Saturday, December 14, 2013

Stop Motion Final Project: LaRue Clause

This is a stop motion video made for my Stop Motion Class at Bloomfield College. It's a story about me telling a story to my daughter while she plays in the bath tub. The voices are the actual voices of my daughter and I. I hope you enjoy this heart felt moment between a mother and child.

The version below has Kisses & Cake by John Powell playing in the background. It was the original song I chose to present the animation with because it had the most feeling and I've always enjoyed John Powell's music. I believe his music is most fitting for the way this video makes me feel.

The music in the version below was chosen as a replacement so that the video could possibly be submitted to a Film Festival. This is the closest to the original music I could find. This version was also submitted as my Stop Motion Final.

Background Music Credits:
"Inner Light" Kevin MacLeod ( 
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

Thanks for watching! :)

Basic Video Production Final Project: Cooking By The Book

This video was made for my CAT 188 Basic Video Production Class at Bloomfield College. It's a cooking show staring Chef Maligahshutigre and my best friend Teresa. My daughter Lillian is in it as well. They are baking cupcakes for their birthdays which are only 2 days apart. There are 2 versions to this video. There is the one for children and the funny one for more mature audiences. Enjoy!

This version below does not contain bloopers in the end. 
It was turned in to the professor as my as my final for his class.

The version below has bloopers in the end that are for a more mature audience.

Thanks for watching! :)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Basic Video Production: Fantastik Commercial

This video was made for my CAT 188 Basic Video Production Class at Bloomfield College. The objective was to film and edit a 30 second commercial about a product of our choice with no dialog. There couldn't be any talking and no lyrics in the music we used.

Inspired by my friend Marvin Walker I decided to do a commercial about a product I clean my cabinets with religiously; Fantastik. This was the result.


Thanks for watching! :)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cicely Tyson 9th Grade Transition Program Daily Schedule

Cicely Tyson High School
9th Grade Transition Program

1st Week

August 12th, 2013
·         Fill out Emergency Forms
·         Material Hand Out: Manila folder, Paper & Pencil
·         Lesson: Introduction to our goal. At Cicely Tyson High School we strive for excellence while following the schools motto, “Aim High Soar High,” Respect, Responsibility and Integrity. What does this mean to you? Research the meaning of the phrase and the definition of each word. Why would the school use these words?
·         HW: Why is the school motto important? Write down what each word means to you and express why each word is important to our school. What can you do to represent our school Respectfully? Responsibly? With Integrity?

August 13th, 2013
·         Collection of Emergency Forms
·         Material Hand Out: Paper
·         Lesson: Review ideas assigned for homework. What can we create to represent our school’s motto? Pull small ideas together to build one solid idea. Google search “creating an effective poster” look at references such as commercial logos, and animated logos for an interesting approach. Think about character figures expressions and scenes we could use for our posters. Students will be split into different groups to work on each words and the motto phrase.
·         HW: Groups will assign the responsibility of each group member for their word poster. Think of ideas on how to decorate your poster and get the message of each word across to the audience.

August 14th, 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper, Color Pencils, Markers, Scissors, Glue, Textures
·         Lesson: Use provided materials and other accessories to decorate the posters. Make objects on the posters pop up, pop out and display a sense of motion to imitate animation. Refer to for pop up animation ideas. Be sure to make your poster colorful with emphasis on the meaning of the poster.
·         HW: Compose more ides for your posters. Assign each group member a task as far as bringing in a textured material for the project.

August 15th 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper, Color Pencils, Markers, Scissors, Glue, Textures
·         Lesson: Review the group work and ideas. Our goal is to work together to create a meaningful presentation. The class with critique each other’s posters and give advice as well as ideas to improve each poster. Use of pop ups are a good way of expressing rough draft animation.
·         HW: Cooperate with your group to finish the poster project.

2nd Week

August 19th, 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper, Color Pencils, Markers, Scissors, Glue, Textures
·         Lesson: Review and work on the meaning of your poster. What is our target? How are the scenes on our poster representing our school? How does our poster encourage improvement of our school?
·         HW: Cooperate with your group to finish the poster project.

August 20th, 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper, Color Pencils, Markers, Scissors, Glue, Textures
·         Lesson: Continue to formulate ideas, color, cut, and paste to add to your posters for decoration. Be sure that you’re getting your message across to the audience with vibrant emphasis in your text.
·         HW: Cooperate with your group to finish the poster project.

August 21st, 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper, Color Pencils, Markers, Scissors, Glue, Textures
·         Lesson: Bring all 4 posters together to create one big mural. Collect final ideas and put on finishing touches for presentation.
·         HW: Cooperate as a class to finish the poster project.

