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The Animation Academy Goes Online!!!

The Animation Academy Goes Online!!! They're going to start doing online classes soon!

Bad Animation Test lol

Just something that I did, without thinking too much. Tried to experiment and have some fun with it.

Some More Stuff

Did these in like 10 mins, I was trying to work on facial expressions using squash and stretch, I'm pretty happy with the result.

Some daily sketches. Did these on the back of my notebook, that's why the paper is brown.

Sketchbook Stuff

Did most of these drawings and sketches while I was at school yeserday, during class. Had a lot of fun with these. I used blue penciel and Prisma markers.

Dedicated to Charles Zembillas

I'd like to dedicate this drawing to Charles Zembillas -- Designer of Crash Bandicoot and best teacher in the WHOLE world. Charles used to be my teacher over at The Animation Academy. Thank you Charles for everything that you taught me. I appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

It took me almost all day to draw and paint this. I really tried my best with so I hope you guys like it.

Merry Christmas

Well, tried to draw spyro from my memory, I know there are a lot of mistakes but still I really tried. Used Prisma Color markers on this.

I'd like to dedicate this drawing to Charles Zembillas (Character Designer of Spyro)

Merry Christmas

Check out my new DeviantArt Page

One of my sisters sent me an email with the link to an article which appeared in The Boston Globe and In her email, my sister said “… I cried as I read it. The girls (our daughters) mentioned Abigail on Sunday . One of them said she was their friend and they showed me her stocking…”. Even though I was at my desk at work and knew I would also shed a tear, I couldn’t NOT read the article:

To children abandoned, lives unlived, a farewell tribute with dignity
by Globe columnist Brian McGrory.

Christmas carols were playing over the sound system at the nearby skating rink on Boston Common yesterday morning and Macy’s was decked out in fresh wreaths, as Father David Convertino walked into a tiny upstairs chapel at St. Anthony Shrine in the midst of Downtown Crossing to preside over an event that would challenge even a friar’s faith.

Dim light filtered through a wall of stained glass and flattened along the dark hardwood floors of the room where 16 people, some of them in brown robes and sandals, waited for the proceedings to begin. A clear vase held an elegant bouquet of white flowers; the altar was made of simple wood; a woman sang hymns in an angelic voice.

And at the center sat two tiny caskets covered with one white cloth, each topped with a spray of fresh flowers and a small stuffed bear that had never been touched by a child’s hand.

Their names were Andrew and Nicholas. There were no headlines when they died, no press releases, no investigations — really no public awareness at all. They were each stillborn in Boston hospitals, one in October, the other in November, then abandoned by families who either wouldn’t or couldn’t send them from this world in a dignified way.

Which is why they were here, because the Franciscan friars of St. Anthony Shrine see it as a key part of their mission to provide dignity in death — dignity to abandoned infants, dignity to loners whose bodies go unclaimed, dignity to homeless people with no one to celebrate their lives and see them to their graves.

But two infant deaths seemed to be taking an unusual toll yesterday on Convertino and the brothers who gathered to pray in a season that is supposed to be dedicated to hope and joy.

“It’s painful, it’s not understandable, and it leaves a huge question in our hearts,’’ Convertino said from the podium. “Why?’’

He had no answer, except to say that he didn’t believe these deaths were God’s will or way. “We are faced here, brothers and sisters, with a mystery of life and death, but there are no easy answers in life and death,’’ he said.

It was, as he noted, a gaping contradiction — two deaths of infants marked during Advent, a time of life. They were eulogized in a chapel set amid the commercial cacophony of downtown.

Inside, as the brief service came to a close, people quietly wept. Incense filled the small room, and after the last song was sung (“On Eagle’s Wings’’), the congregants slowly, silently, drifted from the chapel, one woman lingering with her hand on each casket. Stuffed animals had never looked so heartbreaking.

Afterward, Convertino sipped coffee around a long table in the nearby dining hall and openly acknowledged that these kinds of funerals can, in his words, “rock your faith.’’

He is a large man, a gentle man, a relentlessly straightforward man. “This is trying to grapple with the emptiness of a baby’s death and the responsibility of presiding over a celebration of faith,’’ he said.

Added Brother Gary Maciag, lifting up a volume in front of him, “Do I buy all the stuff in these prayer books? Some days, it’s very difficult.’’

As they talked, though, a striking humanity began to emerge, by no means an explanation for these deaths, but an indication of the goodness that followed them. The friars bury, by their account, about six abandoned infants a year, and another dozen or more homeless men and women, part of a mission they may have to pare back unless their Franciscan Campaign picks up in the last couple of weeks of 2010.

As the brothers spoke, their memories crystallized into stories. There was the funeral for the homeless man and the abandoned infant not long ago. They were buried in a donated grave, side by side, with homeless friends weeping over a baby they had never met.

There was the mother who decided she wanted to attend the funeral of the infant that she abandoned, but arrived too late. Convertino hunted around for a program until he found one on the floor. He gave the mother the flowers that rested beside the altar, and even those small gestures seemed to be enough.

None of the priests sits in judgment of the parents who fail to see their children to the grave. “I can’t,’’ said Convertino. “There’s always the story behind the story.’’

As part of the mission, volunteers sew tiny white burial garments. Others donate the simple flowers for each service, and the graves. An extraordinary young funeral director, Jed Dolan, provides services from his two family funeral homes in Dorchester and Milton, collecting just a small stipend from the state. He personally attends every service and stands by each grave.

“It brings everything home,’’ he said.

It also brings back Convertino’s overriding point. There may not be answers, but there is a response. “There is no reason not to be buried with all the dignity a community can give them,’’ he said.

In the face of anguish, there is goodness, a reason for the friars and so many others to hold tight to their faith.

-Brian McGrory, Globe columnist

Blogger's Notes:

When Sarah and I went to the local funeral home to discuss services for our daughter Abigail, the director’s response was something like “We will not take money when a baby dies”. And they didn’t.

God bless the friars - I personally know countless individuals, including immediate family members, who have been comforted in some way at St. Anthony Shrine.

Abigail Ruth
June 4, 2006

I was just trying to have some fun with these designs, I'm aware of all the mistakes that I did with it but still I was just trying to have some fun.

I've been working on a project for school today, I tried to do something different than what I usually do, it really isn't my style and I'm not sure if I'm happy with it or not, but I think it came out pretty ok. We had to do a short stop motion\animation film about dreams, so I basically did what I had in mind, again, I was trying to do something different so I hope you guys like it.

Here's the link to the film

Other than that, hope you guys have a nice weekend. AG

Aladdin Grants Three Wishes!

During a recent Marketing for Managers (one of two classes I took this semester) online lecture, the topic of blogs came up briefly. One of the few comments made by the professor regarding blogs was "quality not quantity". The statement made me snicker to myself because I don't think I have either quality nor quantity covered in my blog! Oh well. C'est la vie.

I'm okay with being an inconsistent and/or mediocre blogger - that's the beauty of blogging, right? Sure, it would be great to have 1,000 hits a day on my blog. But, until I have the time needed, periodic posts will suffice.

So, back to Disney. I think the girls' meeting with Aladdin and Jasmine was one of the more memorable meet and greets of our trip for several reasons. Check out the video clip: