Monday, 28 February 2011

Another Mawkin Test

I have the rest of the scene now to scan and colour so when I can get the time to get it coloured and its in context this will definitely make more sense!

Not The Most Dynamic Scene Ever

Ashley's direction to save time. Mix a lot of dynamic movement with still scenes. Economic and pleasing that a scene can be scored off a production chart in five minutes. A satisfyingly easy start to a busy week..

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Scene 12 Take Two

Nom Nom Nom...

How To Train Your Smoke Monster

More Mawkin's Moving Colour Tests

Dusty Barn Loft Space

Tractor Close Up Version 2

Tractor Barn

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Hello..Parts 1 and 2


They're Better Than...

Distant Bob

Shakespearian Smoke

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

2D Turnaround. Man 002

This is the most posts I've ever posted in a month. To celebrate, I spent a teeny bit of time on my own work and so here we have 2D turnaround take 2. This one involves 10 drawings (plus two which didn't scan and so have yet to be added). Once I stop the feet sliding it could be nice but I'm thinking of adding a bit of colour perhaps if time and mental space allows! 

Tractor Background

Needs direction. 

Monday, 21 February 2011

Scene 13 Smokey Bob

Many thanks to the ever useful Pat, whose advice has made this weeks 3D task seem actually achievable. Below is Scene 13, take new. I've kept him on the lamppost as the pose is stronger, theres a higher level of audience interaction and its more subtle when he blows out the candle. Bear in mind he's going to be fairly small as he larks around in the background scaring John...

Post 250. Bob Tests Compiled

N.B. This is not the final animation and useful comments are required as this is my first time animating in 3D. 

In order to stay on track with the insane A Sweet Disposition schedule, I have a week to get the following looking good. Bob's all blocked out but much tweaking is needed and some sort of magic between the munching and the lollipop scene. At least you get a sense of his personality if nothing else! This will be one interesting week!

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Mawkins Colouring Test One

We are at the point of deciding how to Colour up Mawkin's Backfire. As the first colour test here's three frames from the scene where Mawkin is debating which item to go after the crows with. I coloured the frames using an Photoshop then quickly compiled them as a short sequence in After Effects. Comments needed and welcome...

Entrance To Banana Shot Barn

Hammer Inside Barn

Sparkly Coins. Take One

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Barn Midday Outside

Cornfield. Layer 01

Munching Bob

The ending needs fixed but its slowly getting there..

Friday, 18 February 2011

Scene 14 Bob

It looks odd at the end as Bob will fade out and blow out the candle of the lamppost which he's dancing around. This is easily the most complicated scene involving Bob although he will be relatively small. Also waiting on final timing for the 2D element from Eleanor Affleck. But...Scene 14, test 1...

Scarecrow In A Haystack

Mawkin's Horse Barn Close Up

Mawkin's Horse Barn

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Sweet Tooth. Scene 14 Part One.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Here's Bobby...

Updated Farms

Collapsed Barn

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Crow Window

Mawkins Backfire On The Sunset Strip

Alas Poor Bob...

...for my lip-synching work needs dire practice.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Inside Mawkin's Barn 03

Inside Mawkin's Barn 02

Inside Mawkins Barn 01

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Potential Camera Moves


New Scene 24 Colour/Line/Shadow Test

Much thanks to Kieran Baxter of The Flying Duchess fame who showed me another way of colouring frames. I think a vast improvement, not sure if it is there yet.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011


Smokey Bob in the final scene. Sadly I need to practise getting the blend shapes to 'pop' more. Also, many thanks to the talented Mark Haldane, a masters student and a good friend, who kindly provided the voice for Bob. He is a man of many blogs, one of which can be found here.

Line Issues

Theres some debate in the Mouse-tasche camp over line quality and weight for the final piece. This is another version to which I've added a basic shadow layer as a test to the cheese woman. Its still far from right so any comments/ suggestions welcome. 

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Play-blasting Monsters and Lipsync. Oh My.

First attempt at a close up piece of dialogue with Bob. The lollipop wafting needs serious adjusting. 

Mouse-Tasche Colour/Line 42

Mouse-Tasche Colour/Line 22

Mouse-Tasche Colour / Line Test Scene 24

Mouse-Tasche Colour / Line Test Scene 20

Mouse-Tasche Colour /Line Test Scene 08

Mawkin's Cornfield 04

These need a bit of direction. After all the angry barns,monsters and graveyards I seem to have forgotten how to depict sunny fields.

Mawkin's Cornfield 03

Mawkin's Cornfield 02

Mawkin's Cornfield 01

Friday, 4 February 2011

2D Turnarounds

Like 3D but not. Based on some of my life drawings, which is not my strong point at all. This is the first test of the first one I've tried to do so theres only 6 drawings involved. Below are scans of some of the original drawings. More experimentation needed and will follow. 

Vimeo link here:


A New Sweet Disposition Animatic

For some reason I could only get this to export huge or at poor quality so sadly you'll have to make do with the latter. Hopefully though its enough to show the recent developments to the project which despite making our lives more difficult over the next few months, will be of benefit to the story. 

Character building is the motto of the week. 

Vimeo link here:

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Mouse-Tasche Scene 08 Take One