Thursday, August 24, 2006

Tenacious pencil roughs, 1

These were drawn, with great pain, in Mirage.







16 comments:

Kali Fontecchio said...

He is really excited about that burrito! The burrito is moving like a....

Kyle's feet are so adorable! He looks like a little pooch being tickled. The last frame has a great,"behold!" face- splendid!

Taco Jack said...

Ch...ch...eee


Cheese? Cheese Nips? Cheeky? I'm dying to know what JB is holding.

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

This all seem relatively painless and full of life, emotion, and cartoony goodness to me John.

What was the struggle?

Just with the technology?

do tell...

benj said...

why did you draw rough pencils in Mirage and not on regular paper with real pencils?

Aggie said...

I love how JB looks in the last image. :)

jessicaLynn said...

your drawings look like you.So passionate with a slight touch of insanity. BEAUTIFUL. The Kyle Gas pose is hilarious when he is all squished.I couldn't draw like that if I tried!

Jeff said...

I was going to ask the same thing Benj... but I imagine it's easier for the flash studio to work from these vector roughs than from scanned in pencil ones? am i close?

JohnK said...

So far, I've found that Mirage is better for drawing, but its timeline and other tools are useless.

Flash has a better timeline-it almost works like an ex-sheet (I don't know why programmers don't just put real ex sheets in animation programs) but the drawing tools in Flash are very hard to use.

Gabriel said...

I love seeing this kind of stuff. I suppose most people who are really into animation would agree that seeing the nuts and bolts only add up to the magic. Sketches and layouts provide a lot of insight on how the artist's minds work.

Dan DeHaan said...

I am drawn to KG's smooth Porky Pig like underbelly and fleshy buoyant butt cheeks. I've got my pinchin' fingers armed and ready.

In other cartoon related news: Pampers has an animation on their website of a frog wiping its ass.
Pampers Frog Wiping Butt Cartoon

S.G.A said...

I used to get so pissed about Mr. k's strong opinions on things.
Alot of it comes down to quality and skill over quantity and easy access to tools.
He's right, Theres alot of crap.

Spencer said...

Those Are FANTASTIC John! I cant wait to see that! I love the drawings!

David Germain said...

Flash has a better timeline-it almost works like an ex-sheet

I'm having trouble scrubbing the dialogue in flash. Is there any way to pinpoint on which frames the syllables fall?

lastangelman said...

Okay, so we need to find a code freak who draws loves cartoons and who can build a program that combines best elements of Mirage and Flash. Might as well make it a free or an open source project because changes and improvements can be done immediately or at least in more timely manner by the coding community. Any (open source) programmers up to the challenge?

The GagaMan(n) said...

The 4th and 5th shots are particularly fantastic.

David Nethery said...

John,

Old, old post , and I don't know if you even read comments on an old post like this , but I was Googling around for references to Mirage and found this where you wrote:

"So far, I've found that Mirage is better for drawing, but its timeline and other tools are useless."

If you still own a license of Mirage you may be interested to know that TVPaint Development Co. is currently running a special 60% discount to upgrade to TVP PRO from Mirage . Email them at
info@tvpaint.com to get the details on the special price upgrade if you're interested.

I also like the drawing tools in Mirage (way better than Flash) , but if you hadn't heard Mirage has been improved significantly over the last couple of years by the software developers TVPaint Development Co. , who were the programmers who originally wrote the program Mirage. The ownership of the program has reverted to TVPaint Development Co. and they have released several updated versions of the software, now called TVP Animation PRO , with a much better timeline and other tools (it even has the option for a traditional style vertical X-sheet instead of a timeline , but I actually like the horizontal timeline better than TVP's X-sheet.)

Same great drawings tools as in Mirage, but improved interface, timeline and it has a cool rotating drawing area , a "virtual animation disc" which turns the drawing just like on a real animation disc.

You might want to try it and see the improvements to the interface (which is still more complicated than it needs to be in my opinion, but can be customized now with custom user configurations to make the interface more streamlined if you don't always need to use all the bells and whistles.