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...


  1. I really like your different angles you are trying and I cant wait to see this done. The crocidile is still my favorite, I really like the stage angle in the class room. you do really fun work again cant wait to see it finished.

  2. Definitely keep at the technique--currently it is overpowering the characters (watch the cropping of the pictures--one hallmark of class photos is that the head is completely visible). I like the idea that the classrooms benefit the teacher first, students second (tee hee!). I can picture the first day of classes where a lion student accidentally ends up in the gator homeroom… he's 99% positive he's in the wrong space because he is uncomfortably sitting in water.
    This name generator always makes me laugh:

  3. For the school I think it would be cool if it was out doors and it was kinda like a zoo, with different habitats in different places.