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Melbourne Pixar Master class happened in the past week!
Scroll down to Friday if you want to get right to my personal (overly hyped) thoughts about it.
Let's go crazy! Journal Time!
|Decided to make the journal picture look a little better|
- Getting my head around Bioshock Infinite's mind-blowing, brilliantly written whole story, ending, characters and world & looking at some of its art
- Veins, Animal and Creature Anatomy and General Anatomy review
- Watched some more Autopsy Emergency Room: Lessons on Violent Impact and then Autopsy Life and Death: Blood ...involving looking at real brain jelly and hearts, and blowing up arteries and how delicate the brain is. Watching this for some reason...perhaps it's because I wanted to learn what are the *realistic* ways people die rather than the dramatised, crazy movie/TV/book/story reasons behind deaths (or why some characters miraculously *still* don't die). I am still not sure why I'm making myself watch all this irksome stuff but I am certainly glad I am not a surgeon or actually doing medical procedures.
|You can actually read my notes better here; it's about car accident/speeding based injuries and what it does to your brain. I also found this gentleman in the audience looking a tiny bit like MJ.|
|And hence some more notes about blood and the circulatory system. As an artist, I don't need to know any of this!! Unless I am actually going to make ultra violent graphics to depict realistic injuries or something. And...that's not my area.|
- train adventures done somewhat as follows
|Some heads and a suspiciously looking sunglasses person. (yes it is me) Oh! And I drew a very cool lady playing with her light pink DSi!|
|There, a man started intently at a leg and many deformed looking fingers. He had never seen anything like this before and he sat, stunned and confused.|
5th FriPixar Master class on Story!! (with Matthew Luhn)
As someone interested in visual storytelling, learning about Pixar's approach in creating meaningful stories was incredible and it was good to know that it is still can be frustrating, time consuming and doesn't get any easier for them as it is for anybody else doing likewise. There was much motivating advice and techniques in storytelling discussed during the class as well.
The bonus moment for me during the Story class was when the first of many raffle prizes was being picked by Matthew (click on image to see it larger):
|Click on image to see horrible and overly exaggerated comic at original size|
Obviously there were subsequent prizes for other people (such as hats, shirts, the same poster, pencils, stickers and notebooks too, as they do that with all their master classes) but getting picked *at all* for one of them really made my day. (:
It still stands that I can't believe I own an autographed Pixar poster now!! :D
I'm keeping my raffle ticket as a memento shush.
I'm not even an *crazy/extreme* Pixar fan or collector of Pixar merchandise but it does feel special to win it out of the blue especially when most Pixar films are splendidly inspiring, meaningful, fully developed and brilliant (I can't say I love all of the Pixar films but a few of my most favourite films are still by Pixar).
6th SatPixar Masterclass Day 2 on Animation!! (with Andrew Gordon)
Though it did seem like they tried to fit a lot within the two days, in short I thoroughly enjoyed and don't regret getting much poorer in order to take the intense Master classes! It was incredible and mind-imploding! I am still in disbelief that Pixar artists even came to Melbourne at all. (:
They're going for Sydney (this week), New Zealand, New York and one more place next for their master class tour and I wish them both all the best with their awesome careers!
EDIT: If you're interested, I've got a post on my Pixar Masterclass 2014 thoughts here
- got some
trainbus stop adventures in as well as it got really late at the end of the class
- sorting out my Pixar notes
- brainstorming chatting with team members Will and Victor for upcoming character developing & animation assignment
- Brainstorming story ideas of my own and storyboarding them roughly (or attempted to and then realised that the idea didn't work)
- Storyboarding further on ideas: finding that making a story is much harder and time consuming to come up with than the drawing itself. Still frustration is normal!
Reflection of the WeekAside from being mind blown from the Pixar Master class as recounted above; in terms or art learning, I've been trying to finish that Anatomy for Beginners series (which didn't work out) and other things and preparing for the next project.
Still, it's not as much progress as I would have liked this week (as it was the Easter break) though life did come in and get in the way a bit, I need to refocus next week! I really wanted to get my heels into starting more things (namely the BABA plan & PD1) but it didn't work out because I still need to finish off what I started (as I don't want to start too many things and not finish anything!), get a clearer idea of what I need to aim for and now a more urgent project is going to begin.
Minor setbacks but I'll figure it out eventually in coming weeks!
Shall keep pushing at it!!
Thanks for looking friend! You keep pushing at whatever you're going for too! (:
Until next time, Leonie