Thursday, December 17, 2009

Figure Drawing Part IV

These are 5 minute poses and a 40 minute pose.

Figure Drawing class taught by Karl Gnass. We did a bunch drawings where you look at the pose for 3 seconds and then draw out of your what you remember for the next 57 seconds. If you can't remember you make it up. It's a cool technique for starting to get line of action form and figure out what you know by memory.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hiking in Griffith Park

Went hiking for 3.5 hours in Griffith Park about 2 miles from DWA and home. Took photos with my phone not a "real camera"

Figure Drawing part III

and here's a quick lunchtime figure drawing of the day...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Red Cliff - WIP started

Saw the movie RED CLIFF tonight and I'm totally inspired to paint some stuff like it. Even though I paint stuff like it all day at work on Kaboom of Doom. Anyways this is very early on. Just fleshing out the character I want. I'll paint this over a few days and see where it goes. I'm saving out versions so that I can show some progression.

Figure Drawing Part II

Monday lunch figure drawing...with a sharpie marker... part II

Very uniquely proportioned model, short legs, very very tiny waist. I may have exaggerated a bit to make it look more natural actually. Strange drawing experience, but it forces you to draw what you see, not what you know (or think you know).

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I'm on GoogleWave now....

if you don't know what it is go read about it. It's hard to explain.
especially to "grown ups"

you can find me through my email

ghettinger at gmail

Happy waving...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Figure Drawing Part 1

Two days in a row!! I'm on a roll!
These are some 2-5 min figure drawings
photos taken with my phone by a window
so sorry about the quality of the photos
of course I doubt that's why my drawings
look the way they do...I'll start uploading
these every week now...maybe I'll improve.

Monday, November 9, 2009

I was watching tv and the movie The Lost Boys came on... and I just felt like drawing a vampire. Oh the 80's were awesome!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I need more art on this...

which will require doing more art when I get home... from doing art...


Sunday, November 1, 2009

The other project I've been working on mostly though is "The Ringling 100" a collaborative art book created by the donations of lots of highly talented artists. It's sort of like a year book or art for people involved with The Ringling COllege of Art and Design. After 2 years of getting it off the ground we are a month away from final submissions! Thanksgiving of this year is the cut off date. Then we have to organize everything for the judges and send it off to them. Once we get the scores back from them we can start laying out the book in December and hopefully be ready for print by January 2010. All the money from the books that get sold are going to go towards making scholarships for Ringling students.

I've been asked why I'm doing this and especially why am I doing it without getting anything in return. Well, first off because it is fun to create something, and if we can help someone else in the process then it is worth it. Secondly, I'm thankful for everything I have and all that I was given so in a way this is like giving back. Third, the book will be something I can look back at and be proud of and lastly when I say I'm going to do something I follow through on it no matter how long it takes. I"m just stubborn like that.
Happy Halloween!!

I went as the newer Superboy a.k.a. Conner Kent. Mostly becaue I didn't have time or money to make a costume and he wears jeans and a black shirt with a Superman S on it. I cut one out of paper and sewed it on. Looked good enough!
Well I've fleshed out some more background on some characters and I'm finding a way to structure the story starting from the conclusion and working my way backwards. Some things I thought were good before can't work out in the time line that I have created for myself so some earlier story points are going to have to be changed around a bit. Writing is a fun puzzle to solve even before you start.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

So now that my life has sort of hit a rhythm and day to day things are mostly worked out I've decided to do something I've been putting off for a long time. I'm going to re-start work on a project that I began in 2001. Writing a book!

The first time around I got about 80 pages in and from most accounts it seemed to be the beginning of an entertaining story. It is totally a fantasy/sci-fi epic journey quest thing with good guys bad guys and everything that gets in between. In the EIGHT years that have gone by since I first began typing, my original idea has grown and changed and continued evolving in my head. What I had written before is now only a memory of what it has become. There are lots of very fleshed out characters with back stories, interweaving plot lines, triumphs, failures, love and loss, although I have never really had time to write it all down until now.

