Sunday, October 31, 2010

Art Display! Hurray, Hurray!

Student work, ahoy! For the last few weeks, some concept and production artwork from Dark Circus as well as some work from my anatomy studio class have been hanging around on the Wall of Winn for all to see. Also gracing the wall is some work from the super talented Kevin Ingrassia, who is working on a 3D game design called The Locker for his senior thesis project. I don't know how much longer it will be up there, so to all you CCSers, go take a look if you haven't gone to see it yet!

Kevin and I divided the Wall of Winn 50/50. It was interesting to see work for a traditional film and a CG game juxaposed beside eachother.

Kevin's awesome art

Monday, October 18, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Character Line Up and Macey Orthos

I thought it was about time that I really showed some finalized character art and not just more sketches. In the meantime, I'm going to be working on some rough character layouts and coloring more backgrounds. I will also be starting animation keys here real soon so I better stay on top of things!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Getting Colorful: Starting the Backgrounds

So I was up all night messing around in Photoshop and trying to work out some color ideas for my backgrounds and I came up with something like this. I am a gradient fiend and can't seem to do much rendering without them, but I also want to pull in some illustrated techniques into it too. This is the most complicated background in my film so hopefully all the rest of the backgrounds will go much faster once I have an established rendering style for them. Fellow filmmakers, please share your input. I really appreciate it.

Fully Rendered

Line work from Layout drawing

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Colors of Autumn

I love it when the leaves change color in the fall! I always feel so inspired to use bright warm tones whenever I look out the window and see these trees on campus. I was thinking about having the film take place in the middle of Autumn just so I have an excuse to use these kinds of colors.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Background Layouts Complete! Another Checkpoint Reached!

Awesome Possum! I finished my background layouts for the whole film. There are still some background images that need to be drawn like the stock views of the city and some other things but all the layouts pertaining to animation are done!

To no one's surprise, it's 4 in the morning and I am all tuckered out. Time for bed. Hmmm, i'm getting a strange sense of dejavu. Wait a minute, does this picture seem familiar?

Oh yeah, that's because the same thing happened with my last film from junior year.
Me after finishing the layouts for Enviosity in 2009

Friday, October 8, 2010

Some Things You Can Find On My Desk

My work space in the dorm definitely wouldn't be getting any standing ovations for organization or overall prettiness, but it's my zone of amazing creative brain explosions! There are typically anywhere from one to four beverages sitting around somewhere and drawing utensils scattered everywhere. Tonight on this fine evening of drawing layouts, my lowly desk is graced by the divine presence of strawberry cheesecake ice cream. Whoohoo!!

It was so delicious!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Layouts hit the 2 Minute Mark

Where most layouts end, mine keep going. The first two minutes of the film have all their respective layouts complete. I've been having a lot of fun drawing these layouts, especially more detailed ones like the shot below. I'll keep chugging along and crankin' these bad boys out as fast as I can because I need to get started on coloring them for backgrounds as well as beginning the key animation.
Layout drawing from Shot 37

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Inspirations for the Bakery

I was searching around the interwebs for some reference photos to help me with the kitchen drawings. I found these beauties.

Bakery Museum in Pleszew

I found these two at . There is a collection of beautiful old photographs of bakeries and pizzerias.