Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A dream about meeting John Lassiter at Pixar

November Drawings

This big guy was mean to a little dragon and his foot got burnt.
It never pays to be a bully.

These are the some of the pets we have at our school.
Shakespeare-the guinea pig, Joy-the lizard and Morgan the parakeet.

Mighty Zeus playing with his thunderbolts.

Here are two horses reacting to the invention of the horseless carriage. They don't look happy to me.

I'm a huge fan of angry birds.

I love the monsters and creatures in Greek Mythology. Here's a harpie-one of the winged creatures that taunted Phineas.
Pictured below is Neptune with his trident and pet dolphin.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

There's no place like an adventure

In 2nd grade I wrote and illustrated a story called there's no place like an adventure. Now I am 9 years old and had a REAL, really big one. These photos tell the story of an exciting day working with my family and friends to share our love of Greek Mythology with kids in Germany. I am so lucky to have a super school, cool art teacher Miss Allison Bell and great friends who are really good artists too.

The footage is going to be part of an amazing television show on The German Child Channel. The narrator Ben takes kids on an adventure to uncover the magic of Greek myths and they travel to South Africa, Germany, Greece and San Diego! Melanie Weiss who worked for a film production company in Germany saw my drawings here on my blog and asked to see more of my work. When I made my movie The Quest for a school project it was so much work but really fun. I learned so much more about making a real video from my new friends Mark Nelson and J.P. McLean and their crew. Did I tell you it was hard work but really fun. I got up at 6am and we worked all day to get all the shots we needed.

In this scene, I am drawing at my art desk upstairs and that's Mark, J.P. and the guy with the microphone Scott helping me get started. Mariel also helped with the lighting and Leslie helped organize everything for the shoot. It takes a team of people to get it done.

Here I am downstairs working in my Dad's art studio as they wanted me to show them how I like to paint on wood.

When we were upstairs in my room Mark let me touch his big camera and I got to move the handle. In this scene I was showing them my blog and the movie I made about Jason and the Argonauts.

Here's a super fun part at our school The San Diego Cooperative Charter School with our very wonderful teacher Miss Bell. We did scratchboard but it was a very special kind where the image was white. There were little shells glued all over the frames and together with my friends we drew Greek ships. I have to thank Alexis, Charlotte, Esther, Paige and Ty for coming to class on a Saturday for the workshop. They are such incredible artists and good friends to help me show the kids in Germany what our school is like. I was really proud of my friends and happy to see their artwork that was beautiful.

So I have to tell you that by now I was getting tired because making a video is hard work. We went to the Star of India to film the boats and I felt so lucky to hear this musician playing a steel drum. It did not come from Jamaica but from Berne, Switzerland. It had this very relaxing sound that was just what I needed to keep my energy going.

The last part of the shoot was at Coronado Beach and my best friend Charlotte came along. We drew pictures in the sand-Charlotte drew a horse [because she is really good with horses and even rides them every week]. We played in the ocean and climbed rocks and even though it looks like it is summer it is really the end of November in San Diego.

Here is one of the final scenes from our shoot when I gave a special clue to the host of the show-Ben. I can't tell you what it is because it needs to be a secret till the show comes on German television. I gave my clue sitting up on the rocks in front of the Hotel Del Coronado - my favorite place to watch the sunset.
That's a wrap!