Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Graduate School - USC Portraits

We took photographs of the new incoming students for the USC website. The photographs came out incredibly nice. I've included a selection of my favorites:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Graduate School - iPhone drawings

I've been over using my iphone for it's doodle application, Doodle Buddy. It has turned my mobile device into a great way to draw faces in class. The application is relativity primitive when compared to other drawing programs, with only five different tools and twenty four colors. Despite the program's limitations, I've managed to articulate facial features quite easily using colors and shapes.

Graduate School - iPhone drawings

Friday, September 16, 2011

Graduate School - Beneath The Surface, David Lynch Burlesque Show

Linda and I went to the David Lynch burlesque show in Los Angeles called Beneath The Surface. The presentation was inspired by the characters of David Lynch: Dune, the Elephant Man, Twin Peaks, Inland Empire, and Lost Highway. The event repeats every third Thursday of the month, starting in September. The venue is located in Koreatown at Club Monte Cristo. The venue is hidden on top of a church, entering through the church parking lot.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Graduate School - Commissioned T-Shirt Design

Swollen with excitement!
This friendly design was commissioned for an MFA3 student film. The design is intended for a t-shirt. The little storm cloud seems pretty excited about it.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Graduate School - PikaPika at USC

Tochka, the group responsible world famous light animation PikaPika, came to USC to host an animation workshop and seminar. The group is made up of Kazue Monno and Takeshi Nagata, two graduates from Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Since the start of PikaPika, the group has won awards at numerous animation festivals and media arts conferences. Their group name is a Russian word meaning front line. Outside of PikaPika events,Tochka have refined the light animation style for commissioned in Japan and abroad.  This international exposure has also spread the low cost technique to animation enthusist around the world. PikaPika-inspired animation has popped up on Youtube.

Student assistants working with the PikaPika event infront of Tommy Trojan.

The first installment of the workshop.
PikaPika is an atomeapea for anything that flashes in Japanese. The mixture of long exposure photography and flashlight drawings came about while having a late night picknik with friends. Takeshi took the idea further by orginizing group workshops on Mixi, the Japanese facebook.  These events took place in public spaces and attracted participants and exposure for the new art form.

USC student crew posing with Tochka.
A collection of photographs documenting the production was featured in their USC gallery exhibition.
Gallery Exhibition

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Graduate School - Facilities

The green screen set located in the Zemeckis Building at USC
The stop motion facilities in the SCB building at USC