Thursday, 28 October 2010

Digital splurge

Inspired by this music video

And another one. I'm on a digital roll. I'm addicted to this new method of colouring and lineart.
Yaaay. So, about 5 hours on this. I'm getting quicker.
I know there are major flaws in this but peh. It never looked right when I drew it first so I 
gave up on it and had more fun with the colouring.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Before I hit the pillow for tonight...

Finished image

Ach... soo tired...

Another non-digital lineart piece. This is more painterly. I like this new way of working- straight from the pencil sketch into photoshop, since I discovered how to do it. What always put me off doing more digital work in the past was the 'oh god... I've got to do the lineart... :faint: cannot be bothered'

It also seems to be becoming a thing of sitting up to the early hours finishing off these doodles.
I always start drawing around 8-9pm... then I put it into photoshop around 10pm... then I colour til 1am.
Its now 20past 1, before I upload it to my various sites... tch tch. 


Mr Flour Sack

Thats right... its time for FLOUR SACK ANIMATIONS
I'm quite excited about this. FINALLY something that isn't walk cycles. 
I'm going to make mine dance to something with a good beat. 
He won't know whats hit him.He'll dance like he's never danced before!
This is a compilation of my sketches of  him strutting his stuff, coloured on photoshop

Monday, 25 October 2010

Boredom spurs the creation of tutorials... apparently

I created this tonight. I started around 10 oclock, finished around about now.
Tch.. I'm hungry now.
Almost time for breakfast!
Need my bed.

Thursday, 21 October 2010


I hate maths.
My brain does not process figures and facts.
From what I've seen, After effects is all maths.

Maths and art... just NO
And I'm sure my keys up there aren't that bad compared to what it can be
But me no likey

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Meanwhile.. in the chicken coop

First ever successful attempt at comic writing and whatnot. I also discovered an amazing new colouring technique which allows me not to have to go over my lineart in photoshop, which has previously been the bane of my existance. 
So here we have a random gaggle of chickens, being fattened up for the festive season. Quite sad. I wish I didn't like meat so much... 
So tell me. Did someone just mention Christmas!??

Oh- and here is the lineart if anyone is interested in seeing that:

Monday, 18 October 2010

Finished digital painting

After 20-24 hours work on this, its finally done. Phewph
I'm quite pleased with it :)
And now its half 1 in the morning after I've been clearing through messages on deviantart
Bed time!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Life drawing week 5?

Week 5 already... I think?
We get life drawing every Friday from 2-4. Its not long enough. 2 hours a week isn't enough to improve significantly. Plus our poses are only ever 20 minutes max. So we never get very long to perfect it either. Ah well... today we were looking specifically at torsos
These drawings were originally done in a blue pencil- like the first, but I couldn't see the lines when I photographed them so I've coloured them orangey on photoshop

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Film critique- Home on the Range

Today, through a complete lack of energy or enthusiasm for what I was supposed to be doing, I sat down and watched my dvd of 'Home on the Range' by Disney, which has been sitting, unopened on my shelf for a while. Apparently a classic- I watched it and didn't care for it much.
But then I wondered why. I'm not really that great at distinguishing why a film does or doesn't grab me whilst watching it. After skimming over it again for a second time, I got a few points from it.

Lately, one of my latest crazes has been playing the new Rockstar game, 'Red Dead Redemption'. I have played it to death. And Home on the Range is set in the same type of wild west/ late Victorian Texas. And red dead redemption is so beautiful and photo-realistic. Home on the range in comparison looks like a cheaper, mockery of it.  Look at this to have an idea of what I mean
Compared to Home on the Range.
I also think the trailer looks a hell of a lot better than the film executes. The trailer is probably the most palatable bit of the whole film...
I read an article on 'The worst Disney films of all time' and Home of the Range was on it. The author pointed out that most of the efforts were put into home on the range's marketing. I do remember it years ago being plastered over every MacDonald's Happy Meal and all over the tv at the time. But I didn't know anyone who'd actually seen it.  

