Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Yet Another 11 Second Update and Super Star Tap by Dainty

So, here it is again, my work in progress. 11 seconds is surprisingly a lot of space to mess around in... I'm thinking that the next time I post this, it will be done. I'm sad that I got sick in November, that didn't help me work on this animation much, neither did seeing Lady Gaga or The Toxic Avenger for Spence's b-day... This past weekend I went to yoga and hung out vintage shopping and espresso drinking with Meika and then gift hunting and noodle slurping and Flight of the Concords watching with my cousin Liz. It was good times! Not very conducive to work I guess. But I sat around working every moment of spare time I could manage in November so I'm taking back December.

I hope I can get this done by end of December. Got too many ideas to keep working on the same one for too long!!!
Also, I have to mention that my awesome friend Chris Dainty, who heads up Dainty Productions, did an interview about his new game Super Star Tap for the iphone with Cartoon Brew which can be found here.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Princess and the Frog Clip

Check out this awesome clip!! Titled "It didn't end well".

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Fitness for Desk Dwellers

So... there is no way I will get my 11 second entry done on time. There are only 4 days left! I would like to finish it when the contest closes, but seeing how hardly along I am with it I don't think it even makes sense to submit it... It's pretty tough to critique it at this point... Just been busy with work and this past weekend I got sick which wasn't very productive. Today I was reading some articles about how people who sit at a desk all day to work are basically killing themselves. By living sedentary, we put ourselves at greater risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Not exactly a motivator to stay planted on my butt as I've done this entire month working... Here is one supposedly good exercise to do and here is a daily suggested daily routine for desk dwellers to get a fraction more movement into your day. It seems that moving around a little bit during the day, especially just getting up out of your chair every half an hour or so actually help your metabolism not commit suicide. Makes me think having a Wii might actually be pretty cool...

Anyway, I will definitely put my entry up here when I'm done and hopefully I can get a little feedback that way. As for animating, I need to GET FASTER!!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

More Inbetweens...

Here's my entry again, with a few more inbetweens... I get a better feel for what it will look like here but it's still pretty sparse. I've been trying to figure out spacing. Trying to animate as if I could pass this off to an inbetween artist or cleanup artist and it be straightforward enough. Finding much information on spacing is tricky! Surprising since it is so critical. The animation process is much faster at least now, the inbetweens and breakdowns... Since the guts are more or less there already with my main poses. I need to get much faster though.

Also, here is a fantastical amazing blog I found with loads of great information on animating, it's Synchrolux by Kevin Koch.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

11 second work in progress

I'm too busy to write a whole lot right now but I finally got all eight main keys done for my 11 second entry! And it's halfway through the month! And I only have 261 drawings left to go!! Ugh. So disappointing if I can't finish in time. I'll post again, maybe when I've got some more keys and breakdowns... It's a little hard to tell what's really going on in the shot right now I know, it's really just the bare bones... But it's the spine I guess, since it's the most important stuff... I spent a long time thinking about the poses and the shapes, if the shapes communicated the emotion and the progression of the emotion through the shot...
hm, I was going to scan the first pose so it would be easier to see but seems my scanner isn't working... that suuucks....

Monday, November 02, 2009

11 Second Club

I'm thinking of entering the 11 Second Club contest this month of November of 2009... I listened to the clip yesterday and it's been stewing in my brain...

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Art on Buildings - Murals in Toronto

I stumbled across this image in a flickrpool and I love it... It's a mural on a building outside in Toronto, at the Redpath Sugar Distributer on Queens Quay... Near or on Jarvis and Queens Quay. I want to find more outdoor building paintings, especially in Toronto since I live here and I could easily go check them out, but anywhere really is cool... When I try to think of more paintings/murals on building a couple come to mind, there's the Flatiron building downtown, a very unique building with flowing curtains painted around windows at the back. This building is located at the intersection of Wellington and Front Street. The painting was done by Derek Michael Besant. The awful (sorry) woman's face on the side of For Your Eyes Only comes to mind... Oh yes, and there is another stunner on the side of an art gallery on Queen West... I could find that one... And of course there's the big spot that Apple always has new highly realistic painted ads at Spadina and King St. If anyone knows of any such building paintings, please leave a comment and let me know which ones you know!
With a search I just found Art Side Murals, the website of Tiborr Hargiati. I'm not sure if all the artwork is his or just some of it. It seems like it is all his but that it might also be mostly his work and other artists are brought in if needed. The site boasts a lot of great photos and not much text. If you like murals or paintings, please check it out. The work is gorgeous! Now I want to paint my home!!!

