Vacation

Part of the reason I was gone for a while was partly because I was on vacation, the other reason was because of a nasty cold I had afterwards. I wanted to post up some of the pictures I took while I was away. Taking a break from the computer is just as important as working on it.

I recently saw an interview on TV with an author that wrote a book about creativity. If I can recall the name of the book or interview I will surely post it up online. The main idea of the book and the interview, was talking about how creative ideas come from times when the brain is not engaged in other tasks. So by taking breaks from work it allows your brain to engage in imaginative thoughts and provide inspiration for new creative ideas. You can’t spend all of your time being creative, because if you are executing ideas you are not replenishing your creative source.

It was a very interesting idea and for sure something that would make for an interesting read. Anyways, here are some pics of my journey. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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Back in Action

After the small hiatus, I have returned and with plenty of production art as well so make sure you head over to that page and check out the new goodies. Today I want to talk a little bit about some of the hurdles I had during the drawing phase of the first fight scene in Cosmic Rage. As, I previously stated, I had the idea of drawing these images on separate pieces of paper so I can scan them in and then place them in the correct positions.

Once this was completed I had to make sure that I had all of the inked elements on their own layers as well as having each of the coloring layers on their own layer as well. This way once I get into After Effects for animating I can import the PSDs and then shut off the layers I don’t need. ย This is the same process I have used earlier in the project, however, when I drew the original artwork I didn’t use the multiple layer process and inking became a little bit of a challenge. This is what sparked the idea of the current method.

As you can see in the production art 1 piece, I have the tracing paper taped only over certain pieces of art, so I had some cutting and taping to do. I did this for a couple reasons. One I like having the tracing paper trimmed down because it is easier to manipulate instead of moving a full page when you are drawing in a small area. I also don’t require all of the shots to have the tracing paper effect, so if I only have one shot where I need it I for sure don’t want to be having to maneuver around an entire piece of paper for a single shot.

I have another fight scene coming up soon so I will be back in action and working on mastering this technique and maybe finding some shortcuts. Believe it or not I have made some great progress and some other discoveries I look forward to sharing!

My Apologies

I apologize for the recent large gap in updates on the blog. I am currently in the process of packing up my apartment for my move out date in June, I was recently on a small vacation and also fighting off a rather nasty cold. I hope to have more updates for everyone as soon as possible. ๐Ÿ™‚