Monday, January 29, 2007

Should I Try to Get This Job?

Dammit! O.K., so this past weekend I was really sick and I totally missed out on Falling Lizard. Sad, I know. I spent this Monday compensating by working on my film and finished a background (yay!).

But here's what my post's really about:

Today, when I opened my email I saw that the show my one instructor is making through Nickelodeon needs a storyboarder and an animatic person - but the work would be starting like really soon! Like in February! Can I do this (and finish my film)??? I don't know, but I really want to pull a portfolio together this week and try.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Drawing Day

Today is the first day of Falling Lizard, the annual weekend-long event spent at UCLA (by UCLA animation grads) working intensively on films - all day, every day, you're supposed to work, and that's pretty much it. I'm skipping out on tonight because I'm sick, but I spent today at the Natural History Museum as a part of the drawing class I'm taking. Mostly, we looked at fossils and the Northern American Mammals section. I'm pretty proud of myself! My draftsmanship is getting better, and has improved quite a lot over the past year. The teacher called my first sketch "pretty good," and I've never gotten anything close to a "pretty good" before. Yay! I'll try and post some drawings in between the madness that this weekend is going to be. Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

My Second Photoshop Assignment and David Lynch

Here's my second Photoshop assignment from my Intro to Digital Media Class. Now I know what I'm gonna look like when I'm old, and it's all scary and saddening. Blah.

Yesterday evening I heard David Lynch speak at Borders about his new book, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity. Surprise! I didn't buy the book, but A) I have very little money and B) the line was extremely long due to the huge amount of Lynch fans present. I chatted with a couple of fans before Lynch showed up, and one of the guys I met acted in a movie with Christopher Lee. He was going to get a bust of Lynch signed that had a very limited run on it (I think five or six) - at the persuasion of myself and a few other attendees of the talk. That was random and very cool.

David Lynch talked about: finding happiness within ourselves instead of looking for it elsewhere, and searching for inspiration and creativity within ourselves - using the metaphor of fishing to tie it all together (and talk of the unified field, for all you physics geeks). I was very content with his chat, and rather enjoyed it. I don't think he said anything I haven't heard before, but it's nice to hear people restate things you enjoy or believe in once in a while - it makes you feel less alone, and like you're connected to something greater.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Let's Find Marilyn!

Go check out my artwork, which has been lent to Brian Kunz for use on his Live 365 Radio station.

Today's video is animation by Alex Budovsky featuring one of my favourite bands, The Real Tuesday Weld! Yay!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Brad Neely, etcetera

I spent the day updating my resume - what fun! I'm never quite certain what to exactly emphasize on my resume and what to leave that's always aggravating. To emphasize: that I'm not stupid; that I can probably figure out the software that will be thrown at me. To underplay: that I can't make coffee; that I have trouble distinguishing what people are saying on phones, and tend to improvise when I can't hear you.

One of my friends reminded me of the existence of the George Washington video below, done by the fabulously funny Brad Neely. It contains potty words and implications of a vast quantity of genitalia, so you've been warned, o faint-hearted few! Go check out more of Brad's stuff by going to He's pretty cute for a crazy dude!

You should also check out his Sodom and Gomorrah episode once you're at Super Deluxe! Cuz I said so!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Marilyn of Meat

Here's my assignment for my Intro to Digital Media class. Unfortunately, because I finished this assignment so quickly, I'll have to work on an additional assignment. Oh well. Enjoy!

All images retain copyright with Michelle Lopes.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Adventure Time

One of my friends has alerted me to the fact that Adventure Time, as created by the super funny Pendleton Ward, is on YouTube! I saw it last year at ComicCon during the Nickelodeon Random Shorts program, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a cute short to watch - especially if you want to see a sweetly dorky run cycle - kawaii ne!

Go here to begin your Adventure!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

New Artwork for My Sweet New Portfolio Site

I really did work on my new site today, as incontestable evidence of the fact, I present to you this lil' zombie chica - who's going to be on my homepage! I love cute zombies.

Copyright retained by Michelle Lopes for all artwork and writing on this blog.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

More Flash Site Links, and Personal Site Update

First off, I've decided to be super lazy and just give you the link to a page where you can access all the rest of the assignments from my Flash class yourself. Here is the link.

Second item of business: I'll be separating my personal Flash site into two different places, one where you can check out my supersexy work (and resume, and artwork - eventually), the other where you can explore Conduit. Don't worry kiddies, Conduit will be updated as per usual.

Third item of business: I've realized that no one in the universe can leave a comment on my blog because my code is all icky. I will tackle this over the weekend, cuz I hate having icky all over my site.

In case you were unduly concerned, I've decided to sign up for Barminski's class (the mega tons o' software class), which I've taken before. Much to my amusement, he doesn't remember me at all.

Tonight I'm going to finish animating a scene. Tomorrow I'm staying home to paint backgrounds and work on my new personal site (and update Conduit). I've got a good idea of what I want on it - expect to see my zombie chica around!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Online Editing

Just found out about this site,, where you can "easily" edit and create your own short films online. I don't know about the level of control you get when you edit, or what effects you can try out, but it's a pretty neat idea. I'll try it out some time, but in the interim, I'm at the animation lab working on my computer film. Yay Michelle! I've already finished one scene today - only ninety-something left to go!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

More Flash Class Links!

The fun never stops around here! Although, admittedly, the fun was on hold for a while during holiday break. To compensate (and continue my theme of showing off my classmates's work), try these links today. The first one, Daisy's portfolio site, loads a little slowly, so if you're having trouble there, just bail out. Or feel free to check out David's flash game, which features some really complex action scripting, and a very fun old skool feel.

Well, I'm off to troll through the courses offered this quarter at UCLA. What I need: something with a light course load that will allow me enough time to finish my computer film (a requirement for that shiny degree from the animation department at UCLA). The one obvious choice is a life drawing class that meets once a week. While that sounds fun, I'd like a smidge more variety (if possible).

Enjoy the links!