Last year had been a busy year for me . One of the projects I worked on at Oktobor, was for Nickelodeon's ROBOT AND MONSTER new TV series. Here's some of the scenes I've animated from the episode "Cheer Up, Mr. Wheelie". Enjoy...
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
|Michelangelo's anatomical sketches|
As a former traditional animator, I have been doing this kind of drawing already. But because drawing for animation is a collective effort, where my drawings need to have the same look as that of the rest of the team's, to create a unified and harmonious whole, I now find my drawings and design skills have a very limited style. This was my fault, because I didn't do anything to further my growth in terms of drawing.
Some of the things I've always wanted to be good at is in drawing artistic human and animal anatomy. Developing my skills in these areas would greatly help me later on to invent and design any imaginative creatures and characters if I so desire. And so came this idea of enrolling to this online drawing course.
|My copied drawing of Bambi and Thumper|
Below are the assignments I've submitted for critiques. These aren't the best drawings, but it's only a start. And I'm hopeful, that my drawings will eventually improve later on. (click to enlarge)
|Week 2 - Skeletal Landmarks|
|Week 3 - Head|
|Week 4 - Muscles of the Upper Torso|
It was a 3-month gig for me. I knew that in spite of the benefits of using digital program like Toon Boom, animating in 2D was and still a tedious process of drawing the character and action one frame at a time, which made this style of animating really very unique, charming and special, but at the same time more difficult. During this period, I worried and doubted myself a lot, if I could really reach and get through the weekly quota, knowing that I'm not known to be a fast animator and using a digital program for the first time without much immediate assistance if ever I encounter any problem along the way. But I know that I won't get paid for the week if my scenes were not approved by the director, so it was crucial that I get through the scenes quickly daily for the director to review. I was communicating with my Animation Team Leader over Skype everyday to make sure that I get my feedback notes immediately as well. Not having drawn for a long time since I developed RSI and quitting Disney, it became really painful physically to draw again. I was risking getting that injury flair up again by doing this gig but had to do it for I assured them of my commitment to finish the work on time. I just prayed that the pain won't last and was really wanting this project to be over soon. My feet swelled up due to poor circulation I think, having to sit for long periods of time working.
|Little boy kisses Nicholas|
So here's some of the scenes I've done, using Toon Boom Animate Pro, in rough line test, without the in-betweens. Enjoy...
Saturday, April 28, 2012
For our first week, we were asked to do a hundred gesture drawings, and out of that we were to submit only 5 for critiques. I did more than that, because I got carried away. I did mine from photographs. In the beginning, I tried timing it from 60, 90 seconds to 2 minutes. But later I stopped timing it altogether, because analyzing the pose and figuring out how to best approach it took me longer. The idea is to capture the story of the pose and do it with economy of lines. Sounds easy but not really. But I had fun doing it though.
Here's some of them... (click to enlarge)
Below are the ones I like...
Sunday, April 22, 2012
In May of 2010, I started working for Oktobor Animation Studio in New Zealand. It's been a busy year, and one of the things I did was animating these characters, from Nickelodeon's PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Season 2 TV series. Here's a few scenes I did, from the following episodes: " King Julien For A Day"; "Love Hurts"; "Operation: Breakspeare"; "All Tied Up With A Boa".
It's been fun animating and getting to know these characters. Enjoy...
Penguins of Madagascar Animation by Jocelyn Sy from Jocelyn Sy on Vimeo.