Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Other fun stuff I've been up to (more recently) !!

Hey - forgot to mention - I have a tumblr now too!!
Check it out whenever you get a second.


Current Work - check out my Vimeo link!!


BLT Illustration - The Internship!!

Back in my graduating year at SJSU - I had the amazing opportunity to learn from some of the best Illustrators currently working in the Movie Poster Advertising business at BLT Illustration!

It was such an amazing experience - whether it was my boss or any of my co-workers, each person was a mentor and Jedi Master of drawing to me. I learned a ton. :]

At the end of it all - I made a movie poster illustration of my own implementing some of the skills and tricks I learned on the job - summing up my experience there with a Star Wars homage. 

From the Way Back ... BFA Gallery Artwork and Demo Reel

Graduating from the BFA Animation Illustration program each year's class has a show where each student gets to present a select highlight of some of the work they've been up to over their last year in school. Below are a few pieces I submitted to the show that made it up onto the gallery walls.  

Looking back on this work is a fun - and an awesome reminder how far (specifically) my Animation skills have grown over my time now at iAnimate 



DemoReel - 2D Focused - Spring 2014 from Kevin Maier on Vimeo.

Adventures in Stop Motion Animation

Adventures in Stop Motion Animation!! 

A few years back I had the chance to try out stop motion animation in a class I took at SJSU.
This shot - which originally started as an assignment - quickly became a fun personal project, and was a chance to help bring to life a character design made by one of my closest and best friends - Steven Celiceo.

Adventures in Stop-Motion Animation! from Kevin Maier on Vimeo.

CSU Summer Arts!!


 After graduating SJSU with a BFA in Animation - I took a short break and then got back into the thick of it at CSU Summer Arts!!
I had the opportunity to take the Animation class and learn from some of the coolest, down to earth, knowledgeable, and inspiring instructors like the great Aubry Mintz, Ryan Woodward, and Orlando Pabotoy.
 And... got to take the Nickelodeon: An Overview from Development to Pitch class!!
Where, I think I learned/rediscovered my second love: TV pitch development. :]
Learning all about Storytelling, and sculpting a story from the ground up is an amazing experience and immensely rewarding sharing it with others.

Here's a cartoon sketch one of our guest instructors and awesome Nickelodeon Artists - Rikke Asbjorn.
 Afterwards we'd play loads of frizz-bee and jump around on the beach :]

Disney Inspire Days!!

Way back when.... (in Fall 2013)
The hard work and long hours started to pay off!
I was one of a few students from SJSU to get to attend and be inspired by the amazing event -
Disney Inspire Days!!!

Some of the other SJSU - fellow Shrunkenheads include:
Kristy Kay, Youri Dekker, Dan Galligar, Jule Kenville, Lauren Jensen, Brie Lee, and Alex Turner.

Looking back - Fun Fact

Looking back to that time in Laguna for Goldberg's master class - I found this amazing nugget of a photo of some of the crew that worked on the short.

Fun fact - Katrina Carras - the girl in the center with the yellow jacket told my buddy Nick about where he ended up getting his current job at Telltale!

 YAH!! Goof-ball networking!!

LCAD - Eric Goldberg Master Class

Back in the Summer of 2012,

I had the amazing chance and opportunity to learn from one of my all time heroes
I learned all about x-sheets, timing, spacing, and just how fun animation can be.
By the end of the summer long workshop, the class made an awesome little short film titled -
"Attack of the 50 - foot Hero"

The class was featured in a number of big animation news outlets!


Responding to this ad and submitting on a whim - changed my life for the better :]

Here's the short film!

Attack of the 50-Foot Hero from LCAD Animation on Vimeo.

Graduating and Getting out!!

Back in the Spring of 2014....


With some of the most amazing, and incredibly hard working fun-to-be-around people I've ever known. Below are a few photos of Graduation Day, and the BFA Animation Illustration Department Dinner.
Also, earlier in 2013 - Diana and I got a new and awesome room mate - my long time co-Hort in crime and one of my best friends - Nick Marshall! We've had the chance to work on a handful of projects together over the years, and now seeing him off working at Telltale as one of their Cinematic Artists is great to see how far he's gone with this crazy "art" thing.. lol
 These guys!! Keith and Michael helped make my last year at SJSU incredible. Keith was the Director of the short film "Hello Debra" I got to be an animator on, and Michael was our class's production management guru. Both taught me invaluable lessons of pursuing what you love and ditching all the nay-say-ers.

Odd video Issue with previous Posts

Hi All,

Upon revisiting previous posts from what now feels like another life time, I'm realizing some video links aren't working properly - So - Sorry for the lack of video watching/payoff/content with posts. Over the next few coming weeks I'll be working to resolve those issues as well as doing a long series of LONG OVERDUE UPDATES with more current work I've been up.

Thanks for understanding,
- Kevin