hehe, I’m posting nothing big, just me playing around in Animation Desk from the Mac App Store. I was doing some sketches of eyes, they’re fun really, they can tell stories. After a couple I just started thinking… BOOM!!! Animation. Not really. As you can see the eyes and nose slip down the page, the boxes around the eyes and nose tip are my attempt to keep them the same size. It’s been too long since I did this. I’m gonna get back into gear and do something with all that money I spent to call myself an “animator” : P
Nothing at all big, just been toying with drawing more… I’ve SUCKed really hard at my wife’s challenge, and for all of those that are following, I apologize.
BUT… I have an update.
WILE E COYOTE!!!
Chuck Jones has been a huge influence in my life and in my drawings. I remember when I found out that he passed away. I was at home in Illinois (before I moved to Missouri) and I had just woke up and I heard on the radio that “cartoon legend Chuck Jones, passed away.” I never met him, but I started crying… Grown man, crying over someone he never met. That’s the impact that he had on me though. Walt Disney is an icon in my life, but Chuck was someone that was real in the time period that I lived. I saw new cartoons that he did while I was in high school for crying out loud. : P
Wile E is by far my favorite cartoon character out there, so he just feels natural to me to draw him and enjoy him in all of his craziness. Enjoy. : )
So over the last few weeks that I’ve not been posting, I’ve been thinking to myself that I’m not going to be able to do much with what I’m doing and want to be doing if I don’t start driving myself to doing things. I work at a local Apple retail store and my job drains motivation out of me. So I rely heavily on friends and family to keep me moving. I had a friend of mine text me the other day and was like. . . “Soooooo, why you sucking?” Not really he’s not that way at all. He just asked, I haven’t seen anything posted recently, whats up? So I promised him that I would get a couple of things up tonight before the end of the day. Today was a pretty busy day, so at the end of the day, I’m finally getting ready to sit down and post some progress on things I’ve been working on. Pegasus is finally getting finished. I need to remove the layers, finish up some line work and retouch, but I think he’s turned out pretty good. My youngest son wanted a Mickey Mouse, but I couldn’t settle on a style so I went with a newer form of Mickey similar to the new Mickey Mouse shorts from Disney. He’s a little taller, but he’s just sketched out. Hang with me here.
A while back a friend of mine from work let me borrow his fiftythree.com pencil on my lunch break. It took a bit to get used to, but it worked pretty well. I had never used a tool of its type for the iPad. It responded to sensitivity, pressure and speed. Pretty cool
Running a bit behind here on the challenge, but I’m working on getting things in gear. I just finished my Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Everyone says it all started with a mouse, but it actually started with Alice in the Alice shorts, then Oswald. Walt lost Oswald to Charles Mintz in 1928. In 2006 Disney was able to bring Oswald back home after working out a deal with NBC/Universal for a play by play sports announcer.
So, I’ve graduated now. . . I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bit lazy and the times come to get my rear back in gear and get moving on drawing and working on some projects. I had a project land in my lap from a friend of mine and I screwed up on it and didn’t follow through and I feel horrible about it and I think it is nerves more than anything.
My wife has publicly and socially challenged me. Proposing a challenge for me to draw 3 characters a week and complete 1 animation a month. I’ve accepted the challenge and I told her that I would get my blog posted on my Facebook page. I’m going to be creating a second “professional” Facebook page where I’ll be able to keep posting, but most of my posting will be done here on the blog.
As for the drawings, my kids will be choosing 2 of the 3 drawings a week and I’ve decided that you, the readers will be choosing the 3rd. The characters will primarily be Disney characters, but as time rolls on I’ll need to expand. So think Disney for now! : )
She’s definitely a work in progress. There are several elements of her that are just set in place. Her hair and head being the main two. I wanted to keep a very cartoony looking character and I think I’m getting there, but I’ve got a ways to go to get her right. Hoping to get her finished up and rigged for animation soon! Will keep you updated.
Character model that I made recently updated. Giving him a tail as well as adding a wireframe rendering of him. I have a slightly updated version of it that I need to get up here that shows the high and low poly count model as part of the video.