The style used on Home on the Range, to me, was too much to digest. They put too much effort into inking the original drawings. All the lines were far brighter and more obvious than they should have been. This took away impact from the actual characters and made them look odd to the eye. I found I couldn't focus on the characters because there was just something wrong about them. They weren't defined enough against the background. To me- as an adult finding this... would it not be more difficult to follow as a child- the intended audience? And oh dear LORD the bad puns in this. They were every 2 minutes. It was awful

They used an obvious way of mixing 2D and 3D put together. To me, 2D and 3D should be kept separate. They are are mixed, the 3D should be disguised as much as possible to look like 2D.
I do give them, that the film was in theaters 2004, and since then technology has moved on. Still, films like the Lion King used 3D in scenes like where the wildebeest were pouring down the canyon into the gorge to flatten Simba. It still looks amazing and the Lion King was made long before Home on the Range.

The action overall was all far too snappy and exaggerated. It seemed skimpy on the inbetweens. They didn't have enough texture to the animation as a whole. All the scenes seemed to be too fast. Very much like Disney's Atlantis. Everything is GO GO GO!... film over. There seemed to be no time to rest and digest the story. It overall gave an impression of a very low budget film (which it really really wasn't) (money they should have better spent on the action,story, character development instead of the fancy lineart). The cows didn't move like cows. They had no weight behind them, physically or emotionally. The horse character was up on his back legs, flexing his biceps (??) in an anthro fashion and it really did not look right. Horses, on two legs... just no.

Another thing- the cows had dexterous monkey-like tails. Their tails acted like a hand. It was very weird. If it had been a gag that was used once for a trick, then it may have worked that once. But it was used throughout the film.    

The cast of voice actors didn't gel with each other or the film as a whole. The character designs aesthetically were brilliant, but poorly voiced. Some characters, I felt, would be better put across to the audience with another voice. Like the 'show cow' character, who's name I can't even remember- none of the characters were that memorable.

Cats's Don't Dance Goat
Home on the Range goat

Although, while still on the subject of characters, most of them were so cliche and seemed to be stolen from other films. For example, 'Cats Don't Dance', a brilliant film produced by Warner Brothers 1997 had a grumpy goat character.
Home on the Range, 2004- ALSO has a grumpy goat character with an identical personality and strangely similar appearance and voice... HMMM, funny that.

I do have one or two good things I have to say about it though.
I did like the character 'Grace', the yellow cow. She was brilliant. She was the only one who was well developed and her voice and looks matched. She was this new-age/ hippy, alternative therapy cow. She was always so calm and collected and buckets of ditzy.
She had this brilliant few lines when she was introduced as a character first. In this scene she is trying, and failing to break up a fight between the bickering goat (shown above) and the three piglets (also shown above).

GRACE: Woah woah. I'm sensing a lot of negative energy here.
PIG: That's our can, and Jeb took it. And now he says its his can.
GRACE: Now lets not play the shame and blame game. This is an organic problem and there's a holistic solution.
GOAT: You don't get this whole farm concept do you sister?
PIG: Kill the goat!

Also, the pigs, they were adorable.

I watched another bad bad BAD film recently, still in cimenas 'Alpha and Omega' but thats for another night. I'll tell you about it another time when I have the energy to describe everything that is wrong about it.

I feel bad for criticising anything which a lot of work has gone into, especially an animation where it takes so many man-hours and so much effort to complete. And I'm not saying that I could do better than these films if I had to do it myself. But I have to say, this is a REALLY bad film. There is nothing that ever goes above average with it.  But hopefully in writing things like this, it'll help me learn what NOT to do when and if I get the chance to ever make one for myself.

This video here pretty much sums up my entire opinion on this film far less politely but in a correct way.
Go watch :D

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Busy bee

The lineart as it was est. 5 hours ago?
I've had this lineart on the shelf for a while. I've tried to colour it in the past but it went badly and I put it aside. A few hours ago I decided I had to do something photoshopy, but I didn't want to ink anything. So I started on this again. 

Its a scene from a children's book series that I love far too much as an adult. Erin Hunter's 'Warriors' series. About a band of domestic cats turned wild that live in a forest away from 'two-legs' (humans). 
This is from book 5, where Fireheart (the orange cat) is bravely leading the pack of bloodthirsty dogs, away from his family of cats. 
I still need to put in a background. Backgrounds are the hardest bit. Although I do think I'm slowly getting there. I've discovered a new way to draw and colour eyes to make them look real and shiny.

Shimmery eyes! :O
So I've worked on this now, probably a good 12 hours at least in total. Ignore the cat's tail. I need to recolour it. I also need to recolour all the lineart. Won't be doing that til I place it in a background though... I know their poses are awkward (can't remember where I put all my reference photos, this is an old lineart) but the weird legs and stuff are going to be covered by vegetation and it'll make sense later on!

Why is it that I always seem to work best when I'm sleep deprived and utterly brainless? It just seems to flow better. Less other thoughts cluttering up my head I suppose.

Do I need a title?

Hmmm... still need to change this blog a bit. Various things are a bit iffy- like the slideshows are both of my drawings instead of one drawing, one photography. Strange. Also, I don't want this blog to look too pretentious. It still does at the moment, because I've basically reused my design for a slap-dash business card I made a while back for my header. It just so happened to fit dimensions of what I wanted. 

This is some sketch work, that I will possibly finish once I don't have so much other stuff to do.
I've got behind without me realising it. My mother was visiting from about 400 miles away last week. So I spent a chunk of time with her since I won't see her again til Christmas. Thus- I'm behind :(
I'm getting quite sick of After Effects. Its one of those programs that, once you know how to use it, you could do anything. But its just the learning of the program is the hard bit. Knowledge being key and everything- and I'm severely lacking on the knowledge department. Its not an intuitive program to pick up.

So far I've got my character to do a snooty jaunty walk. Then I have to have an emotional shift to something else contrasting. So I think I'm going to make her stomp along. Originally I was thinking to make her do a Jessica Rabbit style strut. But- because of my lack of knowledge, I don't know if its possible to go back and edit an after effects puppet once you start an animation- give it more joints.
At the moment I'd have to rebuild it from scratch and loose all my animation thus far. Its not worth that- so miss stompy heels will have to do

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

One small step for.. a new blogger.. a giant leap for not procrastinating

General Blabber

After a good few hours tweaking and uploading and changing and measuring and swapping about, I think I'm finally getting towards a blog I'd be happy presenting to people.

Before coming to I tried wordpress. If only I knew how to write html I would have another bash at that. Overall the end product would end up more professional looking... but alas.. I'm only but a numptie in such matters.

My background was a rip from my poster I made to advertise my exhibition this year 'Serene Sunsets and Animal Magic'.
I'm all for glowy bubbles, macro-esk high contrast images, as you will probably come to notice.

Over on my profile at deviantart I did a meme a few weeks ago to help myself realise what it was that inspired me. My mother, whom also has a profile on deviantart, saw this and said she could see me in front of her when she looked over the things that I'd written on it. So I must have captured the essence of me quite well.

Animation Stuff

I haven't managed to get much animation finished today. After a family emergency that kept me up til 3am last night, I've been knackered all day. I've had a lazy day and have worked on this new blog instead. My brain has been too fuzzy for animation.
LOADS more work to do tomorrow though.

My current projects for college include: re-shooting a bouncing ball cycle, re-shooting and doing final edits on a profile stick skeleton before overlaying a tube man over the top of him. Then starting a forwards walk cycle with the stick skeleton and then overlaying mr tube man over the top of him again.

THEN I have to finish a character going through 2 emotional shifts during her walk.
This is her below, looking snooty 

I have  reading week next week, in which I can get more finished off, but still..

Everyone was doing it!

I decided to start a blog
We were told a few weeks ago that for our course in 3rd year we'd need a blog. I thought I may as well have a well established one by that point.

Still learning the ropes of this trying to make it look how I want it to.
Hopefully I'll keep updating this regularily