Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Senior Film update

Ok, long time, lots of changes being made and headaches going on. My story has evolved and my character is finished being textured. I think that the new story works a lot better, and has an anchored setting. Here are some quick directional art pieces to the new story.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

I've been studying Japanese architecture and came across this little passage relating to the beliefs of Buddhism.

"The river never stops flowing, and the water is never the same. The bubbles that float in the pools, now disappearing, now coming into being, never last. So it is in the world with people and their dwellings....People die in the morning and are born in the evening, not knowing where they come from, nor where they are going, like bubbles on the water."

No matter what you believe, live every day to the fullest. It feels good. :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Patch progress

Here are some jpgs of the latest from my film. The model is just about done. After the rough model was done, I took some screenshots from maya and drew over them in photoshop to make changes.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Fall 2009 Demo Reel

Here is my new demo reel. I tried to combine acting with high action stuff. I plan on doing more acting pieces though.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Creature Walk Cycle

Here is a quick walk cycle I did for class. I wanted to try out a quadruped walk since we will be doing a cat one in our later projects.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009


The creature animation is finally finished!  I took a break from it to get back into the swing of school but now it is complete with a rendered version.

Creature from Dixie Pizani on Vimeo.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Music is the silence between notes."

This is a nice little quote.  I think it applies to many things in life as well as animation. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Creature Animation

I've been working on this creature animation for the past couple of days. After doing my block in one, I realized that I wasn't quite getting the sense of weight that I wanted. In this animation, I was really working for that realistic sense of weight and a more naturalistic type "vis effects" movement. In block in...1.5 i suppose, I think I tackled most of the weight issues and the piece is finally starting to shape up.


Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New animation

Sooo...I decided to scrap the squirrel animation. I started to dread working on it and i didn't really d0 good job of planning it out. So instead of fighting through it, I started clean. This new animation is shorter and simpler. So here it is...a humanoid creature- A bit scary too. Block in one.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Alli Maquette

Here are photos of the maquette of my senior film character, alli. This maquette was made by Zane Yarbrough. She has come a long way and is really starting to come together!

Friday, August 14, 2009


Here are a series of paintings I did for a friend. She wanted something to decorate her room and really liked the brand Roxy. So these are a few roxy inspired, colorful paintings.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Inspriational Films

Ok, so I've seen this movie before but i bought it and watched it again last night. Waltz with Bashir is a fantastic movie; The story line is interesting, the shot compositions are very well thought out and the aesthetic is really nice. The intense contrast of color and light and dark make the whole film very dramatic. Overall, it is a blend of live action, flash puppetry, traditional animation and 3d animation. A perfect blend of the three. This is the first animation documentary film that I really like.

Two movies I'm really looking forward to. They have an interesting aesthetic. I less pixarish approach. The animation is very pose to pose and the overall look is less aimed at mimicking realism. The character designs are very unique as well. They have some crazy proportions.

and some very beautiful shorts that I found.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Squirrel Kisses

Here is the progress so far on the squirrel animation. Block in one is all about done. I'm frustrated because this animation is taking soo long. It could be because being home is distracting or the fact that I worry about posing a lot more now.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Lake

Today I went to the lake with my older brother, his wife, and my nephew. It was raining off and on and a cool breeze was blowing. Next to me was this tree growing in the pile of rocks. It would have been a really pretty area if there wasn't so much litter. I decided to leave it out of the drawing. I wanted to spend a little more time on this one since i usually do really quick sketches.
When i got back i quickly added a little color in photoshop.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Watercolor studies

Here are a couple of sketches I've done lately. They are really quick and simple. I really want to get better at watercolor technique and try to capture the simple beauties in life.

This short called Jelly Sunday is really great. The animation is simple, really squashy and stretchy and is cycled a lot. I noticed that Gobelins (the french animation school) puts out a lot of nice work, but their animation seems weird. There are no pauses, no time to rest. Everything is high pace and there is no time to let the viewer soak up the scenery or the plot. A lot of their stories involve some kind of high speed chase. Good for dynamic action, but lacking in acting and story.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Summer Break

Ok, it has been a long time but i will be soon to update. I am currently working on a 2 character animation with some silly squirrels. Im going for a much more cartoony, dynamic piece. I am also working on some watercolor studies and some new approaches to my technique.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dialogue Animation Finished

After many hours of work, I finished my two person dialogue piece. Overall, it turned out like I wanted. I have gone more in depth with this piece than any other because I had a little more time to work on it and tweak everything. Constant feed back from my friends also helped me tremendously. By the time I was done, I learned how much I like doing the subtle stuff but how hard it is!


