Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Jasmine Works on Backgrounds

Week twelve has come and gone. I have officially finished two full backgrounds, the sketch of the third and have started on the line art for that one as well. So far I’m just on schedule. I think I may run a week over for backgrounds but cutting a week into concepts shouldn't put me too far behind schedule as I've already done some concept sketches on the side. Hopefully next week I can get the opportunity to speak with someone from backgrounds because I have a few logistical issues I need help with. That's pretty much it so far, wish me luck!

- Jasmine

Molly Works on Beat Boards

So last week I got introduced to beat boards, and I've been basically trying to make them look decent the entire week. I'm almost done (I think there's one more), and I'll probably get back to the storyboards at the beginning of next week. Really productive three days (finding a way to put Bob Ross in one of the boards was probably the highlight of the week lol), and hopefully I'll get everything done before the holidays.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Molly Figures Out Storyboarding!

The last few weeks have been a bit stressful, as I had really only been working on concept art, and I realized that I was getting really behind. Last week, however, I did get to talk with Darien about the storyboarding process. It isn't what I thought it was (I wasn't supposed to put all the frames on one document but oh well), but it was also easier than expected, so I don't think I will spend 6 weeks on this part of the project lol

Kal (storyboard artist) also talked to me today about my workflow, and recommended that I create "beatboards" (more detailed illustrations for major events) and write a mini-script so I don't get confused or lose the original concept while drawing. He also said the actual storyboards should be really rough sketches, so it turns out I got stressed over nothing :( Overall I'm happy that I'm not as far behind as I thought I was, and I have a clearer sense of what I need to accomplish this next month.

- Molly

Jasmine Tackles Backgrounds!

Week ten is all gone and the time for my backgrounds to be finished is fast approaching. They’re taking me a surprisingly long time to complete but that's mostly due to me never having done one as seriously as the ones I'm doing now. Usually, a background is a kinda last minute affair for me but I want these ones to actually be good so I'm taking a bit longer on them. Things like perspective and making sure that if I make a chair, that my character can believably fit in it are things that I haven't had to think about when drawing before but are important now. So far I've completed one full background and gotten about ¾ of the line art for the second one done. I have 2 more to complete afterward so hopefully, I finish this one next week. Wish me luck!

- Jasmine

Friday, November 16, 2018

Jasmine Finishes her Animatic!

November 13th and 15th
Week 8 is over (I forgot to make one of these last week, oops) and with it, I have officially finished my animatic and started on my background concepts/ sketches. Hopefully next week I get the opportunity to speak with someone in the background area so that I have a bit of a better understanding of what’s going on. On other notes, I’m also very tired… probably because I’ve recently been affiliating myself with cringy children’s superhero cartoons into the wee hours of the morning and or re-watching some of my favourite Dreamworks animations (how to train your dragon and rise of the guardians were amazing). As such my sleep schedule has been a little lacking and my eyes like to do this thing where colours mush together when I’m tired. Good thing I have a PD day tomorrow. I will finally be able to catch up on some much-needed sleep. Next week is more backgrounds, let’s hope they go well!
- Jasmine

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Molly Wraps Concept Art & Starts Storyboarding.

My art block seems to have resolved itself, so I've been able to finish most of the concept art this week. I decided to start storyboarding on my own so I didn't get too off track, so I surfed google for a solid 20 minutes trying to figure out how to show camera movements on individual shots and how to cut down on unnecessary frames. One thing I realized was that you have to be really efficient when storyboarding, which apparently means short-handing the drawings. I had to simplify my art style a lot for the concept art itself (I usually go towards realism), so the storyboards look nothing like the original designs lol

At the beginning of the placement, I told myself to have everything finished by the end of November so I could have more time to animate, but I doubt that's going to happen at this point, considering that I spent a month working on character design and procrastinating on storyboards. I think I only have backgrounds to work on before I start builds though, so I'm not as far behind as I thought. I'll try to work more efficiently over the next 5 weeks, and maybe I'll be ready to animate by the new year.

- Molly

Friday, November 2, 2018

Jasmine Finishes her Boards and Searches for Butter Tarts!

Oct 30th and November 1st:

Week 6 has come to an end and I’ve finished my storyboards woot woot! I also had some extra time so I decided to draw my character and one of the backgrounds just to see what I might want both to look like. Currently, I’m trying to decide if I want my character to have a blue shirt and purple shorts or a purple shirt and blue shorts, decisions, decisions.  Other than that my mother has beseeched me with the task of procuring some butter tarts for the weekend so I’m off to go and do that. Next week I start on my animatic. We’ll see how that goes!

- Jasmine