Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2 drawings from sentence structures

You'll have to stop by sentence structures to read the story that goes along with these drawings.


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sentence Structures - 2nd blog

Just started a second blog with a friend of mine, Meg Groves. She is a writer out of New York. The blog just started today but check it out on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for updates!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rotoscoping Part 2

My third design for our 2nd Rotoscoping assignment. I thought of it around 5:30 am the day it was due. Luckily I had until 2pm that day to sketch this up. Overall the painting didn't take to long, maybe an hour, hour and a half. I focused my time on color and making sure the form stood out.

Character Sketches

Here are some character sketches for a new project coming up. We will be learning action scripting in Flash. I'm not sure what kind of story I want to tell, but I thought maybe if I started drawing some characters someone would stand out.

Another current goal of mine is to start working on character drawing that is derived from artists Pascal Campion, and Mary Blair. I had originally started developing this during my undergraduate but wasn't sure how to push my drawing and characters to do what I wanted them to. Recently from further life drawing studies I'm beginning to gain the mental library of poses and actions of people.

Here is a work from my undergraduate:

And here are some works from in-between my Bachelors and Masters.

All of these little drawings are from some unique books I have written, illustrated and bond myself. I love book making and the process of telling a story and completing it. Now I want to take this further and push this drawing style (and story telling), and bring it to life in my animations. But how to do it? Hours of studies and practice... here we go.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


I was working on a background for a dialogue scene that I recently animated. While modeling my characters I was focusing on the UPA 1950's animation style. I wasn't completely married to the style but I worked off of it. Unfortunately while working on the background, I became too attached to my reference and the color palette and style doesn't fit my characters. I realized this half way through painting but decided to push the piece and finish despite the fact that it doesn't work.

Back to the drawing board.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Rotoscoping part 2

Here are some sketches for the 2nd part of our Rotoscoping assignment. I still need a third idea.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Yep. That just happened...

To clarify I mean my project file that I made serious progression on while in class and in the lab today.

I'm currently working on a dialogue project where we are lip syncing to a movie clip. I chose a quote from the movie "Unforgiven." Part of the project was to create two characters and have them interact. The challenge is that we are working in Flash and Toon Boom then composting the two interacting characters together.

Another thing, while sketching the above I realized that I need a hair cut... (sigh). 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Quick sketch

Quick morning Sketch for a couple friend's birthdays that are today. Happy Birthday Guys!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rotoscope Skeleton

Here are some style frames for an upcoming animation exercise. The middle frame is from my own desk, and the drawing is added digitally. I'm looking forward to picking one and animating it. Look forward to the final of this by the end of the week.

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Here are some excerpts from my sketchbook from over the weekend. What I enjoy about plane rides is that they ask you to turn off your phones and electrical devices, and ultimately, it is so nice to have that brief mental peace.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Preparing for a trip!

I'm about to go on a road trip for two weeks, so I've been preparing for that. Look forward to some photographs from the trip. My pen and hand bound sketchbook (crafted by Derrick Quevedo) will be accompanying me on my journey which means the sketchbook will make some appearances on here as well. More about the trip to come.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


I don't have much of a story for Jade, except that she is a mechanic and lost her arm. She was doodled in the middle of night a couple weeks ago, and now she's coming to life as a sculpture and a 2D character. I may bring her into the digital 3D realm.  I may move on to another character I have a story for.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Daenerys Targaryen Part 2

I admit it... I started over. Another sketch of Daenerys Targaryen. Warm up sketch for the night. I'm happier with this one.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Daenerys Targaryen

Started a digital portrait of Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones.


Director: Spike Jonze

Funny, quirky, and disturbing. Adaptation is about the screen play writer Charlie Kaufman as he tries to adapt the book "The Orchid Thief" into a movie.

This movie was a recommendation from a class I took, and I'm glad I watched it. I enjoy how the movie has these moments of humor and quirk. Such as when the main character, Charlie goes to a seminar about writing screen plays where it is announced that having a voice over narration is weak. Right before that statement the character Charlie is talking to himself in a voiced over narration about how he can not believe he came to this seminar. It was a very funny moment.

