Friday, December 9, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Story Game 5

Here is the image for this one. Not really 5 different shots for this one

Sunday, October 30, 2011


So I just finished up my 2nd Computer animation project. This project for me had a lot of ups and downs but overall im satisfied with the end results. I really enjoy the process of creating every element of a world, and engineering each prop and character specifically to tell a story.

I knew what i wanted the story to be about early on but the 10sec limitations of the project made telling the story a bit challenging, but in a good way.

In the end i think i story boarded the story close to ten times trying to get the perfect pov to show the emotion That i wanted the audience to feel.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Story Game 4

Photo for this one.

So this exercise was introduced to me by Emma Coats. The game is you take a photo then storyboard the next 5 shots if that photo were paused film. 


2nd year has been waaaay more fun than first year. More work to come!

Ball Bounce from Michael Yates on Vimeo.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sometimes I Paint

Headed back to Ringling tomorrow to begin my 2nd year! 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Shots IRL

Lately I have been doing these little composition sketches that i like to call shots...IN REAL LIFE! They are lots of fun! And i really like FMA

Friday, July 29, 2011

I havent posted any sketchbook work in a while...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Story Game #3

Did this one between classes today so bit rushed but here is the photo used.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Yesterday I had a chance to attend a Figurative Illustration Workshop, run by my good friend Aaron Miller. It was a great experience and i hope to able to attend again.

This piece is one that I did in the class.

 And this one i did once i got home.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Story Game: Take 2

Here is another go at the story game. Photo.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Story Game

So this exercise was introduced to me by Emma Coats. The game is you take a photo then storyboard the next 5 shots if that photo were paused film. Here is the Photo used 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Some Dreams can't come true....

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Progress: A Slow Process

So i havent been completely wasting time this summer. I have been slowly trying to learn maya before the start of 2nd year at Ringling. I had actually gotten to texturing but i keep running into problems with my terrible modeling and have been back tracking a lot. 

Running into a bit of trouble with ncloth on the shirt.... crits are not only welcome but encouraged!

And here is a small comic excerpt. I got some cool inking brushes and have been having a blast with those.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Wire

So after hearing nothing but good things, I finally decided to watch the HBO series The Wire. It originally aired from 2002 to 2008 so im a bit late but glad i eventually decided to watch. I think what i found most appealing about the show is there is no clear cut villain. (at least not in the first season.) The show allows you to see the motivations of all the characters which allows you as a viewer to sympathize with people on both sides of the law.

The character development in the show is also something I noticed. Over the course of the series you begin to see character arcs from multiple characters which overlap each other. One character arc in particular that really resonated with me was that of, "Bodie." He goes from a scared kid to a respected member of a "family" in which he is willing to die for.

.....back to work

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

End of 1st Year

My first year at Ringling ended earlier last month. It was a great experience and I am thankful to have gotten to learn so much and meet so many awesome people.

Right after finals i headed out west to San Francisco for a small vacation! It was amazing and I got to visit some really amazing places and meet even more amazing people.

I also had a chance to do a lot of sketching while there. I currently dont have a scanner so these phone pics will have to due for now. 

So my goals for the summer are to get a few classes out of the way in summer school, learn a little bit of maya, and make a comic.