Sunday, 10 January 2016

Agent Leon In...Colour Correction - Pitch Package

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I designed the entire layout of the pitch package from scratch. All the contents of the folder such as the paper, paper clips, polaroids, tape, rips, shadows, glare, texture blemishes, creases etc. were all done by me! It took A LOT of time to make. I spent a good 8am-10pm in the studio for an entire week just to compile and get it all together looking nice. It's a labour of love!

Since the beginning of coming up with the spy idea I had the idea of doing a dossier folder for the pitch package. I mainly looked at Creaturebox's books as a main influence since they format their pages in such creative ways that have story to them as well if you take the time to look. From logos to little written details behind the main drawings, there's a story on every page.

So for each page I decided it should be fitting for the content presented and informed the reader as though it was informing a spy on his next mission. The front page is the folder closed with a stamp of the title as though it were a "classified" or "top secret" stamp. I wanted a bit of each page to show behind the current page as though you're flipping through it. The caricatures were wonderfully done by Koko Chou after we all decided to make ourselves as super villains. Each of us drew an extremely quick sketch of how we wanted to be portrayed as and gave it to Koko to finalize. She knocked it out of the park and they all turned out amazing! Considering we have her really rough sketches of ourselves.

For the synopsis page, there was no other choice but to use continuous stationary for the text and the beat boards as though they were photographs of an event. For the character pages I wanted to keep it as simple as possible as though it were a bio page with a compilation of police sketches. Our first location takes place in a fictional Hong Kong-inspired city, then I remembered a postcard I found from my mom sometime in the early 90's with the stripes on the edges and used a similar look for the background for that page. For the secret base I decided on a blueprint background with ripped up sketches and secret photographs of the location as though they compiled the few bits of information they knew about the location. 

The props page I treated as though they were like stickers, for that I honestly didn't know what to present it as but I did my best. For the colours page I thought about how you would normally present photographs which is mounting it on a black board. It was also so that the colours would stand out much more, kind of like how I have a dark grey background on this blog so that my artwork is more noticeable.

And finally for the Chinese writings I had help from Jade Poon such as the stamps on the Hong Kong streets page and figuring out what text to put behind the main synopsis paper. We ended up just slapping on text from the Chinese wikipedia page for "chameleon". 

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did making it!

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Group Film - Agent Leon in...Colour Correction

That's right here's the title for my 3rd year group film! 

The long awaited website is coming very soon so stay tuned! And check back here as group film artwork I did will be posted here too when the site goes live!

Action Analysis - Bolik's First Space Adventure

Here's my action analysis that took a good chunk of the semester to produce! I had a ton of fun with this and I'm pretty proud with how it came out. It could use a lot more work, which is why I'll be tinkering away at it a bit more. But this was what was submitted enjoy!

Here is just the action analysis on its own. I heavily referenced Animaniacs for this especially for the smears with his legs. It was so neat to go frame by frame on Animaniacs and seeing how they really pushed the characters which is what I absolutely love about the show.

Here's a rough pose test early on in the year just to get some key poses and ideas down with timing.

Character Design

Used an existing character, Bolik, from my character line up I did not too long ago. Not much changes but had to create a rotation to hand in.

Only changes I made from this design to animation was the removal of the lines on his collar (even though I like them a lot!), the brown spots on his brow (which I also liked a lot since it gave him that doberman look but was difficult to keep consistent) and the accents on his ankle from being cylindrical to just being circles. These changes were mostly done for making animation easier.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Clayton & The Cactus - Toonboom Animation

Here's my first legit toonboom rigged animation! We had to design the character, rig it, animate it with lip synch with a background! I had a whole lot of fun animating this way, which I didn't expect at all. Really looking forward to practicing this a lot more.

Here you go! The audio clip is Pete Campbell, Accounts, from Mad Men:

The only thing is I wish I was better at rigging, but mine turned out the way I designed and needed it to so that's all that matters! 

Here's a near final doodle of the character that I made:

My approach to designing a rigged character involved making it more graphic. I originally wanted more floating features (such as the spurs and eyebrows) to make use of the fact that it's rigged and features sort of stayed in place. I looked into UPA and The Fairly Odd Parents as reference for figuring out how to simplify the character and figure out how it would move. He was originally a king character but many people pointed out many similarities with King Candy from Wreck-It-Ralph, so I changed it to a cowboy instead.