Monday, October 05, 2009

rough animation test

it's a work in progress...

also, I have two stellar animators doing some animation for me!!! Katie Shanahan and Sean Bartlett both graciously agreed to help me out. They are saving my face from many stress zits. Plus I know they'll make my short look delicious.

I plan to get my short in the mail on Thursday the 8th. Then I'll probably be taking a bit of time away from the blog but next chance I get I have some good animation lessons to post and a stellar book on emotions which is gold for animators to write about... Review on it's way, I'll have to finish the book first.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

wrinkles - character lineup

I don't really have time to clean this up right now, and since it's just me drawing up the key poses it's unnecessary. I have a roatation done for each character in the lineup. I was impressed with myself when I got all four rotations done in one Saturday... Sunday was the day to do my bg's but I got a massive migraine that day and had to settle for some leica tweaking in the morning and then 19 hours in bed. Bg's got done during the week when I felt better and ate into 2 days of my animation long weekend... Argh! BG's took me longer than I thought they would.
Here's an animation scanning tip: Don't settle for 'removable magic tape' to secure your peg to the scanner. It's NOT good enough.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Waking Sleeping Beauty premiere at tiff

This evening I saw Waking Sleeping Beauty, (review by Animation Magazine) a documentary by Don Hahn about the era from 1984-1994 at Disney. The film is quite honest and was so inspirational for me. Being in the theater, there was that magic- I was remembering my own childhood experiences of seeing Disney flicks on the big screen. I think I really feel at home, in the theater. The animators are not really the core focus of the film, rather the film provides a look behind the mask of the face of Disney animation. But the animators are still very much there and the footage of them is great stuff. A lot of artists stuck it out at Disney during those times when they could have left.
There was a good deal of focus on Jeffrey Katzenberg and it was new for me... I listened to a lecture by Katzenberg at Sheridan in 2005 and I've seen bits and pieces of him here and there in 'making of' segments accompanying animated flicks. It's very interesting (and nice) to see him react to situations and try to make things work for the studio and himself in this film. There's lots to learn about Peter Schneider as well. I knew less about Schneider than Katzenberg and he's a pretty key player.
After the screening I shook hands with Don and Peter- telling them both thank you for making the doc and that I enjoyed it and threatening Don that I would be seeing him the next day at his lecture at Sheridan College armed with my copy of Drawn to Life ready for an autograph.

Waking Sleeping Beauty is hoping for an April 2010 wider theatrical release. Don and Peter will continue to show it at festivals and push for some buzz in January/February by showing it as many places as they can.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Rough (rough) test

This is Danny starting her childish galumph down some stairs, salmon replacing stairs for now. It's low res and just a test of two drawings to see if I'd like the look before investing a lot of time in it.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

work process: a background

a thumbnail

a final

*note the little marks all over it, those are character placements

Friday, September 04, 2009

short update on the short!

I'm too busy to write a big post, but the film is coming along nicely! Got a leica done, all my character designs and rough backgrounds. I ended up finding some really cool voices but ended up chopping the film waaay short due to time restrictions and so there's no more dialoge. I kinda like it that way anyway. Show it don't say it.

I found a pretty fun piece of music for this film, it's got a Hawaiian feel. It's perfect for the subject matter. And again, I'm so inspired by 50's interior design and art... Love that stuff... Check out these great images:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

New Prodution - simple short film I just started work on

I've started to find some interesting voices... I'm finding lots online but have had no response through my blog shoutout. Thought I'd give it a try and was a little wary of the Craigslist route. Just want some professionals and didn't know what I'd get with Craigslist...

So I have to get cracking on design, boards, leica, animation now...... I'd sure love to get some help, but it's tricky finding people due to time and small budget...

I'm going to enter this short into a contest and the idea is to win some money so I can take some time off to make my Pickled short that's been in my brain for so long... If someone were to help me produce this short and I did win some money it could get split up...

