s Rango Animation Reel
That's Geoff acting out reference for his shot. 

The look and set

The director, Gore Verbinski, wanted this first scene to look very safe and family friendly. He wanted the set to look very clean and perfect in contrast with the rest of the film. When asked about it he said: “It’s a sucker punch. We played to the conventions of an animated film and then abruptly shattered them.” Everything in this scene is made of plastic, making it look like a very sterile and safe environment; something that soon changes. Rango tries to breathe life into this set, by giving the inanimate objects around him different personalities.

The character

     The final version of Rango was designed by Crash McCreery and first brought to life through storyboards and then placed in a fully rendered animated film. Physically, Rango has certain traits that make him special. One eye is bigger than the other one and is constantly offset and looking to the side.  Also, his tail is an extension of his emotions; if he is sad, it will be dragging on the ground and if he is upbeat, it will be upright (both which can be seen in this scene). Emotionally, Geoff Hemphill considers him to be a “faker”; someone who constantly tries to fake confidence but who also has certain mannerisms that give him away. In this scene, Rango goes from being an energetic hero who saves an “emotionally unstable maiden” to a chameleon who shows his true feelings when he realizes he has no friends or family, just a couple of plastic objects.
      Rango’s character obviously dictated a lot of story choices in the rest of the movie. Since the main character is an “acting geek”, there’s a lot of homage shots throughout the film and the first one is found in the terrarium scene when he is acting with the Barbie doll (putting her hand on his knee and pretending she was flirting with him, a clear reference to Singing in the Rain’sMake ‘Em Laugh” sequence.

The animation
     When asking Geoff Hemphill about the animation process in general, he made big emphasis on using reference to make the acting look believable. For Rango, the director actually filmed the voice actors interpreting their characters.
      The animation in Rango is very subtle and realistic, rather than wacky and cartoony and this gives way for some beautiful performances. ILM is essentially a visual effects studio and that definitely shows in the movie (not in a bad way, of course). The terrarium scene is characterized by the beautiful slow motion water shots after Rango is propelled out of the back of the car. It’s certainly an image that stays with the audience.  

As part of my project, I also made this animatic (of sorts). After this assignment, I can safely say I can quote this scene word by word now. 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Rats, Owls, and the End of the Semester

This is officially the last day of my Freshman year at Ringling. It's been a pretty weird day, but satisfying nonetheless. I feel like I have accomplished and learned a lot, even if I haven't slept much. Ringling is where I've always wanted to be and it's great to be surrounded by people that are so talented and passionate. Here's my Drawing II final, which coincidentally was the last one to be finished and the first one to be posted.

The assignment was to reinterpret the Trojan Horse story. So, I chose rats, owls and a giant piece of cheese do the job! And this is the result.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

In the jungle, the mighty jungle...

Jungle Gardens might be a small little zoo in Sarasota, FL, but it sure is fun to bike over there and draw their animals. They don't have a very big collection, but they have a lot of loud birds and some interesting reptiles and lemurs. Oh! and one single spider monkey.

Here are some gestural drawings from my two visits to Jungle Gardens the past week.

 And here are some squematic drawings that are based more on construction.
By the way, flamingos are far scarier than they seem. Especially when they are nibbling on your sketchbooks and looking at you with their beady eyes.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Don't Mess with my Bubble Gun!

Monster in the bedroom perspective assignment.

In which a girl imagines her stuffed animal has grown to massive proportions as she, playfully, tries to fight him off with a bubble gun. Will she be able to defeat him?

And now, for process:

First crappy thumbnail

Second pass. 

Final linework

Work-in-progress. Much experimentation with a "chalky" brush. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A New Approach to Figure

In Figure Drawing II, we have been turning observational drawings into different characters. In this assignment, we had to incorporate the character into an environment that fit the mood and the person's personality. This is the end result.

Also, Cintiqs are amazing. I missed them so much.