The Seneca artbook pages

Graves makes a neat book every year showcasing the Animation students in Seneca, and I just finished doing my little contribution to it. It was hard to cram in a whole year of training.

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Sketchbook + Cazadores de la 22

This post is short and sweet, because this wasn’t that interesting a week sadly. No food-truck chasing, crazy life drawing sessions or outdoor sketching. I’ve been a bit locked up for my current project (with certain pauses to hang out in old buildings and get some sun every now and then). But first, some color sketches from last week!

And now, for a taste of the main show…

Los Cazadores de la 22

Café sketches: Toronto Roller Derby

Café sketches are tricky to do. You’re supposed to draw people in their environments, capturing their movements and such… yet they don’t seem too interesting sitting down in a coffee house or the subway unless they’re either horrifying or beautiful. But then… there was this poster about a double bill in the Toronto Roller Derby, which I hadn’t visited yet. It was clear I had to go there, eat lots of exotic food from trucks and watch a crazy sport I really didn’t understand.

Contrary to what I thought, not all the sprinters were the thin, short girls. There was this one, #666 from Chicks Ahoy! (Gotta love the names, this one is Awesome Sauce) who has a heavier girl, but managed to outrun everyone. Ages, body types, styles, attack modes are all different. It was really great reference to draw. They hit each other really hard and get back on track just as easy.

Did I mention the food trucks? They ruled. Now I’m hooked on chasing food trucks around Toronto.

From my sketchbook: Toons On Tap

Toons On Tap is a life drawing session that happens to be all about the costumes. It’s pretty cool. It happens every Monday night from 7pm to 10pm. It used to be in Rhino Bar, but it’s moving to Cameron House, which I like much more, as it was Dr. Sketchy’s home in Toronto, has a better scene to draw and much better service than Rhino Bar.

As you can see the model had the coolest Zatanna outfit, but I sucked at drawing that day (yes, I’m claiming I’m not this bad ALL the time). Then she took a pause and came back with a supercool Wonder Girl outfit.

I liked it, they have lots of short poses at the beginning, the outfits are great and the music is fine. Nowhere near as risqué as either Dr. Sketchy or Keyhole Sessions, but pretty sweet nonetheless. They have contests too. And my friend Michelle, who I hadn’t seen in a long time won the contest last Monday (her blog is full of great art!)

Weird projects: The Snail

After 2 semesters of insanity, deadlines and lack of sleep, most of us in Seneca’s Animation program are still restless. We’ve been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, waking up screaming “Sleep is for the weak” and sweating every time someone mentions the word “inbetweening”. Which means that during the summer we’re all working hard in crazy personal projects and animations, or taking Summer courses and forgetting about the beautiful outside world. There’s a super secret project going on with Dima, Jay, Kalvin and other guys in A and B class who want to create a crazy animation. I still have some comic book pages, storyboards and even writing on my own.

So, a couple of weeks ago, during a break from TCAF, I was talking to Salar about having too much time in my hands. And we came up with a simple story concept for a short and quick animation: A snail has to cross a sidewalk. The goal is to make it super-quick and simple enough to not let our animation skills rot during the Summer.

As everything with me, the concept has to involve suffering of the Chuck Jones category. So, the snail will try to cross the street to get to a flower, but will have to be squashed, mashed, destroyed, and ultimately unable to reach its goal. Salar agreed in the end that it would be funnier, not without lots of struggle. He aims higher in animation arts, I aim for dick jokes and slapstick.

Then, we created two different boards for some of the gags (which will be revealed as soon as we agree on the style). And I called dibs in designing this complex, multi-layered character.

Salar may want to animate it completely different, but I’ll be testing this idea on Tuesday. Also, there will be posts on my crude attempts at animating it.

The other thing I did is a character expression sheet for the guy.

Complex stuff as you can see.

Sketchbook: Keyhole Sessions – Pride (NSFW)

This was the third anniversary session of TKS, which was pretty cool. It’s in a new venue now: Revival. The theme was Pride, so they had Dolores del Fuego posing pregnant, which was amazingly appropriate.

As usual, they had 3 models that night, and given that it was the anniversary, they had a lovely contest with envelops under the chair. The prizes included vibrators, lube sets, dirty pictures and anal beads, all kinds of stuff to open in the TTC streetcar in the way home.

The music was great, the beer was cold, the people were fantastic. And next session is Gluttony!