We’re back from my very first comics convention, HeroesCon 2010. I’ll have a more complete rundown of the weekend’s happenings in a later post, but for now just know that De and I had a great time, we met some really fantastic people, and we’re definitely going back next year.
This is a frame from a Creepspace promo I’m whipping up. It works better as an animation than as a still image. This part was done entirely in Synfig. I have one more bit to do to finish – maybe as early as tonight. Click the image for a slightly larger version.
After picking up a used copy of Elemental Magic, I tried a first go at a surface bubble. This was done straight-ahead in Pencil and it’s kinda-sorta-okay for a first try, I guess. For one thing, I realized during the process just how little I know about what happens inside the bubble. And, in spite of my best efforts to make things overlap, all of the drops seem to hit at the same time. Lesson: 1 or 2 frames is not enough space to give a sense of overlap. One other problem is that, since I haven’t done much straight-ahead animation, my hang time on the droplets really sucks.
For a look at somebody who knows what he’s doing, check out this lava bubble by the author of Elemental Magic.
I’ve decided to really focus on some of the fundamental drawing skills again and see if I can push past this mediocre plateau I’ve been on for a while now. To this end, I’m doing John Kricfalusi‘s “$100,000 Animation Drawing Course.” Here’s a small batch of starter sketches. These will mostly be used to compare against later. I imagine it’ll take a while to get me out of the first lesson.
And, here’s a frog study:
And, here’s a little practice drawing directly in Pencil with a background wash in Gimp: