I attended Lightbox Expo this weekend at the Pasadena Convention center. Simply stated it was a mind blowingly awesome event!!
What a gathering of immensely talented artists in one roof. The organization of the expo was amazing for being it’s maiden year. Big tip of the hat to Bobby Chiu, the team at Schoolism, and Emerald City Comic Con founder Jim Demonakos. Demo/talks were great, well organized. Great tech support was overwhelmingly present. It was hard to choose which talk/demo because there were so many extraordinary presenters at the same time.
It was such an inspirational event!! I’m looking forward to next years already!
Comic-con turns 50. It was an amazing weekend filled with great talks, amazing artists, and tons of people dressed up as their favorite characters. Here’s some highlights of this years Con for us and some swag we got along the way.
A former student of mine, Emma Wittwer, shared with me a great link of awesome Photoshop tutorials by PiXimperfect on YouTube. He has over a 1 million subscribers so he is definitely doing something right. Continue reading “Photoshop tutorials”
Happy MLK Day everyone.
In the new year, I noticed my Laptop’s hard drive was getting pretty close to full. I looked into getting another hard drive to help the battle, then I worked on another project went to say my files and BAM…I couldn’t save the file I had maxed out my old drive space. So I’ve spent the last couple days organizing my files, moving things around, and such.
Crisis averted for now. I have to spend some time looking into a better scenario than just buying another external hard drive to back up data. I’ve got multiple multiple backup drives now. So I’ll start digging into this now, but if anyone has any good solutions they’ve done I’m all ears.
Well, another holiday extravaganza has come and went. 2018 is now a distant memory as we embrace 2019!!
So now I have to ask what are your New Year’s resolutions? What should we all begin the year focusing on?
What did we accomplish in 2018. For me, I am very happy and thankful for much of this past year. Remember to look back at your 2018 goals/resolutions and see how close you came to reaching them. Celebrate your successes and strategize where you fell short so that this year you may achieve. There are goals I missed and others I succeeded at. Make sure you are specific in your resolutions. The more detail makes them more concrete.
Enjoy this New Year!! This is the last year of the “teens”. Make the most out of it.
My wife and I just finished attending Comic Con in San Diego this weekend. It still doesn’t disappoint. Just an amazing gathering of artists, companies, and fans. I also enjoy catching up with fellow friends there.
Every year there is something new to see and enjoy. Continue reading “Convention Summer”
Sorry for no post last week. As some of you know, my wife and I have had our hands full. Two Mondays ago, there was a fire at our house. Luckily we weren’t living in it yet, but it was still traumatic. Good news, no one was hurt and the fire did not spread to any of our neighbors’ houses. Bad news, pretty much half of the house is gone. Continue reading “When the unexpected hits”
Well, it’s hard sometimes, right? Picking things up and starting fresh.Leaving places of comfort and trust. Going on to the great unknown.
The sad moments of saying goodbye to friends of many many years, walking around the campus with it’s familiar twists and turns, pulling into the parking lot on muscle memory in the morning. All gone now, except for years of wonderful memories, fantastic projects worked on, and friends to last a lifetime.
Today, I start an exciting new adventure of working for Disney Animation Studios. I am profoundly honored to be working for another such distinguished Animation studio.
And extremely terrified. I mean it’s Disney! I remember growing up watching all the classic movies this studio has produced. The old “Wonderful World of Disney” show on TV; where you could see behind curtain on how they made their animated movies, created the wonderful animatronics and rides of Disney Imagineering team, and the man himself, Walt Disney. Ninety six years of history and legacy illuminated into the world with their animation, film, television, theme parks, and more!
Such iconic characters (new and old), the history of Disney is nothing short of spectacular. The home that the Nine Old Men walked down and influenced for the annuals of Animation.
I used to have the book, “The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation“. It was a fabulous book that I would poor over daily. It was always a dream to work for Disney some day. I was and am deeply honored to have had worked for Dreamworks Animation for over 10 years and to now work for Disney Animation is like winning the lottery for a second time.
All I can say I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work within these hallowed halls and hope to add some of that Disney magic that so many greater than I have shared for all to enjoy.
I was lucky enough to attend Gnomon’s “An Afternoon with Epic Games in the Unreal Engine” on June 15th. Andy Hess and Luis Cataldi gave an Introduction to Unreal, a four-hour lecture/workshop. They covered the basics of the program, UI, simple land creation, texturing, and how to incorporate game play/game mechanics. I have been interested in an having an excuse to look more deeply into Unreal and the VR applications of it along with game play.
This event inspired me to look more closely at Unreal and what others have done. A co-worker showed me the amazing “A Boy and his Kite” demo back in 2015. This is stellar. The astounding work put into this. There is an amazing making of for it as well:
Great to watch because it closely linked back to the photogrammetry work I’ve been looking into. The level that they went in terms Continue reading “An Afternoon with Epic Games in Unreal Engine”
A co-worker friend, Brian, invited me to a recent Gnomon live event. It was by Alex Alvarez, Owner/Creator of Gnomon, talking about Creating Natural 3d Environments.
You can watch this event on Livestream in multiple places, either on Gnomon website or Livestream.
HIGHLY recommend anyone to watch Continue reading “Gnomon Live Event: Creating Natural 3d Evironments”