Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Header

Finished this recently for a black and white illustration assignment. As you can tell, I modified it to use as the header for this blog, too. I like to think that one day I'll be the new Lisa Frank, and can mass produce these in full-blown technicolor for little girls' trapper keepers. Do kids still use trapper keepers? I don't even know anymore, I'm not around children much anymore as per my court order.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Degree Project Process

So, I've just finished animating my first teensy-weensy clip for my DP. It's only a couple of seconds long, but I've got more frames painted and waiting to be shot. I thought I'd put up some videos to show my process, since it's kind of convoluted.

First I take my puppets and take a video in front of a white wall, of whatever action they're doing in that scene. Mostly it's talking, in this case it's eating. Then I take that footage, bring it into final cut, make it a multiply layer, and throw it over a drawn background I scan in, so that it looks something like this:

Then I export that new video to Flash, where I draw in guides for pupils, arms, legs, and mouths:

Then I export that video as an image sequence, print them out, and paint over the characters:

That's it... it's a lot of work, but since my storyline doesn't call for a lot of action-packed sequences, I can get away with a lot of cycling.