Wednesday, October 31, 2012

First Doodles and Storyboards Going Out

 These are just a few of the hundreds of phone doodles going out within the week.
Also the combo rewards of the doodle + storyboard sketches.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Inking: Hierarchy of Head Outline and Details

The rest of the face Here:

Inking Tips: Weight, Wrapping Details Around Forms

I am finding that a lot of artists who want to assist and ink for me are struggling with the same problems. So rather than me giving the same notes to every artist, It would save a lot of time and trouble for me to just give the notes to everyone.
Here is an ink that on the surface looks clean. However it is also too flat - for me. The drawing has been inked line by line - as if the lines exist by themselves and this makes the characters look cold and stiff.
Here are some tips. Let's start with giving forms some weight - by putting a heavier line underneath each form.
Then give the lines FORM by wrapping the lines around the construction.


Be careful where one form connects to another as well - like where the legs and arms connect to the torso. They

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


The function of LAYOUT is:

* Make the scene easy for the animator to understand and use.

That means COMPOSING THE SCENE so that there is enough space for the animator to move the characters - and to clearly see what the characters are doing.

*Preserve the GUTS of the storyboard poses - AND HOPEFULLY TO PUSH THEM FURTHER.

Here is more detail on how to plan a scene for layout:

***Ideally, a layout artist should be an animator with a sense of design and composition. The most skillful artists that combine great draftsmanship with a personal style are the artists best suited to layout.

That's a hard combination to find these days.