Friday, October 31, 2014

Fall chick with a wash

Threw in a wash of color...that I don't know if I like all that much. Might go back and change it up. Here it is for now.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daily sketch 10/29/14

Over the past couple weeks, I've been accumulating a bunch of PSD's on my desktop of just random, incomplete sketches. I'm going to start finishing them, cleaning them up, and posting them here if for no other reason than to just clean up my desktop.

This one was me playing with a new ink brush in Photoshop. Wanted to get some thick-and-thin going. The rough is next to it for fun.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Work in progress.

Been working hard over the past few weeks on a new short that has been on-and-off-again since June. Making the push to get it done this week. Here's a snippet of one of the characters...don't worry her screen left hand is on another layer :)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ghost Family

I recently completed another short for Mother Goose Club Playhouse called "Ghost Family". As usual I was in charge of storyboard, all animation, comp, and edit. I was also able to design the Ghost Family themselves which was a fun challenge. I wanted them to have an iconic look that bordered on being creepy but still kid-friendly. It was also fun building these characters with Harmony in mind to achieve their ghostly effect. Despite the fact that they are maybe only made up of four main shapes, their rig is somewhat circuitous! Its possible there was an easier way to achieve the desired look, but I am happy with the final look.

This version has a sing-along that follows the short that I did not do. Enjoy with the little ones!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Soccer Rocker

I wanted to make a quick post here about my latest pre-schooler short I did for Mother Goose Club called "Soccer Rocker" (the embedded clip is from their Youtube channel). It was posted last week and it seems to be doing really well....wonder if that has anything to do with the 2014 World Cup right now...hmmm...

So as usual, I handled all storyboard, animation, comp, and edit. As previously stated, I did a re-design on the five main characters about a year ago. All animation and comp is done in Harmony with edit being done in Premiere. There are a few shots where After Effects were used. Backgrounds and other character design are handled as usual by Astrid Riemer.  I also did a bit of story development on this one, too as the original script was a bit lose. I generally am given a music track and a script to work from, but I was given the freedom to add some elements into this one which was fun.

So there we go. Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Planting Song

This one was finished up a few weeks ago, and is doing well for Sockeye's YouTube channel. As usual, I am given a lose script and a track to work from. I do storyboard, all animation and comp, and edit. I helped with the re-design of the main characters. I thought this one came out pretty well, and the song is cute and catchy to boot.

(Yes I am aware that Mary's hand is backwards in the video thumbnail. I don't do those :) )


McDonald's UK Spot

I helped animate this spot at Hornet a few months ago. It had been a little while since I was able to animate traditionally, so it was a lot fun. It features the most recent incarnation of The Secret Seven, a well known series in the UK that I believe dates back to WWII? If I'm wrong, please correct me!

All character animation as well as the paper and water color treatment was done in Harmony. I also did a handful of cut down versions of this where Peter plays a small "game", like a word puzzle, with the viewer, but I'm not going to post them here. This is reminding me that I need to update my reel...