Monday, December 06, 2010

CTN Expo 2010

CTN Expo was a wonderful experience for me and I learned so much more there than at any comic convention I had ever been to! I was fortunate to get to speak to a handful of artists I've admired for many years who've worked on some of my favorite films!

I loved catching all the making-of panels that involved the character design and animation process behind movies such as MegamindTangled and Despicable Me. I learned so much at Armand Serrano's "Power of Thumbnails" panel, and spoke with vizdev artists/art directors from Sony Animation (Armand Serrano, Luc Desmarchelier, James Williams) and Disney Animation (James Finch), who generously gave me positive and honest feedback on my work, which was extremely encouraging and helpful to me! ^__^ And to top things off at the very end of the convention, I even got to attend a special early screening of Tangled at Walt Disney Studios--such an amazingly beautiful film, and now one of my favorite movies, to date!

I was so excited to see many of my incredibly talented friends around the booths: Pascal Campion, Nidhi Chanani, Craig HarrisTuna BoraMichael BuffingtonScott WatanabeBill Robinson, EunJung June Kim, and Brenden Oshima! And I was really happy to bump into Sherrie Sinclair, my dear mentor, instructor and Director of Animation at the Academy of Art!!

To all my friends at CTN, it was wonderful and inspiring to see you all again! Thank you for all your help, kindness and support! ^___^

  
 
 
~Genevieve
blog: charicreatures.blogspot.com
portfolio: genevievetsai.blogspot.com

22 comments:

Oceania Production said...

Ah it looking good lol great you got feedback what is the CTN Expo? Yeah I am still hard at work on my project hopefully get something in the next month going .

Nadia said...

Girl! These sketches are looking hot! It's really cool to see how you play with an idea until your satisfied with it. really really cool! :)

Armand Serrano said...

It was a pleasure meeting you as well, Genevieve. I love everything I saw on your portfolio. You are a solid draftsman (or is it draftswoman?!) and definitely in the right business. Keep it up! Please say hi to Sherrie Sinclair for me by the way.

:::Julia Lundman::: said...

Oh I didn't realize you were there! I was at my boyfriend's booth helping out. Would have been nice to meet. I see you work at EA. I was there until earlier this year.

Anyway, next time. Beautiful work!

-Julia

Genevieve Tsai said...

Oceania - CTN Expo is a convention focusing on the animation industry; there are lots of opportunities to meet artists, see demos and attend panel discussions and more. Check out their site for all the info!

Nadia - Thanks so much for checking up with my blog and for all your really sweet comments! And yeah! Playing with the design and shapes is a huge part of the fun! ^__^

Armand - I know I mentioned this in an email earlier, but I am truly grateful for all your generous compliments on my work--it means a lot coming from you, a phenomenal artist I've long admired! Thanks again, Armand!!

Julia - Hey Julia! I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to meet while at CTN, bummer! I hope we can next time, though! It was pretty busy, wasn't it? I was so excited to be there as it was my first year attending. ^__^

Sorry, I should update that profile; actually I left EA around Feb (working at Sanzaru now). I saw in your portfolio you were at Pogo! That's really cool, I still have some friends in the QA and Art Dept there. I was in the Sims bldg.

C.Deboda said...

What a great blog you got! Agree with Armand about the draftsmanship. Nice stuff.

David Smit said...

Awesome stuff! Those gestures and expressions are, once again, brilliant! Aiming to work in animation?

Genevieve Tsai said...

C.Deboda - Thank you so much! You have some really amazing work on your blog, especially your environment paintings and thumbnails... I'm so glad you stopped by to check out mine, now I found another great artist to Follow on blogspot! ^__^

David - Hi David! Thanks SO much for your kind words, it makes me happy to hear you enjoy the gestures and expressions I try to give my characters! Expressions are my favorite part! I discovered your blog a while back through Nadia's site--I love your fantastic colors and your style! Such awesome painting skills. And yes, I very much hope to work in film animation someday!

