It’s Raining

Raining_design

A spot for the Humane Society of Indiana.  I provided character design, storyboarding, animatics, animation and compositing.  The clients chose a totally B&W look.  This is my sepia toned director’s cut.  I have also reinstated early versions of some shots, which I think add a little more ‘drama’.  The production companies involved were Fivestone Studios (Nashville) and Good Vibes Media (Indianapolis).  This is the second time I’ve worked with Fivestone in recent months, which I’ve enjoyed very much.  They are a talented, capable and pleasant crew.

Continue Reading

Seattle Scam School

CharacterDesign

My client was thinking that puppet style animation would be a good approach.  There are some underlying things about this technique that I think do service to the message he wanted to convey.  Above are some variations on character design.

Continue Reading

Barnes documentary

Albert Barnes built one of the preeminent private art collections in the world.  HBO produced a documentary to explain the drive and motivations that propelled Barnes in his quest.  Limited animation was requested; however, HBO was keen on getting exactly the right expression during formative episodes in the life of young Albert.

Continue Reading

Energy for Everyone

I have depicted a setting that is gradually turning toward sustainability.  The main focus is wind power, and this piece is available for customization and licensing.  The methods used to make this animation is a blend of warm traditional techniques, and wholly digital components.

Continue Reading

Children’s Festival of Reading

Promoting child literacy and literature can only be a good thing.  I figure kids have seen enough unicorns and teddy bears to hurl chunks, so I took a different path.  Good literature gives us wild imaginings our whole life.  I have no trouble imagining wild things, already.

I animated the ‘book reading’ scenes with Anime Studio Pro.  The vector and IK tools make for smooth, calm movement.  The real action, what is figuratively between the pages, has a rough line from being sketched out in Pencil open source software.  That was animated straight ahead almost as fast as I conceived it.  The color fills are in a back layer, so the sketchiness is intentionally preserved.  Backgrounds were painted simply in Photoshop.  Shadows, spotlit accenting and composites were in After Effects.