Wednesday, November 24, 2010

CTN Expo and Ghandi

So I went to the CTN Animation Expo in Burbank this past weekend and it was a jolly good time. I drove to Huntington Beach to visit my best friend and brother and stayed the night, then drove up to Burbank the next morning. I was a half hour early.....I never have been to an expo or convention before so I wanted to familiarize myself with the map and where all the speakers and vendors were going to be.

I didn't really know what to expect or how to go about it. I think I went with the intention of getting inspired and talking with the studios and meeting and greeting old faces. I saw some of my CalArts alumni there and former teachers too. It was a cool reunion. Also saw some of my favorite artists like Pascal Campion, Brittney Lee, Cheeks, and lots of new ones too. There were many talented artists.

I talked to several studios like Disney and Titmouse and asked about job opportunities......I came away with the objective that I have to learn Flash....and 3d....if I want to be versatile, which I understand.

Who's drawing is this?
Well Stefan Bucher of course!
Artist business cards. My favorite is the Green Peas by Joe Moshier.
Studio flyers and some other helpful goodies.
Jesse, fellow animator, making magical strokes on the pegless disc.
Towards the end of the Expo the Animation Table they had setup where animation icons Eric Goldberg and Tony Bancroft sat and drew for people, was unoccupied so my friend Jesse and I wasted no time to doodle on this desk that probably is a *pain* to move around

There were also companies like Wacom(makers of pen tablets and Cintiqs), Digicel(2d animation software company), some CG and FX companies and Don Bluth.

So, you wondering about what Ghandi has to do with the Expo?

Well, Wacom had (drawing tablets where you draw directly on the screen) a drawing contest... you had to draw something on a Cintiq there on the spot and submit it, and the winners get a free copy of Corel Painter 11!!   I know I wanted to draw a caricature, and I had drawn Ghandi two days what the hay, I drew Ghandi for the contest. At the end of the day, I had my free copy of Corel Painter 11! Woot! Thank you Ghandi!!

I definitely want to go again next year, and other similar's a great time to network and see familiar faces and see great work.

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