Monday, June 06, 2011

Storyboard drawing from Garfield II.  The story took place in England and we thought it would be funny to have Garfield ride Winston while wearing a suit of armor.   The gag was him riding Winnie into the kitchen and emerging with a lance full of food. 

The actual shot in the movie was sans armor (for budget reasons) and didn't dolly with Garfield long enough to get the joke.  It underscores that merely moving a character through a shot doesn't make it entertaining.  If the character doesn't emerge and shine through, a shot is just "stuff happening".

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Before shooting shots of the animated leads in ALVIN and the CHIPMUNKS, we'd rehearse with these little stuffed stand-ins before shooting the blank plate.  We called it the "stuffy pass." 

It was really fun setting up these shots with the chipmunk dolls and it was amazing how much attitude we could get into them.  We'd spend all kinds  of time and effort into setting up each shot and discussing timing of when the move the came and/or  rack focus from one character to another.  Then in dailies the next day looking at takes, it would look like one shot of dirt after another....but it was really well thought out shots of dirt!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Just a few drawings today inspired from Kevin Smith's CLERKS the Cartoon...we were just hitting our stride when it was cancelled.

The writing was funny and odd, but the animation was spotty.  It's a pretty big leap of faith when choosing an overseas animation company for TV animation.  The overseas studios do tests and one has to choose.  It's a relative crap shoot and in retrospect, we chose badly.

It's worth noting that I had much of the same artistic team back a year later on Disney's KIM POSSIBLE. This time we lucked out with a better studio and the production value of the show was considerably higher.

The shower drawing was for a proposed cover for the video release of the series.  Kev chose to a different drawing for the cover, but ran it on the inside of the DVD pamphlet.

Bob and Jay caught in Spidey's web was commissioned by a fan.  It was fun to draw the characters and get away from the strict animation look where all the lines need to connect and no rendering is allowed.

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