Michael Herrera Art and Things

Ask me anything   Hi. I'm Michael.  Graduated from CalArts.  I do storyboards, designs, illustration, and lots of things in between. I've had the great fortune of working at major studios, and now have the great fortune of freelancing from home. Currently attending AMDA LA.

Disney-versary

Oh my how time flies. Yesterday I had the chance to go to Walt Disney Animations’ Open House.   It was a super nostalgic and inspiring event. And, as my friend Elsa pointed out, yesterday was the day we had started in the training program at Disney TWO YEARS ago!!!  Craziness!  Some day I will make a bigger post about the year I spent there, and hopefully share some of the work I did. I never really shared much about being in the program while it was happening, honestly because I was just so busy.  I was a story trainee and my mentor was the talented and hilarious Nicole Mitchell.  It was such a spectacular time and it was amazing to learn and work with the amazing artists there.

For now here are some photos from Fall of 2012.

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I was at studio for the release of Wreck-It Ralph, which was really cool.  I was compelled to make some 8-bit art a lot of the time.  I made sprites of everyone in our group:

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Starting from the top left its: Bobby, Paul, Elsa, Sabrina, Carlos, Me, Sunmee, Brittney, Michael, Scott, Matt, Tyler, Trent, Andrew, Uri, and Jorge.

We were the very last group to be under the Talent Development name.  The program is now the Apprentice program.

I was Ralph for Halloween and had a blast roaming the studio that day:

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I got to use characters from the film for an assignment too.  Can’t show it, but here’s a post it of Sour Bill from crunch time:

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Got my ears:image

It was an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience and I learned more in 12 months then I did in all my years of school.  I was feeling super nostalgic yesterday, so I thought I’d share.  Cheers!

— 4 days ago with 27 notes
#disney animation  #apprentice  #talent development  #mouse ears 
Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!  
This man may have had the most influence on me than anyone else as a young artist.  As a kid, his work showed me the broad spectrum of entertainment that was possible.  I learned about movies from his movies.  I learned about music from his music.  And his humor and aesthetic taught me everything I would ever need to know about comedy.  He was my gateway into the entertainment industry.  I have always dreamed about working with him some day.  I’m still keeping my fingers crossed!
Long live the king!

Happy Birthday Mel Brooks!  

This man may have had the most influence on me than anyone else as a young artist.  As a kid, his work showed me the broad spectrum of entertainment that was possible.  I learned about movies from his movies.  I learned about music from his music.  And his humor and aesthetic taught me everything I would ever need to know about comedy.  He was my gateway into the entertainment industry.  I have always dreamed about working with him some day.  I’m still keeping my fingers crossed!

Long live the king!

— 4 days ago with 3 notes
#mel brooks  #genius  #caricature  #comedy  #legend  #director  #producer 

I wanted to try something with this sort of lighting.  I don’t think it was a complete success, but there are some things I like.  I like his Jacket.

— 1 week ago with 13 notes
#sci-fi  #illustration  #spaceship  #Character Design  #comic cover  #bright  #sun  #dramatic 
cbsalazar asked: really like your art, and when you draw bears.


Answer:

Thank you. I’m glad you enjoy my bears.

— 1 week ago with 1 note
Quick warmup today.  Trying colored lines.

Quick warmup today.  Trying colored lines.

— 1 week ago with 6 notes
#Illustration  #Character Design  #drawing  #bow tie  #bear  #refined 
I’m working on having a sketchbook printed in time for the CTN Expo.  This was a potential cover but the format has changed and I don’t think It’s going to be full color.  We’ll see.  Things might change.  Anyway, enjoy.

I’m working on having a sketchbook printed in time for the CTN Expo.  This was a potential cover but the format has changed and I don’t think It’s going to be full color.  We’ll see.  Things might change.  Anyway, enjoy.

— 1 week ago with 41 notes
#book cover  #art of  #michael herrera  #design 
Had to get some markers in before bed. Good night.

Had to get some markers in before bed. Good night.

— 2 weeks ago with 27 notes
#witch  #spooky  #Halloween  #sketch  #drawing  #illustration  #character design  #black cat 
Bur says: “What’s this Inktober thing”?

Bur says: “What’s this Inktober thing”?

— 2 weeks ago with 18 notes
#drawing  #character design  #suspenders  #pencil  #grumpy  #bear 
300!?

Oh man, I didn’t realize I suddenly have over 300 followers!  That’s crazy.  Thank you so much everybody.  I hope you like what you find here.  Happy October!

Here’s a picture of the moon I just took.  Cheers!

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— 2 weeks ago with 3 notes
Warmup drawing today.  I don’t think I trust this guy.

Warmup drawing today.  I don’t think I trust this guy.

— 2 weeks ago with 7 notes
#drawing  #Character Design  #plaid  #illustration  #character  #pompadour 
Ipad drawing suggestions?

michaelherreraart:

Hey there Tumblr peeps.  Any suggestions for awesome drawing apps or peripherals out there for iPad?  So far I’ve tried Brushes and a simple touch screen stylus, but I want me some pressure sensitivity.  What works for you?

Thanks for the suggestions!  I hadn’t heard of Procreate of Artrage.  Will check them out! :)

— 3 weeks ago with 5 notes
Wolf dude.  On a Halloween kick this week.

Wolf dude. On a Halloween kick this week.

— 3 weeks ago with 44 notes
#wolf  #wolf man  #werewolf  #cool jacket  #Halloween  #skinny jeans