Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Corpse Bride

I've finally gotten around to watching Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride and I must say it was average. At times the film was wonderfully dreary and at times colorful, but there were some animation let downs that kept it from being more.

My biggest critique is on the character designs. There definitely was the Burto nstamp on things, but it seemed too similar to the nightmare before Christmas. Aesthetically the characters were interesting enough, but their functionality for animation was stunted. Especially mouth movement on character's like Victoria. her mouth was so small and barely moved, which did fit her timid personality, but it makes for boring animation. The animation of entire character's also felt stiff at times which could also be attributed to the stiffness of society, but again not very riveting animation.

The story was interesting but the climax seemed a bit dull and many parts of the movie felt rough in terms of putting story together.

It may be that since I have seen Coraline before this film, I am comparing too much, but I think they should be compared.

Check out the two trailers below and compare!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Charcoal Portraits

So, I've started doing charcoal portraits for income. I am currently working on a freebie I promised my father and step-mother as a wedding present. I have done a few in the past, one of my favorites being Three Boys. I have also published my website: where I will post the things I need in order to do a charcoal portrait for someone. It also acts as my artist portfolio and a place to showcase my progression in animation!

Anyways: Here are some photos of my previous portraits.

Three Boys

The Charitable Couple

What I am currently working on: