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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Sting Production - Early Stages

I am now in a group to begin producing the final 20 second sting for this project. The animatic I am working on is great and I am very pleased it is the Warner Brothers genre as I am particularly comfortable with this style of animation.

To begin my work in the group I first looked at the video my team member gained his first inspiration from which is Tex Avery's Screwball Squirrel from 1944. I looked at a series of images in order to observe the style and drawing techniques used by the wonderful animator Tex Avery.

Looking at character design - the animatic uses a very similiar character to the grey squirrel pictured here.
Character Pose
My team member said he based his animatic on this animated short with the idea of events been calm near the beginning and hectic towards the end.
I particularly looked at the landscape and tree designs in Tex Avery's short to try and mimic his unique style.
Based on my research into this animated short, I went on to create a background design in Photoshop based on one of the stills from my team member's animatic with the end result been this:
I sent this to my team member who had a look at it and we decided to use his background design instead as it featured better textures and he wanted a wider shot in the final design.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Life Drawing - Term 2

Two 45 minute poses using a 5B pencil, I enjoyed doing the longer poses as it gave me time to develop the body structure and line work.

Using charcoal and chalk on brown tinted paper, from 10 minutes to shorter poses.

Long and short poses done in charcoal. The longer poses show the model interacting with objects while the shorter poses show some dynamic poses. I sometimes struggle to get the whole form down quickly for the shorter poses.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

My Sting - Storyboard Design

This is my storyboard design for my sting centered on the friendship of Timmy the typical alley cat and Tubs the paint tub.

I gained inspiration for this drawing style from the Hanna Barbera 'Top Cat' cartoons.

This was originally a hand-drawn storyboard with the line work cleaned up in Photoshop.