Gary Kelley

One of the things I looked forward to the most when I was little, was visiting my grandmother. She lives in Annapolis Maryland, and one of the things she would always do with me and my siblings would be visiting the book store. In the Annapolis Barnes and Noble, there’s this glorious mural I fell totally in love with when I was little. It’s Gary Kelley’s Author Mural, usually found in most of the B&N cafes.

The mural is what got me into researching the classic authors and trying out some of their work, however if there was one thing I adored about it even to this day, it’s the atmosphere captured in the work itself. When I was younger, and didn’t quite know who these people were, I always thought it looked like they were having a wonderful time. There was a certain warmth in the scene that made me wish I could jump into it and meet everyone.

After searching for more of  Kelley’s work, I discovered that a majority of his paintings harbored the same welcoming, lively feeling. Not only that, but they all had that same smooth, American Modernism style of painting. This style has always been a favorite of mine, as a majority of the books I read growing up carried illustrations in that same style. It has always been a familiar look, and one I always associate with the pleasantness of childhood, and several good memories. I always catch myself glancing over at the cafe whenever I go to Barnes and Noble , hoping to see the familiar faces of the classic authors in that alluring style.

As for some information on Kelley, he was born in 1945 in Iowa, and also attended school there. He earned in B.A in art in the University of Northern Iowa, and focused his early career on graphic design. His work has been featured in several galleries internationally, and he has won 23 medals from the Society of Illustrators as well as the distinguished Hamilton King Award. He was added to the New York Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame in 2007.

Kelley has illustrated a number of books as well, including the Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Washington Irving, 1820), Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Edgar Allen Poe, 1849), and many others as well. He has worked with the NBA and NFL, Rolling Stone, and even with Playboy.

You can read more about Gary Kelley and his work on his website here:


Kelley, G. (2008). Dark Fiddler: The Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini. [Pastel].

Kelley, G. (1996). Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe. [Pastel]

Kelley G. The Flow, [Oil on canvas]

Kelley G. Jimi Hendrix Blues [Oil on Canvas]

Kelley G. Springtime in Paris [Oil on Canvas]

Kelley G. Authors Mural [Oil, Mural]



Jean-Alphonse Roehan


(Two Women Disturbed by a Cat) by Jean-Alphonse Roehn, 19th century.)

I stumbled upon this one while avoiding my current doodle. Reading up on Roehan, I’m surprised to say I can’t find much on him. This is frustrating mainly because looking at more of his his Daily Life themed paintings, the lighting and composition of his work is truly incredible and probably the most natural looking I’ve ever seen.

Roehn was born in France in 1799 to the already known painter Adolphe Roehn. For a time, his father shared a house with the landscape artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. He began attending the National School of Fine Arts at the age of fourteen and studied with Regnault and Baron Gros. Initially, Roehn the Younger pursued more religiously themed paintings, however by 1827, he had shifted to gentler themes of everyday life and the occasional historical piece.


(Roehan the Painter and his Model)

Roehn went on to display his work on and off at The Salon in Paris until his death in 1864. His paintings exhibit gorgeous use of light as stated before, but there’s a certain spaciousness about his scenes that help capture the realism. The viewer feels more often as though they’ve interrupted a moment rather than observed it from their respectful distance behind the gallery line.


(Artist painting herself, Roehn, 19th century)


(A judgement in Paris, Roehn, 1857)

“Jean-Alphonse Roehn.” The Matthiesen Gallery. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 July 2017.

Tinterow, Gary. “Corot” Google books, Metropolitan Museum of Art 1996

Miller, N., Miller, N. and profile, V. (2017). Artist Painting Herself.

Starr, R., Haff, E. and Lamuniere, M. (2017). Jean Alphonse Roehn (French, 1799-1864) A Modern Judgment of Paris | Sale Number 2779B, Lot Number 339 | Skinner Auctioneers.


Terrance and Lamar update

I’ve been playing around with rigging, and I can now move Terrence’s arms, torso, head, and some fingers. I’m still very uncertain of myself when it comes to legitimately animating the character, however I’m sure that will change in time.

Alec has been teach us about rigging characters, and I have a useful video series about animating characters in maya. Probably my biggest concern with this project is that I am not doing enough. I’ve had my team try to reassure me that I am doing plenty, however I feel as though posing a character is nothing to boast about, especially considering James is modelling and successfully animating an octopus and Lydia has modeled Terrence’s entire home and completed two storyboard videos. I understand that I contributed to the story boards, but I still don’t feel like it’s enough.

