Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Recommanded blog: The Firehouse Stomp

I found this one a few days ago. A very talented animator named Nick Sung from Toronto, Canada, is making an independent short in the spirit of old Disney designs and animation style. The blog includes some really great artwork, but to me its real value lies in that it shows the creative process - not just the final results. There are thumbnails, raw storyboards, doodles, inspirationsal art, color experiments, the whole deal. Very inspiring. Check it out!

The Firehouse Stomp

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Wierd ostridgeness

Another Danish class doodle, painted very quickly in Photoshop.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Daily Disney copy: Melody Time

A few months ago, in a moment of animation-geek weakness, I bought myself the 2006 Disney Day to Day Calendar. It has daily prints from Disney animation films throughout the years, each with a few words about the film. Needless to say, I never actually used the thing :)

A few days ago I decided to try sketching a daily copy of the daily frame. I seems like a good way of exploring different drawing styles and characters, as well as principles of composition and layout. This one is a free copy of a frame from Melody Time (1948). I didn't really try to make an exact copy, or even be on model; instead, I tried to capture the essence of the frame's appeal and composition.

C&C is more than welcome!

Blacks and whites on gray

A little experiment using blacks and whites on gray background (done in Photoshop). As usual, changing the tools/materials kicks me out of my usual drawing habits and makes drawing more exciting. This may not be my greatest drawing ever, but it was real fun to make.

I used the photoshop noise filter to get the non-smooth gray BG. I think it makes the surface look more "alive". The best option, of course, would have been to scan an empty paper and darken it to gray...but I got lazy.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

You're being silly, deer

One of my Danish class absent-minded doodling papers. I'm not sure my Danish is getting any better, but I'm having a lot of fun with the pencil!
I like the silliness of the deer. The coloring was made in Photoshop. The way the white goes into the picture is inspired by the work of Gabriel Pennacchioli (http://gabrielepennacchioli.blogspot.com) - I sure hope he didn't patent it ...
Of course it doesn't look as great as when he does it, but what the hey, you gotta make do with what you got = :0)

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Photoshop brush fun

Just a bit of toying around with a big fat photoshop brush, letting the brain just come up with something. Interesting how deeply the tool I use influences my drawing style.