Friday, December 18, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
For more pics of my work, to see the lightbox images, info on the exhibition, all the artists involved and the concepts behind the work see the KZNSA Gallery website.
For all the pics from the opening click here.
For pics of the setting up of the exhibition click here.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The Flow tool makes kind of a fine spary of colour at it's lowest settings, and a darker splodge of colour with fine spray blurry edges at it's higher settings. So basically what you do is select the paintbrush tool and paint your base colour at 100% opacity and 100% flow (the sliders are at the top of your canvas when the brush tool is selected). Then on a new layer, select a draker tone of your base colour, set the Flow to 1% and start painting layers of fine airbrush shading over your base colour. Keep adding layers to get the opacity that you want. The edges will be smoothly blended. Do the same with a light tone of your base colour and inbetween shades to define your shape with a nice silky smooth finish.
1. The larger your brush size, the smoother the blending, smaller brushes create a bit of a streaky effect and you end up seeing the lines, but they work quite nicely for areas of detail as they appear to focus the spray of colour
2. Setting the Flow to 1% creates the finest and smoothest blend of colours but you will need many layers of it if you want the colour to realy show. Setting your Flow higher, even just slightly creates a more opaque effect but also can end up a bit streaky.
A 1% difference in Flow can create a very different effect, so test it out a bit.
I used a combination flow levels and brush sizes for this exercise - 1% flow in the cheek and nose areas, with higher flow setting and/or smaller brushes for the detail around the nostrils and eyes. I was working into a sketch that I had done previously so to keep the sketchy look I also used some straight 100% flow brushes for the hard lines of the mane etc.
The brown and blueish splodges above the horse are examples of what the low-flow brushstrokes look like on their own, with the dark squiggle being a slightly higher flow setting. I work with a pentablet so my brush is pressure sensitive which also helps a lot.
Anyway, hopefully this will be of some use to someone new to painting in Photoshop who likes the smooth effect and but doesn't know how to do it. Personally I'm not sure that I like the very slick and smooth look, which is why I've roughened it up a bit with some sketchy lines.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
We generaly don't have a lot of time to actually create something decent in our Toon Boom class. It's just a few short hours on a Saturday morning, so we usually watch a demonstration and then get a quick task to do to test the tools and methods shown.
The walk cycle below was done a few weeks back in Storyboard Pro, which I'm not all that impressed with (I find it extremely limited). We just had a few minutes to put a walk cycle together and try out some things, like adding and editing sound, so it's not a finished piece or anything. It was a stroke of luck that I found this sound clip on the computer I was using, complete with dog yapping and chariots of fire. And it was the first track I opened! Definitely had karma on my side that day. I only wish I'd had time to do a bit more with it.
The second short is what I managed to do today (and last Sat) in Digital Pro. Things are starting to get a bit more complicted, but I'm not yet convinced that I couldn't do all of this in Flash, which to me seems a lot simpler and easy to use. I'm sure that once I get the hang of Toon Boom and start getting into the nitty gritty of cut-out animation, inverse-kinematics, lip-synching and so on, that I'll be a whole lot more impressed, but for now it's slow going learning to do some basic things in a seemingly complicated way. The good news is that we're going to have a bit more time to develop this little short as next week we finally get to create backgrounds. Yay! But this is where it's at for now.... I know - it's tiny, but I have my reasons for that...
Monday and Tuesday I'll be attending Animation Day 1 and Day 2 which is being run as part of the Durban International Film Festival - there'll be presentations by some of my CFAD teachers, screenings of animated films, a Toon Boom presentation, and some discussion about the animation industry... so we'll see if I have anything interesting to report back.
Right now, Im totally distracted by ET which is on the telly... and they've just done the flying bicycle scene. :) Love that. And how weird to hear the voice from the 'Speak and Spell' thing that we had as kids... "Spell nuiscance. Correct. Now spell question...." I remember that voice like it was yesterday!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
So the lessons I have learnt from EVE: 1. How easy it really is to present an emotion by simply changing the basic shape of your characters eyes.
and 2. Your eyes will always give you away.