Sunday, December 23, 2012

WIP Dump

DAMNIT. I am determined to make this painter style WORK.
I've only been able to paint in realism...trying to work it into my style is a completely different story. O_o (and morons say anime is easy to draw....yeah sure, cool story bro.)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Life: Final Post

Through shear self torture I ended up making a much more developed animatic than I anticipated. I may as well have gone and animated it. Below is the results of my work along with a couple of screenshots documenting what program I used and how I went about working in it.

I decided to go with what I'm familiar with, which is flash. I already know the interface like the back of my hand and motion tweens were what really helped bring this animatic to life. While I am against using them, they do help for still frames.

Simply to reiterate, below are the characters that appear in the animatic.
Not all are accounted for due to a time crunch, so the only ones that are actually in the opening theme are posted below.

       Now without further delay.
        Here is the presentation.
     (please click the picture below)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Life: Post 3

     Skipping a Step I ended up diving right into the Concept Art since my deadline is fast approaching, I'll need plenty of time to work on the animatic so that the quality is to my liking. Now, within the concept art keep in mind that not all characters are accounted for due to the high need for rendering within these illustrations. Quality is made up for quantity at this point and I (once again) did not want to sacrifice the illustrations because of a stretch on time.

Let's get back to the story of...

Below is a couple screenshots of my progress to better illustrate how my work is done. For the Anime cell shaded style I've been trying to work towards, I've mainly been using Paint tool Sai. It's safe to say I'm obsessed with the pen tool and how sharp and clear it makes my lines. While Sai may not have the greatest interface, it get's the job done. The process is rather self explanatory, started with a sketch then redrew over it, threw in the flats, values, then background.

Anthony and Colin| Fire Hearts
Anthony| Hidden Power

Anthony and Michael| Bittersweet Memories
Naomi and Lily| Angel and Devil

Claire and Chelsea| Chillin in the Quad

      Above are the finished illustrations I managed to get out in a week. I honestly wanted to do much more than this and I'm disappointed with how little of the world I envisioned is visually available. But alas, I must move on and start the animatic before my finals bury me.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Life: Post 2

After countless hours of work, the character designs are finally done. How I went about the powers and designating them to each individual character worked through a simple method.

Their personalities.

Based upon everyone's traits/interests/hobbies, their powers ended up reflecting who they are on the inside. Some characters were challenging because not everyone has a huge fighting spirit, so choosing their powers came to be a difficulty. However, through conversing with the cast themselves I learned a lot more about how to approach the situation. It helped give me a lot of insight on how they interpret themselves or wish to be interpreted. Not only did I learn more about my friends, but I also managed to draw them as they see fit.

Below are the finalized Character sheets which reveal the main characters that will appear in the animatic and promotional art.
Callie Braceras| Ability: Elascticity
Aaron Lappin| Ability: Werewolf
Anthony George| Ability: Fire Bedning/Super Speed/Super Strength

Catherine Camp| Ability: Weapons Arsenist

Chelsea Tanksley| Ability: Stop Time| Infinitte Bow and Arrow|Teleportation

Claire George| Ability: Ice Manipulation

Doug Cummings| Ability: Voodoo Puppet Mastery

Josh Wagner| Ability: Infinite Katanas

Lily Claudio| Ability: Wind\Super speed

Michael Swonger| Abiltiy: Gauntlets\Super Speed\ Super Strength

Naomi Rossman| Ability: Vampire\Twin Scythes

Zack Huddleston| Ability: Gauntlets\Super Strength\Super Speed

Colin Wendt| Ability: Fire Bending\Super Strength\Super Speed

Michelle Luken| Ability: Shape Shifting

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Life: Post 1

Unfortunately I ended up getting myself behind in schedule, I was bombarded with work over the weekend and only managed to whip out three character sheets. However, they are of good quality (in my opinion) and I don't want to rush a numerous amount of characters just for a due date. I'll either be spreading the character sheets/ background settings/ concept art during each post to better even out the quality of the work.

But anyway.

Below are Character sheets of myself and two others that appear in the story. I kept in mind that everything needs to be simplified. However, I didn't want to lose the unique qualities that everyone has, compromising, I kept the style in the form I usually work with for animation purposes, while retaining the characters specific qualities.
Anthony George| Ability: Firebender/super strength/super speed
Catherine Camp| Ability: Weapons Arsenist

Naomi Rossman| Ability: Vampire/ Strength

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Project of "Life"

Normally I don't get ahead of the game but for once in my life I'm gonna give it a shot.

For the longest time I've had this question in my head,
"What would it be like if life was one giant anime?"
This always fascinated me and I just have the weird mind that likes to see everyone and everything around me in an animated manor. It can turn the tiniest little moments into works of epic proportions.

Well I finally decided to answer that question with an autobiography of my life.
Except this time. My life is going to be a little bit more crazy than I thought.


   "The name of the story is simply called "Life" and the setting takes part in the middle of my life as of now. While the past is part of the story, I chose to focus on giving a demo of my current endeavors through college. It's much more exciting and offers a bigger batch of colorful characters. Now what makes this autobiography different from a normal one, is not only the fact that it's an anime, but it's mostly because everyone in it has superhuman abilities.

You're probably asking....How in the hell can this be anything like your real life?
The answer is simple!
Real life events remain the same but certain aspects are explained through battle instead of verbal arguments. In short psychological struggles can be physically represented through action sequences.

The way this world runs is through a system that everyone wears on their wrist. These devices are new in technology and offer a wide range of gadgets and applications; It can even be used as a smart phone. It opens the users to a world of possibilities. One of those possibilities is the option of battle, and is a major part of the story's premise. In this world, battling is a huge sport, and people all around the globe participate in competitions for prizes, not to mention it's a great way to stay active and relieve stress. The way these battles work is simply through an exchange of a single button, once activated, the users literally rip a hole through time and space entering an alternate universe where they gain powers and abilities unfathomable by mankind. These powers are personified by the users personalities and is coordinated to them as such. The more you fight, the stronger your powers become."

Now in this story, the device is used for personal fights.
One on one matches are available and users have a tendency to abuse this to a certain degree.

Below are preliminary sketches to illustrate what everyone will look like stylized along with some examples of our powers and abilities.
Claire, Aj, Aaron, Callie, Colin, Anthony, Naomi, Catherine, Lily, Doug, Chelsea
Catherine, Anthony, Naomi
Lily, Michelle, Colin (1), Callie, Colin (2), Anthony

Doug, Anthony, Michael, Aaron, Josh

The idea was not really an adaptation but more of likeness to Scott Pilgrim VS the World
The idea of the animatic has to due with my obsession with anime openings.

Project Run Down
The Final Result of this project will be a developed animatic of the opening theme.
The blog posts will be development of the project itself which will include:
  •  Sketches
  • Character Sheets
  • Settings/backgrounds
  • Concept Art/Posters
  • Animatic production

    • November 20- Character Sheets Complete
    • November 27- Settings and Backgrounds Complete
    • December 4- Concept Art and Posters Created
    • December 11- Animatic started
    • December 13- Animatic finalized