August 22nd, 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper
·         Lesson: What did we learn? What have we created? What will our poster mean to the school? How will our poster help improve our school? Record the results and present the poster as a whole.
·         HW: Remember what you’ve learned and enjoy the rest of your summer! :)

Cicely Tyson 6th Grade Transition Program Daily Schedule

Cicely Tyson High School
6th Grade Transition Program

1st Week

August 12th, 2013
·         Fill out Emergency Forms
·         Material Hand Out: Manila folder, Paper, & Pencil
·         Lesson: 5 Shapes in a 3D Environment- Can  be found online at
·         HW: Drawing exercises for shapes (circle, oval, triangle, rectangle and square). Each shape is to be drawn 15-20 times for practice. Due Next Day! Remember to fill out your Emergency Forms to be collected next day as well!

August 13th, 2013
·         Collection of Emergency Forms
·         Material Hand Out: Paper
·         Lesson: Cartoonists got their drawing from real life objects. Sketch some still life forms using the 5 basic shapes. Use objects such as furniture, gadgets and nick-knacks for reference.
·         HW: Sketch 6 still life objects in your home. Divide your paper in half. On the left most half of the paper, sketch a still life of an object in your home. Leave the other half of the paper blank. Keep it simple; draw only the general shapes that make up each object. Draw loosely, remember not to draw too small and do not use a ruler.

August 14th 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper
·         Lesson: Critique homework. Thinking in 3D. How to sketch a 3 dimensional object and apply light details such as texture, value and depth to the composition.
·         HW: Redraw the same objects from your home on the other half of the paper. Use general shapes to make up the object and then apply the details to make it a more complex line drawing.

Augusts 15th 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper
·         Lesson: Critique homework. Choose an object in the class and draw it from your perspective. Use basic shapes and very light details. Draw at least 5 different objects and their surroundings.
·         HW: Draw an object in your home from 3 different views. What would that object look like if you were taller than it? What would it look like if you were half its size? What if you were smaller than that object? Capture all 3 views on one sheet of paper. Be sure to use light detail to define the object.

2nd Week

August 19th, 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper
·         Lesson: Homework, CritiqueSketch an existing cartoon character with the 5 basic shapes Research a character of your choice and sketch the shapes that make up that character. Choose a full body view of each character.
·         HW: Observe characters you’ve seen in cartoons you watch. Sketch the character with shapes you believe the original cartoonist may have used to compose those characters. Be sure to include the name of the character at the top of the page.

August 20th, 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper
·         Lesson: Homework Critique. Sketch the same characters using basic shapes. Draw the characters in 4-5 different dynamic poses of your choice and complete them with light detail.
·         HW: Begin planning your own cartoon character. Each student must create their own original cartoon character using the 5 basic shapes. Add as much detail as you like to make your character unique and try putting them into some dynamic poses but also keep it simple enough to draw 4-5 more times. A total of 5 poses of your character should be fit onto one page.

August 21st, 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper and Color Pencil
·         Lesson: Character Critique. Make corrections to your characters if needed. Draw a basic shape view of your character, a full front view of your character, a 3/4 front view of your character, a profile view of your character, a ¾ back view of your character and a full back view of your character. All on one page. Divide up your paper for easy fitting of each view. Finally pick your favorite character pose from your last assignment, redraw it with corrections and color it in.
·         HW: Whatever you did not finish in class, be sure to finish for homework.

August 22nd, 2013
·         Material Hand Out: Paper and Color Pencil
·         Lesson: Round up all of your sketches for reviewing. All character model sheets will be collected and each student will pick their best pieces to be submitted for the class gallery video.
·         HW: Remember what you’ve learned and enjoy the rest of your summer! :)     

Monday, June 17, 2013

Updates on Sierra's Portfolio!

Hey everyone I just made some updates on my portfolio site. I posted more of my high school art work in case any of you wanted to know what my art was like before college. I've included Computer Art as well as Sculptures so go check 'em out! :)

High School Sculptures

High School Computer Art

And some Small Projects from ECC

Enjoy! And thank you for viewing! :)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Final Project Video for Digital Media Studio

Just as the title says. The video's description says more if you follow it to youtube. Dedicated to my 3 year old daughter, Lillian Leianni Medina. <3

Thanks for watching! :)

Have a Laugh!: The Spice Guys!

I photoshopped this picture in my Computer Imaging Class as my final assignment. SPICE GUYS! From left to right we have Justin Timberlake and Ginger Spice, Bruce Willis and Baby Spice, Dwayne Johnson as Posh Spice, Elija Wood as Sporty Spice and Samuel Jackson as Scary Spice. It's not that I have anything against these guys or girls or what ever they may be but I just wanted to make my final project something I could look back on and laugh at. Enjoy!

Thanks for viewing! :)

Cherokee Nation Animatic

Here is my the final project for Mr. Potuto's Pre-Production Animation class;  Cherokee Nation! The song, Indian Reservation, is by Paul Revere and The Raiders. Enjoy!

