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May 21, 2011

the Grandma, the Witch, and Gretel

I have been working on a visual development piece on Hansel and Gretel.  I chose the look of the film to be inspired by Dr.Suess.  The story is mainly centered around Gretel.  I added a good Grandma who has chihuahuas.  Here are the character designs that I have so far.  Check some older posts as well as upcoming ones to see more from this vis dev project.

The (Good Grandma) & her Chihuahuas:

The Witch:


May 18, 2011

Land of Hansel & Gretel

Here is the land for my Hansel & Gretel project.  If I haven't mentioned it yet - my film design is inspired by the styles of Dr. Suess.

May 17, 2011


I have been working on the witch for my Hansel & Gretel project, and as I was taking a break I was staring at the computer, and thought it may be interesting to see the character throughout its different stages.
Stage 1:

Stage 2:

Stage 3:

Here are some of the stages for my Gretel character:

May 16, 2011

Last Assignments for 2D Animation Class

Here is are my last two 2D Animation assignments I had:

Ugly Fish & Kissy Fish: 

Riki turns into Charlie:

May 14, 2011

 Here are some character sketches for the witch in my version of Hansel & Gretel.  I added a couple characters - a grandmother and a chiuaua, which I also started fleshing out.  Keep in touch & continue to watch these characters make their appearance!

the witch:
sketches for a character I added - the Grandmother

some more witch ideas:

Gretel and the chiuaua are also posted below.

May 13, 2011


To go along with my "cute kids" theme this week, here are some character sketches that I am working on for my own twist on the Grimm fairytale, Hansel & Gretel.  I am doing this project in my visual development class under the fabulous Lisa Keene.

A character I added, a chiuaua:

May 6, 2011

Baby Ideas - a Start on My New Project

I have decided to push myself by drawing everyday.  Each week I will stick to one theme, or style, or subject.  
I have been thinking about what I love to do and what I am good at.  I am finding that somewhere around children/comedy/cute/fun might be a good fit for me.  
This week I am going for cute kids, and I started tonight - Friday:

May 3, 2011

Chunks - the Animated Short

So here it is - After blood sweat and tears I made it thru this year, thanks to much support from my family, friends and mentors.  My first year at CalArts has been quite a ride.  I feel so lucky to be working side-by-side with so many amazing artist, and under the guidance of such generous and talented faculty.  

My son, Raiden, is what keeps me going every day (literally seeing how as he is my alarm clock that never fails).  The love that I share with him keeps me motivated and fulfilled.  Of course, he is a lot of work too. 

My mom, Regina Hurley, has really stepped-up as Super Baba.  She provided top care for my son when I needed her during crunch time.  Her, and Raiden's PopPop offered many sacrifices to help me get my film done.

My sisters supported me through this whole process.  With out their encouragement I would have never made it to CalArts, nor would I have begun making the changes I need to succeed.

The faculty here at CalArts is amazing.  The enthusiasm and skill that surrounds us is amazing.  It is so important to have a faculty who cares so deeply for other artist, and for the quality of work that will be entering the field in just a few years.

So thank you to everyone for a wonderful year, and an exciting beginning of a new journey.

With no further delay, here is the link to my animated short, Chunks.  Please make sure to have the volume turned up, as my son did the voice-overs, and it's just not the same without it: