Wednesday, May 23, 2007


Every heard of a magical town called Kalamazoo? Well, gather round the campfire or moniter, kids. It is the place where the only animation festival in Michigan takes place every 2 years. The Kalamazoo Animation Festival International. KAFI. I know it should be International Festival, but then it would be KAIF which doesn't sound as good. Anyways I got to participate in the Cartoon Challenge, a contest with 10 teams from across the country compete to make a 30 second Public Service Announcement in 3 and a half days. The topic was Global Warming. Although our team didn't win, I got to meet tons of cool people and got to animate a tornado, which foreshadowed a real tornado that hit Kalamazoo. Good times. Since I don't know the legal issues with posting the finished video before it appears on the KAFI website, I'll wait to post that video. But just to satisfy your taste, here's some other stuff I've done in the last month

Here is a title sequence I did real quick for a guy for his Senior project.

And my first flash test down like two weeks ago, for a possible job that has to be done in Flash. Took me about 4 days to do, but I think I am getting the hang of flash. I know what your thinking, "He's just now learning Flash?" Yes, better late than never.

And if you look at this and are still disappointed in not getting to see the finishe Cartoon Challenge film, I've got more goodie to hold you over until then. Check out the new San Jose links. Seriously, those guy are freaking amazing when it comes to drawing. Awesome Inspiring stuff. Makes me want to take drawing more seriously to improve my skills. Even bought a sketch book earlier today to start carrying around.


Blogger Saul Ruiz said...

Hey man looking good! I like the penguin character. Did you draw him out first on paper then scan or was it a pure flash character? Nice stuff either way.

Thanks for the shout out i still need to get your teams links hooked up to my blog. I hope you have fun with the new sketchbook you purchased filler up cause there are plenty of them out there waiting to be bought and drawn in. Peace J!

1:04 AM, May 30, 2007  
Blogger OptionJoe said...

Hey Jodie... so what job is the test for? Just curious.
How are things going for you?

1:53 PM, May 31, 2007  
Blogger Saul Ruiz said...

Hah! Thanks for stopping by.. I wish i could fly but in my case i just kinda leap around and frolic. I want to utilize flash the way you are utilizing... it seems like a time saver. I think anyone can join the creation engine blog... im not the host of it just a part of it but i am sure they would love to have you on board. Just email Nelson and ask for the add... Hope to see you there!

5:49 PM, June 02, 2007  

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