Well, there's a very good reason I haven't been posting lately. We finally made the BIG MOVE into Chicago! YAY!!! And we have an awesome roommate too! For those of you who don't know, we moved from Mokena (village near Joliet) to the North-West side of Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend. It was very sudden. Our friend, Dan, just got hired at an animation studio in Texas and we suddenly got his place. (It all happened in like 2 weeks!) We're only 15 min from work and about 25 min from downtown. :D
I haven't been sketching much because I've been reading a book on all my train rides lately. So this weekend I tried sketching and this is the best I could come up with. :S The lady with a tall neck is based on crayon drawings my little sister did when she was very young- all her people had giraffe necks.
It feels like it's been a looong time since I posted anything! So here are two sketches. The top one I did on the train yesterday and the bottom was a guy at Starbucks. (No, I'm not a coffee drinker, but their mocha frappuccinos are the only way for me to get through my night class!)
It's October and there are plenty of exhibits and events going on around Chicago. To keep track of them all, please visit the Women In Animation blog. A few of us are trying to get some groups together to go see some screenings. If you have any additional screenings/events you'd like us to post, please let us know.
If anyone's interested in WIA, we do have a meeting this Wednesday night at Columbia College. Info's on the blog. Oh, by the way, you don't have to be a woman to attend. ;)
Whew! Catherine and I just finished some large back-to-back freelance projects yesterday and are really happy to have a little break! At first I thought I’d really have to give my hand a break from drawing for a day, but couldn’t. I just had to draw for myself.
Well, I did this as a sketch over a week ago and finally got around to PhotoShopping it. I'm calling it done for now. (haven't had time to tweak anything yet) I won't have time to revisit it for a week or so. So, if anyone has any critiques, please feel free to share them. ^,^
On another note, Catherine just realized that we've had our blogs for exactly a year now (on our half birthday!)
A group of us were at Lincoln Park Zoo this afternoon sketching animals. I was sketching a very large gorilla a few feet away on the other side of the glass. She turned her head and looked at me sketching her. Then she turned around and sat right in front of me, head resting in her hands, staring at me through the glass, perfectly still. Soon, the rest of our sketch group gathered around and we attracted a crowd. Only the gorilla's eyes moved as a crowd quickly formed around us. It was soooo cool! Unfortunately, I get nervous when people are around me when I'm trying to draw, so this is all I got before she left.
We're probably going back to the zoo next Friday if anyone's interested. Though, I can't promise I can make a gorilla pose like that again. Sorry! ;)
Sunday was our last day to run around San Diego- but, oh NO!!! We realized we hadn't really seen much of California yet cuz we were geeking out at Comic-Con! So we went to Balaboa Park for a few hours. It wasn't nearly the amount of time we needed, so we ran around gawked at things and took photos of anything remotly interesting, wondering why the camera kept dying... Here are some of the results:
Soon after we entered the park, we heard music drifting through the trees, beckoning the tourists to it's source.
It turned out it was a soft-spoken British woman playing a GIANT organ.
After playing a few songs, she played one from Star Wars! It was cool! We were back to geeking out. I'd post the video here, but I don't want to violate any copywrite laws. ;)
Then, we headed back to the convention center for another hour and we were all kicked out when Comic-Con officially closed Sunday night. I felt like the paparatzi with my camera tying to get any last shots of interesting costumes coming out. Didn't see too many, but I managed to get this:
A whole group us us from Chicago went out to supper one last time in beautiful California. Catherine & I had to sneak back into the bed & breakfast with our key that night. (actually, we had to do that every night.)
Well, that ends my nerdy Comic-Con blogging. (We flew back home Monday.) Sorry to bore you with all these pictures. Can't wait to go back next year! Let's hope! ^.^
We skipped The Simpsons panel to go meet more artists. We tried to get to the Heroes one, but the line was closed even though we got there really early! (There's always next year, hopefully.)
The Futurama panel was the best!!! The voice cast and Matt Groening were there. They handed out little comic books to everyone and did a table reading of it, announcing their comback. It was really cool!!! Pictured below is the cast and under that is Matt Groening and John DiMaggio, the voice actor for Bender.
Joss Whedon was there talking about his projects. I'm just a Buffy fan, so I didn't know what he was talking about most of the time. (Haven't watched his other shows-I'm sure they're really good though- just haven't had time.)
The highlight of the day was going to see the 10th anniversary sing-a-long screening of the Buffy musical episode, Once More With Feeling. That was AWSOME!!!! We got there 2 hours early, sat in on the panel before it to make sure we had seats. Apparently the WHOLE room was cramed full of Buffy fans and hardly anyone was there for the Comic Book Club meeting there before Buffy. Well, a HUGE line was forming outside- turns out there were about 2,000 fans wanting to see the Buffy musical but the Comic-Con powers that be only gave us a small room. It almost turned UGLY!!!! They opened another room nearby, but many fans were still turned away. :( Other than that, it was GREAT!! This screening was graciously put together by http://www.whedonopolis.com/ Thanks!
One more cool pic to share:
That Jack Sparrow really did his homework- he studied Johnny Depp's swagger & his other movements from the movie- he had it down! :D
Later we went to a few more panels: Painting Dynamic Portraits with Jeff Watts (we only caught the end), Masters in Visual Storytelling, and Pitching An Animated Show. They were all informative and interesting.
Oh! Ray Harryhausen was there- but his stuff was too expensive- even for an autographed photo! So we walked by and just snapped a pic.
Wednesday, July 25th- On the opening night, we also meet Stephen Silver! Wow! That was soo cool!
Thursday, July 26th- We had more surprises Thursday- We were walking and suddenly saw Chris Sanders at his own booth! And there was little to no crowd around him! So we went right to him and bought his sketchbook and talked- We told him it was our first time in CA and I asked if we can get a pic. of him, but his friend told us we had to get in the photo too. By then a crowd was gathering and his friend took the photo for us! yay! That really made our day!
Last Thursday was fun! We started seeing more people wearing costumes. Catherine and I were walking down the stairs and saw Superman walking right in front of us. When we got down stairs, I told him I liked his costume and asked if I could get a photo of him. So we did but then his friend insisted we get in the pic. too. Heehee, we're such geeks!
Stan Lee was on a panel for a new documentary about him. They showed clips from it. (We also found out right away how full of himself Stan is. But he made fun of himself for it) Paul Levitz, the president of DC Comics was there too. So was Tom DeSanto, producer of X-Men and Transformers, Dick Ayers, an old Marvel artist, andMichael Uslan, executive producer of Batman, The Spirit, and The Shadow.
Leslie Iwerks, the granddaughter of Ub Iwerks, presented her documentary, The Pixar Story: To Infinity and Beyond.
We had to leave early though to stand in line for Superman Doomsday. The line was already ENORMOUS though and we couldn't get into the first screening. So, we waited in line for the second screening. The fighting scenes were really cool- very brutal! Plus, the character design of Clark Kent/Superman was REALLY annoying us!! He looked too weak, old, and worn out.