I will have to try and get some design stuff done so I can start posting it. Much to do.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Voice Actors Needed for Short Animated Film

I am starting to work on a short film and need two voice actors, someone to voice an elderly woman and a young boy. (Grandmother and grandson). I have a small budget and there are very few lines. 3-4 lines per voice. I need some voices with sincerity and warmth. I'm hoping to get these lines recorded soon, hopefully by September 7th at the latest (Labor Day). I'm located in Toronto so you must be able to meet me at a recording studio or be able to send me sound files online. Please mail me at andrea.haid@artvarkanimation.com if you have any questions, thanks!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Posting trouble - Re: King Rat video post

That last post gave me some trouble... Seems the text ended up being to dark to read... I can't get it to work, so I'll leave the video in the last post and here's what I had written:

Check out the new music video for 'King Rat' by Modest Mouse, directed by Heath Ledger. It premiered August 4, over 18 months after Ledger's death. The video had been mapped out but animation unfinished, so The Masses, a film and music company that Ledger was a partner in, completed the video in Ledger's honor.

It's pretty gruesome, but a refreshing video. I love the look of it and I love the lipsync on the big whale while he steers his boat. The simple style, limited colour palette and simple repeated cycles are pretty charming. The film is gruesome in the way it makes a point on the whaling industry by revversing the roles of humans and whales. (Watch out for humans being skinned and chopped up) Check it out. Available on iTunes. Keeping with the spirit of the video, proceeds from when the video is purchased on iTunes will benefit the non-profit marine life organization Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for the next month. The video hits iTunes August 7th.

Article reads: "According to a press release, Ledger approached Modest Mouse’s Issac Brock with the storyline for the video when Brock visited Australia in January 2007. With the clip, Ledger was hoping to bring awareness to the illegal commercial whale hunts taking place off the shores of Australia by reversing the roles of the parties involved, and the imagery of the video does a superior job of translating Ledger’s message."

“King Rat” was co-directed and illustrated by Daniel Auber with lead animation by Norris Houk, animation by Jade Taglioli and produced by Sara Cline.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Getting back into it...

Well, it's something... A half head turn of Pooh. Like the title says, getting back into it!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

I got married and did lots of stuff since my last post!

Well, it's been awhile, nearly 3 months since the last post. Since I last posted I turned 26, got married, went on my honeymoon, found a new apartment (will be moving in on August 1st) and started animating on a new show. Whew! I now animate on Total Drama the Musical (season 3 of the Total Drama series) at Elliott Animation. The wedding was perfection in my mind, I was very happy. It's lovely to recall all the things I've experienced in the past few months, especially the wedding day and honeymoon. Stephen and I went to Disneyworld for our honeymoon! It was a lot of fun. Art at home has been pretty neglected due to the busy schedule but I want to get back on track and get chasing after a new set of goals.A few sources of inspiration:

Jim Capobiano has posted a trailer for Leonardo!

I saw Up! It was beautiful, but as usual, I want to see this movie a second time... I have a hard time digesting great films in one viewing...

The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9 - the thesis film of Jake Armstrong. He was a student of the School of Visual Arts. Check out his blog.

Paper art! I love paper and paper products and paper art and these folded pieces of paper by Simon Schubert are beautiful works of art.

Not totally sure what to think of the content of Disney's next 2D animated feature... It will be a Winnie the Pooh flick, (I adored Winnie the Pooh when I was a kid) but I'm super happy Disney is making another 2D film and I'm sure they'll make it well.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Coraline and Watchmen

On it's opening weekend I saw Coraline and this past Sunday I saw Watchmen. Been a bit too busy to post about either one. Coraline is gorgeous. It's hard to think of too much else to say.... It was just stunning. I loved the animation, the design, the sets... My jaw dropped when all those mice started a choreographed dance in the other world... I noticed the lighting and little details in the kitchen of the real world as soon as the camera cut there, how stark grey and depressing it was... I could feel the uselessness Coraline felt in that world... And when compared to the warm and perfect inviting kitchen of the other world... How inviting it seemed. I had read the book ages ago... So there was a good amount of time between the reading and the viewing. I thought it was a perfect story for the stop motion animation medium.Check out some more artwork by Shane Prigmore here with links to other artists on his blog.

Some Corline artwork by Jon Klassen at his blog and website.

Some cool colour studies by Courtney Booker:
Check out these Coraline Boxes!

