Monday, May 04, 2015

Texture Girl

This is a little something I've been building in Harmony for a few weeks now here and there. I've been wanting to design something a bit more flat with some textures. Hope to animate her at some point soon.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Earth is Our Home

Below is a new preschooler short I did for Mother Goose Club, "Earth Is Our Home". I was handed a pretty loose outline for this one and was given a bit more freedom. So in addition to my usual storyboard, animation, comp, and edit duties I also wrote it. Astrid Riemer did design work. As I am supplied the audio, I don't know who wrote the music, but it's a cute song. Enjoy!

Fake Ryu Animation

I spent some time BETA testing two of the new versions of Harmony 12 last month. I was really impressed with the new bitmap brushes, so I made a little assignment for myself to use them a bit more extensively. I wanted to do some traditional animation with them. For lack of coming up with anything original, I did this knock-off version of Ryu from Street Fighter. I really just wanted to show someone throwing a fireball, and as I worked he slowly became more-and-more Ryu-like. So he's not quite Ryu. He's Fake Ryu.

Monday, November 24, 2014

"The Wheels on the Bus"

   Back in June, I was approached to do a short for "The Wheels on the Bus" by Sockeye. The only provision that I was asked to follow was to make the Bus a character along the lines of Thomas the Tank Engine. They already have a short in their playlist for this song, so I thought about what would make my version different than is already there? Going further I asked myself what would make my version different than the hundreds of other versions of "Wheels on the Bus" on Youtube?

   I decided I needed a little bit of a story to go along with the track, and more importantly I felt that we needed to feel like we were actually going someplace with this Bus. So I concocted the characters that we meet and a small journey that builds as the short moves along. I posted a small preview here a few weeks ago. At last its finally posted and ready to share.

   For this, I wanted to get back to my roots a bit more. I wanted to put as much traditional animation as I could fit into the schedule. The other mission was to make it visually interesting other than just ink and paint so I pushed for a water color effect. Custom brushes were built in Harmony for the character animation, and the backgrounds were painted in Photoshop. I had previous experience building the look for the Secret Seven spot I worked on last winter, but for this short i was more inspired by Miyazaki's water color sketches for My Neighbor Totoro. I liked that rough pencil line on a more saturated palette.

   The only thing I didn't handle was the sound effects that were added in after final delivery. Enjoy!