Learning From a Master…

Posted on Saturday 23 May 2009

So sometimes, I question…”can I really do all these?”
I have a tendency to take too many things on my plate.
I have just so much in my hands mainly my responsibility at Pixar along with freelance work and other duties.
But I had to do this. Where else do I get this opportunity?

Yes, the pastel class from Bill Cone
that is!
It is a pretty intense course where he teaches twice a week for a few months at Pixar. As soon as they announced this class as a part of Pixar University, I threw myself in. There were over 80 applicants and I somehow made it to the lucky 15 or so students!

Bill Cone is one of the reasons why I pursued colorscripting for a film. I attended his lecture back in ’98 where he showed his colorscript work for A Bug’s Life. He is one of the people who know about light and color better than anyone i have come across. I became obsessed with his work over the years.

Since I do colorscripting myself, there is probably little chance for me to work with him on the same project at Pixar(I hope I am wrong!) but here it is! He is teaching a pastel class! With my meeting filled schedules these days, my coordinator raised her brow when I told her I was taking his class. But when do you get these kinds of opportunities?

Life is all about learning, right?

this is my first full on plein air painting in Pastel…. man, it’s soooo harrrrd!! Not like oil or watercolor that I’m used to! But hopefully i will get better each time I do it! Wish me luck!

19 Comments for 'Learning From a Master…'

    May 23, 2009 | 5:36 pm

    Considering how many people on this planet would kill to get such an opportunity, I would say :”Let’s go !” (at the same time, if you need to learn, many of us have to go to nursery art school…) I wish Dominique Louis could teach too.
    Anyway, I wish you luck (even if I am pretty sure you are going to control this medium like you did with others tools while we depress)

    May 23, 2009 | 11:37 pm

    Ah, so jealous! Bill Cone is so inspiring…and so are you!!

    May 24, 2009 | 3:37 am

    I’m jealous too! I love the concept of Pixar University and how you guys are always pushing yourself further. That’s what true creativity is all about- the thirst for knowledge and more understanding of the world around us, really, isn’t it?
    I think your first pastel turned out really well, I particularly like the tones you picked for the trees, makes me want to take up pastels again. If you come across any really good tips for working with pastels, share a few with us, pretty please? ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 24, 2009 | 9:27 am

    sweet. Looks like you’re off to a great start!

    May 24, 2009 | 2:53 pm

    You guys are SO LUCKY, I would love to take that class. Heck, I would LOVE to work at Pixar as well!

    Bill Cone’s pastels are so inspiring, I’m always amazed at what he does

    May 24, 2009 | 6:25 pm

    Wow, they have to select 15 out of 80 applicants? But you definitely deserved to be on the A list. And you made it look so easy!

    May 24, 2009 | 8:36 pm

    Beautiful work Master Dice!
    Congrats on being a part of this historic moment with Bill! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Francis Yeh
    May 25, 2009 | 11:58 am

    Its amazing that you have the opportunity to learn from Bill Cone. I envy you! You’re first pastel piece is looking great!

    May 25, 2009 | 6:37 pm


    If this is your first attempt at Plein Air with pastels, then look at world because you are going to Rock it. You have an amazing eye and skill to capture color not only as attribute but as object. I love your greens, so beautiful. (BTW, I was also impressed with your trees painted with gouache at the Early Birds Show at Studio).

    By coincidence, your New York Village painting is sitting directly across this recent Bill Cone acquisition in my house.


    Look forward in seeing more.


    May 25, 2009 | 9:22 pm

    really nice dice! ๐Ÿ™‚

    May 26, 2009 | 1:39 am

    im not worried about you dice, id wish you luck but i don’t think you need it. looks amazing.

    May 26, 2009 | 9:07 am

    Hola Dice,

    it looks amazing, your are really inspiring, and now with pastel technique. I love the light in the composition! muy lindo como siempre!!

    May 26, 2009 | 1:24 pm

    SOOOOOOOOOOO jealous… Ditto on everything you said. I was blown away by his show at the Studio Gallery, and I never knew he was such a funny guy too!

    May 26, 2009 | 5:49 pm

    Hi Dice,
    Your taking a painting class with Bill Cone, that has to be the best. Was Bill not one of the speakers at the “Pixar at the MOMA show” that in Jan 06 the art department from Blue Sky all attended?

    June 1, 2009 | 9:48 am

    Hey is that a Porsche?

    June 3, 2009 | 6:53 am

    i really like that! i’ve never done pastel in plein air, but it sounds hard; i’m a pretty terrible decision-maker, colorwise, so the sun would probably set before i had a chance to finish the drawing.

    June 5, 2009 | 4:37 am

    Bill Cone always knocks my socks off.

    June 13, 2009 | 7:23 pm

    You’re work us stunning to say the least, very inspiring stuff! I met you briefly last year in San Diego, I was lucky enough to watch you sketch a few people! Great work . . . your color is unreal!

    June 18, 2009 | 11:51 pm

    Really love the color & design in this ๐Ÿ™‚

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