Sunday, January 20, 2008
What've I been up too? Helping my good friend Breehn Burns on one of his new Dr. Tran shorts! Seriously the best job I've had in animation so far, and I get paid in free food. Typical. Hahaha.
It's been a really interesting experience trying to step away from the super limited, pose to pose puppetry style of animation the Dr. Tran shorts usually have and getting into more complex, traditional style animation using Photoshop and After Effects. Being able to set up a scene, animate frames onto separate layers and composing them in after effects and being able to seamlessly go back and forth between the programs allowing me to instantly test the animation and edit frames. Still not quite as easy as flash but it's getting there. My hope is to be able to set up a workflow that can achieve traditional style animation without paper and expensive camera set ups and without the "Flash-ness" of using Flash. It's giving me quite a few ideas for executing my own personal project.
Also having a good time just hanging with Breehn and his roommate Pendelton Ward who's known for his awesomely charming Adventure Time short.
Check out Breehn's production blog.
Friday, January 04, 2008
a drawing I lost interest in...
Initially done to mess with CS3's nifty tools. Stylistically this is what I get when putting together all the "rules" and whatever I've learned throughout my experiences, but this kind of stuff doesn't really hold my interest. I probably could go the whole "concept art" route or whatever but I like messing with styles and trying to push the personality of drawings. More than anything I'd really like to go the route of Ronald Searle or Eric Sokol.
I love that loose, shapely quality that goes right to the heart of the character's personality. It's simple and to the point. Doesn't get caught up in strict anatomy, perspective or realism. Even though it does excel in those qualities, they take a backseat to the point of the picture... the CHARACTER. maybe this is why I spend a lot of time drawing people, faces, body language... I don't do fan art or even post a lot of what I draw.. they're not for show or to get props from my peers. I just like capturing people and their attitudes and moments of humanity.
Meh... I'm easy. I would be a lot more successful if I finished more pieces or did shit that appealed to a wider audience and became a total art attention whore, but I just don't. Or maybe I'm lazy, who knows?
I prefer storyboarding. I'm weird.
currently in progress... It's a lot more fun and intuitive. Unfortunately I have to go to work in the morning and finalize my portfolio so I might not touch this until the weekend.