Saturday, December 27, 2008

Final Color Models

Some more new progress on the film over this holiday break. A few in-betweens added to the toad sequence, and several scenes are scanned, organized and ready for farming out to color. Jay helped me lock down some better-looking color models for 3 of our main characters.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

More Scanning.....

Well, today I actually made a good chunk of progress on the "flimm." I set up the dope sheet for the massive toad sequence & another monkey scene, and scanned most of the drawings. Also with the generous assistance of VanArts student Michael Sali, got several scenes re-scanned at greyscale. Next step for those scenes will be farming out for color, once I lock down a specific color palette.

Gettin' there...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Nigel's Return...

I've often said that pet projects are named as such because a pet knows when it needs to be fed, and then it's fine for awhile. Well, 'Nigel' has been dormant for quite awhile due to vacations & other activities...but it's finally been fed a few snacks again as of late.

A few days ago I overlooked the infamous Toad sequence and added in a couple in-betweens, and today I did the same with another Monkey scene. My plan, at this point, is to recruit some student assistance this Saturday and work a bit myself at re-scanning a bunch of scenes in greyscale and also scanning in the monster Toad scene.

Here's hopin' I can stick with it...

Monday, June 30, 2008

First Color Animation Test

Here is our first color animation test for "Nigel." There is one drawing that's missing color at this point, hence the white flash near the beginning. Overall thoughts are that the colors need some adjusting and we'd like to go for a different approach to the backgrounds, more muted and simple. It's nice to see a shot like this to get a sense of which direction to take everything else.

I wish to thank those who have been supporting this project thus far. With so many projects going on and interests drifting elsewhere, it's hard for me to stay excited about this film all the time. I'm rather torn and just need some encouragement to keep it simmering on the stove.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Back to Scanning

After much busy-ness and procrastinating I finally got around to getting the scanning experimentation going again, by doing it in greyscale and it so far looks much better than 'black & white.' It should have been done that way to begin with, but silly me neglected to relay this instruction to my helpers. VanArts student Steve Gehl has offered to try some color tests for me this weekend and then we'll try coloring and comping this entire scene.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Temporary Halt

So at this point I'm putting a temporary halt to scanning more scenes, as they may need to be re-scanned at greyscale rather than black & white. I'm also toying with the idea of possibly shading in each drawing with colored pencil, for a totally different look altogether. Since the story is being read from a childrens' book, it might be cool if the whole thing looked more hand-crafted. I'm going to do an experiment with both methods (digital ink-paint vs. colored pencil) and see which one looks best.

Not quite as sketchy as this...

...but something close to it.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Baby Elephant in Color!

Lots more scanning has proceeded over the past few weekends thanks to my student volunteers. Earlier today I experimented with coloring in one frame with the one finished background I have, just to get a sense of what the film will look like. It's a bit of a shock at this point, because I'm not used to seeing this character in anything other than a pencil test. But it's growing on me. What y'all think?

I'm realizing that it is still going to be a LOT of work to color in all of these frames, and I'll continue to need tons of support.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


But seriously, nobody's head is exploding...yet.

I finally have three scenes scanned in from over the weekend, thanks to VanArts students Todd Wheeler, Katrina Gregorius and Steven Gehl (gotta keep track of all these names for the credits). I still have yet to look them over, but at least I know the ball has started rolling.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Scanning to commence...

So AGAIN Nigel has been on the back burner, or off the stove altogether. BUT the latest update is I finally found the time to sit down with VanArts instructor Jerry Benninger for a quick ToonBoom Opus tutorial on building exposure sheets and scanning in drawings. My plan so far is to have all my drawings scanned in, colored in Photoshop with Alpha channels, and imported as an overlay layer in Opus for compositing with backgrounds.