Thursday, July 3, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Update 06/26: I decided I wanted to offer more products for my recent uploads than just greeting cards, so I took the time to put up some higher-res images- now most of my new stock is available as various prints, posters, throw pillows, and tote bags! Check it out below!
Monday, June 9, 2014
Here's the result of the shot I was given:
The shot that I was assigned was a relatively static 10-second-long shot. I tried to think through what the most entertaining thing to do with it would be, and I decided that I could try out making puppets (not something I really have experience with!). The puppets were needle-felted onto wire armatures; nothing fancy- I only gave Sailor Moon anything extra to manipulate the puppet (the wires coming out of her arms).
I tried to figure out a way to get the faces puppeteered as well, but it just wasn't working very well. I ended up just felting a few different mouth shapes (seen stuck on their faces in the group shot) and they got composited in after the fact.
The first picture above shows the "stage" - just a couple of lightboxes set up in front of the makeshift green screen made simply by sticking some green paper onto my fridge. Victor Courtright took care of filming while Salina Trevino helped me with the puppeteering as we listened to the audio over and over to sync up the performance. We filmed Sailor Moon separately as she was in the foreground and needed two people to handle her (Salina took care of the overall body movement while I took care of the arms/details of the gestures). Malachite (Salina) and Ninjana (me) were filmed together since they interacted a bit and didn't require anything other than bopping around in front of the camera.
For the background I just did a quick watercolor copy of the original background from the show; I didn't feel like it needed anything different and I liked the look of it with the puppets.
With immense help from Victor, all of these elements were composited in After Effects to get the final shot together. And that's it! It was lots of work getting the puppets felted and it felt like I was kind of making it up as I went along...but it was tons of fun to pull this off!
Monday, May 12, 2014
For this project I took a go at animating in a way I never have before. I used pre-existing illustrations by the hand of another artist, originally from a book titled Where Is Tibet?, and collaged and edited them to become moving illustrations; to complete everything I had to add in some completely original elements that needed to blend in with the style of the illustrations.
The small bits of animation that I did are being used as transitional elements between different sections of the film, so I'm afraid they won't seem like much without the context of the film, but here are some teaser screen shots of what I did.
To learn more about the film, please visit the website or go to the film's Facebook page and give it a "Like"!
Friday, January 3, 2014
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Monday, July 29, 2013
Sunday, June 23, 2013
I did this animation in a day to submit to this month's Loop de Loop animation challenge (the theme is food). Yes, I am doing lots of dog animation lately for a reason... :)
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I did this little bit of rough animation just ro get back in the groove of animating lately. The gif on the left is the point that I finished up on it; Victor Courtright did the awesome color cleanup on it on the right!