Luc Desmarchelier said...

Hi Genevieve,
Thanks for the visit on Ushuaia and for the kind notes you left there. It was a pleasure to meet you at CTN even if too briefly. I love what I see on your blog too.
So, until next time, keep up the good work.
Cheers.

David Smit said...

Genevieve: Thanks for the compliments! ^^
For coming year, I'll be happy with any cool art job in the SanFran area! But I'd better work on my gestures if I'm competing with you for a job in animation 0_o.

Richard Gaines said...

Definitely a pleasure meeting you! You know how much I love your artwork. You're definitely leaps and bounds ahead of the curve!

And thanks for enjoying my comics.

Oceania Production said...

Oh I see lol well that make sense

Ah well I have an update I am moving into-preproduction for my character and all her parody transformation and what not lol. And getting back to art and I am gonna finish that kayli fan art (Finally escaped that horrid lol.. Art institute ) lol I also order another copy of your comic lost mines unfortunately . And let see Oh and kayli inspired a new concept for the bootylicious shape-shifter lol

Tom said...

Whoa, can't believe I haven't seen your work before, it's fantastic! Wish I could've met you at CTN. Maybe next year...

Looking forward to future blog posts!

Phil said...

Hey Genevieve! So glad to see your stuff again. It's been awhile--I followed your link from Tony T's site. Your work is wonderful and super inspiring! Keep it up!

Craig Harris said...

These are off the charts beautiful...great work Genevieve.

Xavier Yabut said...

Wow! Your work always amazes me. I really like your character designs and colors that you use! Keep up the great work!

Genevieve Tsai said...

Luc - Thank you for stopping by my blog and for all your really kind compliments and support--it means a lot coming from an artist as amazing as you! I know I haven't updated in a while but I promise an update soon! Things have been so busy on my end! Hope you are well!

David - You don't have anything to worry about--I've seen what you're capable of and dude, you've got SKILLZ. I am always happy to help friends out if they are looking for job leads into the game industry, so shoot me an email to banewulfe at gmail if you have any questions!

Richard - Thank you for all the nice things you've said about my work, and it was awesome meeting you at CTN again. I still look over your Belfry comics and smile! Looking forward to seeing you again next CTN!

Oceania - I'm sorry the Art Institute isn't working out for you but I hope your pre-pro work is going well! Good luck with everything and thanks again for the Kayli fanart!

Tom - Hey! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and I'm glad you enjoy my work!! ^__^ I'll be at CTN next year--hopefully we can meet in person then!

Phil - Wow it's been a long time! So sorry about not getting back to you sooner. At least I get to see all your FB updates and see how you're doing! Thank you SO much for your sweet compliments on my work. I will be updating soon--I promise... I know it's been bare lately. ;_; Talk to you soon!

Craig! - Hey dude, thanks a TON for that compliment!! I'll have more soon... just things have been so crazy here. I really admire YOUR work so it makes me happy you still check in with mine! ^__^ I loved chatting with you at CTN last year. I'm really excited about this year's! Hope you're doing well!

Xavier - Thank you so much! I'm happy you like my colors--it's something I feel I need to keep working on--there's so much to learn! @__@

Cheeks said...

so nice seeing you, Genevieve!!!! Hope Wondercon was awesome for you!

Genevieve Tsai said...

It was SO awesome seeing you again, Cheeks!! I loved catching up with you and hearing about all the amazing things you have in the works! And yes the con was crazy fun for me, as always!! I hope it was the same for you! ^__^

Cheeks said...

the con was fantastic. i love the show. it gives me a chance to get face time with uber talent like yourself.

you're such a inspiration, Genevieve. Your positive attitude and your breathtaking art is what any doctor should recommend for a dose of nonstop happy.

all the best in your journey into switching over to film!

Lesley Vamos said...

A+mazing!! Love the dogs trying to get into the tree to save the cat - brilliant!!!

Elsa Chang said...

Your animal sketches are simply amazing!!