Here's a cool Coraline blog called Evil Buttons.
I read the Watchmen graphic novel maybe half a year ago or so... A friend at work had found out the movie was being made and when he spoke about the book I had to read it... It sounded so interesting just from his description. There were parts of the book that were actually shocking and emotional... I felt more detatched when I saw the movie. The movie was good, and looked great, but I felt more like it was trying to be an action movie that had to pause to narate a story to you (while using a lot of music) but the novel was more of an intellectual ride... I didn't get those feelings of shock or anticipation or curiosity or revulsion from the movie as from the book... It was a good movie... but just a little watered down. And that's not how you want to go... I had read a blip from Alan Moore just before seeign the movie too on his opinions of film vs. comics and comics being made into films. When reading the article I felt like he was being a little closed to possibilites, (it bugs me when people are pissed off a movies for not translating books to the screen as literally as possible) but I agreed with Moore while the movie was on my eyeballs. Moore was trying to say that both comic and film are experiences and mediums, not either like the other much at all. He was just trying to say that this story was best suited to the medium it was done in already, and why meddle with someting so good the way it is? (Probably because it was so good a lot of people wanted more... But there is no more story... So retell the story...)Here's a fantastic blog entry on comic pacing and design with examples from Watchmen by Andy Clarke at 24 ways.I just read this review of Watchmen. Mike Scott kindly writes up a list of all the events in the movie he found too offensive and graphic, and claims that people are off to the theaters these days for light laughs. He asks who would find events like a pregnant woman being shot dead at point blank or women raped or beaten or people being burned to death entertaining? It's not meant to be entertaining! It's making a point on humanity and the point of it all and how human life is often a big joke... These things are not pleasant but they happen everyday to real people...

Dammit... I read a way better review of Watchmen a few days ago but I can't find it anywhere... That review was basically saying this: Three of the main characters, Rorschach, Doctor Manhattan and The Comedian all have certain negative or neutral opinions about the state of humanity. The Comedian gets humanity and sees it as a joke, Rorschach sees unjust acts everywhere and had a terrible upbringing, he wants to bring justice and doesn't go for forgiveness and Dr. Manhattan, while not devoid of emotion, has little opinion on human life. He since human life as one eyeblink compared to the vastness of existence. It lives, it dies. Out of so much negativity is born two certain people, Silk Spectre II and Nite Owl who fall in love. One message of the movie is that it's possible to find things worth saving in a world so twisted.

Hm. When I went to Mike Scott's blog homepage, I noticed he has a post devoted to cute animals. There is a photo of a kitten with it's paw on a baby chicken.

Some further reading on the making of Watchmen.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


ohh... so many lovely animation blogs to visit that I haven't had time for.... Wedding planning is winding down a bit but work is steady... I'm working on the super special 6teen interstitials now that the show has wrapped up. They are so refreshing and I've been taking my time with them... I forgot about some revisions I had due yesterday until I checked my work e-mail around 5:30pm... So I had to stay until 1am to get those done! I have been listening to everything at Animation Podcast and Spline Doctors TO DEATH while animating at work... They are all so inspiring...

In other news, here is a delicious party cake I found! Recipe here.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

wedding planning ate my social life

Well, planning my wedding has taken up every bit of my spare time recently... and sometimes I'm distracted at work by planning too... surfing around online looking at flowers and garter belts...

The flowers have been figured out, garter belt and guest book with pen set purchased, deposit sent to the photographer and personalised, self-designed stamps and postcards are printing... Plus, there is another secret gift in the making... Involving sewing...

Other than that, work is busy like mad... I've been enjoying 3:00 coffee time with Chris, Michelle and Sam just about on a daily basis... We have lots of inspiring chats and complaint sessions.

I don't really get why the next Dr. Sketchy's doesn't take place until Feb 9th.... Hasn't it been 2 weeks?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

new blog: pickled perfection

Well, blogging has not been a priority for me for awhile now. Been super busy at work and I'm busy planning the wedding with Stephen in my spare time. I'm making blogging a bit more of a priority though... I have a new blog! It's Pickled Perfection, a blog documenting the making of a short film that I'm working on. I've just updated there so I don't much feel like writing anymore seeing as it's now past 1am. I had a nice Christmas and New Years. Last weekend I had Dan over for dinner at my newly cleaned apartment. So there it is.