Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
AUGH HE'S SO GEEKY AND CUTE
Took me a good week to get his face right. Ah, Edward... he sells books, shoots guns and saves the world. :) Filled up the last couple pages of my sketchbook.... I'll have to get my moleskin back out....
for Matt Scully's story.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
My friend Scully is writing a really neat-o story, and this is a character concept for the evil sorceress/queen who ends up killing everyone on the island she rules to save the life of her unborn child. ...and fails. (as far as I know.)
here are some sketches working exclusively from the reference I had of mid-19th century fashion and hairstyles.
in the next page of sketches, I only used the drawings from the previous page as reference and tried to nail down more of her personality and the differences the fictional island has from the rest of europe.
no doubt there will be many more revisions of her appearance, but these are a good start at least.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Happy Thanksgiving, one and all! I will be spending mine in Chicago with my relatives and wonderful fiancee. WOOHOO TURKEY
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
SO. First of all, Bill Plympton drew his dog in my sketchbook:
So now this sketchbook is even more priceless than before. WOOHOO!!!
ANYway, Sounds of Earth. In a very short summary, the plot concerns Helix Ramchanda and his dealing with invading aliens and a certain adorable community theater actress named Rae.
Here is a concept drawing that went with the submissions packet.
And here are the main character sketches (all with their lovely submissions packet heading). some of the names have changed as the story has evolved, but they're still pretty much the same people.
I've gone back through and found the few posts here that deal with the work I did on this story a year ago and tagged them "sounds of earth graphic novel". I'll need to do even more sample work for it to send it to other companies, but hopefully someone funds me for it!!! *crosses fingers*
Thursday, November 12, 2009
the 'picking up a fruit' animation is completely finished! all that's left will be compositing, which Jacques will show how to do on Monday.
by the bye, Jars of Clay's album The Long Fall Back to Earth is darn good.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I'll be working on a more complete storyboard soon. one that won't be boring and lame. it'll be funny, I promise!!! I need to ask Zelda about voices...
and for the sake of animation, I decided to give my little boy spaghetti appendages. here's the turn and BD:
dawwwww, he's so cute. :D
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
these, however, are all out of my head... ideas for my senior film. there will be lots of Arab/Israeli guys with beards, so how does one make lots of guys with beards look different?
simplify it? they were good at simplifying things in the 50s. some of those designs i really love! so I'll emulate. yay.
don't know if it's done or not... maybe...
NOTE: illustrations of women in the 50s and 60s almost always had tiny hands and feet. don't ask me why, but it's true.
on the right, there are rocks. drawn with pentel brush pen from photos that john took in Edinburgh. YAY ROCKS! i should draw rocks more often. it's fun, and you don't really need crazy perspective to make them look right. YAY LACK OF 3-POINT. :D
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
this is the black and white rendering (well, just black, worked on gray.) will start the color next. YAY digital painting. (photoshop CS4)
AUGH... BANANAS. whatever possessed me to draw a bin of bananas?!?!?! o______o
Monday, September 28, 2009
but a poster advertising TYLER doing a flash workshop at the next CAS meeting!!!!
I was able to see Tyler's film "Duck Heart Teslacoil" at this year's SCADanimate program, and it is AWESOME. Tyler is a great filmmaker. this is his website, Base14. his film isn't available online, but if there happens to be a showing of it (or any of his other films) near you, GO AND SEE.
also, I made an awesome poster for this week's meeting. yay. :)
Thursday, September 24, 2009
yeah, this has nothing to do with me, but Cartoon Saloon (makers of Skunk Fu and The Secret of Kells)'s director Tom Moore has this as his next project:
Song of the Sea, a story about a Selkie, evidently. I've read fairy tales about Selkies, I'm glad someone's making a move about them!!! soooo.... be looking for this one in theaters, in europe only, probably around 2011.
sigh... sometimes it sucks to be an american. :P
“The Secret of Kells” is an Irish animated feature film, set in the dark ages of Ireland. The main character is a young boy named Brendan, and his learning about a sacred book and wanting to help its keeper complete it. There are two main forces influencing Brendan: his uncle, the Abbot of Kells, and Brother Aidan, the keeper of the sacred book, a famous illuminator who comes to Kells after his island abbey is destroyed by the Vikings (who are headed for Kells). Both of them want to pass on their conflicting beliefs to Brendan, and he must choose between them; methods of defense from war from the Abbot, and the importance of passing on knowledge and hope from Brother Aidan.
