Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Computer Crash and Pixar Portfolio

Computer Crash
This past Saturday I went to turn on my computer and found that it had suffered a PBR 2 system boot failure. I was frantic because I was in the middle of backing up my portfolio work for my Pixar submission. I called my dad who was nice enough to spend all weekend and Monday fixing my computer. Luckily none of my files were damaged and he was able to transfer everything off so he could wipe everything. I am truly lucky to have a computer engineer as a father because now I sit here in front of my computer and it’s as if nothing happened to it. Thanks dad!

This brings up another point, I have become so computer centric in my day to day life that I really didn’t have anything else to do. So I rented and watched the entire first season of the Tudors, Twilight, the Truman Show, and Sense and Sensibility. As well I washed all of my roommates and my clothes and attempted to pack more boxes until I realized we were out of tape.

Pixar Portfolio
I’ve also been working on my portfolio submission for Pixar Studios. Some of you may remember that a few months back I had the opportunity to visit Pixar. All the work is done and mostly printed out (I ran out of ink with 2 pages left) and should be ready to send on its way tomorrow! After that it’s back to client projects and my book Stalking the Elusive Quetzal.

Here is one of the pieces from the portfolio. The original design was intended for a children’s magazine, unfortunately the company went under and the project was never finished. Since I had already done all this design work it was a shame to let it sit so I painted the character and gave her a new name.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Portfolio Work

Sorry about the lack of updates my roommate’s buying a house and so that means lots of running around looking at places. Production of Stalking the Elusive Quetzal has been halted till I finish up this new portfolio to send to studios like Pixar. However that will most likely be completed today so production on the book should begin again next week.

Here is some of the things I’ve been working on:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

cool Videos

Cool Video I found today

The Girl Who Silence the World

Real Mermaid

WonderCon 2009 Review

Sorry about the late review I came down horribly sick when I got back from the con.

Our Table
The Matted Mini Prints and Mini Color books were a smash hit! In general, the response to my studio’s offerings were good. And due to overwhelming demand KatGirl Studio will be publishing the full length illustrated book Stalking the Elusive Quetzal later this year! We will also hopefully have studio shirts and Kiki plushies by famine since people kept trying to buy the ones we was wearing. If you really wanted one of our items and it A: Sold out or B: you ran out of cash, worry not because most of the items will also be featured in our Etsy shop. I’d like to say thank you to my best pal Sally Rose for being my table rep when I wasn’t there so I could get a chance to walk around.

Mike Mignola
Most of my friends know that as fair a “Super Heroes” go Hell Boy is my fav so I was really exited to be able to meet Hell Boys creater Mike Mignola. There a pretty funny story about how I ended up waiting in line twice to get my book signed and if you want the whole story let me know. But the short story ends with me getting a few things signed and us (me and Mike) doing impressions of our pet cats.

Stan Saki
My roommate owns most of the Usagi Yojimbo graphic novels and the “art of book” and so of course I’ve read all of the ones he has because well there awesome and two train rides become very boring. It’s a not so little know fact that Stan is one of the most hardworking comic artists/cartoonists in the US if not the world. besided getting a few books, posters and the art of book signed I also picked up one of the newer books we didn’t have from dark horse because he (Stan) had sold out already and it was only part of the way through sat.

Tracy Butler
I’ve been following her work since I was in high school and she’s one of the first people I started watching on DA. I really love her comic Lackadaisy and it was a big shock to round a corner and sew one of her characters in sculpture form at a book and then realize she was there and then realize whereas I had admired her for years I had no idea what she looked like. Luckily she was there and I got to tell her how much I loved her work. I also preordered her book because customs has seized their shipment of books for random drug search and they had sold out of the ones they had by 11am on Saturday.

Camilla D’Errico
Camilla among other things is the artist of Nightmares and Fairy Tales. I picked up her book some months back at my friend Anna’s comic store and really liked it. We saw her at APE and I kicked myself for forgetting to bring the book for her to sign. Luckily she was at the con and signed my book. As well her and the writer Serena will be doing a signing later this year at Anna’s store.

David Petersen
David is the artist and writer of Mouse Guard and I picked up a signed copy of his book as well at the con. I’ve only flipped through them a few times at Anna’s store but what I saw made my want to buy it. Who can say no to a book of such cute mice? I’d greatly looking forward to reading his comic.

Other Cool people I met were: Laurie B., Bobby Crosby (writer of Marry Me), Travis Hanson (he drew me a cool cat sketch), Gabrielle Pennacchioli (a Dreamworks animator and he sat next to us in AA), Steph Laberis (cool illustrator who gave me the last of her sold out buttons she found under her table) and many many more.

I’d also like to give lots of hugs to your friend Brian Kolm of Atomic Bear Press who’s father passed away this weekend. Hang in there Brian we’re all here for you.