That's right, after two eye-opening months, my stay at Ubisoft is over (... which is a shame, because they were offering a prize to the person who could prank their colleagues the best this April Fools!).
It was a great experience; I got the chance to work on multiple projects in the company, doing everything from technical drawings, character concepts, to storyboarding and illustrations. I was constantly challenged to produce faster and better work, including some digital and matte paintings, which I still struggle with immensely.
By the end of the two months I was finally getting a handle on things, but alas, all good things must come to an end. I wish I could share some of my work with you, but I am sworn to confidentiality.
I made some good friends while I was there; the art director is a friend to the animation program leader at LASALLE, and he purposefully challenged me to start practicing digital painting. I was sat next to the senior storyboard and concept artist at Ubisoft, and received constructive criticism straight from the source. I'm going to miss our Friday Concept Artist Lunches, swarming down on Star Vista like the starving art locusts we were ... and drinks at the end of the week courtesy of "Princess Harry".
So now I'm back at LASALLE. While I may not be able to share my Ubisoft work, I'm hoping to continue practicing those new skills I learned by applying it to my personal work. I am still illustrating Voltaire's picture book 'The Legend of Candy Claws'
, which takes up a LOT
of my "spare" time, but I do plan on making a return to Honour Amongst Thieves when I can. I have been doodling a lot for the project and conceptualizing whenever I can, with the intent of developing the cast and story for a graphic novel format. As of now I am unsure if I will finish the animation itself; I really don't have the same zeal for animating as I do for comics and storytelling, and after slogging away at it for well over a year now, the initial enthusiasm I had for the animated short is all but extinguished. The characters and their interactions have developed well beyond the film, and I would rather begin sharing their new story with you, as opposed to telling the old one.
Just a brief life update for now. I am aware that I still have to make that FAQ journal; I have so many projects on my mind that I'm overflowing.