I’ve been working with Loep-Trainingagain and had the pleasure to do some more character design! And this time there was a need for a Green Bee. This little character will be illustrating the Groene bijtjes club (Little Green Bees club) where kiddies can learn all sorts of stuff while having loads of fun!
Below are the sketches and a few of the poses I made 😉
So in between the animating, cartoons and meetings I make Photoshop Collages for educational publishers!
It’s a bit of fun and a way for me to create new worlds that Look photographically realistic… most of the time 😉
Here below is one I’ve just finished. And, if you are at all interested I filmed myself while making it, so you can get a sneaky peak at how do it. Sadly I don’t work quite as fast as I seem to in this film 😉
Spring is in the air and EWC has rolled in to the new year at a gentle tempo but with some fantastically fun projects.
Sesame Street NL
Starting of I’ve been rounding off the Animation for Sesame Street NL. Finishing the edit for television last week. This short and sweet animation is about a little slug who gets cold and needs a new coat.
I can’t tell you too much, (Contract rules) but here’s a little GIF to give you a taste of whats to come and the scene layouts 😉
Cartoons & Chiropractors
And then there were Cartoons. My pals the Chiropractors asked again for a bit of fun in their annual magazine and this time it focused on ‘Self diagnosis’.The caption says ” I already diagnosed myself on the internet. So i’m only here for a second opinion!’
Also this Spring I was launched in to a mad project with Cloud Berry filmfor an in-house explainer animation for Cygnific(Sales and Services for KLM & Air France).
The project was to be a mash-up Stop-motion/Whiteboard animation explaining the in’s and outs of an internal project, to be presented to all of those who work at Cygnific (+600 peeps).
The idea was that it would be fun and inspiring to watch while explaining their future goals within the company. Easy Peasy… Although the deadline was 2 weeks from the start date ! Whaaa! bit short for a stop-motion explainer video!
But we managed to push out the deadline, wrote the script in 2 days (Breaking down a pile of information as tall as myself into a script less than one A4) Knock out a storyboard by the end of the week, and have props collected and made by mid week the following week, ready for production on the Wednesday!
That makes, 2 Weeks Pre-production & filming. Not Bad!
Now I’m busy with the Whiteboard animation and next week we go into Post-production, with the final edit and sound design etc. Phew!
It’s tight, but it gives you energy and pushes boundaries, making you think smart and produce creative, fun solutions. Watch this space for the final result.
But for now, here below are some photos of the production and my whiteboard tryout.
The synopsis, script, storyboard and moving storyboard are made and the go ahead is in the bag! It’s time to animate!
But first I had to figure out how I was planning to make this little animation of mine.
After considerable umming and ering I’ve decided to go with Adobe After Effects. This decision was made due to my lack of time (so frame for frame would of been pretty impossible considering the short deadline) and my experience of working in Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is my best friend and in combi with After Effects it’s brilliant. I also like that cutout look you get when animating in After Effects, It’s like your drawings just come to life.
They don’t of course and I still have a lot of work to do, but a start has been made.
Here is a sneaky peak at what i’ve been animating:
Below you can see what I made in Photoshop before I imported it all in to After Effects to animate.
The Puppet of the boy, lets call him Tommy, is rigged up in After Effects using the puppet tool and parenting all the parts to each other.
It does get a little more complicated than that but my explination will be long and boring and I can better advise you to look at these tutorials… Jesus is great at explaining things 😉