March 4, 2013 in Animation, Featured, Links
When I was thirteen I had a class trip to the Museum of Moving Image in Queens NY. While walking through their Behind the Screen exhibit about the history of film and digital entertainment I found myself sitting at the stop motion table. There I created my first animation of a Madeline block puzzle assembling and then dispersing off screen. When I got home that day, I told my mom that when I grow up I wanted to be an animator.
Ten years and a Bachelor’s Degree in Animation later, I finally found myself back at MOMI to see The Art of Rise of The Guardians exhibit this weekend. In October I attended a Dreamwork’s presentation at the School of Visual Arts and in November I attended a panel discussion at CTN moderated by Jerry Beck and included Hamish Grieve (Head of Story), Gabe Hordos (Head of Character Animation) and Takao Noguchi (Character Animator / Design). By attending all of this prior to the exhibit, I was already exposed to a lot of their preproduction and concept art.
As stated on the NY Daily News website the exhibition “takes a look behind the scenes, revealing the innovative collaborative process” of the film. It was curated by Jenny He and Chief Curator David Schwartz. I enjoyed seeing all of the artwork in person instead of big screens. The ability to get really close and see all of the details in each picture was pleasing. I usually enjoy seeing the brush strokes, textures in paintings so I was a little saddened that all of the work was digital paintings instead of traditional, but that did not take away from the overall experience.
Along with all of the concept art, MOMI had a screening of Rise of The Guardians. The experience was just what I needed and I couldn’t have asked for more. I appreciate all of the efforts that went into this movie and once again I left this museum with a nostalgic sense of inspiration.
September 25, 2012 in 365 Challenge, Featured, Personal
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. – Jim Valvano
My father passed away at the beginning of my sophomore year of college.
I once read ”death ends a life not a relationship” and although he was not there on graduation day in the physical sense I know he was there spiritually.
So I decided this year to create an illustration of us on my graduation day.
I have learned that the difficult part about dealing with death is that life goes on. My college graduation was only the beginning of many significant life moments and experiences that he will not be able to share with my family and I.
This illustration is a small reminder that he has never left my side.
I am not gone
I remain here beside you
Just in a different form
Look for me in your heart
And there you will find me
in our love which forever lives on
In those moments when you feel alone
Look for me in your thoughts
And there you will find me
in sweet memories that burn strong
Every time a tear
Forms in your beautiful eyes
Look up to the heavens
And there you will see me
Smiling down from God’s glorious skies
~By Injete Chesoni
August 13, 2012 in 365 Challenge, Digital, Featured, Inspiration
I was inspired by all of Gabrielle Douglas’ success this summer at the 2012 Olympics and decided to create this as a personal portfolio piece. No copyright infringement intended, this isn’t for sale and it is not printed for distribution it is just an appreciation piece.
Gabby is an inspiration to me to continue moving forward in my dreams of becoming a professional animator, and create the type of 3D animations that I feel are missing.
The news was not trying to shed any light on Gabby, but when she came out and executed her routine they had no choice but to and I feel that is how we (and I myself) should go about the things we are most passionate for. I admire the way athletes train for hours on end and I’m doing that as an animator.
This playbill will be my own personal reminder of how Gabby Douglas showed up, performed and achieved her dreams. Granted the road was not easy for her and it is not easy for me, but I will continue showing up everyday in every way to achieve my goals.
Her performance this year has inspired many young girls and young women in all respects.
Thank you Gabby!!