Monday, January 31, 2011


In 2009, I was a production assistant intern at Blue Sky Studios (one of the best times I've ever had) and I got to work on 'Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs' and 'Rio'. I was going back to school right as 'Rio' was moving into animation, but my friends in animatics had been working on this opening and although nothing was finalized, I'd been hearing about the colorful musical opening they wanted to have. As more designs and scenes have been released, I've been just as excited as everyone else to see these scenes for the first time. I'm glad the samba dancing has gotten thumbs up because I'm pretty sure every resource was exhausted for research. I remember several artists looking at samba videos as they worked and story artists going frame by frame on YouTube videos to check footwork. That's dedication! I'm delighted to see everyone's work pay off and I can't wait to see the final film. Here are the first two minutes:

<a href="" target="_new" title="'Rio' Exclusive: Film's First Two Minutes">Video: 'Rio' Exclusive: Film's First Two Minutes</a>

Figure Drawings

New Resolution: I will post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. (To take a page from Cory Godbey, one of my heroes, who is also good about posting often.) These are my figure drawings from last Monday and I'll have more to show tonight.

Monday, January 17, 2011

J'ai deux amours

Good news, everyone! I didn't find the full and final calendar image, but I found my pin-up girl for February. I'm quite keen on revisiting her and the concept for a separate print. :)

Sunday, January 16, 2011


I've been hemming and hawing for far too long on what to put in an intro post, so I'm just going to jump into it.

My name is Kate Sullivan. I'm a third year animation student at the School of Visual Arts, a member of Girls Drawing Girls, and an intern alumnus of Blue Sky Studios and Titmouse Inc. My primary interests are in story art, compositing, and illustration, but I love every part of animation filmmaking. When I'm not talking someone's ear off about animation, you can usually find me in the nosebleeds at the MetOpera. I'm also attempting to watch 100 movies I've never seen before in a year. I've been doing it for about four years now and only fell short by four in 2009. You can follow along on the left. On the right are links to blogs of my peers and idols.

You can also follow me on Twitter @thebouncingbird and Vimeo. You can visit my old art blog at Draw a Day, where I tried doing a mini-illustration a day. I had to call it quits at the end of June due to a case of tendonitis, which is mercifully almost gone.

The first group project I got to be a part of with Girls Drawing Girls was the 2011 Calendar. We worked in pairs for each month and I was delighted to be a part of February where I came up with the concept, the girl on the right, and final color. We have limited copies for sale and you can get a look at the pages on our Facebook page. The February page is not the final image that went to press, but I highly encourage picking up a copy to see how it turned out. :)

The New Yorker is having their annual Eustace Tilley contest where you redesign the chap with the monocle and the butterfly. I started thinking about how much Eustace resembled the Monarch from Adult Swim's 'The Venture Bros.', so I sketched out the idea and over winter break

The New Yorker

One of my favorite ways to stay in shape is to do composition studies from my favorite movies and I started this year with a shot from Blake Edwards' 'Victor Victoria'.

For the most part, I want to use this blog to show what I'm working on, be it freelance or schoolwork. Later today or this week I'll post the tome of figure drawings I have from last year, but I've got to skedaddle. Thanks for dropping by!