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So I visited PIXAR today!

Journal Entry: Tue May 8, 2012, 6:03 PM


It was awesome! 8D

We spent about two hours there with one of their story artists, Adrian Molina. *u* Although the first 30 minutes we just all sat and talked and ate delicious burritos underneath a gorgeous painting from Toy Story 3.



Then he looked at my portfolio, which he liked quite a bit. He said I was twice as good as he was at my age, but I ought to loosen up my figures. Then he looked at my sketchbook, which he was super impressed with. He said I should just make my portfolio look more like my sketchbook, and I'd be a shoe-in at CalARTs. xD So that was super cool! He's super nice and says to email him with his portfolios or any art or questions and he'll give me suggestions. c:

After lunch he showed us a little bit of the studio (although we weren't allowed anywhere with actual work going on, which was too bad). But I got to see TONS of concept work for Brave, which looks pretty cool! I can't really disclose any info about it obviously, but it definitely looks a little better after seeing the beautiful art for it. Aaaaaand I saw a tiny bit through a doorway of Monster's University! The color design for it is looking pretty cool. Adrian also said there's some new films in the development stage that he's really excited about, but he couldn't tell us more.



Then he gave me a little book he illustrated and drew this in it:



So overall it was awesome! <333 I'm definitely psyched to have someone in the industry helping me out. 8D Yay! ….I'm super exhausted now, but really inspired to draw hehe. x); Might just have to pass out. Anyway, it was super fun, and I think I have a little more direction now so hopefully after school is less stressful I'll have time to work. Yeeee!

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ButterscotchWM Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh my goodness! D: You are one lucky... LUCKY girl!

How did you get to visit Pixar and talk to someone there??
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
MY English teacher knew someone who used to be in her class that had gone on to work there. :)
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ButterscotchWM Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow that's very lucky of you. I wish I knew someone in the industry... Although technically I do know my teachers at my art school and THEY worked in the industry, but idk that would be any help cuz they're just teaching. Although that doesn't mean they might not still have connections.... :iconfryplz:
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adsinator Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh wow! How did you do that? That sounds like a fantastic experience! c:
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
My English teacher knew a story artist there. :D And it was!
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:iconrawrdragonshadowblue:
wow! that's amazing!
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Totally!
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Sulfate-free Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
oh gosh, you are so lucky! Your art is perfect for this kind of thing. Working with Pixar has always been my dream! VuV
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Zakeno Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Aw thanks bro! <33
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Sulfate-free Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
VuV :heart:
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Timidemerald Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT
I'M SO JELLY
did you just like... walk in? 8D;
WAIT HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN *___*
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
My English teacher's old student went on to work at PIXAR, so we asked him and he let us in. *u*
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Timidemerald Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
DANG! the advantages of living in Cali, hehe ;] That sounds pretty awesome! ^^
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Zakeno Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
It's definitely nice. I like being in driving range from PIXAR and SF and stuff. <|'D
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Acefox1 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
So awesome to hear, Kir! I'll definitely be looking for your name in the credits in a few years!
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hahaha quite a few years BUT hopefully so, yes!
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indui Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really enjoy the gifs in this journal 8D
and THAT'S SO EXCITING!!!!!!! nice!!!!!!!!
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks bro!
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FlockofFlamingos Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
wowww! Visiting Pixar someday is totally on my bucket list. I am slightly jealous but in a way I'm more excited for you than anything! :D
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Zakeno Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
The people there are totally nice, if you ever meet a PIXAR worker they'd probably give you a quick visit. :)
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FlockofFlamingos Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hopefully someday I'll be able to! ^^ If I do want to pursue a serious career in art/character design, I feel like a move to the west coast may be a serious option to consider someday.
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Possibly! Though there are other animation studios, they're definitely concentrated in CA.
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FlockofFlamingos Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha I was just talking to my dad about this last night. If my opinion counted for anything, I wish I never had to move from Pennsylvania 'cause I love it here, buuut as far as I know no animation studio is in PA. P=
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LOVEjohnnyDEPP2 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
..:wow:.....You lucky shrew......I would love to visit Pixar! :D LOL You are very very lucky!
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hehe, don't I know it!
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LOVEjohnnyDEPP2 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=p
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madebyloop Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
Woahr... lucky you! _
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
It definitely was awesome. ;;
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Nikka-doodle Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist
THAT'S SO AMAZING

the guy is right, you will go somewhere~ so rock on with dem drawing skills :icondatassplz:
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
I WILL KEEP AT IT. *air fist*
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Saiya-STORY Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OH GOD. SO JEALOUS. DAMN. DAMN. AND FEEDBACK FROM THEM? AND AN AUTOGRAPH??? OH GOD :iconcryforever:

meanwhile I'm stuck on this rock in the middle of the Pacific.
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
dhfgkshgksdhgdf WELL at least it's a pretty rock! <|D
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Saiya-STORY Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
we only have 2 animation studios here, and only one is really professional; crai
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kotaline Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's so great! <3 <3 I think you'd be perfect at CalArts, all your stuff is really impressive and charming.
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
Aww, thanks! <3 I'll get there eventually, hopefully sooner than later! ;)
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DEERMASK Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg thats so amazing! lucky you :D
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yeah, it was definitely awesome. c:
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SunshineShotgun Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Aww, lucky!
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
It definitely was lucky that I got the opportunity!
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sailor663 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Oh my gosh that's amazing! ;o; it's my dream to become an animator!! I just have no clue where to start...

But wow! That sounds super cool! *u*
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Zakeno Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
It was super cool!

The place where animation starts is life drawings and drawing what you see, by the way. ;) Hopefully you've started those!
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sailor663 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Hmm Okay! Good to know! Thanks so much ;u; I spoke with an animator once. I showed him my sketch book and he said he'd like to see more animals from me :0 He said capturing animal anatomy is important in the animating business.
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Zakeno Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yeah, they do like to see that, but observations in general! Most art schools require figure drawings and other observations as a huge part of their portfolio.
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sailor663 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Observations as in people you see randomly in public? :0 I don't tend to do that very often because I don't want to be found rude if I am caught staring ^^;
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Zakeno Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hahaha usually people don't seem offended. You can always wear sunglasses while doing it if you're worried though! It's definitely an awesome way to practice.
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sailor663 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Haha okay! Sounds great! I'll try that some time! C: Thank you!!!!
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:iconzakeno:
Zakeno Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
No problem!

Seriously, any professional will tell you to do tons and tons of observations. ;)
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superskeetospro Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'M SO FREAKIN' JEALOUS. ;.;
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Zakeno Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
It was totally exciting hee. <3
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superskeetospro Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ENVYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

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