So I am finally done (for now) with my concept. The story has changed many times and I am pretty happy with the end result. I'm out of school for the summer, which means I have tons of time to tweak things and get feedback on my storyboards. Here are some of the final designs for my character and the art direction for my film "Patch"

Monday, May 11, 2009

Developing Designs

These are the new designs for my senior project. I think these are pretty close to the final product and are developing well. These were drawn by Zane Yarbrough.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Dialogue Animation

This is my progress so far on my two person dialogue piece. I really aimed to get strong poses in this piece, because I often find that the poses later get sacrificed to aid the motion. I also studied the acting very closely, since a lot of the action is subtle. The choice of movements forced me to get better at moving holds. I think I have improved since my last animation. I realize how much more fun it is to animate acting pieces rather than just action.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Senior Project Char Designs

These are some of the character designs for the little girl in my senior film. These lovely designs were drawn by Zane Yarbrough.

Senior Project concept

These are some of the first concept images for my senior film. These environments were created with watercolor and enhanced in photoshop.

My film is about a little girl searching for a four leaf clover in a giant field. I hope accurately capture different moods in my backgrounds.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Force Animation

This was the first assignment in my character II animation class. The point of the assignment was to understand weight and the force of two characters interacting. This one was tough, but I learned how the body reacts to an outside force and how the legs always move to catch the weight of the body. I tried new approaches to moving holds, which I still have a lot of trouble with. I also focused on breaking up the arms so that they were not twinned.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Story Sketch Assignment 3

Story Sketch 3
This assignment required the protagonist to be a cube and it had to deal with the theme of perseverance.
This one was particularly hard because a cube is a difficult character to establish with the theme that was given. I heard the phrase "think out of the box" and developed my story from there.

Rigid Cube was walking on his usual endless path when he came across beautiful, sleek Hourglass. In an attempt to win her attention, and perhaps a bit of her time, he handed her a bouquet of flowers. She looked away in discontent. So he tried again, this time it was a box of chocolates. She yawned in boredom. Then, he presented her with lavish jewelry. Despite this, she was not impressed. Cube slowly walked away, feeling defeated. As he peered back, Triangle and Trapezoid began to flex their angles in an attempt to show off. Determined to gain her attention, Cube pulled out a razor and begin to shave off his corners until they were smoothly rounded. He walked back to Hourglass with a strong strut. As he drew closer, Hourglass turned away from the other shapes. Cube placed his hands against his face and began to rotate them in an almost rhythmic pattern. She froze as the sand in her chest practically stopped moving. The other shapes gasped. She left them behind, and joined cube on his endless walk back to pass the time together.

I worked on the theme of perception of time and perception of beauty. But I also included the idea of thinking outside the box. (or cube in this case!)

Story Sketch Assignment 2

Story Sketch 2
For this assignment, we had to use two characters and place them in a totally random environment that didn't relate to them. Our theme had to be "dealing with death."
I was forced to have a degree of randomness and disorder in this story. It was hard for me to develop an idea of chaos to organize, so I got my friend Zane to set up a situation for me and then tried to contain it from there.

The houses begin to look like dots as the hot air balloon raised higher and higher into the blue sky. There were two lucky riders, one man with a crisp tuxedo, a top hat and a briefcase filled with flowers, wands and other toys of deception, the other, a lanky boy with slightly tattered clothes, a boom box and backpack. The two gazed upon the shrinking world below them as they floated higher and higher into the endless blue sea. They began to pass over a dense forest when the balloon started to emit disturbing sounds. After a loud pop, the balloon began to plummet uncontrollably. The rich colors of the balloon became blurs in the sky as they began to fall. The swift artist of illusion grabbed on to the side of the basket, screaming, and opened his briefcase attempting to pull out anything that could save him, sheets, and handkerchiefs, even doves. The boy just stood there, gazing at the spinning imagery of the warm sun and the sky melting into the green of forest. Moments later, the air balloon aggressively collided with a large pine tree. As the dust cleared, the boy weakly pulled himself from the basket and turned around to see the silenced magician, entangled within his colored handkerchiefs in the twisted branches of the tree.

Story Sketch Assignment 1

Story Sketch 1:
Our requirements included only having one character and we had to use a binocular as a prop.
After writing this story, I learned to "show not tell." I had to re-write it a couple times because I was telling how the character felt instead of showing it.

It's after bedtime in a dark room. Tim pulls off the covers from over his head, shaking in fear. he takes out his night vision binoculars from his nightstand and checks the premise. He looks around each part of the room, making sure not to miss a spot. He takes a deep sigh of relief and places his binoculars back in his drawer for the next night. The next night, Tim pulls off his covers again, shaking just as fiercely as the previous night. He goes to pull out his handy pair of night vision binoculars from the drawer, but they are not there. Terrified, he pulls the covers over his head and breathes heavily. He stays up all night in fear until he finally realized the sun had come out. He pulls off the covers in disbelief that he has made it through the night without his goggles. He jumps atophis bed in a hero stance. Then, he runs to the squeaky basement door, swings it open boldly, and begins to take a step. Then, he changes his mind, flings the door closed, and pulls out his slingshot.

Concept Design

For my concept design class, I have to come up with the idea for my senior film. In preparation, we have a bunch of "story sketch assignments." Every class, we are given certain elements of the story and we have to go from there.