Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I need Inking Volunteers

Ryan Guimond is gonna ink this cave dweller pic. Thanks Ryan!
I have a big TV pitch next week and figured having a couple group shots would impress the crap out of the execs.
If any of you inkers who have done work for me before wanna help out, please let me know in the comments or email me. It will be greatly appreciated and I'll send you official Spumco Fan Club certificates and pencil enhancers for whoever does them. I still need someone to ink the bottom picture.


Then I can color 'em up nice.


Thanks in advance!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

This Pretty Much Says It All



The poor guy has to practice performing his whole life just to get to juggle 7 balls and 2 bowling pins.

A writer can ask for as many balls as he wants because he doesn't have to do it himself.

Sound familiar?

I wonder who wrote this 'tude and the backwards pants.
Probably made as much as the genius who came up with "Got Milk"

Friday, March 27, 2009

Fedor, Pizza Doodles and Story Outlines Potpourri

I've got a killer idea for a show about Fedor.These are the kinds of scribbles I do while waiting for Eddie to meet me at our favorite pizza place.
Mindless doodles.
Can you believe anyone takes this guy seriously? Like HE's normal?

Man, Bugs is hard to draw!

Hey! Do you wanna see how we write our cartoons? They are totally artist friendly - as opposed to scripts - which are intended to make cartoonists commit suicide - or murder.
Here's the beginning of a story about a comic book geek going to the store on the day they deliver the new issues, something probably most of us can identify with.

I thought of posting this because the other day I tried to read a Godawful modern script based on some wacky classics. It had every single writer's sin:


CARTOON WRITER SINS
Written way too long.
Crowds upon crowds: scenes taking place in sports stadiums, impossible stuff to draw.
Long long episodes of boring meaningless dialogue.
Everybody out of character. Too many characters. Characters that don't work together.
Too much action detail described by people Italicwho can't draw, therefore can't visualize.
Boring prose.
Pop culture references.
Explaining the "jokes".

Cartoon scripts are torture to read. You can't do it in one pass. It causes narcolepsy.

I believe in writing outlines - just enough material to get across the story and plot. Then you give that to a storyboard artist to flesh out with the director and other gag men.

Over the years I've developed this system. Computers have helped make it easy for us to combine the drawings of the key moments with the loose written descriptions of the most important events. The result is like a rough children's book.

If you'd like, I'll post the whole story in this form as a preview of the episode in progress.
The drawings in the outline are by me and Jim.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More Presentations and materials


Here's some presentation art in progress:

And some essential materials...Here's how I start 'em. Then I hand 'em over to the youngins like Kali to color them up all fancy-ass.

You gotta have muticultural diversity flesh crayons or don't even think of trying be creative.
I wonder what kinda people have pure red skin? Send me a picture if you know one.

Spumco Chibi pencil enhancers by Hryma




Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More Slab N Ernie Inked models from layouts

Thanks to Alberto
Thanks to Geneva

Alberto

Presentation Art


Here's some pitch art that I drew and Kali colored in her inimitable way.

Curly Fleece 3 - stylized dialogue mouths


The selling point of the commercial is her "curly fleece" sweater and I had to figure out a way to design the lumps to suggest the texture of the fabric and make it differ from the dog's poodle fur. The differences are subtle and disappear after the magic happens because I got lost in the rest of the animation and forgot.
After she'd been fwaffed, I then animated her head pretty much straight ahead for her dialogue.
I also wanted a complete contrast to the way I animated the dog -even in the dialogue mouth shapes.
His mouth shapes were extremely specific and detailed. Hers I wanted to be simple, graphic and cute. Like the great Gene Deitch Terrytoons Logo from the 1950s.
I even had to note when to fill in her mouth with red and when to fill it in with white, which I wasn't sure would work, but it seemed to.





It switches to pose to pose here, as she stretches her arms out, the mittens expand and then contract.



Here's the whole scene in action:

http://www.cartoonthrills.org/blog/01Principles/antics/CurlyFleecePoodlesmall.mov