The story itself isn’t entirely groundbreaking, but is still told very well; though the ending is a tad disappointing. The animation and acting is wonderful, each character has his own personality, shape and voice. I was also impressed that the resident ‘animal sidekick’ was not pointless, and even helped the story along. The aesthetic is very interesting and well done; in particular some of the methods of cuts – or lack of cuts. Often, especially near the end of the film, several different locales will be shown in sections on the screen, and we can see the characters move through them as they travel. Because of this, in many sections there are much fewer cuts than there could have been, but what’s on the screen still holds the attention of the viewer.
The visual style is the strongest part of this movie. Much of the film’s conflict is around the Book of Kells, which is an actual illuminated text from around the year 800. The book is known for its rich illustrations, and “The Secret of Kells” takes very well the cues of artwork from that particular book as well as the period.
The groundwork for the style is that it is mostly based on flat but highly detailed backgrounds; much like the tapestries and other artwork from the Dark Ages before perspective was fully understood. Within that groundwork, the character designs are also based around very flat shapes, but the characters keep to solid colors, which makes them distinguishable from the backgrounds very effectively. Older characters are much more textured with separate shapes for every joint, but younger characters like Brendan and the other abbey children are much more simple and soft looking. The only time perspective is used in an upshot or downshot is when there is danger or action, and the bad guys themselves have an even more exaggerated style than the main characters, making them even more frightening.
Another fun touch is some of the character’s names. Pangur Ban, Bother Aidan’s cat, is called after the medieval poem by the same name, which happens to be – appropriately – about a traveling poet/monk and his white cat. The poem is spoken aloud over the credits, in old Irish, about halfway through them. The Abbot’s name, Cellach, is the same as several real Irish bishops from the time period. Aidan is the name of an Irish saint. A fairy/weregirl that Brendan meets in the forest has the name Aisling, which is the old Irish word for ‘poetic vision’ or dream.
The only weak parts in the movie lie with the story. The overall pacing is all right (it is very good at the beginning of the film, then lapses in parts throughout); but there are loose ends that are never tied up and leave it wanting. The largest single issue is the monster Krum Kruack (spelling unknown), the huge monster with the crystal eyes. The first time we hear his name is when Brendan nearly walks into a dark cave, and Aisling warns him to come back, because it is Krum Kruack’s lair. Brendan doesn’t believe her; says the monster is a fairy tale. But almost no other explanation is given about the monster – where it came from, why it hides in caves, or any other stories about it.
This may be only an issue for American viewers, if the monster is a common facet of Irish legend. But it appears the monster is purely an invention of this story, and so it really needs more explaining; especially since Brendan must return to Krum’s lair later on to defeat the monster.
There are numerous other small issues, both of story and character. For instance, it is never explained just how the Abbot and Aidan already know each other. Additionally, why exactly is a crystal needed to complete the Book of Kells? After multiple viewings, it can be assumed that a crystal is used as a magnifying glass, a tool to create the tiny, intricate designs in the book. But then, why does the book need to be illuminated? Aren’t the words the most important? Why exactly is it so important for the book to be finished? And why not any crystal – why does it HAVE to be this one particular crystal? Again, after multiple viewings it can be derived that the book is a symbol of knowledge and learning, and also hope. But this is barely alluded to in the movie overall.
There are other issues and holes with character as well. One strange thing is that it appears that Brother Tang is the only person in the movie who doesn’t age – after 10 or 15 years have elapsed, he is still the same white-whiskered but sprightly monk as before, though all the other characters have aged appropriately. There is the same issue with Pangur Ban, especially because he’s a cat.
Most of the character’s personalities hold true, but the Abbot has a particularly disappointing twist. Through most of the movie he is shown to be a very strong, hard, determined, but also caring man to the people in the abbey and his nephew Brendan. But at the end, when Brendan is finally able to return to Kells, the Abbot is shown to have fallen apart mentally, and has sunk into depression and despair because he believes he is responsible for Brendan and Aidan’s deaths. It seems more likely, considering his character for the first section of the movie, that he would have come to his senses and used his strengths to protect what he had left from the raids in the name of Brendan and Aidan, instead of wasting time despairing over what can’t be righted. This would have made more sense in the overall scheme of history and the naming of the book. But despite this, the ending is still appropriate and fairly satisfying.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
logo/tshirt design for a student group up at UC! :) I'm doing a couple more designs for them; might post those as well once they're finished.
(fonts: philly sans/bee marker from dafont)
also also, BACK AT SCAD. so there will be homework appearing up here soonish, assuming it's worth posting. whee!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
more realistic... playing with character design...
and my favorite; channeling Charles Gibson and Fred Moore. huzzah. I really like this... might try to do a digital painting of it, if I have time... ha. time. ha.