li The art of Gruesomestein's Monsters

Friday, September 30, 2005

Rough posing.

Sometimes Flash can really look like crap...especially if you try to make the character comp do things that it is not designed to do. So, on Gruesomestein's, we posed out the episodes like crazy. It was the only way to get what we wanted out of the characters. At first, Riccardo and I were hesitant about using Flash because of the stigma it had and because neither of us were very familiar with the program what so ever (Riccardo had never used it before, and I basically knew how to paint in it, so we had to learn, fast). We originally wanted to send it overseas but were concerned about that as well because we didn't have an enormous budget to pay a really good overseas studio (mind you Steve Daye sent his "Manly Bee" overseas and it looked great!). In hind sight, for quality control, as well as being able to tweek things very easily, Flash was definitely the way to go. In order to keep the show dynamic, and looking as traditional as possible, we did tons of poses for the animation that were all traditionally drawn, inked, scanned, and trace bitmapped. The Flash libraries ended up being huge, but I think that the animators appreciated it. These are just some of the various poses from the 6 episodes. Witchy from "Russell's Tussle"
A cop from "Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Jerk"

Doctor from "The Worst Date"
Gus from "A Wolf in Geek's Clothing"

Mr. Jerk from "Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Jerk"

5 Comments:

Blogger Knife and Onions said...

wow! where can i see some clips of this? It's fantastic!

Found you though Lambey's Blog..

Friday, September 30, 2005 10:53:00 AM  
Blogger the doodlers said...

These are so much fun. Thanks for posting them.

You can see the results of all that great posing in your final shows.

Interesting howe each of us Funpakers used flash in different ways...

Friday, September 30, 2005 3:03:00 PM  
Blogger Piotr said...

ooh, and inspiration to us all.

Monday, October 03, 2005 3:19:00 PM  
Blogger ncross said...

Hey Mark,

That looks like some good drawing. By the way, what program did you use to trace bitmap your line art? Was it Streamline?
Anyway looks cool.

Nick

Monday, October 03, 2005 9:29:00 PM  
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