Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Project Duncan Snyder: Final

Well, here it is! The finished animatic for the opening segment of my cartoon!

My friend helped me come up with the name for it which basically means "learning zoo", goofy I know. XD

And this was that illustration from last week fixed up a little, although I kind of abandoned the idea I practiced with textures some more and it worked A LOT better this time. (Thanks Bobby!)

And here's a classroom picture in a very loose style, just for funs. 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Project Duncan Snyder: Week 6

Here I have the cleaned up characters ready for the animatic in no particular order.

And here's a group shot I'm still working on. I'm going to add shading and better lineart, any recommendations for colors? Or does it look okay? Input is welcome! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Project Duncan Snyder: Week 5

For this week I have cleaned up my thumbnails into figures that I will use for my animatic in Storyboard Pro, all I need is some shading and the backgrounds.

I also experimented a bit more with more interesting color techniques. Much less drastic than last week's.  I really like how the crocodile came out, Aves not so much (and yes, she is supposed to be dark-skinned).

I've also decided that the classes will be outdoors.
And I've finally come up with names for the professors.
Bearcat- Robert Musial
Owl- Alfred Steinbeck
Crocodile- James Irwin 

Next week I plan to have the storyboards completely shaded with backgrounds and ready to go into Storyboard Pro.  I will also continue to experiment with colors on the characters and possibly get a classroom finalized.

For the final week, I will have my animatic done and a nice lineup of characters, fully colored.

And for fun, here's a few quick pen sketches I did~

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Project Duncan Snyder: Week 4

This week I was planning on getting the basic thumbnails down for the opening title sequence, ideas for classrooms and continue with characters.

I am possibly going to do a yearbook style post of my main characters, including a picture and some information on them. Here are some examples, unfortunately in my year of Photoshop I have never experimented with making textures so I decided to give it a go on Prof. Bearcat and Binton (first time without the hat). They didn't turn out the best but certainly more interesting than flat color. I will continue to experiment with this technique.

And here are some sketches of how the Bearcat's and Crocodile's classrooms might look. The bearcat has a stage in his room and different height levels of seats for students and nets to climb to them. The Crocodile has a shallow pool around his workspace as well as a small waterfall behind him to keep him tranquil.  Halfway through designing these I realized I don't even know if they are indoors or out.

Crocodile's room is outside, shown from 2 separate angles.

And here are some messy pen sketches of what I'm aiming for for my final animatic.

First, we see Aves jumping from tree to tree in a hurry (panel 5 is crossed out).

The branch she's standing on snaps and she falls into a net set up by Bin who greets her.

They are hurrying still, when Aves hears something and it sneaks up behind them SO SHE KICKS IT.

It turns out to be just another classmate (Dillion) and just as she is about to yell at him, a bell rings and they all rush off to class.

Obviously these will look MUCH better when completed and will have more interesting angles and all that, I was mainly just trying to think of ways to get their personalities to shine through somewhat without any words spoken.

And lastly, here are a few more classroom and character pen sketches. Just for fun.

Things I could use suggestions on:
-Names for Professors
-Location of school: Indoors or out?
-Ideas in general on classrooms, character design, etc...

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Project Duncan Snyder: Week 3

So for today's update, I planned on finalizing unfinished character designs and adding any more I want to focus on.  I think with the time allowed, 3 teachers and 3 students to represent them will be my main focus and I will add backup characters as necessary.

So here are Aves (Owl) and Binton (Bearcat)

A finalized version of Mr. Bearcat (professors' names still to come, I can't decide if I want them to be humorous and punny ((ha)) like the kids' names or just average names).

And here is my final student, Dilian (Crocodile).

As for the story, I have already explained some details, about how the children dress up to represent their class and each class is chosen depending on the childs' attributes at a young age.
The bearcat students are generally laid back, clever and kind. (Teaches drama, gathering and basic survival techniques)
The crocodile students are usually brave, spontaneous and persistent. (Teaches swimming, advanced survival and self defense)
And the owl students are hard working, athletic and adaptable. (Teaches english, spotting and botany)

Instead of going to this school to get an education toward getting a job in a company, they go in order to get an education on the planet. About the planet, how to survive in the wild and most importantly, how to save the Earth. All the while participating in the same types of physical activities and daily school challenges that we had to put up with.

