Wednesday, 29 August 2012

New blog! WHAT? AGAIN?!

So I've decided to return to my old blog (see link below) for one reason or another... Basically production on my film has halted... Whether it will start up again soon or not I don't know at this point. But what I do know is I've got a lot of exciting, busy, artsy things happening and stuff lined up for the future. I've got comic work, animated shorts, showreel things, film work... ALL SORTS. As my pap would probably say I got a lot of crispy ideas clinking around the old barrel. So Hopefully having so much to cover I'll be blogging like a tank all good and properly for once. I've got a huge blog gap to fill.. um. So bare with me. But I've got FOLDERS of work to throw up and stuff to scan, so expect updates to be REGULAR, maybe even TOMORROW! For my digital supporters and fellow blogmasters, EXPECT YOUR NEWS FEEDS TO BE ANNOYINGLY OVERFLOWING WITH RICH, tasteful, CARTOONY DELIGHT!

check out my NEW old blog.
It has changed.

for the better.

http://louisralph.blogspot.com/

if your clicking hand is weak, or busy, here's a snippet:



Ralph signing out.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Commission for Shelly

A mate of mine asked if I could draw him a title card. I love doing this sort of work on people's films so I gladly accepted. Stephen Shelly's film 'OFF THE RAILS' as far as I know is about a man who is late for a business meeting and is sprinting to get there on time when things go awol. Here's the title card I managed to do for him. He wanted me to draw his character. I had a lot of fun drawing it. The title is meant to suggest a tube train. Cool concept. His idea.




Here's his blog where you can find lots of great stuff. The guy's a stopmo wizard.
http://stephenshellyanimation.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 18 May 2012

Riding that freight train

Hand in was today. Didn't get my film finished in the end, but there are a couple of shots that I finished that I'm proud of.. so i'm not too glum.. I'm planning to continue working and complete my film over summer, even though the film has already been handed in, I think it's more important that I finish it now. Grades have never meant as much to me as becoming a better artist, and I feel like completing this film will be somewhat a milestone for me as an artist. It should also give me something prominent that I can sell myself as an artist with. A title to my name.

This post I'm gonna be talking about the shot from my film SC7S2 (or BG 7 I believe) and my process.
SC7S2
The final shot.
Bob points outside the box car.
I sketched tree underlays and scanned them into photoshop, where I coloured them in and layered them together. Importing them into flash (as I often do), I animated them as symbols, moving across the screen like a back projection in an old movie.


These trees look ochre-ish colour here - 


but here they could almost be green.

Pencil sketch layout for BG7 - SC7S2, forming the foundations of the whole shot.



Final background (excluding the tree aspect.

unused colour variation.

pencils for Jeb.


Little bit of a LAV / reference photo. Shout out to Chij and Shelly


The animation layer. Drawn in photoshop, constructed in Flash, exported into After effects.


rough map.
Tidy map.


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Over the hills and far away.

Yeah I should be updating this blog more than I have been...
This shot was sort of fun to do. I enjoyed animating the grass, even though it didn't turn out very good. The cyclical animation was too obvious. I also had the Jeb character walking into shot from the bottom of the screen. For that I just made a symbol out of s static image and rocked it back and forth to give the illusion of shifting weight between strides.. This also looked rather cheap and lazy, oh well. It'd be great to animate something in full just to prove to myself that I can do it. I like the vibrancy of the blue tones. This shot looks quite different from the earlier shots, and I think that works well as a progression, as the story is approaching present day, which isn't monochromatic at all.  Besides the grass blowing in the wind, which was animated in flash, all other elements were drawn up in photoshop and exported into flash as transparent background pngs.

Railroad sign.

moody weather.

Just some OT beginning sequence props.



Sunday, 6 May 2012

C A M P F I R E - S H O T shot



In this scene (SC4S1) the main character, Jeb, still having the dog attached to his arm, comes to terms with it and instead cooks it's carcass over a fire barrel. Simple enough solution to hunger when you don't have much else. In this shot I animated the fire straight into flash. I had a number of low opacity png layers of light that i imported into flash and raised the alpha up and down to give a sense of light flicker. I found it tricky trying to understand where the light would hit in the environment and how intense it would be.

check out that peeved expression.

check out that peeved pencil line work.
Not sure whether the perspective is correct or not in this picture. Don't look at it anymore don't question it there's nothing wrong look over here.

Made another small colour key to help figure out the lighting.




The pretty much finished BG.

Friday, 27 April 2012

More stuff...

SC3S1
garbage bin POV. gotta love a POV
overlay symbol animation. Looks pretty terrible, but it's effective.

SC3S2
"Damn I'm starved... I wonder if i can find something half decent to eat in this bin right here."
"Oh BEEGEEZUZ what the heck just bit me! That's not steak."
"ARGH IT'S A RABID DAWG"


I had a lot of fun animating this shot / performance. The extreme poses were fun, pushing the character's construction as far as I thought I could. Though if i'd had more time I would have put more inbetweens in it to make run smoother.


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Scene two shot one.

I decided to discuss now on my blog my artistic process, to a certain extent. I'm gonna be talking about this shot: SC2S1

How this shot came to be was I firstly freehand drew the background with a blue animation pencil. From there i scanned it into photoshop and added the colours and textures. I began working on the main character's 'busking' animation. I tried to keep everything relatively old looking with a monochromatic colour palette. Once the animation was complete, I started work on designing the pedestrians. I used the blue animation pencil again. I find it a lot easier to come up with designs and such freehand. Digital will always feel somewhat hindering to me.


I then cleaned up the designs in photoshop and animated them in flash as symbols.