Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Blue Sky!

What have I been up to lately?

I was recently hired at Blue Sky Animation to work on the upcoming film "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift". I've been having such a good time and the people there have such a positive attitude. Earlier today during a screening, one of the supervising animators told the theater filled with over a hundred people that there was a new animator on board. Angelo Sta. Catalina. The entire crowd clapped and chanted dance dance! I screamed "oh gosh no" in hopes that they don't push through with their chants. Luckily I didn't have to dance!

I'll try to post more when I have time...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Haven't done these in a while. Yet another unplanned flipbook doodle. This took about an hour and a half to doodle up.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Short Hand doodle

A page I did exploring a couple short hand thumbnails. This one in particular, I emphasized on flow. I noticed in a few of my airport sketches that some of drawings had this flow-y style to it. I thought I'd try it on my own. Its kind of simple but it seems it'd be a nice style to draw animation thumbnails in because its easy to loose sight of flow in CG when the rigs are by default so stiff and straight. I'll try to experiment more on this type of short hand.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dreamworks Pictures

Me, Martyn Smith, Jason Ryan, Mike Walling, Stephen Melagrano, Joey Brown, Ted Ty, and Ken Fountain (from left to right)

Mike Walling, Me, Joey Brown, Darrell Vasquez (again, from left to right)

Joey Brown, Me, Martyn Smith, James Baxter!, Jason Ryan, Darrell Vasquez, and Ken Fountain (the usual)

So here are but a few of the pictures that were taken during the Dreamworks trip. Give picture credit to Martyn Smith for taking all of these pictures (including the ones he's in!). To see the the rest of the freaking awesome pictures, click me.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dreamworks Sketches

Here are a couple Sketches I doodled up while going and coming from Dreamworks Glendale. I shot some 'not so good' video along the way. Martyn Smith, another fellow student from iAnimate and visitor of Dreamworks brought an SLR camera along to take some oh so sweet pictures. As soon as he uploads the pictures, I'll continue on with my secret sinister plans of stealing them to repost on my blog. muhahaha ^_^.

Monday, May 16, 2011

up coming events

Great news.. Next week, I'll be going to

(the glendale branch) to have lunch with the creators of

... on my way, I'll be in an

and I'll probably see a whole bunch of

which its great because I'll get a chance to do more

to improve my skill and even post on my

so stay


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Commut Sketches 02

So iA has started and since then, I've been quite busy. I took my cousin out to downtown San Francisco today. Here's a couple of commute sketches. I haven't rendered drawings in a long time. I thought I'd fool with it and try adding some detail in.

Friday, April 29, 2011

iPad 2 and other stuff

So I finally got a hold of an ipad 2 after my 5th attempt. I know, I know... Why didn't I just buy it online? Well, studying at iAnimate, making rigs, and Skype time with my girlfriend who is 12 thousand miles away keeps me indoors. Going to the apple store to line up with a hundred other people makes for a good opportunity to socialize with others face to face. There was one thing I noticed: Being hidden from the suns reach pushes me realize how interesting outside really is and that I need more of it. When you take something out of your daily habit, you start to look with fresh eyes and a clear unbiased mind (just like animation). You'll notice how the person next to you on the bus presents himself even if he's just glancing about. A person with a commuting daily routine might look at that person just as another commuter clouding the mind of whats really there.

The iA site opened up today and everyone is pumped and ready to animate. I'm really starting to rush things. I haven't worked on my unfinished workshop 4 assignments and I need to get this Jackal rig finished and uploaded ASAP. I need to find a dialog piece to use for workshop 5. ahhh...

BTW.. the drawing up there was made with the artStudio app for ipad.. Its tough drawing with an ipad but i reckon i'll get use to it sooner or later...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Jackal Hands Rigging WIP

So this is what has been keeping me busy these past few days.. I've found that a lot of rigs out there have hands where the knuckles would round out and look like pipes when they would bend.. They fingers would loose their volume and disregard the bone structure beneath the skin. Here's jackals hand system. The deformations took about a day to do.. There are a couple more things to do and iAnimate is starting soon... I've got to get this done and start planning on what I want to animate for workshop 5.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Execution Flipbook Doodle

This one is a bit messy but I've been awake a good 18 hours and I'm ready to sleep so I'll leave it at this.. this is about 2 hours work.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Lucy Internship

So I was just notified by Ben Rush (dreamworks animator, director, film maker) that I've been qualified to intern for the lucy film. I'm happy to have been picked despite being parred with tons of talented animation students at iAnimate.