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The Making Of: Cherokee Nation Animatic

Here is the storyboard for my Cherokee Nation Animatic. We were instructed to make the main character a caricature of ourselves. Here's what I came up with. The song I'm using is Indian Reservation by Paul Revere and The Raiders. (Again, 1 of 5 songs chosen by the professor.) This one appealed most to me because I am a little Cherokee myself. Once I started drawing and coloring everything just started to flow. Drawing all of this felt so natural. Enjoy!

This is an extra picture; a caricature of myself as the indian princess that I didn't put into the video.

The Whole Gang
Shout out to my students at Sussex Avenue Elementary School:
Angelique is the one, front left, in yellow, blue and red.
Guadalupe is the one with the psychedelic headpiece in the back left holding her hair.
Mikah is the one, left middle, looking the most egyptian.
Rebecca is the one to the left of the Indian Cheif in purple and beige.
Cindy is the one on the right wearing pink.
My girls drew what they wanted their characters to look like. Then I redrew them in my style and colored them. Hope you like it girls!

Thanks for viewing! :)

Space Oddity Animatic

Here is my final Space Oddity Animatic. Enjoy!

Thanks for watching! :)

The Making Of: Space Oddity Animatic

Here is the storyboard for the Space Oddity Animatic. A decent animatic for a very annoying song and yet I somehow still admire Davide Bowie. Enjoy!

Thanks for viewing! :)

Monday, April 1, 2013

Dynamic Masking: Texturized Peter Pan

Lookie, lookie I texturized Peter Pan with a dynamic use of masking. This was for my Computer Imaging class. I know you all will think is looks kind of creepy because he does have a weird sort of realistic look to him. But that weird sort of realistic look reminds me a lot of the MAD TV Guy and that guy always scared me. Check it out! :)

Thanks for viewing!

The Making Of: Gossipi's Bloomfield College Commercial

Here is the storyboard for Gossipi's Bloomfield College Commercial. My first animatic to be colored with photoshop animation included. Enjoy!

Thanks for viewing! :)

The Making Of: To Be A Good Mother

Here are the Storyboards for To Be A Good Mother. This was my favorite animatic and judging by everyone's reactions to it, the most touching one yet. :)


The following frames are out of order but  I think you can figure them out.

This was the colored cover for my short film that I made during the same semester but never had the time to post. Posted: 1/18/2014

Thanks for viewing!

The Making Of: Tech Rep Funny

Here are the storyboard for Tech Rep Funny. Enjoy! :)

The following are un-numbered in-between frames:

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The Making Of: Jack And Jill Animatic

I thought maybe I'd take a trip back through some of my earlier animatics and post my original storyboard frames. I'll be posting the frames for my other Animatics as well. Sorry they are a bit out of order but do enjoy!

The following are actually extra frames without numbers I used in-between to give more detail to the story.

Thanks for viewing! :)

Photoshop Animation: Kitten's Play

There was very tedious work for this short photoshop animation but I'm proud of the way it came out. This was done at Bloomfield College in my Digital Media Studio II Class.

I was instructed to design, draw and cut out part for an animal on construction paper that was to be animated in Photoshop. After cutting them out, I took the pieces and scanned them onto a Mac where I then digitally cut out each part and moved it to make it look like a cat.

I had to move the body parts of the cat one by one and piece by piece for each frame in order to animate it looking around, standing up, jumping and pouncing on the ball and playing with the ball. It took weeks.

I even created a foreground that moves with the cat as is continuously pounces to the left of the screen.

Finally when the animation was done I added sound effects with Final Cut Pro and finalized the video in iMovie.

It's short but I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for watching! :)

Bloomfield College Commercial Animatic

This was probably the most hectic of my Animatic projects. The computers at BC just did not want to work with me at all. But after a full day of hard work and dedication to staring at a pinwheeling computer, I managed to get it done. Here is my first commercial featuring Gossipi and my first "colored" Animatic. Enjoy!

Thanks For Watching! :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Short Story Board Animatic: "To Be A Good Mother"

Ok so I haven't handed this one in yet but I could use some critiquing. This is my 3rd storyboard animatic. The assignment was to make up my own short story. It took me some time but this is what I came up with. WARNING: You may find it pretty sad. But I do hope you enjoy it. :)


Thank you for watching!

"Dango" Ball Photoshop Animation

Hey everyone! I just came back to post a couple animations. This one is from my Digital Media Studio Class. The assignment was to animate a bouncing ball in Photoshop and here was what I came up with! I had the "Dango" song on my mind from the anime Clannad. Enjoy!

Thanks for viewing!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Randomosity Sketches

Wonder what I sketch on my free time? We'll you're about to find out. Enjoy!

