The project I worked on with Comicstorian & Comicexplained is now out! Thanks to everyone who viewed it, and the response has been so heartwarming. You be making all the places I go to always be dusty! I thought it'd be cool to do like a "director's commentary" on the project via blog post. Idk, whenever I buy animations DVD's, I always, always listen/watch the commentary by anyone involved in a project. I always think its cool seeing the process of something. On that note, lol, guess I'll get started eh?
In Da Beginning...
So this whole project idea started back in March. I remember it was late Sunday morning and I just finished eating breakfast at my favorite spot. Phone rings and it's Benny telling me "Aye! we got this idea!" From that moment work began. So from like what March to August? About 5 months. They did the live action segments first, then I got the audio for the animated sections. I started sketching characters and making really rough thumbs/boards of how it the animation would be.
(click and the images will expaand) <3
Bunch o' sketches. The process isn't always clean, but as long as they are somewhat organized, you're good to go. I have a huge sketchbook I put everything in--ideas, rough sketches, and thumbs. I always fill out page or pages of a project I work on with nonsense scribbles and notes. I always start the process like this, a messy-organized mess on paper, then clean up and actually organize for presentation via pdf or the animatic. If I was working with other artists, I would sketch out the main thumbs using Boords.com and share it amongst them. For those who don't know what Boords.com is, it is a Godsend! Really awesome tool!
So after sketches and rough thumbs, I made the animatic for each scene in Flash and began animating. Since I was doing this solo, and to keep up my tenacity, I would do the animatic for each scene first, animate (line art) the character animations, color the animations, then finally illustrate the backgrounds.
So these are two .gifs of the animatic with characters animated (and lineart). After this I would color the characters then paint the backgrounds. The video below, kinda explain the whole process, and below that are just other .gifs I found that I liked teehee.
SO! A month has passed and Benny and Rob were coming to my neck of the woods. C2E2. And for their panel they wanted me to preview and this thing we're cooking up. So we showed Scene 01 and a bit of 02. Which with the final video out now was like 00:00 - 01:42. Now I was up there in the panel and was quietly soiling myself. Being an animator is a pretty lonely profession, you're cooped up in a space and just in front of a big ass cintiq for hours on end. And as me working on this solo, every once and I while you tend to second guess yourself on certain shots. HENCE! It's always important to show your work to others, artists or non-artists to get their take. References! One big thing I learned about working on this, references are your friend. I created a folder that I can access on my phone or computer, filled with photos, drawings, .gifs, videos, whatever. This helped me immensely and I would categorize them like "Backgrounds", "Running", atmosphere", whatever. These things can really help you stay on track or even improve your project. ANYWAYS, after we previewed it at C2E2 and other close friends of Benny and Rob saw it. It was pretty cool seeing their eyes light up. I think that's the biggest reward for a lot of artists/creatives out there. Just a look of wonder from random people is worth the hours. It's like a drug for us. I mean money too, you need that to live. But above that, it's the "wonder and awe" all the way.
Alright so, now fast forward now to the present. I officially finished the project in July. All five scenes done and sent the files to Benny. Rob saw it and even called me through Benny's phone telling me how much he like it. When the final video was complete, Benny called me too and was super excited. He linked me the final video with all the sounds and transitions and was supes proud. So all together, it was 5 months, plus my normal day job lol, tons of backgrounds, and balancing other animation projects later (in addition to this, I did the Been Wolf Music Video, and another Comicstorian short series) and it was finished. I loved every moment of it. Really fun seeing people's reactions and comments to it, whether good or bad. I'm happy I can add it to like a "life vault" of stuff I've done. End of the day, we don't live forever, but our work and actions does. And this is something I would put on the shelf for people to see. Anyways, quite the long post but I hope you enjoyed!
Below is a gallery of all (as much as this site allowed me to ) of the backgrounds and assets I illustrated for the Batman Vs. Deadpool! All of these were done is Photoshop CC 2017 and the awesome Kyle T. Webster Brush Pack. Click any of them and it should expand. Sorry if some are repeats.
once again the video are here, and they both have different endings!
You can catch, Benny (Comicstorian) and Rob (Comicsexplained) on their channel respectively. As a super nerd on comics, even before doing stuff for them, I watched their stuff and loves it. Check em out, they are two great, great dudes! More stuff will be coming in the works from the three of us.
Alllllright, now to get back ta works.
Peace and Love.