Thursday, July 14, 2011

I'm Back!!!! (Sorry)

I can't believe its been almost 2 years since my last post.  When I was close to the one year mark, I told myself I wouldn't let it happen. happened.  So, what's been going on for almost 2 years? Well, it's a combination of busyness and laziness.   Last, year I was made Lead Animator on the Big Idea portion of Sid the Science Kid Season 2. That meant going to work early, staying late,  animating, compositing, episode revisions, storyboard revisions, scheduling, and watching interns like a hawk (I kid).  During production, I also had some freelance so that meant working when I got home.  YAY!! Then MAD started for Cartoon Network.  Shifted right to that once I was done with Sid the Science Kid. Then Sid started again and I went back to that.  Sleep was minimal during that period.  It was worth it, though.  Now, I'm on a break from work.  A lot of my time has been spent watching Netflix.  Mainly a bunch of Dr. Who, Torchwood, and anything created/written by Steven Moffat.  Now, it's time to get back to drawing on a regular basis and hopefully more blog post.   If too much time goes by, I give everyone permission to nag me about doing another post.  Im serious.  Email, Twitter, Google+(here), Facebook, Call, Text, Carrier Pigeon. Anything. NAG ME!!  

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Oh man. This is why you have to continuously draw. I've been using maya so much at work, I haven't been drawing as much as I should. I've been drawing on the Cintiq for the past couple of days and it has been a struggle. Fortunately, I eventually did some decent doodles. That's right, my doodles have been coming out bad! Still trying to draw a caricature of myself that I'm satisfied with. Still not that happy with any of them. Maybe I should get someone to draw one for me. Also, I've been playing around with painting/color. It definitely feels like I have made some progress. I want to try to do a more finished piece of art of the Flash. I was going for the Michael Phelps, swimmer type physique. I really love the character. I don't know what it is about him. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Whoa! It's been 2 months and a half since my last post. I haven't been wasting my time though. Still interning at Bunko learning Maya. Hopefully, I'll post some of my work soon. The exciting news is I finally got Cintiq. I have been feening for one of these for about 3 years now. I finally got my hands on one. It's an older model but I'm happy with it. It was alot cheaper so I saved some money and buy a new monitor (which is GINORMOUS) to replace the one that broke while moving into the new apartment. This will definitely force me to draw and animate everyday. Which will hopefully lead to more blog post. I did one doodle today. Ill try to get one done everyday. Check out the set up. I am most excited.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Jones Beach Doodles

Here are some doodles I did when I went to Jones Beach this 4th of July weekend. It's been a while since I've been to the beach. It was nice to relax and get some drawing done. Now, back to interning this week learning modeling and animation with maya. Within 5 days, I went from barely touching Maya, to 3D modeling and playing with some animation. My brain is going to explode.

Saturday, June 6, 2009


I really love the pre-production process (character design, storyboards, story creation). I was an animator for about 95% of the time I worked on Sid the Science Kid. I was curious to see if I could handle storyboarding one of the Big Idea sequences. So, I asked my boss to see if he would give me the opportunity. A couple days later, I came into work and there was an episode ready for me to storyboard. I asked what was he looking for in the sequence. To my horror/ excitement I heard the words, "It's up to you. Whatever you want." So not only was I going to storyboard a sequence but I had complete creative freedom. I was terrified.  Where do I start? What does everything look like?

So, I sat down, listened to the audio track, and started drawing. The sequence called for a machine that would vacuum up soil/dirt, recycle it, and spray it around so trees can grow. Vacuum you say?  I immediately thought about vacuums from the 50's (I love anything designed from the 50's). Went to my best friend the internet and looked up retro vacuum cleaners.  That was a good starting point even though the final design didn't resemble 50's vacuums.  My boss suggested that I add the googly eyes.  That instantly made it look funnier.  I do still like my cute tiny eye version, though. You can see the progression below.

Overall, I felt I did a good job.  It took me quite a while to finish the boards, due to my paranoia about everything being perfect.  I had to do some revisions but that's always expected.  Check out the comparison to the final sequence below.  Enjoy!! 

Sid the Science Kid Ep. 1x28: Big Idea Storyboard Comparison from Brandon V. Fletcher on Vimeo.