Saturday, December 22, 2007

Holiday Fun with Via Rail


Well, last weekend was full of excitement and adventure. An enormous blizzard makes commuting 250 kilometers much more interesting. Apparently cold makes trains stop working. With a 5 hour delay at Union Station I figured I might as well make the most out of my time and draw all the happy, joyous people that were so enthused with Via Rail's preparedness for December snow. Maybe I'll colour it someday.

Also, to celebrate the holidays (and 1000 hits on my blog [I guess that means I'm not the only one who's looked at it]) here is my final project for our 'beloved' art history class. My buddy Nathan (link at the right) and I made a leica reel movie trailer for a film about Michelangelo and the Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It's very rough around the edges and the voices are far from perfect, but considering short film leica reels normally take 4 months to complete, and this was done from scratch in 4 days, it'll have to suffice. Merry Christmas!

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Expression Change Animation

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This was the final assignment of the semester: the Expression Change. Basically we had to show thought by depicting a series of at least three expressions. I learned something from this. From now on, I'm going to make my animations shorter. I always make them too long and as a result they end up with rushed inbetweens, unfinished drawings, and I think it would be better if they were shorter and a lot more refined. So that's what I'm going to do from now on. Of course, I said that last time too....

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Walk and Run Animation

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Probably my biggest animation assignment ever. It's the first time I used multiple shots (8 to be exact). It was fun to do, but I'm relieved it's over. I just wish I could have finished inbetweening it and adding details. Maybe next time.

Anyway, this is my Walk and Run animation. 3 and a half weeks of my life put into 42 seconds of film. It's a crazy, bizzare, stupid thing to do, but that's what makes it so beautiful to me. I really couldn't see myself doing anything else for a living.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

What Makes it Royal again?


It's that Royal Winter Fair time of year again. Here are some drawings of some animals. And people. The funniest looking animals of them all.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Character Designs



Character design for the last animation assignment, and a couple sketchbook pages (mainly character designs for the next animation assignment).
P.S. I just uploaded a better quality version of my head rotation animation from 1st year. It's back in the same post.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Weight Lift and Toss

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The Weight Lift and Toss Animation assignment. With a little bit of secondary action. Sorry.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Even More Life






More life drawings. Mostly 5 minute drawings. Conte on newsprint, in case anyone was wondering.

More Life






A bunch of 30-second drawings.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Wave Boat Sack

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The first animation assignment from second year. I used a non-youtube way of uploading this time, hopefully it works.

Life






Life Drawing. Glad to be back at it.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

The Matrix is so.....whoah...



Was watching The Matrix the other day. Here are some attempted carricatures.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

You will experience financial trouble in the near future. That'll be $16.

One last post before school starts. One of my first attempts at colour. I think I need to pay more attention in painting class...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Not too lazy








I haven't been too lazy this summer. I've actually done some drawing (even some animating). These are rough character designs. Some from my 4th year film idea (starting early), one I'm doing for my brothers friend, and some from a story I'v been working on since I was 11 years old. I'll hopefully make a few more posts this summer, possibly a new animation in a few weeks.

Friday, May 04, 2007

More Life Drawings





More Life Drawings. That's it for life drawing until September. Unless I can find a place for it here in Belleville.

Monday, April 30, 2007

One Down, Three to Go



Well, First Year Animation is now over, so I now have 4 months of work, sleep, and video games. Hopefully some drawing will manage to creep its way in. It's nice to not have 10 hours of homework every night anymore, but it won't be long before I'll be itching to get back to school. What can I say, I love it there.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Cat Walk



A four legged animal walk cycle I did for school. It took a surprisingly short amount of time to do. A lot less than the head rotation anyway. It turned out alright I think. His legs spread too far apart though, and his tail is too long. But I'll give him a break, he's only human.

The Process

I thought I'd show the process of getting from the preliminary stages to the final product of this character design assignment. So here it is. After the design was good to go (it's a Wolf Pirate, by the way), I first did the rough drawings using a coloured pencil (Prismacolor Col-Erase, Tuscan Red to be precise), any colour works fine. Blue is industry standard, but I prefer Tuscan Red. These drawings should be as rough as they need to be.



After that, using a light table (a white plexiglass surface with a light shining behind it) I traced only the good lines with a graphite pencil. A couple "levels" touch-ups in Photoshop, and voila, the "Clean Up Drawings":


Then, using my secret Photoshop techniques, the clean up drawings were digitally cel painted. The colour of the outlines were changed in some parts as well.


So there you have it. Cooking with Adam. Animation style. Tune in next week when we'll make a key lime pie that's so good, it'll make you wanna to slap your mama.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Random Stuff




Here are a few rough sketches of stuff. The Pirate Wolf is for my next char desing assignment (still in development). The other is just someone flying. No reason really, just felt like flying.
There's also a painting I did a long time ago. Pretty much the only painting I've done that I actually liked. Guoache on illustration board.

Name's Hades, Lord of the Dead. Hi, how ya doin?

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This is my Head Rotaton/lip synch/expression change from school. This took around 65 hours to create. 65 hours for 12 seconds of screen time. Anyway, enjoy.

P.S. It's Hades, from Disney's Hercules (1997).

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Animals are neat




Yet another char design. It is a cheetah that happens to be an Olympic runner. How original. Also a rhino I drew at the Toronto Zoo yesterday.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Ball and Tail Animation (again)

Okay, now I think I know how to properly post video, so behold! The mighty ball and tail! More comming soon.


Sunday, January 21, 2007


This is my first attempt at putting video on my blog. It is my Ball And Tail animation. I spent 50+ hours on it and it came to a total of over 350 drawings. That was a busy 2 weeks.

Life Drawings






Here are some of my recent life drawings. Yeah. That's about it.