Animation Lesson 2: Squash & Stretch.

Here’s lesson two on stretching & squashing the face. As a bonus, I include sketches of Uncle Eddie Fitzgerald! You can see the photos here!
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OTHER STUFF:

Today was supposed to be the day that Comet 73/P Schwassmann-Wachmann (phew!) was to impact the Earth and cause tsunamis and whatnot. That is, according to some no-nothing crackpots. It was also Towel Day, for you Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans.

Plus, the Enron goons were convicted of fraud and conspiracy and face many years in jail. Which I think is wrong, and I’ll tell you why. I read that the judge “set a $5 million US bond.” I don’t know what the difference between bond and bail is, but I’m going to publicly renew my stance on non-violent criminals. See, some criminals definitely need to be taken out of society and institutionalized, like sex offenders and murderers. Actually they need to be tied to the Tree of Woe, but that is another post. But jail is “too good” for hucksters and corporate criminals. They should be made to pay for their crimes in a way that benefits society. These Enron goons don’t need to be locked up. Clearly they have some kind of business skills and these could be put to use – put back into the workforce.* BUT! the vast, vast majority of their earnings should go into social services, environmental programs, funds for scientific research on the hyena’s pseudo-penis, or combating invasive species, or whatever the prospect du jour may be. Basically, they should be taxed up the wazoo in all aspects of their finances**.And if they can’t pull in their expected profits for someone in their line, then they’re put to work cleaning streets or whathaveyou for 8 hours a day, or as long as will pay for their auditors.

The sentence time should reflect the damage done in monetary terms. It’s said that the Enronalds may have cost billions of dollars, so they’d be sentenced to life in my scheme.

Felons could still live comfortable lives if they are willing to work hard enough–they would get to keep a certain percentage or whatever they can earn over and above their quota–but they’re entered into a semi-communist system where most of what they can earn is going to worthy endeavors.
* heavily monitored, of course.

The $100,000 Animation Drawing Course

John “Ren & Stimpy” Kricfalusi is teaching the masses the basics of animation, via Preston Blair’s book “Cartoon Animation.” I walked down to Oscar’s Books yesterday and picked up the combined volume 1 & 2, which is slightly different than the pages that John and Steven Worth have put up on their sites.

Here is my attempt at Lesson 1: Construction: The Head

What’s happening is I am copying Preston’s drawings in blue, then scanning them in and laying them overtop the original. I’ve marked in red and added notations where my drawing deviates from Preston’s.
(I have not put up every drawing – there’s just too many. But trust me, I did them. And I’ll put up more for lesson two soon.)

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Can't Hardly Write

Yesterday I was hoping to work on lyrics for new songs, but I got distracted by putting a profile on voice123.com

I’ll let you know how that works out as soon as I splurge for a microphone.

But I did work on lyrics today. Trying to wrap my brain around particle theory is…baishsdoisfd;i;we;w.

And I started to get really frustrated when “clients” (or dummies as I like to call them) call to get their address changed because they kept wrecking my train of thought. Choo-choo!

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Scannor is back

Alright, Joe has leant me his scanner for the time being so I’m back in bidnith.
I went to free comic day as threatened, and I spoke with Diana Greenhalgh who is an inker for a comic book called Victoria’s Secret Service and who lives in White Rock. She was very helpful. I got some tips on paper and other artist tools. So now when I get a new scanner it’s going to have to be bigger.

I also played some Burn Out 3, a street racing video game where your car is pretty much indestructible as long as you hit cars smaller than a bus from behind or the side. It’s pretty wacky but I can see the draw. The kids at Pat’s played it so loud, however, that you couldn’t say anything to the guy next to you without yelling.

And now for your viewing enjoyment, Go-Rilla from the World Wildlife Federation of Justice:

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Joe came up with an idea for a WWF character – a duck with the power to cause tremors. His name? Earthquack. I like it.

Pinup Girls

I finished the four pinup girls I did for Kelly for her Bad Girls Chocolates company (and boy howdy she makes some gooooood chocolates).

Here’s one of them:

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I’ve added a couple to my DeviantArt gallery, which is now linked off to the right, along with some other changes. Have a look at the gallery and tell me which images I should provide as prints. There’s a $25 signup fee for DeviantArt prints accounts, but after that I can get 50% of the profit from any print I sell off the site. Which seems pretty good because right now I’m getting 0 and am too lazy to make any prints on my own. Plus DeviantArt has the setup to sell them online. So right now I’m just trying to suss out which images might sell. I wasn’t able to create Where the Great Old Ones Are mugs from CafePress because they “recently learned that your CafePress.com account contains material which may not be in compliance with our policies. Specifically, designing, manufacturing, marketing and/or selling products that may infringe the rights of a third party, including, copyrights.” I guess Sendak ripoffs don’t go over well.

Oh well, I’ve still got my other ideas, such as the giant squid light switch cover. The switch itself is the beak!

Seven Dollar Pens!

Today I brought some $7 pens today at lunch. They’re refillable, and have replaceable tips. So I’m told. They came in unusual sizes (normally you get .005, .05, or 1 and higher – these were .25 and .35). I also bought some other types. When I got back to work I tried them all out with some quick sketches. Here are the results.

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Tentatively Known as The Crumplets

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Here for your amusement and enjoyment (I hope) are some little characters that I’ve been working on in between phone calls at work. I want to do something with these guys…maybe an online comic. I don’t know yet. Right now I’m just trying to work out…I guess you could call them model sheets. I’ve got 8 jpegs up and you can already see the progression from the alpha (b&w) to the betas (colour).

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Let me know what you think! I’ve given them names so that if one of them (or certain design elements of one of them) stands out you can point at him over the internet. Aspects that I’m still struggling with are the legs (placement and form – stick legs or “full”) and profiles, specifically body shape on the profile. I’ll do a gamma round some time next week, likely, and I’ll post them if there’s interest.