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Character Design – Green Bee

s-Groenebij-01Fun Fun Fun!

I’ve been working with Loep-Training again 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 😉

Groenebij-sketches Gree Bee - Poses-02s-Onderzoek s-Maken s-Experiment

 

Rigging puppets in After Effects

When things are a little quiet I like to experiment, so i’ve been having a play around with After Effects and perfecting my animating skills. I work with puppets a lot of the time. But this can be a little complicated and time consuming at times. All those limbs, timelines, pins and joints… But if any of you work with puppets in After Effects you’ve probably heard of or us DuIK.

This is a peace of free software you can install in After Effects to make rigging a whole lot easier. And the guys at Duduf have just up-dated and made it even easier for us animators Yippeee!

Check out this little man I rigged up and animated in a matter of minutes not hours! It’s not perfect, he had a limp, but with a little tweaking this software saves me hours of work 😀

Here is a link to DuDuF where you can get DuIK, and this guy Mikey shows you how to use it in the video below 😀

Sweet!

Making Of: Photoshop Collage

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 😉

s-BinnensteBuiten 3

 

Cartoons, Animation & Stop-motion

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 😉

Eric-coldEen Jas voor een slak - scenes

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!’

s-Cartoon-Self Diagnosis

Stop-Motion

Also this Spring I was launched in to a mad project with Cloud Berry film for 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.

Making-Cygnific-02 Making-Cygnific-01

Playing ’journalist’ for a day

Playgrounds festival 2014

Last week had the pleasure to indulge in my nerdy ness and be immersed in the ’playgrounds’ of the digital arts, illustration and animation, at the appropriately named ‘Playgrounds festival’ in the Netherlands.

Once a year creatives of the same nerdy ness are given an opportunity to come together and listen to the creme de la creme of the industry reveal their secrets and tell their stories of success.
The perfect place to gather inspiration and generate the energy needed to keep soldiering on in this challenging industry.

In attending these events I often come away with the itchy feeling of wanting to make stuff and an over flow of ideas. And this year was no different when taking away some words of wisdom and food for thought.

As with each year we are treated to a soup of talent presenting their stories with a passion and enthusiasm for their work, which is contagious. A lucky bunch of fellows who make a living out of their ’hobbies’ and personal interests. And I am fortunate enough to say I also belong to the same club.

Last year their was a very strong message from each guest speaker which created a red line through the entire festival; “ follow your heart and enjoy what you do, or don’t bother doing it at all”.

So while attending the event as a  creative I often search for inspiration and a way to quicker success. Success being, as most, in well paid, commissioned assignments for big names. But more recently I have come to realise that something else is more important than big names and money. It’s about stress free success and enough time and money to do what I love. It’s not about slogging away for money we don’t have time to spend. It’s about enjoying life and making work we love & enjoy.

So this year I observed the festival slightly differently.  I now looked for similarities I had with the guest speakers and there need to do what they love, but also to see if it was possible to do it with out working themselves into the ground. In that I found myself comparing my work, wants and needs from the industry with:
Kevin dart – www.kevindart.tumblr.com
Julian Frost – www.julianfrost.co.nz
Jon Bergerman – www.jonbergerman.com

The guys above are all freelancers who much like me love to draw, love a bit of comedy and love their freedom. Together you have the ingredients to (in my eyes) a pretty perfect job!

So what was it that inspired me?
Words of wisdoms:

Kevin Dart, illustrator and art director explained that your weaknesses often become your strengths, play on it. It is that little something which makes you stand out and shape how you work and what you make. You are unique, be proud of it and don’t try to be like anyone else other than yourself.

He also explained a system he had realised when looking for success:

1) Make personal work
2) Share it
3) Connect with others and create a network through your work
4) Collaborate

The above system should help you find what you are looking for in the name of work (which you enjoy making) and satisfying, healthy, long lasting collaborations.

kevin

Julian Frost is an illustrator and animator famous for ’Dumb ways to die’. He is also extremely funny in a very dry and self depreciating way.

In his talk he proceeded to tell us about his ’lazy strategy’ which at first take sounds … Lazy. But as someone who also lives by ’live life and enjoy’ his strategy is actually a strategy of ’efficiency’ which, when it comes to earning money is very smart way of working and not lazy at all.

If you can avoid the avoidable you can make more money in less time. Communication and plan before you start and the assignment should be a breeze.

4 ways to be lazy, according to Julian Frost:
1) Idea – make it good. It takes more time and effort to make a bad idea look good.

2) Design – keep it simple but stylised and  use interesting composition.

3) Acting – it’s not only about what happens but how it happens. Use the unexpected and/or exaggerate.

4) Interactive – If you animate, consider animating for interactive games and apps. This way you only have to make short loops which the viewer is happy to see again and again.

I am a true believer in working to live and not living to work. And when it comes to earning money, I believe that it should be done in the most efficient and least time wasting way possible. As an animator, this is pretty difficult, for it is one of the most time consuming ways to make a motion graphic. But there are ways to reduce time often waisted while making money. Time you could be spending on doing things you enjoy more.

jullian

And finally Jon Bergerman. A comedian in himself is a artist (fine artist / illustrator ) I praise. For he has kept close to himself as a person and an artist and finds fun in all that he does. The child with in did not die when he hit 16, he is defiantly still alive and Kicking.

The interesting thing about Jon is that his work has a simplicity about it that is almost unfair when thinking think how far he has come by doing the same thing over and over again. Yet it is just that, that makes me respect him. He has found something that people love and are willing to not only look at but also commission in to well paid commercial projects. As with Julian, he has a simple strategy which enables him to make money easily, while having fun, and provide him with enough to live life the way he wants to. What a lucky man!

Tips for success from Jon Bergerman:

Encourage the ferret!
1) Improvise – play the part
2) Use what you have – your knowledge and abilities are unique
3) Have fun
4) Ignore the idea of failure
5) Create a new game – life is a game play it and have fun

jon

So with my days of indulgence behind me, I take away a reminder of ’ keep doing what I love no matter what and try and keep it simple when it comes to earning money’. It is after all about living not working. ‘Life is a game enjoy it’.

Make a wish

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