I’m hoping this feeling of uselessness will go away soon, and pretty much the most I can do is keep working and trying to make this tubby sailor man move already.

Will update soon, hopefully with more confidence.

Final City before animation


Many thanks to Veronika for making the Bodwith House, the Stick Houses, the book, and gathering the information. I made the bottles, the Salem Church, Witch Museum, and Corwin house and put the whole scene together. I just have to make the bottles swing eerily and then I can finally all it quits on the project.

I know I had a lot of theatrics in my previous posts, but I really did enjoy this and for once I really feel as though I put in a ton of effort into this. I learned so much in Maya during this assignment, perfected what I already new, and also learned a lot more about Salem itself. Stress aside, this was extremely enjoyable.

VFX, Character, and Environment artists

For class we had to write a quick bit on 2d/3d artists of these specific jobs, and I managed to come up with two. Unfortunately I’m having trouble finding the name of the character animator/artist, so they’re getting their own separate post.

VFX Artist, Joni Jacobson: known for her work in Pirates of the Caribbean, Wonder Woman, Snow White and the Huntsman, xXx, The Amazing Spiderman, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. She currently works for Pixomondo studios as an executive producer and has worked for companies such as Sony, Rhythm and Hues, Asylum, and Dream Quest Images.

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Joni grew up among a family of architects, and describes their influence in her work as a balance of engineering and art.

The reason why I chose her was not only because she’s worked on some of my favorite movies, but also because she represents the potential women have in the film and animation industry. Seeing her succeed in a field that is rather male dominated provides reassurance that I too could make it as far as she did.


Environment Artist, Tracy J. Butler: Known specifically for her webcomic Lackadaisy, Tracy is someone who was essentially just born great when it comes to art. Though she never studied at any art based schools, she was working for computer game company Playnet by her early twenties, and designed several characters for the game Hero’s Journey. However she quit to work on her comic full time.


Lackadaisy Headlong


Story boarding!!

So in New Narratives we’ve started studying story boards, and so far it’s fascinating. I really enjoy the differing moods something as simple as camera angles can cause, and I’m really looking forward to working with my group. We all have so many ideas and we’re all eager to get them out as soon as possible.

Our story so far is a meteor hits Victoria Square and gives life to a statue that proceeds to destroy the entire area. After he calms down, a homeless woman who used to sit near his statue helps him develop a more human outlook on life, and rebuild the area he destroyed. However because the life inside the statue is actually an alien soul, the creatures that lost it are coming to reclaim it.

It’s a fun concept, and I can’t wait to work more on it. So far we’ve been doodling concept art for some of the creatures we’ll be working with.

I drew some aliens


Lauren drew some Big Squiggly (Spirit of Belfast)

And Rose has been constructing a lot of the conflict in the story as well. Caitlyn is just getting back, but I’m looking forward to working with anything she has to bring.

Lauren was also helpful enough to give us some awesome examples of Brad Bird’s story board work. Probably my favorite example of Bird’s camera angles are how he uses the angles to show that the characters aren’t level. Specifically when drawing characters with height differences, he uses a lower angle to display this.


I’m really excited to begin working on the angles. I already have one scene planned out, and I’m planning on sketching it out later tonight.

Bird, Brad. “Brad Bird On How To Compose Shots For Story And Layout Artists”. Animation Meat. N.p., 2017. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.

Bird, Brad. “Brad Bird On How To Compose Shots For Story And Layout Artists”. Animation Meat. N.p., 2017. Web. 20 Feb. 2017.

Vogler Stuff

Reviewing the reading material for our project, I’m really enjoying the subject. I usually have trouble with non fiction work, so this is a very refreshing change for me.

I’m covering the section called The Innermost Cave, which references the hero’s exploration of the world he’s been placed in after the initial confusion and clamor of being there fades. This is essentially the part of the story where the main character knows enough about the world so that their choices from then on can be seen as informed and understandable. The best and clearest example of this is when Luke goes to Degobah in The Empire Strikes Back to learn more about the force from Yoda.

It’s a fairly mellow point of the story, I think. There’s not much left to happen. It’s located right between the shock of being thrust into the story and the grande finale. Though I will admit I do enjoy being able to spot so many examples of this structure in all my favorite movies and books.


New Semester

So everyone is back from break, and we already have an assignment due for Tuesday. Basically we’re getting some reading done and preparing a presentation of our take on what we’ve learned from our section. I’ll be posting some research based on what I’ve dug up a little after I read some more tonight.