Check the site production blog out guys! http://anatomyofanightmare.blogspot.com/

Drink to Death Flipbook Doodle

I was lining up at the San Francisco apple store the other day to buy an iPad2 when I noticed this guy blindly crossing the street as he drank his morning cup of coffee. I imagined him getting hit by a car (yea I know... how mean of me, but face it, he was walking across a downtown street with his eyes focused on his drink instead of the surrounding cars). I sketched it and realized it would be a cool little thing to mess with in Flipbook. So here it is... I originally planned to draw it with some volume but I realized it would take more time then I have. This little doodle took about 3 hours to do. There are a couple of issues with it but try not to mind it.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jackal Animation Test

As promised, I'd post my little jackal animation test when I finished it.. This took in all 3 days to animate..There are a few bits here and there that need to be addressed but I'll leave it at that for the mean time. I hadn't intended on actually finishing it or even make something nice but when i slapped in the golden poses, they seemed to work pretty well. There are a couple of things I need to fix but they're pretty minor. I'm proud to be rigging for iAnimate because, not only do we get more rigs to animate with, I feel I've started to really expand my understanding of character from a rigging stand point. During the course of iAnimate, students including myself find out things we wished were in rigs. It's a great way to get ideas for making characters because as a rigger, I think its most important that the characters are really easy to animate (aside from the aesthetics and appeal of characters). I had planned to finish my workshop 4 assignments this workshop break but I'm realizing that finishing Jackal is a much bigger task. I told Jason I'd get it done by the start of the next block so I'm going to have to hurry up with this. My assignments will have to wait until I get more free time.

hurtMe - Jackal Animation Test from Angelo Sta. Catalina on Vimeo.

So last workshop 4, I had Jamaal Bradley as my instructor. Even though we started the workshop off a little shake-y (due to technical issues and just getting use to one another), it was such a learning experience; especially nearing the end of the 14 week class. Jamaal took one of my shots and made my polish look like splining. He is pretty amazing especially when it comes to appeal and polish. After going through his class, I've come to realize how insanely hard feature quality animation is to achieve.

I'm psyched to start the next workshop. I've heard the 2 workshop instructors will be mike walling and ben rush. They're both passionate about animation and teaching so I'll be good where ever I land.

Broken Branch Animation Doodle

I'm finding it pretty relaxing just coming up with simple animation scenes and flipbook-ing them really roughly. Doing them in CG takes days and I'd be hesitant to try something without tons of planning. I think doing these doodles is starting to help me refine my short hand skills. Time and practice will tell if it really does.. I'll try to post one of these little things at least once a week.

This next little doodle took about 1 hour 30 minutes to do.

I kinda decided I should probably just keep them a little messy and not tied down.. More fun that way!..

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Freedom animation doodle

I've been testing out the new iAnimate rig I'm making and I gotta say, its looking pretty appealing... I'll probably go finish it later on when I wake up. I'll post it up once its finished. So to end my day off, I doodled up this. It's kinda rushed.

about 45 minutes of work..

Monday, April 18, 2011

Give me your Shoe

So heres another little doodle. I've realized how much more drawing and anatomy i have to learn..

done in about 3 hours..

The Confused Man

I just pulled up flipbook and started drawing without a plan... This is what came out of it..

about an hour and a half of work...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Doomed Escape Animation Doodle #01

So a friend of mine showed me a blog of this one guy doing quick flipbook type animation tests. I thought it'd be interesting to try to do something of that type more often just to loosen my hands up and practice some animation.. So here's my first little animation doodle.. You guys need to excuse my lame draftsmanship..i need to practice... this took about 2.5 hours

Monday, April 4, 2011

iAnimate Promo is out!

iAnimate.net Promotional video from iAnimate on Vimeo.

This Isn't the student reel though it has work from students. Currently, iA has students up to workshop4 (out of 6 workshops). The 6th workshop is meant for shot polishing so the work you see will probably improve polish-wise. Thought I'd give a share.

Im happy to have one of my shots put up from last workshop. Jason was asking for my current shot for this workshop but unfortunately, its still about 3 weeks from being finished..

Btw, I'm also making the Jackal character there. Jason gave me the initial designs that were a bit cartoony. The intent was for the character to fit in skyscrapers (iAniamte's first character) world. I redesigned him, modeled him, and am currently rigging him. I was able to attach a couple controls to the face for the promo but it still has lots missing..

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Commute Sketches 01

Ok so its been a long time since I've posted anything on my blog but guess what... I've recently bought a scanner/new computer so I'll be posting my drawings. Note that I still have lots to learn and I hope, this new endeavor will inspire me to progress as an artist, and as an observer of life.

This first sketch post are a couple of doodles of people I drew while commuting to the gym. Expect to see a bunch more commute sketches in the near future.. Good day to all!