Monday, November 26, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SHM Events: Zoo Trip with David Colman

This is a long overdue post, but I'd like to share some photos from our great zoo outing with David Colman on Friday October 19th. It was a wonderful trip, featuring lots of bear, tiger, and lemur drawing. David did his best to draw one-on-one with most of the students (difficult considering the large size of the class). Even some cold, drizzly weather couldn't keep these baddass SJSU students from kicking their learning up a knotch.

The SJSU gang

 Rachel and David in front of the Grizzlies


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fall Update, 2012: Digital Rendering Practice

 (4 hours)

(12 hours?)

In Theaters: The Master, Wreck-It Ralph

 Katie's Fall Movie Line Up:

With the time and money constraints common to most college students, I don't make it to the theater as often as I would like to. I did have the chance to catch two very different movies in the last few weeks: Paul Thomas Anderson's dark and strange The Master and Disney's new homage to gaming Wreck-It Ralph.

The Master

Its hard to get a handle on The Master.  In a loss for words I want to call it "an experience" to avoid the trouble of trying to describe one of the strangest movies I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. On the one hand, The Master is supremely shot and stunningly beautiful. On the other hand, I felt that the film never fully answered the questions it offered and its ambiguous ending did not feel thought-provoking; rather, it felt unclear and unresolved. Don't hear me wrong though: this film is still very much worth watching. Jaquine Pheonix and Philip Seymour Hoffman are sure to snag nominations if not Oscar gold for their powerful performances. They are without a doubt the best performances I have seen this year. Bring your thinking caps and leave the kids at home. This is a dark, troubling, challenging film for grown ups.

 Wreck-It Ralph

In a completely different vein, Wreck-It Ralph was a complete surprise and absolutely wonderful. Don't let the trailers fool you: this is a lot more than a buddy adventure flick or 90 minutes of slapstick comedy. Wreck-It Ralph challenges itself by exploring some genuinely tough themes of isolation, loneliness, bullying, responsibility, and sacrifice. It is honest, funny, supremely charming--and during some moments--even borderline heartbreaking. Wreck-It Ralph takes risks where many animated films seem leery to venture. This is a must see for all audiences.

Fall Update, 2012: Gary Soto Garage Development Work

The following images consist of development work for an environment based off of two Gary Soto short stories: "The Haircut" and "The Inner Tube." These stories, set in 1960's Fresno California, are autobiographical of Gary Soto's childhood. They capture his memories of growing up in a Chicano family struggling financially after the death of his father when he was five years old.  They also capture a sense of time and place as Gary describes childhood experiences universal to American culture in that era.

As I developed my environment, a detached garage behind Gary's family's California bungalow, I tried to chose elements which would help show Gary's transition from childhood to manhood. I sought to keep the environment masculine and chose to include artifacts which once belonged to his father (tools, the old motorcycle, weights). I imagine this as a "sacred space" for Gary, where he could escape to and have a place of his own.

Fall Update, 2012: Kitchen Sketch

Fall Update, 2012: Animal Drawings

Friday, May 25, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

FINAL 115 FILM!!!!!

Husband Hunting
(Music: Les Prisons De Nantes by Tri Yann and The Winner Is by Mychael Danna)

This semester in intermediate modelling we have been creating infected zombie versions of ourselves to be incorporated into Valve's Left 4 Dead 2. This was a challenging but very rewarding project for me. Seeing my zombie for the first time in-game, running ravenously at my character, getting its head blown off by a hunting riffle... it  just warmed my heart and filled me with all kinds of warm fuzzy feelings. Rest in peace zombie Katie. You will be forever missed.