Monday, March 30, 2009

Interview With Jason Diehl, Owner Of Chestees

Great article! Go check it out.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Professional Portfolio Review

This is just a reminder that the SIGGRAPH Professional Portfolio Review Event is THIS THURSDAY, March 26th, from 6pm to 9pm in IT 252. We have convinced an awesome group of pros to come in and critique your work so you might want to try and come to learn from them.

ONLY those registered for the SIGGRAPH Student Exhibition in April may show their work. But, all members are welcome to come and see what the various pros in the industry have to say. I say come if at all possible.

6pm to 9 pm
IT 252

Be there or be left in the dust!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pixar is from Mars, Disney is from Venus?

A Slate blogger is the latest to argue that Pixar's film's have "girl trouble"--that is, too much focus on strong male characters at the expense of strong female ones.

Although it's true that this disparity has existed over the years, it's less prevalent in some of Pixar's recent films, such as The Incredibles and WALL-E.

Keep in mind, also, that Disney feature animation has historically been at least as focused on leading ladies as Pixar has been on its leading men. Granted, there are some important exceptions like The Lion King and The Jungle Book. Overall, though, the roll call of great Disney feature film characters has mostly been a roll call of heroines and villainesses, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to this year's The Princess and the Frog. (Well, it's unknown yet whether the heroine of the frog movie will be great or not. Moviegoers will find out in December.)

Pixar director Brenda Chapman, who has been known to refer to herself kiddingly as Pixar's "token female," has worked at both studios and noted the difference in emphasis:

At the start of my career, I was the only woman in the story department at Disney, but at that time we were working on "Princess movies" with strong female leads, so at the time there didn't seem to be any need to strengthen other female roles...most of the funny characters were guys.... But now I'm at Pixar, and there films are very much for the boys. I don't think it's a conscious thing, I just think they're making films they want to see....

(Brenda's film The Bear and the Bow, starring Pixar's first fairy-tale princess, is scheduled to be released in 2011.)

Thanks to The Pixar Touch for the post!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Watchmen Production Focus

"Who watches the Watchmen?"

If you haven't seen this movie at least once yet, you are missing a true visual treat. CG society just rapped on a Production Focus article showing some of the process of creating Dr. Manhattan, Rorshach, and the other heroes. A MUST READ!

CGSociety :: Production Focus
10 March 2009, by Paul Hellard

The broad extent of visual effects in The Watchmen had the many crews on the development cycle for a long time. CGSociety brings this perspective of the work by Sony Pictures Imageworks and Intelligent Creatures.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Night Life: Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hello fellow SIGGRAPHers,

This is a friendly reminder that this Thursday SIGGRAPH IUPUI will host yet another Night Life event. Yes, they just keep coming don't they? Of course they do because there is one every week! Duh! Where have you been?

Pay close attention to the details on this one. (Note the room change)

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2009
Time: 6pm
Location: IT 255

If you have any movie suggestions, please write one of your wonderful SIGGRAPH officers. Also, bring work to get critiqued. The professional portfolio review is right around the corner!

See you at the event!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Some Decent Exposer?

I posted not too long ago about my position as the USG's flyer guru and after a brief stint in 'what am I supposed to be doing exactly?' purgatory I've received some more work to do. I recently completed one flyer and even put my signature on it:

Who's famous now?

There are two more flyers to be completed by next Friday so if anybody wants to jump onboard the steamboat to Successfulvanyia let me know before Monday and maybe (just maybe) you'll get a chance to get your work out there. There's already another poster guru signed up so the quicker you contact me ( the more likely it is you'll get some work sent your way. Remember that whatever I send to you is due on very short notice and if you don't getr' done by the deadline I'll assume you are dead and have do the flyers myself.

What I'm trying to do here, for you I might add (but mostly for me), is come up with a sorta unofficial flyer-maker's club. Every artist does a flyer in their own signature style and then they get circulated around campus for all the boys and girls to see and then BOOM: free publicity. And then somehow someone gets famous and marries a supermodel. At least that's how it works in my head.

Free Alternatives to Photoshop

If you or someone you know are running a bit low on cash (Come on, really? Who isn't?), this article tells you and links you to 10 free alternative to Photoshop!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Comic Book Illustrating Opportunity!

The following message was sent to me by an old classmate and it seems like a great opportunity to get your work out there and experiment with a much different style than usual. Please contact me if you are interested and I will gladly put you in contact with Kayla. The message goes a little something like this:


The comic is going to either be a long-winded graphic-novel or a verrry long series. We shall see. It's kind of a noir, hard-boiled sort of thing. Urban fantasy genre. Whoever draws it for me should be comfortable working with M-rated material; the story deals with a lot of violence, religion, death, and moderate amounts of sex and some good old-fashioned angst. Also substance abuse. And an extra helping of foul language.

Yeah, I think that just about covers it.

As for art-style, I'm looking for something a little more on the sophisticated side. Not really into the anime style of art. If I had to cite examples, I would probably have to point at things like the Fables series, or Marvel Civil War. Iron Man: Extremis, even.

I'm not really paying right now, this whole thing is currently just for fun and personal satisfaction, but I do have this desire for publication in general that borders on obsession, so I will be TRYING to get this published, and if I do, whoever is drawing the comic for me will definitely be paid.

As for story specifics and that sort of thing, I can start going into that whenever someone contacts me. Doesn't do to throw out too many details too soon, I think it's easy to overwhelm people with that. I'll just say it's like Hellboy meets Constantine meets Sandman meets Dresden Files meets... Haibane Renmei. Meets American Gods.

That's about it.

Thanks again!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Joe Lee: Manga Illustration Techniques Event

Joe Lee, current IUPUI student and active SIGGRAPH member, has requested to host his own event to highlight his skills and teach us all how to create the wonderful works that he produces.

He will be teaching on techniques for drawing Mecha, Manga, and anything related. Truly an event you do not want to miss if you have even the slightest interest!

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: ET 306