Monday, September 8, 2014

Rocket Racoon

Wanted to keep practicing my traditional skills and enjoyed the character, so why not do something fun with both?! Rock-et-Roll!

Tyler Kakac - Rocket Racoon from Tyler Kakac on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Splinter Shot Progression

I put together the progression of a shot I got to animate of Splinter from Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is the first shot I got to animate of a TMNT main character when I first started at Nick. Enjoy!
Storyboard by the talented Byron Penaranda.

Tyler Kakac - TMNT Splinter Shot Progression from Tyler Kakac on Vimeo.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Updated Demo Reel!

Got some personal and work animation together and the result is an updated demo reel! The personal work is from the time I spent at AnimSquad. Follow the link to learn more. It was an amazing learning experience and inspirational to my growth as an artist. I'm planning a separate post about my time spent at AnimSquad but for now here's what I've been working on.

Friday, April 25, 2014

SpongeBob Bounce About

Since working at Nickelodeon, I haven't had the opportunity to work with SpongeBob or the Bikini Bottom crew. It's hard to see a 3 foot LEGO statue of SpongeBob at work and not want to help out on the show. So I decided to try it on my own and have a little fun at the same time. Plus practice is always a plus. Here is a short, simple, and, hopefully, sweet test I did. Enjoy!

I do have other SpongeBob related tales from my time and Nickelodeon that I am eager to share. Hopefully soon!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

TMNT: 2nd Season Poster

The second season of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles kicked off today. I had the opportunity to work on this press piece for the launch of the second season. One day a co-worker showed me the poster had appeared on Nickelodeon's twitter feed.
These assignments are fun but we aren't always sure how they are intended to be used. I can't believe one season has already passed. Be sure to keep watching!

Here's an article that IGN produced covering season two's premier. There is even a sneak peak with Casey Jones.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Adventures of Miles and Doug

Not too long ago some good friends of ours welcomed a new member into their family: a baby boy titled by the name Miles. Miles father and I go back to the early days of high school and I couldn't be happier for him, his wonderful wife, and their two pugs.

This project was an absolute blast. My friend's sister, my wife, and I worked together to come up with a unique and special gift for their growing family. We were imagining adventures a little boy and his dog would have that is unique to my friend and his family. We knew one of their dogs, Doug the Pug, had to have quite an influential role in our designs. After we came up with the four themes for the canvases, I threw open my sketchbook. Here is a page from my sketchbook where I thumbnailed ideas for the fishing, Star Wars, biking, and the music designs.

When I had locked down my ideas the painting process began. I loved putting my paint brushes to work again and I really enjoyed doing this project traditionally. Thanks goes out to my wife for all the great pictures you took to document this gift. Please feel free to check out more of her work here. ~ ElahTree ~


The final paintings. I am truly blessed to know this family and am excited to see all the continued adventures of Miles and Doug the Pug.

Rest well Miles and Doug. Many more adventures await.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Man of Steel

For along time I have been a fan of Jerry Siegel's and Joe Shuster's big blue boyscout. My fan hood started by the amazement that a man (I know technically he's an alien) could be "Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!" I watched all the old cartoons and even have a couple lunchboxes. Over the years my intrigue in the Man of Tomorrow has shifted to an appreciation of his integrity, character, and heart. Torn between what's right, what's wrong, and what is wise. Goodness and light trying to give hope amidst the darkness. The parallel's to my faith became more inspiring than this Kryptonian's powers. Although the power of flight would still be pretty awesome.

It's good to see Superman returning to the sliver screen.

What good is being a fan without some fan art?

This find came from Austin Madison's blog but I had to share.