Even with everything else going on in my life I've always had this story brewing on the back burner. Ideas for characters and story points come to me usually at the most inopportune times, but because of that I've forced myself to memorize everything about it. There are very few things that have slipped my mind when it comes to this story, but I figure if it isn't something I can remember about it then it probably wasn't important enough to include anyways.

I've read a lot of interviews where writers and directors of the best stories out there spent years developing their characters and the story that brings them all together. Hopefully mine have been simmering long enough.

Maybe a year or two from now I'll actually have it mostly finished. I might try to do some artwork for it just for fun. Visual Development is just as fun as writing and it can sometimes help the process!

So here goes nothing...!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I'm actually working on an animated feature film.... WOW!!
Sorry this is kind of sappy, but this is my blog so I can do anything I want with it right? Well, some days I just like to stop and think about how thankful I am for where my life is right now. It took a long time, a lot of hard work, and just a little bit of luck, but I actually achieved my childhood dream. I'm damn proud of myself, just because not many people can say that. Some days it's just hard to believe that this is my job. I love what I do because I'm doing what I love!

Couldn't have done any of it with out the love, inspiration, and incredible support of my awesome wife Heather!!! Love you baby! and a big thanks to all of my family and friends that have helped us along the way.

Friday, September 18, 2009

I'm in charge of this little project called The Ringling 100. After a long process of getting approvals and getting the word out we are finally ready to really get started on creating it. Without very much advertising we already have over 100 submissions, but we need a lot more in order to make this the best book possible. So if you are a Ringling student, alumni, or faculty we want your submission!

Here's an example of a submission... THANKS TO JOSH WYZ for letting me post this...

Moving across the country to a new job sort of put a wrench in the works earlier this summer because I was so busy trying to get adjusted to the new life. Now that I'm all settled in I will have the time to get it running up at full speed.

Of course my point man Scotty will be doing a lot of the PR work back at Ringling, while I take care of the tech side online. Jorge is our silent partner. He's really there just to look good.

Now all I need is for the artists to create art...

send your submissions to


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

SO I finally got around to putting my thesis up on youtube. It's on my website already, but I guess youtube is easier for some people to check it out. Hope you enjoy. Check out all the other Ringling Thesis Projects from this year too!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The sun set from our balcony at home

Here's my desk

Here's the courtyard at my studio. It's so relaxing to walk out side and see this everyday!
Just finished my first week at DreamWorks. It is such an amazing place! It's everything an animation studio should be! I can't describe just how happy I am to be here. I can have icecream everyday for free if I want to!!

The wifey and I have been busy moving into our new place. We had a headache of a move and had to fight tooth and nail with the movers for trying to over charge us for the stuff they did. Like oh I don't know....$65 for packing a large box that only had a dog leash in it!!!!! They ended up breaking stuff, dragging our mattress on the street, and losing one of our boxes somewhere in Kansas!!! This companies name was ATLAS. I strongly don't recommend them to anyone!

We had to ship my jeep cross country and it seemed fine until I tried to use my turn signals and found out they aren't working. Something must have rattled loose during transit. Of course the car movers say they won't pay to have it checked out because they didn't touch the blinkers.

The apartment we found sight unseen....actually turned out to be great! We lucked out there and we are very happy in our place and it's in a good location 2 miles from my studio. The dogs thought stairs were really cool at first, but they are going up an down a bit slower these days now that they realized they have to climb them every day.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Moving truck comes at 8am. I-10 westbound is about to become our new best friend. Here we go!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Well....I'm going to DreamWorks!

