Saturday, February 27, 2010
This character is too much fun. His expressions are hilarious. I love drawing funny looking expressions. The expression still has to convey all the important information, emotion, eye direction, mood, etc., but is is very important to make it look funny. Sponge Bob, Flap Jack, Ren & Stimpy, all did this superbly.
To follow up on the post below; the other advantage of doing the character designs after a rough board, is that I can design the characters with wonderful, exaggerated, highly emoting expressions, because I can see exactly what the reaction shot is about, what a line of dialog is supposed to convey, and what emotions a character has in any given scene. The normal way of doing the designs first and the board second, often leads to designs with generic, bland, or expressionless expressions. And then it is usually up to the board artist to add all the emotion and acting. I'm just doing it in reverse, and using the actual designs in my animation.
This actually turned out to be the most efficient way to work. I did the storyboard before any designs were done, just read the script and started drawing a very rough board. That's the opposite of how it is done on every production I have ever worked on. The board artist always gets a model pack with all the location and character designs before starting on the board. But since I am boarding, designing and animating this myself, I have to be very efficient. The advantage of doing a rough board first, before the designs, is that I can see exactly what BG's are needed and where they can be reused, so I don't waste time on location designs of angles and shots that I will never use. And I can see exactly what characters need to be designed and how much design work to put into the character. I can tell right away if I don't need to draw a profile or back view, or in some cases if I may only need a close up, or a single pose. There is no wasted energy here.
Friday, February 26, 2010
I mean that in a good way. This was some test animation for an 11 minute pilot about a couple 'garbage men' I did a few years ago. This was done to establish the look and the limitations of the animation, which is practically less than South Park. But hey, it works just fine for this type of comedy. So go ahead! Press play!!