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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Animation History: Silly Symphony- Little Hiawatha

About a couple of years ago I attended one of my former life drawing instructor's art show openings, Ruel Pascual,  at the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Ruel is one of the most talented artists I have ever met, and I consider myself lucky to of had the privilege of his tutelage. He has spent the past couple of years working on Star Wars (the video games and movie I believe) for Disney Interactive.

Anyways, seeing as how I am an Animator with a Bachelor's of Science in Media Arts & Animation, and being that Van Eaton Galleries is one of the world's premier Animation Art Dealers, I couldn't help but to browse their catalogs for nostalgic purposes.

While I was on vacation at the time and wasn't actually planning on buying any artwork, once I was there flipping through original works by Chuck Jones, Disney's Nine Old Men, Hanna Barbera, etc. etc, I just could not leave the gallery without my very own piece of Animation History for my private art collection.

That being said, I ended up purchasing two original Yogi Bear keyframes/ poses, as well as this Silly Symphony's Little Hiawatha compilation sheet of Action Sketches/ key poses.

Little Hiawatha has always had a soft spot in my heart as this was one of the first animations I remember having watched as a child back when Disney Channel used to actually play archival animations and films (if you are old enough to remember this).

Little Hiawatha is a 10-20 minute film from the Silly Symphony collection. It is about a Native American Child who is hunting a baby bear through what appears to be the forests of the Pacific Northwest. As "grizzly" as this sounds, it is filled with hilarious antics and exemplifies the 12 principles of animation at every second.

Below is the full length version of the Cartoon I found on Youtube. If you are not familiar with the Silly Symphony collection this is a great introduction. 

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts about Little Hiawatha. I hope you enjoy this animation as much as I do :) Also, If you are ever in Los Angeles, I highly recommend visiting the gallery. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly and there are always new galleries of contemporary artwork as well. This sheet of Action Sketches is something I truly treasure and brings a smile to my face every time I see it hanging on my walls.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

3d Architectural and Interior Visualization: Tron Suite and Concrete Penthouse

As I mentioned in my previous post I have been working in the Architecture and Interior Design industry for the past couple of years.

If you follow my blog from its beginnings you know that when I first graduated from school (back in 2010) I worked for a couple of years doing Retail Design for a company called Ayalas Inc.

After a hiatus from interior design/ architecture, during which I worked on 3d Illustrations and Motion Graphics (as well as 2d illustration, 3d animation, and graphic design) for a internet startup/ website that is about to launch called, I re-entered the Architecture/ Interior Design business with Steelman Partners, one of the highest grossing and productive Hospitality Design companies in the world.

Since my beginnings with Steelman Partners, my 3d and Design skills have grown exponentially on a daily basis. I currently find myself in charge of 2-5 projects at a time, ranging from visualizing hotel rooms, hotel lobbies, casinos, nightclubs, spas, and shopping malls. 

Some days I model 10+ pieces of highly detailed furniture, chandeliers, sculptures, or even whole interior spaces.

While I do not post much of my professional work due to non-disclosures during the design and build process, I wanted to start sharing some of the 3d models I have been making as well as some projects I have been doing in my spare time.

Below are a couple of interior spaces for penthouse/ hotel concepts that I designed and created in my spare time using %100 assets that I modeled, textured, and created lighting for myself.

Both are works in progress, as are all great works of art. For these I used 3ds Max and V-Ray.

Please feel free to let me know what you think. As I mentioned, both are works in progress and I will be updating them as I have more spare time for personal work. 

If you have any questions about techniques used please feel free to email me or comment. I have been having a lot of fun with these designs and I look forward to posting some of my professional projects sometime in the near future.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Abstract 3d Artwork- A study in the color White

Hello friends!

It is crazy to think a whole year has gone by since my last post. Thank you for keeping the blog alive in my absence.

A little over a year ago I obtained a position as a 3d Artist with a local Architecture Firm, Steelman Partners in Las Vegas, NV.

Since then I have done Architectural Visualization work daily on projects ranging from hotels, casinos, nightclubs, restaurants, resorts, pools, mansions, etc. etc.

Over the course of the year I have visualized over 50 projects! Needless to say, I am very sleepy; however, this is extremely fulfilling work.

I am going to be posting on a regular basis again. While I can't post any work online yet as many of the projects are either still under development or construction, I want to post some artwork I have been having fun with as well as non architectural visualization projects.

This is an abstract piece of artwork I made while listening to a Wu Tang Clan album and browsing through fashion magazines. The goal was to make White the predominant color in the composition and splash bursts of very saturated colors through symbols of power and wealth.

Let me know what you think! More to come soon.........

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Hotel Bud Light, Las Vegas: Chalkboard Art Mural

Now I know I haven't posted since New Years but that is of course because Kaplan Design Labs has been busy!!!

Last week The Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, was transformed into "Hotel Bud Light, Las Vegas" for the Nightclub and Liquor Distributors Conference.

For a special event which took place in Festival Hall in the Hard Rock Hotel Conference Center, I was commissioned to do a Chalkboard Art Mural spanning 2 walls each roughly 8 feet in length and almost four feet high, making this wall almost 16 feet long.

This was our largest chalkboard to date and because it was at a special event and due to the design of the awesome interactive beer tap wall that The Mash Group, an Exhibit Design company from St. Louis custom designed for Anheiser Busch, the job had to be done after the build of the wall for the event was completed (about 3:00PM on Sunday) and had to be done by the time the event started at 10:00AM on Monday morning.

Me and my lovely assistant as well as a core chemist here at the Design Laboratory, Elizabeth Kaplan, worked for over 20 hours straight to come through on the deadline while making changes to the design on the fly to accommodate a Photo Shoot taking place the next day for the Anheiser Busch executives.

The designs were pre-made digitally by me in cooperation with The Mash Group and AB.

Digital Design Proof Side 01

Digital Design Proof Side 02

Needless to say KDL kicked some art ass and the project as well as the event was a huge success. On top of the Interactive Tap wall which featured my mural of awesome, Festival Hall was completely filled for party action with Pool Tables, Fooseball Tables, Multiple Bars/ sampling stations, a ton of Flat Screen Televisions, a DJ Booth with Dance Floor, and a Basketball Court!!! Talk about a party! Below are some pics we took during the build. Unfortunately our week was to busy to make it back to the party but I thuroughly enjoyed working on this project and cannot wait to collaborate with Anheiser Busch and Bud Light again.

Sorry the pics are so low res, the fancy phone's battery died towards the end of the project ;) I will dig up more photos and update the post soon soon so make sure to check back!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Happy New Years 2014: 3d typography

I know its a little late but I forgot to post these when I made them for New Years 2014. They made it to the Facebooks and Twitters but not Blogger so here you go!

Pro Tip: Save render time by making your color variations in Photoshop using the Hue/ Saturation Tool.

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