Welcome to 2 to 8 August 2015. We hope you enjoyed your stay.
So this week I drew lots of pictures. How many pictures? I lost count. Lots. Today’s images are from Scenes 1, 3, 8 and 10. Scenes 2 and 11 are also sketched out. The five scenes that are left are the most involved ones.
As you can see, the thumbnailing looks more like borderless comics than traditional storyboards. The action and staging is there but I’m not concentrating so much on how to place things in the frame at this point. Either I’ve got something in mind already and the thumbnail is just a visual note to remind me, or I can pin something down when I hit the 3D crappymatic stage.
The last time I did this back in March, everything was on paper. This time I’m drawing it in Krita and it’s working out much better – no scanning anything in and fixing levels; rearranging things on the page is easier because each panel is on its own layer; if I’m having trouble with a pose, I can blue-line it on another layer until it works. Much advantageous! Not to say I don’t sketch ideas on paper too, but I’m re-drawing them all digitally.
Also I’m learning to do some warm up before i start drawing instead of going in cold and getting frustrated.
Other things I did this week included figuring out how to make Gronky’s mouth look the way it does in the thumbnails. The curve-based lips just can’t pull the kinds of awesome faces I’m roughing out. Given that Gronky’s psychological character has changed since I built the original rig about a year ago, I think a revamp isn’t such a bad idea. 🙂
That’s all for now. See you next week with more story art.
A question for people with Tumblr accounts: Do you want me to just come out and tell you the story of the film or would you rather it be a surprise?