Saturday, June 29, 2013

re-posting a post from motion heads

did a bunch of pencil drawing revisions in sequence 14 today. finish those off tomorrow morning and then do a bunch more coloring.

it's a relief the entryway light isn't filled with water anymore. nothing like the thrill of the possibility of electrocution to make you skip a little faster past the front door to the studio...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

clouds from shannon

clouds from shannon from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

Shannon sent over her files for the cloud sequence today. Here's a preview - good work!

Monday, June 24, 2013

coloring, coloring...

thanks to Ellen for her diligent efforts this week coloring lineart for Sequence 03 - here's a frame of where I'm at with Shot 08/09:

Eric has been plowing away at backgrounds, and Janelle has been quiet, but probably been burning lead too, in-betweening...

didn't make it in to school today to digitize drawings and empty/fill up the Google Drive: that's priority on the list for tomorrow, along with borrowing a Cintiq or two for summer use.

ordered business cards today...exciting.  : )

Friday, June 21, 2013

cape may, ogre weather

this little two-day trek out to the south jersey coast turned out to give some nice color ideas for the ogre's world...

I just realized...

I don't think the Ogre packed any swim trunks.




Thursday, June 20, 2013

a full crew, today

ellen, & eric the blasé.

ellen at full color ahead.

janelle pointing something significant out to eric

chris, ellen, eric, & janelle, making a day of it.

So today we had a full complement of artists at work on the film  - janelle, still fresh from Annecy and with elegant new couture (thank you for the festival goodies - you're a sweetie!), back at the disc, ellen, recently returned from a Peruvian adventure & lending a be-gloved hand to the color effort, eric, also fresh from an out-of-state sojourn, & with brand new computing device, cranking out the backgrounds, & chris, himself back from a Cape May vacation from a vacation & coloring ogres...

everyone fresh & in good form - a pleasure to be with you all...  : )

Ogre sells sea shells by the sea shore...

 a little red pail.  He could have had a small business with tax exemptions and a nice little island life.  But instead he chased mermaid tail.  And we all know what happened after that.  Something to think about.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

color layers

line art layer

color layer

deep color layer

under layer

all layers

I added a color layer for depth (15jun13):

"deep color" layer: in the PSD, add a layer under the "color" layer (and above "under"):

for the ogre:

• brush 39 "chalk pastel"
• 50% opacity
• 2 ogre skin
• 1 ogre sleeve base
• 2 ogre shirt
• 3 ogre pants

for the mermaid:

•  50% opacity

• 1 mermaid skin base
• 3 mermaid skin (for hair)
• 1 mermaid bottom base (for fish bottom)

seq03_sh02, animated, in color

seq03 sh02 720 moving line, static color, deep color from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

the whole tamale.

seq03_sh02 tracebacks with color tests

01 moving line moving color from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

yikes! boiling overload!

02 moving line static color from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

better, no? stay tuned - he scratches his head in about an hour.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

starting in on coloring

Ellen and Rusty came over and we commenced coloring.

A few thousand drawings to color. 18 minutes per drawing...aiming to get that down to 10 minutes per drawing. It's not paintbucket-style coloring - each image is like its own painting.

Need to figure out how to handle tracebacks - lots of boiling on today's test. Still image? Re-draw the tracebacks more precisely? Animate only the line? only the color? Dot, dot, dot...

Monday, June 10, 2013

janelle is in annecy!


hope everything is wunnerful, there, the lake, the mountains, la vieille ville...and, oh yeah, the animation.

: )

Friday, June 7, 2013

ogre loses it

some days...

but not today - today was pretty good.

motion heads business cards

well, since Janelle did hers, I thought I'd post the design I've been working on for the studio, as well:

Let there be light!

I think this shot was inspired by a moment in Chris' life when he woke up after a long night of "partying" in a sand dune on a golf course.  Or maybe I'm remembering something from the Simpsons... Either way, seq04sh01 should be a lesson to all you kids about getting into trouble with mermaids you don't know.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

bon voyage à Janelle!

happy travels to Janelle, who leaves on Sunday for a week in France, where she will attend the Annecy festival in the French Alps. I wish I were going, too - it's been a habit of mine for several years, but this time around I will hold down the Ogre fort with Eric, working on backgrounds and finishing off the last set of keys and breakdowns. She goes with a new music video to show and the experience of having been there once before with our UArts workshop group.

anyway, check out her arty & minimalist new business card, which will be proffered to all kinds of animators at Annecy, I am sure.

thanks for the pile of in-betweens you got done today, and looking forward to sketches, photos, and stories when you get back. : )

color sample file sent out

This is a screen shot of the sample file that was just sent out to folks who graciously volunteered to help out with coloring. Filling out these characters involves mixing a good number of colors to get the layered chalk pastel/watercolor look we're after.

I still have Sequence XVII on my plate to key, to say nothing of revisions, but it's time to get things moving on the color front. Our background department is cranking into gear - 5 per week, right Eric? : D ...that old hourglass is a-tickin'...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

on to the last sequence

sequence XVI keys & breakdowns done!

Sequence XVI from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

on to Sequence XVII - the last one.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sequence XII, Shot 01: ogre surfaces

seq12 sh01 ogre surfaces from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.

Today was a full day of capturing the pencil tests that had accumulated over the past several weeks. Two of the longer ones are posted here today. About 2/3 of the way through Sequence XIV, and then it's Sequence XVII and it's on to coloring (and revisions), with a goal of June 6th to start in on color concerns.

Tomorrow morning, the gym: sitting on one's butt all day is not a good idea.

My friend Soyeon Kim just finished a major personal work, Ahco On the Road. It's pretty impressive, and I am reminded of what my classmates are capable of - kind of intimidating! But motivating, as well.

Better get to sleep before it's morning again...

Sequence I, Shot 03: ogre looks around, in-betweened

seq01 sh03 ogre looks around from Christopher Magee on Vimeo.