The Blog of Julie McCartney: animation student, freelance daydreamer, and secret time detective.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My blog hasn't been updated in FOREVER...

So prepare for massive updates for everything I've done so far!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Basic Foundations Class: Assignment one!

This assignment was pretty basic but challenging in its own ways. I've been reading Walt Stanchfield's "Drawn to Life" books, which cover figure drawing and how animators should handle practice drawing from a live model.

The book presents a lot of new ways of looking at how to draw from life and interpret it so it applies to an animator's work.

I've always been a very staunch advocate of drawing straight from the model. I never thought that using the model and interpreting him or her in a creative way could benefit my work. So I tried this method, in conjunction with drawing with my left hand (working with your non-dominant hand really loosens you up!) and I got some pretty interesting results!

  My first sheet.... (I chose to work with 15& 17)

My second sheet (I chose to work with 31)

And my Stu Pose sheet! I've chosen the middle one to be evaluated....

I can't wait for feedback from my mentor. I really want to know if I'm missing something and how I can improve my basic posing skills.

Monday, July 2, 2012

First Class of Basic Animation!

This class was more of a meet and greet. I'm very excited to chill and learn with my new mentor and classmates!!

My Mentor:
Mathew Rees ( . Mathew is a Senior Animator at Aardman Animations. Pretty cool, right? I know! Check out the pieces he has up on his blogs!

Also check out some of my classmate's blogs:

Lucas Degani:
Stan Paillereau:
Si-Qi Ho:
Forrest Keyes:

Next class is bumped up to tomorrow! :D

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

So excited!!

My first true blue Animation Mentor animation based classes start today!! I'm so excited! I'll update after the first class with my mentors name and all the fun stuff that happens!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Behind the Scenes of Pixar's "Brave"

Check it out!

Drawing day!

This past weekend I went into NYC to visit the Museum of Natural History, or as most of you know it as, that museum from that film "Night at the Museum", haha. 

My friend and I walked all around, but I settled into the African Animals exhibit and drew up some animals. Here's a sample of some drawings that were done over a 3hr period. 

One bad thing: There was no place to sit so it was basically me standing the entire time, gripping my sketch book. Next time I shall bring a small folding chair :)