I love a good challenge, always have….most likely always will. So when I get the unexpected curve ball in a job (more frequent than not these days) i like to think that i can naturally do whatever is required of me. Well, friends…as you know…and if you had any doubts I am telling you now….I am not an animator….never have been, never will be. This last little rush job affirmed that fact for me…The job wasn’t that complex…develop a character and 15 key frames to be animated into a what would probably be a one second ad. The key frames were of a soccer player kicking a ball rotoscoping into a logo. here are the sketches of the character evolution…i didn’t have a tone of time so i just modeled him after myself.
they wanted it edgy and really dark so they liked the direction the only change is that he had to be aged by like 15 years….the next illustration they wanted was to be a motion shot of him kicking the ball….it was supposed to have stylized and exaggerated muscle structure…so this is what i came up with…
I really tried to go for the whole anime thing that they were stressing but it ended up falling short of the mark…so i fell back and submitted this as a still.
still too young so this was what i came up with for the last attempt.
that one seemed to hit the mark… after this series was completed i started in on the actual key frames…it ended up being something like 22 illustrations, all just for a kick. I cant imagine what the guys at pixar go through to make a cinematic epic like Rattitoui or Wall-e…never mind all the masters that came before them illustrating individual watercolor cells for masterpieces like Sleeping Beauty, The Seven Dwarfs, or Lilo and Stich……just checking to see if you were paying attention…no the last one does not count.
anyways its been a lot of straight drawing and straight whiskey lately for me…heres a sketchbook page i like…just the dinosaur really…..until next time.