Finally, (*cough* *cough*…this whole “posting regularly” slips so easily…), here are the last few roughed-in scenes for my thesis. Now you know how it ends.
Since I finished up those scenes, I’ve also worked on improving the concept of passage of time within the film, to make the day seem longer (to give more impact to the ending) without adding too much more animation time.
This semester should be my final one at the Academy of Art University (fingers crossed!). I’ll need to complete all the cleanup – that’s polishing up rough animation. I’m using my Cintiq and TVPaint to redraw everything and so far the process is going well, just trying to stay on target each week. I love the rough look of pencil tests so I’m trying to keep some of that spontaneous, sketchy line in my cleaned-up drawings, while making sure that the characters stay somewhat on model and not too jumpy with wiggly lines.
I’m also tackling color for all of the scenes, using the super “LazyBrush” plugin for TVPaint. Rather than having to carefully color beneath all of the linework, I can make squiggles on a separate layer approximately where I want each color to go, and then the plugin runs a script that fills in the spaces (amazingly well especially considering that my lines are so rough and pencilly).
Over the next few weeks, I’m hoping to post some more examples from my thesis as well as some other illustration & animation projects I’ve been working on. It’s my goal to get back up to weekly posts…once again, fingers crossed!