Thursday, March 25, 2010

Becoming a young professional...

Its Monday...
Originally uploaded by kennymatic
Tomorrow is my first ever full time job interview! And while I will not be wearing a Storm Trooper outfit, I will be wearing some sweet new threads I got last week.

I have spent the day readying all of my materials, reading up on Kids II, and doing overall research... and I have to say, I am pretty excited!

Atlanta, here I come! Wish me luck!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Canada's graphic identity

I have been visiting Canada the past few days with some of my best girlfriends, and it has been a great time! One of the things that always strikes me about Canada is the overwhelming presence of the maple leaf...

At first I thought that this was due to the extreme national pride that most Canadians seem to embody. Don't get me wrong, I think that this is definitely part of it. But when I look at the actual ways that the maple leaf symbol is used, I think that it is just a much easier symbol to integrate into a graphic identity. Red white and blue stripes and stars are a lot more to handle...probably the best recent use of the American flag is the Obama logo.

Do you think if America had a symbol closer in comparison to the maple leaf that it would be seen more often in branding?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Thesis Proposal

Last Friday we presented our thesis topics for our class and a few faculty. I got really good feedback from my presentation and everyone is excited to see what I come up with. Take a look at my proposal, if you like!!

Click here to download!
Sometimes I think I am crazy for choosing this topic, but I feel like there are SO MANY opportunities, and it is a very emotional problem, which I also like.

In other news, the new Gorillaz CD, Plastic Beach, is A-MAZING. Check out the video for their first single, Stylo...

They did an amazing job transposing the characters to 3D without losing any of the character of the hand drawn style. Usually, I think that some of the character of the original designs are lost in translation when going from 2D to 3D. Example: the concept art for How to Train Your Dragon that I posted last week. After watching the trailer for the movie, I don't think the 3D characters have the same quality as the hand drawn designs.

Way to go, Gorillaz animation team!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

How To Train Your Dragon concept art

REALLY inspiring video of concept art from Dreamworks's upcoming film, How To Train Your Dragon.

On a side note, here is a little teaser of something I am working on for my portfolio...