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more things from Evan’s sketchbook

Posted in Evan's Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2010 by EAbrams

Well I’ve been all about Archer on FX. New episodes Thursdays, or Fridays usually from the torrent sites. Their production blog mentions how they make their style for the show so I thought I would have a crack at a famous spy that we all know and love and want to be. I know I do. Also Sean was a real looker back in the day and makes me more confident about my whole chest hair thing.

There's something I want to get off your chest. (it's your top)

The best part about this image is that it’s all blocked out and ready for animation already, so that’s cool too. Just needs some more phonemes. It was drawn from an original here:

Damn I wish I was that dashing. Maybe if I roll around in Mrs. Dash.

Hopefully we’ll get some scripts I can animate, making assets like this is an easy work-flow, clean lines, and fast as long as I can get reference photos. Problem is I’m still terrible with backgrounds, I suppose that’s what’s up next, or I’ll use some photoshop cheapness and 12 ounce mouse that shit up.

If you don’t know about 12 Ounce Mouse you should. It has inspired my animation because it proves you don’t need to be able to draw, or animate, or write, or voice act to get on TV and entertain people. Actually any Adult Swim program makes me think I’m not making animations because I’m just lazy. These are good, quality programs made on shoestrings and skeleton crews and somehow they also got paid for what they did, so that’s cool too.

To that end I’m writing something now and it’s gone to get done in this type of style here. I’m getting a lot more comfortable going this route so I think it’s time to apply it to a script.


The Ware-Panda

Posted in Blogs, Evan's Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2010 by EAbrams

Here’s the first in a series of posts called Things From Evan’s Sketchbook. It’s not a physical sketchbook but rather just art I’ve doodled on my wacom. This one I call The Were-panda though I suppose it could be any panda themed exploitation title. Mild mannered reporter by day, international detective by night, murderous panda by even later night, who can stop… the Were-panda!

The Were-Panda

Be scared, Be afraid, Beware of the Were-Panda!

Source material for this was an image from google when I seached “Panda + Attack” and the other is classic Emma Peel from the old Avergers show who, I must admit, I still find quite fetching. Not the actress though. She’s a bit old. But in the timelessness of television Emma Peel is still way hot.

The process to make this image is as follows for anyone wanting to try at home.

  1. Gather source files onto the art-board and keep them on separate layers
  2. Rough over those on more separate layers with the new Blob Brush tool to quickly find your positive and negative space
  3. Use the pen tool and path selector to knock out unneeded points in the blob brush and fine tune the edges
  4. Assign thick strokes to larger outer shapes and smaller strokes to inner more detailed shapes
  5. Add a final layer of text and framing for retro fun times
  6. Export as .png and share with the world unless you feel shame or shyness. In that case hide it on your computer in a folder marked homemade porn or some other innocuous title and hope no one exposes your deep dark secrets. Also consider keeping a diary where you write about boys you like but never say more than two coherent syllables to, that seems healthy as well.

That’s pretty much how I make everything but sometimes I scan in sketches or photos I’ve taken of my subjects. More to follow unless I become employed or get a PS3. Both are good options I feel.