There’s something wrong with my cape!

I had a fun time filling in as the art teacher at a nearby local school. In honor of Autism Awareness Month in April, the children had to make superhero pictures of themselves. However..my example superhero did not come out like Batman. I forgot how busy you stay throughout the day cleaning up class after class after class. Great time though.

  

 

Sino-American Chess

This was a student research project I led at Rutgers. Under the guidance of my professor and with a great team of fellow animators, we won the Deans Undergraduate Research Award for 2013. Read the Rutgers news article here http://news.camden.rutgers.edu/2013/04/students-create-3-d-exhibit-as-a-metaphor-for-u-s-china-relations/

Below are two static examples of the models used. One was for the American President, Harry S Truman, and the second was for China’s Nationalist Leader, Chiang Kai Shek (Jiang Jieshi). The two characters represented Sino-American relations immediately after WW2.

The Secret Life of Toys

I came across some of these early photos I had taken a few years ago. I was inspired by trying to make inanimate objects come to life in still photography as an aid to better help me in my animation. This particular series was called “Inanimate”. A few of my serious photographer friends don’t seem to like these and think I should be focusing on human subjects or more adult subjects, A.K.A. the grown up world of photography. I believe that one of the hardest things in visual communication is to embed an inanimate object with a spark or humor and life. I remember an IKEA commercial a few years ago that did just that. The commercial, which was directed by Spike Jonze, made you actually feel sorry for a lamp that was being thrown out in the rain as it was replaced by a newer more svelte IKEA lamp. The commercial is still as funny today as when it came out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBqhIVyfsRg