Thursday, October 14, 2010

To: Joe Murrary

Welcome to my blog, which also serves as my portfolio of sorts.

Using the "Pages" column to the right, you can check out my animation demo reel, weekly comics I do for my college's newspaper, as well as more traditional art.

On the home page I have my most recent animated short posted, which is also on the KaboingTV Facebook page, and assorted doodles, caricatures, and animation exercises.

Please feel free to explore.

I look forward to hearing more from you.

-Dan

Sunday, October 3, 2010

"Hot Air" Finished Finished

My silly cartoon project is finally done, now with polished audio and a musical score. Enjoy.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

"Hot Air" Finished

Throughout the summer I continued what began as last Fall's Animation 1 final project. For the purposes of class, it was complete; an animatic made up of rough pencil animation with voices and sound effects.

Now, it is finally finished. Inked and colored with backgrounds. It's called "Hot Air" because it's about kids telling absurd, made-up stories to the school principal.

Most backgrounds were done in flash with a simplified flat paint look to it, other parts were digitally painted on Photoshop, such as the close-up above.

All it needs now is music (most likely by Devin Polaski, Grand Valley's resident film composer) and titles. Once I have all of that added in I plan on submitting it to any film/animation fests and contests I can. I also plan on making it available on this blog as well as Facebook and Youtube once it's ready.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Camper Caricatures

I've never really had the opportunity to do live caricatures before, especially so many.
I worked at a day camp this summer. The kids loved it when I drew them, so I got plenty of practice.













And as an added bonus...
Tommy Wiseau, the best bad writer/actor/director of all time. Sorry Ed Wood, but this guy is just something else.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Demo Reel



Well what do you know, I can embed facebook videos. I plan on adding this and other work to my youtube later this summer. I think I'd rather get my animation 1 project done first and post everything at once.

If the play button doesn't appear, right click the window and select "show all." If that doesn't work, try refreshing the page.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Illustrator doodles





All I've been doing is inking and coloring, so it was a good diversion to make some quick, loose, sketches on the side...Anyway, back to work on the big project.

Here are some older doodles I've previously posted on my facebook:









Okay...NOW back to ink and color...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Current Projects

In fourth grade I got so mad at my best friend, Michael, that I hit him with a rock and sent him to the office with blood trickling down his forehead.

You'd think I'd be in big trouble and kicked out of school for that, but I wasn't. As where any other kid would've told on me, Michael made up a lie that kept me out of trouble and more importantly kept our friendship together.

One of the two animated shorts I'm currently working on is loosely based on this story.

The difference with this story is that BOTH kids are in the principal's office, all beat up with bumps on their heads and bloody rocks on the table as evidence. When asked to explain themselves they tell two completely different off-the-wall stories.

In my side of the story I'm a kung-fu badass and Michael is a sumo-wrestling oppressor of the playground.Michael's side of the story derives from a naive misinterpretation of "Animal House." In his story he's the biggest party animal the playground's ever seen (metaphorically speaking.)
And I'm a hunter who crashes the party.
Crap..just noticed that my mole is on the wrong side in the above image. I'll have to fix that.

This project's animation is complete, and I'm close to completing ink and color. Maybe just another week or two.

My second project isn't as close to completion, mainly because it uses full animation.

Today 3D movies are the cat's pajamas-- TV is trying to catch up by going 3D, too. In this story, incredibly realistic holographic TV exists.
This man purchases one and gives it a try.
A sultry woman comes out of his TV. He enjoys every moment of it...until he realizes she's only available if he got the premium package...he could only afford basic.
New technology can never be trusted.

I'm hoping to have these done by Fall. At least one of them. Basically my free time this summer will be spent animating.

Sample of Work

I'm now using facebook to embed these videos since it's higher quality than blogger. If the play button doesn't appear, right click the window and select "show all." If that doesn't work, try refreshing the page.

Demo Reel:

Note: I've updated the logo since editing this, as you can see above.

"The Defeaters" X-Treme Toy Commercial:

This was for Animation 2 where we had to make a 30-second web animation using Flash. The Defeaters are are group of useless superheroes based off of myself, my roommate, and our friends. We plan on doing more with these characters when we get the chance.

"The Take"

This was for Animation 1. The assignment was to animate a take.

Intro

Hi, I'm Dan.

I'm an aspiring cartoonist.

I made a blog here once before but never used it. I forgot my old username and password, so I've created an all new blog. No loss, though, I didn't really have anything on the old one. I've had the bad habit of posting my work on Facebook and nowhere else, so I'm gonna try to use this more often now.