I might also mention that there are schools like this around the world and in different parts of the Earth, different teachers attend.  For example, in the arctic there are Polar bear and seal teachers, but our kids are in a basic forest environment.  However, they will have a few foreign-exchanged students, because I'll be darned if I don't get to make an armadillo character.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Project Duncan Snyder: Week 2

So here is my basic schedule for these last few weeks:
Week 1: Basic idea/Character concepts
Week 2: More elaborate character concepts
Week 3: More story details/Still more characters
Week 4: Scenery/Background Design/Thumbnails for intro
Week 5: Elaborate on everything (characters/background etc.)/ Basic storyboards for intro
Week 6: Storyboards
Final Week: Animatic for intro

And here are some more character concepts that still need some details hammered out.  I'm basically just trying to give last week's characters some more personality but I promise there will be a larger cast eventually!

Birds. I need to be better at them.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Project Duncan Snyder: Proposal

So for our final project I am going to return to my very first ever D4M idea, using my animal kid characters here, if you recall. (with the addition if a few quick sketches)

I plan on taking these characters and branching off of them.  Basically by creating much of the kind of artwork you might find in an "Art of..." book. This will include character concepts/costumes, backgrounds, basic plot details and hopefully a full animatic of a scene or intro by the end of it.

The basic story is about children who go to schools taught by animals, who learn basic survival skills, knowledge and ways to help the Earth.  There are different classes based on personality (much like Harry Potter) and the children wear special uniforms to represent their class/status as well as aid them in the wild.

Here are a few more character concepts for some professors.  I haven't completely decided of I want them to wear clothes or not...

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Random Times...

Yep, so ever since the last project started, I have become addicted to drawing characters with no outlines. It's kind of tricky but the outcome is so cute!  Here's some bits and pieces of a few things I have done lately (the newest stuff being the outline-less stuff)

I draw lots of cuddling...

Anyway, I saw The Lorax and LOVED IT! Unfortunately with midterms I haven't had time to draw anything fantastic based on it yet, but here's a quick pic! With pinchy cheeks!

And I'll end on a sad note. His name is Prof. Squigglesworth and he wants you to take him home. :(

That's all! Byeee~

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Project Ron Saks: Week 3

Here is my main contribution: The last few parts of the story with a few backgrounds thrown in for reference. 

And here's just a few poses that I am certain we will be using in the finished product.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Red Riding Hood Times

Group project! And I've been assigned character development! The fun fun times for me!

So as a group we sort of decided on a more stylized look than realistic, which is neat because I need to do that more often anyway.

The story is a fun twist on Little Red Riding Hood and here's just a few ideas of what they can look like.

The wolf puppy: Which *spoiler alert* turns out to be evil wolf puppy!

And a few woodland critters: Thanks to a friend, the squirrel's name is Cindy-bun by the way.

and some more development sketches.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Project Ron Saks: Proposal

My idea is to make an animatic for a 3-5 minute music video!  I love music and while I listen I love to think about how music videos for certain songs would go. :)

I would need about 6 people for this, 2-3 artists to do storyboards/cleanup work, perhaps someone to add some color or shading and 1-2 people to work in either AfterEffects or Storyboard Pro (preferably Storyboard Pro as I know that much better but if someone knows a lot about AfterEffects I'm willing to learn)!

I love all kinds of music and haven't settled on a song, I figure we can do that as a group.  Anything from something as mainstream as Lady Gaga or LMFAO to lesser known like The Kooks or Library Voices.  I love it all, really!

The best songs to use would probably be ones that are a little more obscure and can be interpreted in many ways.  I prefer cartoony/comedic concepts but we can discuss the plot of the video after we settle on a song.

Here's some quick sketches of some silly ideas that can obviously use some expanding on.
But it's always subject to change!

And of course, here's an example of what I'm thinking by one of my favorites ever. Gorillaz!

and here's an example of one I did myself last year, much more serious than what I plan on doing for this project and in a very experimental style (that I don't plan on using again anytime soon) but you get the idea.

That's all! Fun times!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Fun Art Times

Just wanted to do a post with a few things I've done in my free time recently! Haven't done one in a while.

 A Zooey Deschanel for a dear friend who loves Zooey Deschanel.  Yay!

And again as a pony because he loves ponies as well... he is silly.

And a quick one of me party rocking hard (I tend to do that on occasion) mainly so I could have an excuse to use ridiculous colors... don't look too long... it will burn.