I was observing kittens for a Photoshop animation I'm doing in Digital Media Studio class.

Here are a couple of poses I was set on creating for my Photoshop Kitten Animation.

Heeeeeeeeeeres Gossipi! Yup she's still alive and doing well. Shes a little confused as to what she wants to do right now but she's here and ready for the challenge!

Just some gesture sketches I did completely off the top of my head.

I was watching Cat Woman and felt the need to draw something involving her.

She could be holding anything right now. For example: A calculator because I've been driving myself crazy with that math homework. She could be counting her pennies which is pretty much all I have left to my name. Or, she could be trying to read her palm to figure out where her life is going.

I wanted to put her in a really active and flowy pose. This is what I came up with. She would be holding a badminton racket if I had the space to draw it.

Gossipi looking up with determination.

A habit of mine.

Thanks for viewing! :)

One Point Perspective Sketches

I know i'ts kind of late to post these but here are my practice perspective sketches. I had a hard time sketching perspective sketches. I'm still afraid of 2 point perspective but next time around I'll include one. Enjoy for now!

This is a 1 point perspective of one of the classrooms at Bloomfield College.

The professor wanted messier sketches and at the time I was living in a place that I couldn't stand to see unorganized so there wasn't anything messy to sketch. This is my Dad's CD and Novel collection.

This is a 1 point perspective of my mother's living room. 

Some junk the professor had us sketch from a picture he took in a... pawn shop?

More of that junk...

15 Boxes, 1 point perspective

Thanks for viewing! :)

Pursuing Your Animation Career

This is something that we all need to think about. It could really change our lives and the way we raise our children as well. Do what you desire from the beginning or all your hard work is for nothing. "Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way."- Alan Watts

Pursue your career. Become a master of it and don't worry about the money. Don't worry about how you're going to pay for school. Because everything as far as Animation can be taught to you through observing what you see around you. How do you think the greatest teacher's in history learned what they learned? You can do anything you put your mind to. This is what my friends have been trying to tell me. I've been trying to convince myself this as well. I think it's time to take my first real step into pursuing my career. It's time to take action and make a change in the way I'm living my life. Who's with me?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tech Rep Funny Story Board Animatic

Here's the second story board animatic I worked on in Mr. Potuto's class that I like to call "Tech Rep Funny". Enjoy. :)

Thanks for watching!

Jack & Jill Story Board Animatic

So here's what I've been working on in My Potuto's class. This is my first storyboard animatic for Jack & Jill. Enjoy. :)

Thanks for watching!

Observed A Cat Walk

Once again, I know it's been like forever since I've done a post. I've been very busy with school and family so I really haven't had time. I haven't been doing so much as far as Animation, in fact the last thing I animated was a cat walking. And I didn't even follow the rules in doing that... I didn't even know there were any rules. If you want to see the cat walk cycle I did well... Here it is and don't make fun of me.

Ya I know... It sucks...

But anyway.... Let me just post what I've been working on in Mr. Potuto's class...My next two posts on this blog will be my animatics for Jack & Jill as well as the PC Customer Service Representative which I like to call "Tech Rep Funny".

Monday, January 28, 2013

Galloping Horse Animation

So I know it's been a while since my last post. I thought the next class I'd be taking would have something to do with the new animations but I guess I was wrong. Instead the new class has to do with story boarding. Story boarding is something I feel doesn't have too much to do with this blog. My goal for this blog is to show my viewers how to animate so I'll just have to continue my posts without reference from a professional class. That's ok because I plan to teach myself how to animate a lot of things all on my own in the next few years.

So remember that galloping horse in the background of my "S" Wave Lasso Girl Animation? I had a lot of people ask me how I did that. That animation was not taught to us last semester. In fact we were not given any sort of walk or run cycle exercises in our 2D Animation class. I thought maybe I'd let you all know how I did it.

I first started off with some research on horses. I observed their body sizes, the proportions of their heads compared to their whole body and their legs. I didn't bother to practice sketching it though because I like to eye ball examples and see what I come out with in the end. I didn't use this video exactly to produce my horse animation but this one is very similar and very clear.

The animation of a galloping horse that I used didn't have a man riding on it. I can no longer find the lone horse galloping video. I wish I had saved it. But I basically took the animation frame by frame according to the numbers in the lower left hand corner of the animation and drew them in with my animation of the Cow Girl. Each frame was drawn farther and farther away from each other to make it appear as if the horse was moving across the page.

As you can see at the beginning of this post, my horse was sort of leaping down a small hill in the background. I wouldn't suggest doing what I did though because It may be just a little bit off. Make sure to keep track of the movement of the horse's legs. You have to identify which leg one is in front of the other because the animation is dark. You can pause on each frame to observe how each leg moves throughout the animation.

Give it a try, good luck fellow animators!