Lost in Her Ocean

I doodled the Starbucks mermaid when I was chilling at the Starbucks branch in Nuvali. Then I colored it after I got home using watercolor pencils. Then I used Letraset (kinda like a Copic marker but cheaper) for the waves. I know it's not that good. I'm still trying to draw realistic people but I still fail haha

The Art of Pixar: The Complete Colorscripts and Select Art from 25 Years of Animation

Every year, my relatives from the U.S. go back to the Philippines to celebrate Christmas with us. Because of that, I asked my auntie to buy me one because it's not available here since it's a new book. It made me extremely happy when my aunt said that she'll buy me one. But let's not talk about that. Now on to the review!

Here's the whole cover with the orange strip on. I am a HUGE fan of Pixar! So when I found out that they're releasing this book, I immediately wanted one. As an art student, this is a great book for inspiration and motivation. It's also a nice coffee table book. I wish one day I could work for them. Filipinos aren't new anyways to Pixar Animation Studios. There are a lot of Filipinos there. There's even a term for Filipinos who work at Pixar. They're called Pixnoys. For me, Pixar's way of creating animated films is very unique that's why it's loved by many. Personally, I love how they make their art starting from the concept to the final product. Trust me, I've seen.

What's written at the back: Over the past twenty-five years the extraordinary team at Pixar has revolutionized animated films. Celebrate the creativity and imagination of the groundbreaking studio with this comprehensive collection of behind-the-scenes art. Featuring introductory essays by veteran animation writer Amid Amidi and a foreword from John Lasseter, the complete colorscripts from Pixar's feature and short films, as well as a wide selection of lush visual development art, this deluxe volume offers a new look at the vibrant worlds, characters and art of Pixar.

Now let me give you a sneak peek of what's inside. But first, I'll explain to you what colorscripts are. Colorscripts are a roadmap for the way the color (and thus emotion) would be applied throughout the film. 

For the artists who created animated films, color is integral in setting the tone of a film and conveying the right atmosphere to support the characters and plot. Few studios have explored its possibilities as the artists at Pixar have, and it a ll begins with a colorscript.

So basically, that's where animators base the colors in a scene to set the right mood.

This is the cover for Toy Story's color scripts. The concept art images within the text is a really nice touch.

Since Toy Story focuses on toys (duh), they made the colorscripts look like they were drawn by a kid hence the crayon feel and texture.

The style that they used for The Incredibles has a paper cut out look. And it also has a retro feel to it like the ones from classic superhero movies. These are just some examples of their colorscripts. You'll find much more inside when you get/read one. It includes almost all of their films and all of their short films or Pixar shorts.

This image of an art from Finding Nemo is an example of a visual development art. This is different from colorscripts. Development art is more of a concept art. There are more examples of development art inside which is a great bonus to the colorscripts.

Well, that's it for this post. If you're a Pixar fan like me or wants inspiration from them, this book is a must-have. You'll surely get lots of inspiration. Honestly, I'm kind of a lazy person so whenever I look at this book, I immediately want to start drawing. It's just that good. I really recommend getting a copy. I think this book is not yet available in the Philippines but you can order it from Amazon :)

And before I go, here's what the front and back cover looks like without the orange strip/title. It looks nice, right?

(Blog post updated Dec. 29, 2012. Originally published on December 2011)

Starbucks 2012 Planner

I finally got the new planner from Starbucks. It took me a bit long to collect the stickers. I've been collecting the Starbucks planner every year but I never really use them properly. Sometimes I would doodle on them, sometimes I would use it to write scripts and other stuff.

I got the Bamboo one. I think it's really made with bamboo. I wanted to get the cherry one though but it wasn't available. I'm gonna collect stickers again so I can avail of the cherry planner.

The pouch for the planner is a nice touch. I like how it looks so formal that you can actually use it for business and other grown up entrepreneur stuff. Haha!

Here's a close up of the planner:

What I also like with the design this year is that the Starbucks logo is embossed/debossed on the cover.

Included in the planner is a bookmark and promo cards.

Like previous Starbucks planners, there are nice graphics and photos inside. Each year has a different theme though.

Other variations include Oak, Poplar, Cherry and Spruce. Well, that's it for this post. I hope I also get the cherry one because it has the nicest color of all. Well, for me. And maybe for others too since it got out of stock quickly. Anyways,all photos are by me. Enough talk. Have a wonderful December everyone! :) And advance Merry Christmas! :D

Hi I'm Gelo and welcome to my blog! To be honest, I'm still not sure on what to post since I'm a newbie and I'm not used to using blogspot. But hopefully, I could get better soon since I'm more used to tumblr. The reason why I made a blogspot account is that tumblr, for me, turned into a reblogging site, not a blogging site. So I think this is a better place to blog. But this doesn't mean I'm going to leave tumblr. So yeah, please bear with this post and follow me. I don't know what else to say so umm..ciao!
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