Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dysfunctional dam - environment prep

I'm not so good at set design, but here's my rough attempt  at two POVs in the room.  This is a beaver's home, so the way to get in and out is by diving through a hole in the floor. I gave the hole a door, and placed some towels by the entrance.  I'm going to have mama beaver wash dished, and I thought it would be cute if the "sink" is just another hole in the floor. The junk food is needed for the script, and I knoe the stove is a bit strange - but what the hey, I missed a big round shape and pushed in a stove. Sue me.

Dysfunctional Dam - prep designs

For my next storyboard assignment....

The script I chose is about a domestic fight in an inter-species family. Mom is a beaver, dad is a raccoon. I wanted them to look like one of those couples who are so busy in day-to-day survival, that they can't see the big picture anymore. They forgot what's really important, and so they get more and more beaten, bitter and fat by the day. 

A few older versions:

Friday, February 27, 2009

His or Hen's - preperation sketches

I forgot to mention that the "His or Hen's" story was developed by me and my girlfriend together. Couldn't have done it without her.

I'm not much of a color person, somehow I get bored by very detailed color work. I threw in some colors just as an indication, but I wish I had the patience to really make a painting out of this. I can see a lot of opportunity for interesting lighting here. 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

His or Hen's

An exercise for Kris Pearn's storyboarding course at Schoolism dot com.  I'm including the script in case some of the story points turn out vague. Any ideas how to improve?

Sunday, February 15, 2009


My latest arty-farty attempt. Inspired by Pablo Picasso and my girlfriend.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Elderly cowboy

Been a while eh? :-) Happy to update with a doodle again.

The BG is a photoshop distortion of an actual arisona photo. I thought the realistic shapes would make a nice contrast with the simplistic shapes of the guy. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Cool 2D demo reel - Pedro Daniel Garcia

Very solid drawing, nice flow of motion. It's not every day that you see that combination. Cudos!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

"Compliance" in animatronics

This is really cool. I never knew they've reached this level of movement in animatronics! 

From an animator's point of view (and especially as animation instructor), I thought it was very insteresting that the brakethrought in believability was what the call "compiance" - counter balancing quick movement with the entire body. It's quite amazing how this very specific physical notion changes a robotic machine into something that feels quite alive. Definitely something for an animator to keep in mind.