September 28, 2012

Daily Crapbook: Goofy Fish

Never really doodled fish before- would like to come up with some interesting ones for Monkey Rag.

September 27, 2012

Daily Crapbook: Grillin' out

Summer's nearly over, but I still have grillin' out on the mind.

September 25, 2012

Raccoon and Baboon Color Ideas

Just noodling around, its gotta start somewhere.

September 24, 2012

Monkey Rag Color Models

Forcing myself to decide... I would love colored line/no line, but that takes so much time.  I allowed the luxury just on Mitzi's hair.  Boy, I am good at putting off decisions.

September 23, 2012

I Want This Dress

Another dress I want, but a sketch will have to suffice.

September 22, 2012

Today's Mood: Hedghog

My moods are complex and layered and can only be described by cryptic animal metaphor.  ...or I just had this scribble of a hedghog lying around and kinda liked it.  Whichever.

Brother Scanner on Sale

Just wanted to give anybody who is interested a heads up: a newer model of the Brother scanner that we used in our animation workflow (I just posted the Tutorial the other day) is on major sale here:
I'm trying to rationalize buying another one for the distant future when we set up a proper studio... Argh!  Its overkill, but I'm such a sucker for sales!

September 21, 2012

Daily Crapbook: Rocket Girl

At Dragon*Con I stopped by the DerekArt booth for a bit and pawed through dozens or gorgeous original artwork, all done with copic markers.  As Derek Yaniger was the quintillionth awesome artist I knew who swore by those markers, my resistance meter drained and I bouth three copic markers: black, grey, and red.  And they were expensive.  I better get good at this... 

September 20, 2012

Today's Mood: Derpie Platypus

Derpie derpa derp.

September 19, 2012

Daily Crapbook: Talk Like A Pirate Day

I don't know about you, but the Dread Pirate Roberts is my favorite swashbuckling sea dog.  So talk like a pirate?  As you wish.

September 18, 2012

Tutorial for Traditional Animation in ToonBoom AnimatePro

So you may recall a few weeks ago I had an online hissyfit about the workflow for finishing Monkey Rag, specifically, the apparent impossibility of it.  After lots of crying, footstomping, scotch drinking, and a visit from a wonderful ToonBoom associate- we got it working!  It requires some rather complicated workarounds that I don't understand, so my husband Nate sat down and made a tutorial to serve his own memory and to explain our system to anyone who is marginally interested.  Its nearly 40 minutes long, and just about scanning drawings in to AnimatePro, so you can be sure it is meticulously detailed.  I hope it can help others who were suffering similar situations, or perhaps it will invite someone with special knowledge to inform us that there is a more elegant solution to our problems.  Here's the playlist, enjoy!

Daily Crapbook: Bunny Jammies

Its late and I want a cup of cocoa.  Made by a bunny.  In jammies.

September 16, 2012

Daily Crapbook: Illest Birthday Evar!

This year I had the illest birthday evar!  Really.  (Thank you Dagny, for the inspirational words.)  Hopefully by next weekend I'll be sipping on martinis instead of NyQuil.

September 12, 2012

Daily Crapbook: Birthday Presents

My attitude towards certain birthday presents has changed since I was a kid. 

September 11, 2012

Daily Crapbook: The Sound of one Flapper Flapping

Just thinking about what I want to do for my birthday- if its jazz-era inspired, I'll probably have fun.

Spanko Color Ideas

I've been dragging my feet, but I can't put off color any longer.  I suppose its the idea of the color being final, no turning back, all or nothing, a line in the sand, the whiff of infinity, the porcupine salad...where was I?  Oh yes.  Here are some tests.

September 10, 2012

Dungeon Rampage

Here a little project I worked on at Primal Screen a few months back- trailer for an online game called Dungeon Rampage.  It wasn't really supposed to be animated, just moving stills basically with little bits animated here and there, but it was fun to work on so here you go! 

September 08, 2012

Daily Crapbook: Horsie

Horsie sketches for a recent job.  They changed their mind before I finished the page.  Still kinda like these sketches though.

September 06, 2012

Daily Crapbook: Owl in a Hat

Meant to do some real work tonight, but meeeeh...the night got away from me.

September 05, 2012

Daily Crapbook: Rainbow Dash Brony

There were quite a few My Little Pony costumes at DragonCon, but this dude was my favorite.  So chill, so proud, and so hairy. 

September 02, 2012

Rob Paulsen Approves of This Drawing

Yesterday at Dragon*Con, I finally got to meet my childhood hero Rob Paulsen, voice of my favorite character of all time, Yakko Warner.  I went to see him on the Voice Acting Panel, and even won his autographed program in a contest for doing an awful Bugs Bunny imitation.  That should have satisfied me, but still my feet took me to the Walk of Fame where I puttered around in a holding pattern trying to overcome my anxiety.  Then I got proactive: sketched out Yakko and Pinky and got in line.  I didn't have enough cash for an autograph, but he signed it anyway and gave me a hug!  I told him how Animaniacs inspired me to become an animator, how Yakko was my favorite, how he pronounced my name correctly during that KidsWB marathon in 1996, and he was so warm and receptive!  I feel like a ten-year-old again, and I am convinced that my devotion to his characters as a child was entirely justified.  Childhood complete.