Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

History in a Flash, pt. 2

While at WB working on Mucha Lucha, I was priveledged enough to meet the talented crew and find out more about the process of Flash for TV animation. As Mucha was ending, many in the crew were moving over to Disney. I tested for a background design spot and was lucky enough to get it. Check out the awesome crew over there!

What isn't listed on the IMDB page was that Roman Laney supervised the bg department, and Katrien Verbiest was the core. Dave Wasson directed and gave us a lot of creative control which helped us spread our design wings. With a little outside help, we designed, inked, and painted backgrounds and props for a whole season. Pretty impressive. Roman, always the innovator, incorporated a lot of texture into the designs, which hadn't really been done with Flash based design before. By simply "sponging" in symbolized vector textures, or, later, by adding a Photoshop layer of paint, a painterly sense of depth came out of the cartoony colored shots. A lot of fun, and a lot of work.

Friday, June 08, 2007

History in a Flash, pt. 1

I was just thinking back the other day about my career in animation. Not to long ago, I was totally anti technology, and refused to get a computer. I wanted to fight the good fight, stay traditional. And then I realized I needed to eat. So I taught myself some Flash, and with the help of some good friends, jumpstarted my animation career again. Here I present to you a random sampling of design work done in vector based programs. I'm posting it because I'm astounded by the range of style you can accomplish using Flash and Adobe Illustrator. This simple web program has become a hub of animation, and for better or worse, it's the tool of my trade.

Here's some design I did for WB's online series of shorts called "Cartoon Monsoon." This was my first design job using and drawing directly into Flash. Considering it was a quantity with quality job (aren't they all?), the results were pretty good. Animation was done in house by Six Point Harness and the series was produced by Aaron Simpson. They both were awesome to work with, and gave me all the freedom to design how I wanted, a luxury and a learning experience that I'll never see again! From there I went to a little show called The Buzz on Maggie ...