Over the weekend I worked with Tara, the art director, in finalizing our animatic. Everyone brought such great ideas to the table!! I decided to have Tara and I finalize it so that there would be less clashing styles (since we're still establishing) and the overall look of the final short will be unified. I emphasized the cartoonie look for the section of the story where she is an avatar, and Tara redid the opening and ending in her more realistic/cartoon style.
The color and background teams are working on sketches and palettes so we can jump into work. (We don't need fully developed backgrounds, just need a sense of proportions). This will pretty much keep them busy until the end- they have already taken the storyboard and made the compositions more dynamic!
The documentary crew has also put together a fun idea for the final video and began shooting. The photographers also began to take crew photos for our website.
As for the rest of the crew, I encouraged them to keep sketching and keep loose for next week. (Also to experiment with character designs and palettes.)
The sweatbox went really well!! I decided to play up everyone's strengths and break down the animator's roles accordingly.
It is also unfair to expect everyone to draw exactly like me, so I established a "happy medium" style based off everyone's work. Everyone's process is different and, again, I want to play up our team's strengths!(I know studios follow a process similar to this as well). I did some sketches to hopefully answer some questions as we work.
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Over the weekend I ran some animation tests while livestreaming. I feel like I've gotten faster, but still have room to improve. These served as a personal warm-up and reference for later (refresh if they don't move):
|(keys sketched traditionally)|
The walk ended up a bit asymmetrical, but I like the elastic quality of the limbs.