In an effort to draw more of the things roaming around in my head, I took the day off from my film to draw this. I have a couple qualms with the final result, but mostly I’m just excited to be drawings again. I have a list of other pencil tests and illustration ideas I want to try, so hopefully I can keep finding extra time.
This is the first pass of a dialogue test I did over the summer. I wanted to experiment with different ways of roughing out a scene, trying to get looser with the drawings. It was a nice change of pace to get away from the characters in my thesis film for a couple days. The choice of dialogue on the other hand ended up being a sort of self-inflicted punishment. I love Rue McLanahan’s voice, and her performance was great to work with. But after a long week of animating, listening to “I will never sleep again” on a loop…is not the best for morale.
Because my main goal was experimenting with my rough process, cleaning has taken a spot on the back burner for now. I hope to return to it when I get the chance, at the very least to give it a short ending (ideas welcome!)
In an attempt to post more frequently, I decided to post the drawings I did this week. I’m finally finding some time to draw outside of animating my film, so there will be more to come.
That top drawing is one that I did of my good friend Matt Christensen. He’s a stop-motion animator, and you should check out his blog! (it’s not full of little rag dolls as that drawing may suggest…)
Just got back from a much-needed trip back home to see friends and family. I experimented with TVPaint a litte while I was there, trying to decide on the best workflow going from clean-up to color. (quick side note – it only took me a couple seconds to completely fall in love with TVPaint. Haven’t had so much fun with a coloring software since KidPix.) Now that I’m back in New York, I’m try to refocus on the last couple shots…something that is awfully difficult after such a fun vacation. I thought this color test would be fitting, as it matches my current attitude towards my drawing table.
Back to work!
“Murky” might be an understatement for this one.
There is still a good amount of effects animation to be added to these shots (ie. ocean waves, dripping, splashing) as well as a small amount of clean-up. But I decided to post the character animation first. Partially because I have let (A LOT) of time pass since my last post. And partially because this shot nearly killed me, or more specifically it nearly killed my eyes. I drew everything too small – those hands are only about a centimeter – and doing the inbetweens really took a toll on my eyes. In any case, checking it off my to-do list didn’t feel like a big enough celebration. Hope you enjoy!