Friday, August 19, 2011


I'm hoping to make a brand-new villain concept lineup based on some new ideas Yesenia and I have come up with these last few weeks for our baby, The Taffetas. There's a lot of cool new characters I hope people will find a fondness for.

Here's one of the first completed ones (Yesenia might go through and vector the work in our actual awesome Taffeta style, but my end is done for the time being). This is of Elena, the young teenage siren girl with the power of persuasion over people of the opposite sex. She's supposed to be reminiscent of an angler fish. I made her look more young (and cute) than previously depicted.

Other than that, I've just been busy with Hallmark and some other ( non-Taffetas ) side projects I do when I go home, neither of which I get to show any artwork from yet.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Intern Show Presentation

Today was the annual creative intern show at Hallmark HQ in Kansas City, MO. Every year at Hallmark, the creative interns show off the work they have done over the Summer. It is mainly for the interns who are leaving in about a week (I and a few of other interns will be there until September), and it is a treat to see what everyone else has done during their time at Hallmark.

I spent 3 days on my presentation including an all-nighter that rendered me pretty useless today (having been out of SCAD for a few weeks now, I've grown much less tolerant of them). I'm pretty proud of the concept though. I used my usual cat-screaming branding to help save some time with looking for fonts, theme, and color choices. Essentially since I am primarily digital, the centerpiece of my presentation is a 21" mac that just displays a close-up the cat's face looking around. Physical word bubbles floating out from the computer direct the user to do 3 things: click the cat's face (to see my digital work), take a business card, or look through a process book/sketchbook I made from my work this Summer.

Click His Face! - the interactive portion of my presentation, his face fills the whole screen of the computer and when idling he just looks around in a loop until clicked.

(You need Flash Player to see this)

I think you can see the inspiration from some of my past works both in illustration and animation for this one (most notably my recent Taffetas animations), and it is kind of exciting for me to see how I was able to re-use old ideas with a new concept to make something unique.

I'm not sure what all I can show right now on my blog as far as the work I've been doing there at Hallmark since nothing has gone live yet, so I'll play it on the safe side and only post the stuff I know won't get me in trouble, a few simple things from the sketchbook in my presentation :).

Lastly, this presentation would not have come together if it weren't for my amazing friend, Yesenia Carrero, who stayed up until the early hours of the morning to help me out a great deal with the Actionscript for the presentation as well as had my back with printing the physical material.

More than anything though her encouragement of me and my abilities really takes the cake. As an artist I have a fairly fragile ego, and while I think I take critiques well and have a fair bit of self-motivation, I can be really down about myself and my work sometimes. I had a particularly rough time this week with that and Jess was a good enough friend to patiently remind me of my strengths and give me the encouragement I needed.

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