Monday, August 18, 2014

Breaking Sad monologue animation

Spent the last couple weeks working on this monologue test. I wanted to try something a little more subtle, and not as crazy fun goofy typical-animation kind of thing, just something out of my comfort zone.

The audio is from a Breaking Bad episode called "The Fly", in which Walter White tries to crystallize his body into meth by processing it through a giant centrifuge, but mistakenly lets a fly in during the procedure and becomes half man, half fly, and an additional half meth. The story arch changed a little after that episode.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Parkour-It (post-it animation test #2)

Another animation test on post-its! The first attempt in the previous post was to just test the process of taking pics of the papers and compiling it on my phone, this one was to test the viability of more complicated animation.

(Nerdier animation stuff to follow, not for the faint of art)

The Method
I found that this animation method works well for the most part, but one limitation was that both apps I used could only compile everything on one set frame count, like just one 1's or just 2's. I can hold the frame, but even that has weird limits, so it's somewhat cumbersome if I want to get fancy by switching between 1's and 2's and 3's and 4's! (<-- makes me sound like an overzealous exercise instructor on a 1994 VHS).

The Apps
I wanted to rely only on apps so I could get an animation done anywhere, so long as equipped is a paper, pen, and my phone. So far I've only tried two iPhone apps.
OSnap - It's good because it allows for onion skinning and looping, but it's hard to edit individual frames (move them around, holding them for more frames, etc).
Stop Motion Studio - The editing and overall visualization of the animation is a lot more robust and refined, but it doesn't have looping options, and the onion skinning is somewhat limited.

If anyone has suggestions for a better app, please suggest away!


...BAH! I said "faint of art"... I make myself chuckle with mild amusement sometimes...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Parkour post-it test

I haven't had the time or the tools to animate something cool on the computer, so here's a test I did on post-its! Why DO parkour when I can DRAW parkour?!

(Cooler animation will be posted later.)

(But don't wait up.)

(Watch this one for now.)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

lam attack #003

Lam attack survival tips:

  • A lam's weak spot lies between their 12th vertebrae and left scapula. This spot is only accessible when the lam is right above you, ripping your head off.
  • When running from a lam attack, remember to stay hydrated, but don't bring a water bottle because it will be used as a weapon against you.
  • Disguising yourself as a wolf will only agitate the lam even more. Avoid at all costs. 

P.S. I'm working on a gif set for the lam attacks, but I don't think I'll have that up until after episode #005 or so.

Friday, May 30, 2014


This should be someone's thing ("thing" as loosely defined by their artistic gimmick). Someone should make a series of stereoscopic illustrations. Preferably environments because that would look a lot cooler. They would work best in an animated gif like the one above where the jittering back and forth that gives the illusion of a 3D image. You would just need like 20 layers of elements in Photoshop... then an additional 20 copies of those layers that are slightly shifted left or right according to the distance of the object from the viewer. But that's it!

Wouldn't that be cool?

Like a whole series of these???

Well not a whole series of palm trees.

But a whole series of stereoscopic illustrations??

I'd do it myself but I'm too busy animating lam attacks. So someone please adopt this idea. Take it and make it your own. Love it and cherish as a parent would a child, or, as a gardener would a... palm tree.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sir Lam-A-Bot

 If I hired myself, I'd fire myself.

I drew this "self-portrait" for the CSUF Pencil Mileage Club gallery. The original inking was inspired by Jake Parker (and I'll be the first to say I need so much more practice if I want to draw like him), and/but I was pretty happy with how it turned out. But then I colored it. And if I hired myself as a colorist, I'd fire myself as a colorist, because I think the color I added just totally washed away my ink job. The details are just so smothered in darkness. I don' like it.

So to do my drawing some justice, here is the original digitally inked uncolored version!

I'm a big sucker for ridiculous impractical sci-fi/fantasy technology. Generally they're machines that wouldn't really make much sense to invent, but are created by artists simply because they're awesome. This includes Robocop, AT-ATs, Jaegers, Telly, 3D maneuver gear, and anything of the like. The idea of a product being only practical in our imagination, with designs influenced purely by fleeting fascinations with the current culture of the time is just so silly, so dumb, yet so charming and innocent that I can't help but admire how little of the result is machine and how much of it is human.

(That made sense to me.)

Anyway, here's a bonus behind the scenes drawing that show how I tried to incorporate some absurd technology. Originally I wanted to include all the inner workings in the final piece, but I wasn't able to get it done in time for the gallery.

Case in point, the 360 Cranium Periscope uses a mirror's reflection and 2 lenses to view a battlefield from 360 degrees, and it rotates with your head. If you think about it, it would be the equivalent of looking through glasses via a pocket mirror 8 inches from your face. It doesn't make sense. But isn't that what makes it fun?