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Decisions, decisions


Making a series is going to be very difficult. Today I thought about it for a bit, and I realized that I have spent a long time just making Bo the Creature so far. I was planning to make a series, but now I am not so sure. Perhaps it would be easier to have a movie instead. It would take less energy and I could spend my time focusing on other things as well. I did not make a final decision yet, but I am considering switching my path. Stay updated, bye!

Changes


Just like I did for Farnham, I decided to work on Abigail’s design to  enhance her overall appearance. It is not easy for me to part with old characters, but I think it is for the best. I made changes to her hair, eyes and color scheme. I will post pictures soon.

 

Mini reflection


decemberI started on my series back in December or January of this year (2013). I had the characters made, so my task at that time was to start on the story line.

studying

It was difficult since I did not have a lot of time; I had to go to school and work, and studying took a lot of free time. I tried my best to squeeze in time to work on my project. It is a long process since I am working on it by myself mostly. I asked people around me for advice and suggestion, but that was about it. Having others insights, I now see, it is every important. I always had my little book of notes that I carried around, so I could write my ideas down anytime.

I organized my finalized ideas into a binder by category.notesbook I hope I will keep filling it up until it is full. It has been 3 years since I started on this project and 5 months since I started on the animation of my series. I was focused, yet super giddy, or frustrated at times.frustrated I spent long hours working to produce about 3 mins of work. This might seem little accomplishment for such a  long span of time, but I do not look at it that way. I have had a tendency of starting projects and abandoning them a while after. trashThis time, it did not happen. I have not finished the series, but I know I will keep going with this. When I was watching my creation for the first time, I was so elated. It was not the feeling of my usual happiness, it was so much more. I had a smile plastered on my face for the whole day. I play the video over and over, excited every time I watch.elated

I want to continue experiencing the feeling, so I will continue on my project. I can only get better from here, I surely hope I will be able to capture the attention of a larger audience. Compared to my earlier animations, I definitely put more effort into this project. I can see how I have improved over the years, and I hope my progress will stay at an upward trend. Animation is something I found and would like to keep doing for years to come.


thought

As you should know, I recently posted the first part of the pilot of my series, Bo the Creature. I started the show by creating the main character Bo, the little alien creature, about three years ago.

alien yeahAt the time, I had only a vague idea of what I was going to do as always.I knew that the alien had to be cute, but I did not have a concrete story line to accompany it.

abigail and farnham I soon decided to create a supporting character, Abigail. Still I had no concrete story line, but having another character narrowed my options. Even after I created the final main character, Farnham, I had not developed my story. I only figured out what I wanted to do after I created Abigail’s mother.

determined

I was hesitant to start a series since it is going to take more work then a movie, but I am now willing to try.

Finished


I am finally done with all my backgrounds and extra things in part 1! Now time to do the storyboard. If only i had some loose paper…

New Farnham


Ok, not completely new but definitely improved. Gave him more…shape I guess.

Turnaround

Turnaround


A room in Farnham’s movie:

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Farnham


I edited Farnham a little to give him a better shape overall. Here it is:

Farnham edit

Farnham

Spooked much?


A video of Bo!


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Here’s Farnham’s room. As you can see, he lives in  a basement. I was going for the messy and cluttered look when I was designing this. When I actually create the backgrounds, I will of course make it more polished and actually follow perspective rules (in the sketches I did not!) Sorry for the poor quality:

Front

Front

3/4

3/4

side

Side

I am not sure yet what I will be using to compose the background yet. Photoshop’s brush properties are intriguing but lacks the vector manipulation aspect. I will probably be using Anime Studio in conjuction with another software.


Planning, Planning. Making a cartoon requires A LOT of it. Here’s some of my notes (excuse for the messiness it is only my first draft – no edits):

Scene 1
Farnham is looking through dumpster of movie producing company. Finds better hat. Bo crashes gets scared off by some cats. He runs and crashes into wall or something. and gets momentarily knocked out Farnham spots Bo (same alley) pretends to be the nice guy. Pretends he can help bo but real intention is to report him to the city to get recognized and get money. But then when he gets home and looks around he realizes that he can use Bo in his movies and make a bigger fortune.
Takes him home makes him comfy, makes him believe that he is going to help. Doesn’t get along with granny’s
dog so granny didn’t like bo and told him to stop playing with toys and get a life.  after getting bo on his side, he tricks bo into making movies.
Then Bo gets separated from the guy
(Abigail’s mom tells abby to say thank you) Bo meets Abigails as she chases her balloon (with icecream) and he runs away to find his spaceship. They collide. At first she stares at him and he stares back


I finally made a complete 360 turnaround of a character. And it is Abigail’s mom! Here’s the result:

 

Playlist


Playlist of some of Bo’s videos!

Farnham Run Cycle


Opinions and suggestions are welcome 🙂

 

Proportions!!!


Farnham turnaround


Just the sides put together in motion:

3 Head poses!


Title is self explanatory. Here’s Farnham:

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Full Body


Here’s the completed version of Farnham overall. I made the legs longer. Luckily I didn’t rig both sides first. I might add some details or textures later but right now here’s what I have:

Limbs


I created the right side of the body for Farnham. I did one side first and once I am done rigging and adjusting points I will just duplicate the arm and leg layers for the other side. I am not quite satisfied with it yet so I will probably change it around. The difficult part is the upper part of the arm because the points have to be in certain places for the arm to move correctly when the bone is rotated. If only I could just copy arms from other characters. That would change things sadly though.

Half body

Half body

Emooootions!!!


Unlike with Abigail, I made the emotions before I made the body. However I will start with the body before I do the head turns. Here are some samples of Farnham’s emotions:

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Abigail’s first steps!


The first video is  a generic walk. The second has more to it as you will see.  The first one was edited a little after I posted this.

Progress


Done with body turns, added more head turns to Abigail. Now I need to do walk cycle and other body actions. I will post pictures soon. Hope to be done this month and move to the next character.

Views


I finished creating the different head views for Abigail. This is not final since I still need to add details and move some points around. I didn’t include the Back View because I didn’t like it very much =p Here it is:

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If you click on the images fast enough, it looks like a head turn!


I decided to make the pants longer because of how the leg looked before. I also added gradient to the skin and eyes. I added a bow as well. Here it is:

Here is how it looked before when you bent the leg:

And now:

I will add gradient to make it look better. I have been having problems with gradients in AS. I had to bind every body part to a bone using the Bind Layer tool. I will keep searching for another way to do it though.

What have I been up to?


I have finally started making Abigail in Anime Studio. I didn’t start earlier because I was testing some things out with my character Amy which you can see here. I will just use her to model Abigail. You can see it all under the category Abigail under Characters. I plan to post my progress here so please visit often.

Update!


If you read my previous posts you know that I decided to make a movie with Bo. However I changed my mind and decided to make a series instead. I drew sketches of the new characters but I’m not gonna post it because it will not look that good (and you may know that if you’ve see sketch of Abigail). I’m actually debating still if I should start working before or after Anime Studio 8 is realeased, I’m not sure yet. I’m still experiencing with Anime Studio 7 with the time I have (not a lot hehe). I hope I get something done by the end of summer though. I guess we’ll have to see. Bye! Come back again!

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