Friday, October 21, 2011

Pull Date

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Figure & Gesture Drawing Tool

Ah the World Wide Web!  Such things you have to offer.  No other place can you do so much and move so little.  All kidding aside, there is a plethora of resources out there today via the internet.  A while back  I put a link in the Resourses and Tutorials box on my blog called the FIGURE & GESTURE DRAWING TOOL.  I didn't get much chance to use it but it seemed great.  Anyhow, I just used it.  I set it for 2 minute poses, opened up a photoshop document (11"x17"), chose a big sized brush size (75: with the jitter up for texture, the minimum diameter down for a wide range of line & 30% opacity) and hit start.  I just added a layer each time the pose changed and saved the document.  To export all the layers in one fell swoop I went to FILE / SCRIPTS / EXPORT LAYERS TO FILES.  It's a great tool for some quick pencil mileage.  There's also an option to draw animals!  Yes, I know, technically people ARE animals, don't be such a smart ass.

A big shout out and thanks to the creator of the site, known as Pixelovely.

Here's the URL:

It's been a while, but here are some 2 minute gesture drawings from tonight.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Simpsons Pencil Test of Moe from LITTLE BIG MOM

Here's a scene from the Simpsons episode Little Big Mom.  I had to register the background (or BG) a bit off kilter for this because, due to the lovely inconsistency of the xerox, it didn't work with all the drawings properly.  I had to resize it in photoshop a bit too.

This is the kind of scene I always relished.  A solid acting opportunity from a really great voice read.  We would get the sound track of the voice actors, then play it over and over, making a point to hear every nuance.  We were somewhat limited by how many poses we could put in, but it taught us to be economical with our drawings, and it also helped us to pay more attention to phrasing than every word.  I know it helped me be more direct with my animation.

Anyhow, Thanks again to Digicel Flipbook for making it a breeze to put these old scenes together.

Animation by Joshua Taback