Archive for the ‘Work’ category

Moving Home and More Life Drawings

August 3, 2009

So today I’ve told work I’m leaving on the 21st. I was planning on not telling them until next week, but on friday at the end of the day, my boss was talking about me leaving for school and was asking me questions about it. I decided not to ruin his weekend and just tell him today instead.

Anyways, I haven’t posted any more life drawings since a couple weeks ago. It’s a little hard because the paper I use is larger than my scanner, and it is also inside a hard-bound sketch book.

I’ll post them chronologically from top down. I think I’ve gotten better since the batch below don’t you?
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Work gets exciting (not)

March 30, 2009

So I’ve hit the point at work where I’ve pretty much run out of anything meaningful to do, or anything that really involves me being at my computer that long. Basically I have to scan a whole bunch of papers and compile them into digital versions of themselves. It’s not oging to be a fun process. At least I have my podcasts and my music to keep me entertained.

Meanwhile, I just planned out a shot on my first X-Sheet (exposure sheet). It’s just a scene of a ball bouncing across the screen and off the side of the wall, but hey I’m just gettin started! No idea if I have the timing right of anything but I’ll see how it turns out.

Actually I never wrote about it, but last Friday I got the two animation books I ordered from Amazon in the mail. The Animator’s Survival Kit and The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation. I”ve only read the Survival Kit so far, well about 1/3 of it. The author is talking about walks and such, but I’m going to stick with my ball before I even touch that stuff. Illusion of Life lookspretty beefy. I think I’m going to end up reading both of these books before I’m even required to read them heh. It’s ok, I need to read them again anyways.

Well, off to get some sleep for my week (or few) of scanning. At least I’m taking Friday off to go home. Yay 4 day weeks.

Progress and Failure

March 26, 2009

So I guess my life plan has taken a sharp turn for the better. While I was previously planning on staying down here in ol’ Southern California, the rejection (I guess you can call it that) from CSUF put a bit of a halt on my progress. After some thinking and planning (and hopefully some more thinking and planning next weekend with my parents), I am hopefully going to be moving back up to the SF Bay Area with my family and saving up money to attend school up there.

This provides me with the opportunity to save A LOT more money for school than I would have just staying down here. I’ll save on rent, utilities, and most of my food every month. That’s at least a good $1000 a month or so back in my pocket. This makes the tuition for school very easy to pay, as well as giving me some more money to play with if I need it.

It also puts me in close proximity to the top two studios I probably want to seek employment at. Pixar is close by in Emeryville, and ILM is across the bay in SF. I know I’m going to have to work really really hard to get there, but I’m already looking forward to the journey.

It feels pretty good right now actually, knowing that I am going to have the opportunity to pursue my dream and hopefully one day get to work at Pixar.

It also feels pretty good knowing that most likely I won’t be stuck in this hell (job) for more than another 4 or 5 weeks. Which brings me to the “failure” part of the post. Another little short anecdote about my technologically retarded superiors…

So in my department we need to send these things we call “EU Dossiers” to the EU (who couldn’t see that coming?). Originally we had everything in paper form, and it took 8 months of convincing and a move to a smaller office to make my bosses make the conversion to keeping the files digitally. Actually I lied, we haven’t converted to digital, we just now have digital in addition to the paper files. Although to my credit, the papers aren’t in gigantic 3″ binders anymore, and are in nice and small presentation folders.

Back to the story though, so I’m almost complete compiling a completely digital version of the EU Dossiers and we are going to burn them onto CDs. First off, neither of my bosses realized you could fit a shitload more than 14 pdf files (less than 1mb each) onto a CD. Second, my department director didn’t buy a cd spindle at costco because she thought that those particular CD-Rs were only for burning music. Third, same person asked me what side of the CD-R you put the label on (WTF?!), and if that was enough to identify because she was somehow in awe at how small CDs are in size. The dam things have been around for more than 20 years and you still don’t know how big it is!? And the kicker, is that she requested that I make the pdf files on the CD “read-only” so people can’t change the files on the CD. Yea. Good times….

Well until next time, peace.

Face/Palm

March 19, 2009

So now I’m more fairly convinced I work with a bunch of idiots. I lied, I was convinced of that a LONG time ago. 

Today, my department director was looking through her SENT e-mail box looking for an e-mail that I sent her……yea….

And then there’s that time our department SVP asked me how to access his flash drive through Windows Vista. He said it used to pop up automatically in XP. I guess he never really clicked on the “My Computer” button in his life.

I’ll save some stories for later. Right now I have to go watch The Office after the UCLA Basketball game is over.