I just got hired to be an entry level surface artist working on Kung Fu Panda 2 in Glendale!!! We move this Friday coming up and I start in 2 weeks! Cross country trip here we come!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just realized today how much I'm going to miss the 11x17in printers at school!
I'm a college graduate! Again! Now I'm job searching. I have a few good leads right now, and two of them are going very well. Hopefully I'm lucky enough to have one of them want to pick me up. Both are amazing companies! Hopefully soon I'll know more. Now that school is out I'm having fun spending time with my wife, adjusting back to real life, and still finding time to do a little modeling and art on my own. I actually have started jogging again so my transformation back into a healthy person is beginning again! 6 months from now I'll be just like I was before Ringling.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Senior CA end of the year show is tonight! 4 hours long, but it's going to be awesome! I can't wait to see all of our classes films up there on the big screen!

I am currently job searching. It is not something I like doing because I want to finally get into a studio, sink my teeth in and just work on amazing things with an amazing team of people. I got a taste of that during my internship and I really want to get back to that world of creating entertainment and actually getting paid to do it.

There are two studios I am very interested in right now that I have applied for and if I was lucky enough to go to either one of them I would be excited beyond words. All I can do is wait to see how things turn out. I'm finishing up loose ends at school and trying to pack my life into boxes to move.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

We all made posters for our movies based off of Oscar nominated movies of the past. Did you know that Transformers not only was nominated for 2 Oscars, but it won one of them!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


So just to take a break from all the highly detailed texturing stuff I've been doing for my Thesis, I decided to make a low poly environment model today. This was really fun to do. All together it only took a few hours and I'm happy how it turned out for what it is. I'm going to do a much more detailed environment next. Something Next-Gen systems could handle. Normal Maps and Baked lighting here I come! (Nerd alert!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'm liking the way it has turned out.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

THESIS has been turned in! It's finally "done." I still have some things I need to fix and make better, but the grading part is over with. It is such a huge relief to have that deadline over with. I'll get some more stuff up in a little while, but I'll be sleeping a lot more and working on getting a job now. Graduation is coming!

Monday, March 9, 2009

comparison to the original

I still have some more "junk" to add to it to make it messy like the painting. Some chains, extra parts, and hoses. I need to bring the rest of my shots up to par first and then I'll come back to this one again. The rocket is not as prominent in the 3D version because the story has evolved to reveal the rocket in a different shot. This is just part of the teaser to see it now.
Latest version

Original Concept Art

Saturday, March 7, 2009

After 2 months of battling with rendering errors and problems on the new render grid system they installed this year, I have finally managed to get an image that is acceptable for what I was originally envisioning. I've been able to render at home a little at a time with no problems, but when I would try to render at school it would never work correctly!! I would never have been able to batch render the whole thing at home before the final due date! Just as an experiment they reinstalled the old render farm from last year and after one attempt at rendering a scene it came back perfect. It turns out this ENTIRE TIME it wasn't my files that were messed up at all. It was the render farm!!!!!! The new farm is Linux based, the old farm Windows based! SO MUCH TIME WASTED!!!! ARGHHHH!!! I guess I did become much more versed in the intricacies of render settings that I tweaked countless times trying to correct problems that were never problems! I'm finally getting scenes back and making adjustments at a much better pace now.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A few minor updates to my character Floyd.

Further into lighting and I'm now finally getting some results that I like. Here's how far this shot has come along.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Finally started making some headway into lighting and texturing. I need to do a few more passes at this and get the fur beard back on and do come composting effects to it then I'll have something nice hopefully.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Here's an update on my Thesis Character progress.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I still have a very long way to go with the lighting and textures of my set, but This is a general idea of what it will look like. The ground, mountains, and sand is all just temporary place holder stuff. It's also missing a large hangar door that will go right there in the front and center. I am at least happy It's not all gray still.

Monday, January 12, 2009

80's sunset Silhouette! Ha ha I started actually drawing a little with silhouettes and found this could be a cool way to start making some environments as well. Next time I'll spend some time making something that would be a cool concept piece. This was just for fun messing around with the tools.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Couldn't sleep so I decided to have some fun with silhouettes. Roughed out a little sketch in Photoshop. This was a fun little exercise that I think I will do more of in whatever free time I find. School is starting this week so there won't be much free time around working on my thesis, but I'll sneak in a few.