Other quirky moments were the dates he was on, particularly with the violinist, Amelia Kavan, where he would narrate to himself to say something. Another moment was when he was sweating while trying to impress the executive, Valerie Thomas, to give him another screenplay to write.

The Second plot in the movie was following Susan Orlean and her interview with John Laroche. Watching their relationship progress and getting to know their characters was great. Susan was dull and I never liked her character. Her greatest moment of utter weakness was in the end. John Laroche was interesting as he at first seemed like a stereotype of a dumb hick, and then you find that he becomes obsessed with things and learns about them in his obsession. He was a sad character, just pushing through life trying to catch a break. Susan became his break and his end.

You really felt like you were following Charlie around as he tried to write this adapted screen play. The ending was a twist and unexpected and did take me out of Charlie's real world and into the fantasy Hollywood universe. Which makes sense, since in the movie Charlie is 1) Charlie writing a Screenplay for a movie 2) The movie he is writing is playing out for us at the same time 3) Those two worlds come together in the end. Clever, and fun.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Witness For Prosecution

Witness For Prosecution
Director: Billy Wilder

I honestly believed that... his wife did it. Witness for Prosecution is about a man accused of murdering the lovely Ms. French and his only alibi is his wife. When it comes time for court his wife turns the tables and testifies for the prosecuting side.

I really honestly thought she was the murderer. That her plan was to get Leonard Vole (her husband being prosecuted for murder) put in jail so she could return to her homeland of Germany. What a twist when she pulled off her acting veil to reveal how much she loved him.

The dialogues were excellent through out the movie. Particularly the court scenes where Sir Wilfrid skipped around the prosecution as they presented their evidence. I couldn't believe how thrilled I felt as Sir Wilfrid “zinged” the prosecuting lawyer as he kept presenting his evidence. It seemed no matter the amount of evidence Sir Wilfrid found a way to poke a hole in it and create doubt.

The point of comedy through out the movie was Sir Wilfrid and his nurse, Miss Plimsoll. In the beginning scenes where Sir Wilfrid rides his electric chair up and down the stair case contemplating whether to take the case or retire for the afternoon was very funny. Particularly when Miss Plimsoll finally got him upstairs and as she made the bed, he escaped. Miss Plimsoll looks up and quietly says “Sir Wilfrid? … Sir Wilfrid!” The scene cuts and you hear the noise of the electric chair moving and see the back of Sir Wilfrid riding down the stairs. I laughed so much!

The shots through out the movie kept the dialogue moving. Scenes where the characters are staged in a triangle on the screen and zooming in slowly on the character whom is talking. Other shots consisted of staging the characters so they were looking at each other opposite on the screen and cutting from one close up or mid shot to the other. 

I sketched out two thumbnails of compositions that I enjoyed from the movie. The first is from the first half of the movie where Sir Wilfrid is listening to Mr. Vole's story of how he is innocent. Enjoyed the light coming in from the window and casted shadow from Sir Wilfrid on the wall. Another reason I enjoyed that scene was for all the things that could be found around him. His desk, books, a painting, a light, small pictures on the wall, curtain, a couch. I noted this because of a project I worked on where I recreated the hotel room of John Wilkes Booth. It's amazing how many things you can put into an area and how all those things give the room life. The Second scene is when Mr. Vole is walking through the jail. The light and shadows created from the jail bars, fences, and the figures themselves really gives off the feeling of being trapped and ominousness.

Over all the movie was a treat and if you haven't seen it, take the time to watch it. The jokes are in the dialogue so make sure to have your ears open.


Welcome to my blog! I am Jenna Zona, and am currently a Graduate Student at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. I am earning my Master in Fine Arts while studying ANIMATION! Here I'll keep a series of postings of current works, sketches, and short discussions about various movies. The image is of my mechanic character, Jade. The next step for her is... paint!