Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pink Tentacle Monster Final Color with Rough

The final official turnaround in color.

The rough turnaround done in Flash
Pink Tentacle Monster (c) Edward Artinian 2007
Created using FlashMX

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Work In Progress for Green Idea using Flash MX

So I'm back on another gig with my client Russ Mumford and his company, Green Idea. This time, I'm splitting the work (and money) with Jody Schaeffer. He will be doing the animation, while I will do the storyboard, backgrounds and character layout. Here's a sample of what the opening shot of the spot looks like.
Created using Flash MX

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Xixa Model Sheet

A turnaround of my sexy alien girl, Xixa of planet Xylem.

Roughed and cleaned up in Flash; Colorized in Photoshop CS2.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

My Gym Partner is Freelance Cleanup

Currently, as freelance I am cleaning up designs, props and even some backgrounds for My Gym Partner is a Monkey, airing on Cartoon Network. Before doing freelance for the show, I was the cleanup artist from 2005 - 2007 full time. The software I use for the cleanup is Flash MX.
I receive a rough and compose it for a sheet of paper, 8.5 x 11 on it's side. I then create a new layer, create a symbol on that layer, label the symbol the design name and then cleanup within that symbol. I also make sure to name the flash file the same name of the design that I am working . No doubt the production staff was happy about that. When I finish, I export the cleanup as an Illustrator file (.ai). Before I do, I make sure to turn the layer that contains the rough into a 'guide' layer. I never delete the rough because it's good to keep it there for any revisions or reviews.Generally, I will use a combination of techniques to cleanup a rough image. I will either use the brush tool and 'stroke' the line or if I cannot stroke the line cleanly, I will use the straight line tool using a line size appropriate for the volume. After I set the line, I will 'convert lines to fill' (which I have hot-keyed on my keyboard) and then use the black or while arrow to a just the line weight to give it the thick/thin feel. For revision purposes, I don't connect a lot of the cleanup lines that cross each other. I will 'group' lines that cross other lines which has two benefits. The first is that I can a just the line so as not to influence other lines I have stroked; that way keeping the integrity of my work. The second is at the tail end, if and when the cleanup needs a revision. The grouped line that is isolated is much easier to a just than a line that is connected and interlaced with other parts of the cleanup. Thus, revisions are quick, easy and relatively painless. (The only thing that gets bruised is my ego.)

The technique of cleanup for the show is a thick/thin line weight. However, there isn't a global use of thick on the outside, thin on the outside as is present in shows like Power Puff Girls. Instead the treatment of the line is to not only encase the border of the character, but to also handle the inside volume of the character. So a think outside line, will in some cases work it's way in to the volume of the character.
It's not a hard and fast rule that all lines on the outside are thick and the inside lines are thin. However, it is important that things like eyes and mouths, etc, don't become overly heavy with a black line. It is possible to go too thin for some interior lines that they become 'gossamer'.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Woman In Boxes

For years I would draw the nude female figure within the confines of a postit. Now that I use Flash to draw all the time, I thought, why not give that concept a try with that software.

Software Flash MX "Woman in Boxes" Edward Artinian 2007

Action Show Developement

Vanguard Force is a pitch Alain Matz and I have been working on since the spring. The inspiration is the Japanese anime from the 70's Gatchaman, or what it's more popularly known in the U.S. as Battle of the Planets.
This is Gunnar, an ex-top gun fighter pilot and the leader of Vanguard Force and flys a multi-purpose fighter jet that can go almost out of Earth's atmosphere and even can submerge into deep oceans.
Signy is the ex-champion race car driver and weapons expert who drives the most fastest and powerful muscle car on earth. The car even has a boost/flying system that KITT would be jealous of.
Vidar, a freed lab rat who can cyberneticaly link with his super cycle. Not only is the cycle packed with the latest armament, if launched off of a cliff, a para-sail deploys to help soften a hard landing.If a vehicle could be the star of a show, then this bad-girl is it. A battle truck that is both a refined cutting edge technological machine, and the business end of sledge hammer necessary for the futuristic battles in store for this vehicle. The driver is Lugg, who I'm still developing and will post soon. I don't want to forget to mention that all three vehicles can fit in the back of the Battle Truck and will have interesting and unique was each vehicle can launch from the back. Imagine the cabin of the truck, not unlike the bridge of a space ship, with Lugg at the helm and Gunner in the command chair.

The Big Field Trip Intro Animation

I animated the intro the the Gym Partner special "The Big Field Trip" using Flash MX in 2006.

I was already on the crew doing cleanup using Flash, and I was given the opportunity to work with the director to create the special intro for the episode.

The director for the intro was John Mcintyre and he wanted the animation to feel like the 60's Pink Panther animated intros.

It was even featured on www.coldhardflash.com on Monday, the day after I posted it on my youtube site.

Note: the sound sync is a tad off and I don't know how to correct for it. sorry.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Second Post

I wont be this systematic with the titles and descriptions. I'm just testing out to see if I can figure out my way around a blog before I start going full bore.

This is my alien Character Xixa. She lives on the planet Xylem and her best friend is a pink tentacle monster named, well, Pink Tentacle Monster. I created her by accident back in '05 and

she seemed to have grown in popularity, on Deviant Art ever since.

Here are a few rough sketches of her from around that time:

That is all for now. More soon!