Hey all, I was hoping to get a new article together in time for today’s post but it looks like it will have to wait. Sorry if you were expecting something amazing! Come back Monday for some new reMIND pages!
Here are the next few pages.
Sorry to keep this extremely short today. I took on a little animation gig this weekend and was slammed trying to get it all finished by Sunday night.
I’m still really close to being finished with all the pages for reMIND now. I thought I would be done last week but I kept fixing stupid mistakes. I’m REALLLLLY close though. On a positive note, I bought my ISBN number and barcode. Talk about expensive! I also paid for an artist alley table at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles for July 1-4, 2011. It looks like this will be the first convention that I can officially sell reMIND. Yay! Oh the joy!
I have some new interesting findings I’ll share later this week. See you then!
I usually don’t like promoting anything and everything on this blog but today I have an exception. Dreamworks Animation has a visual development department with many talented artists. These artists decided to assembled a book full of their personal artwork. I snuck in.
Many of you probably don’t know that I work at Dreamworks Animation as a Visual Development artist during the day. I have to say that it’s a blessing to work with so many talented artists and be able to pick their brains about tips and techniques. I never went to art school and so working at Dreamworks has been the best art education of my life. Anyway, you can find my work on page 100 & 101. Some of it might look a little familiar.
Now, to name drop. I was sharing offices with Jon Kalssen at the time he made the cover design. Below are pages by Jon Klassen.
Below are pages by Tang Heng, my art director on Kung Fu Panda 2.
Below are pages by Ritchie Sacilioc.
These are some of my favorite artist who happen to be my good friends. How cool is that!
Dreamworks started a blog for the book to that can be found here with interviews from each of the artists as well as more work that isn’t in the book. Lots of inspirational stuff there.
And finally, like all art books, the artists wont get any money from the sales of the book because all the proceeds will go towards making a second book. But if you really want to buy a copy, and support me in the process, please use my Amazon link so I can at least see a few cents commission from your purchase.
Pages 92 and 93 are online!
These pages were a nightmare. Sure they look simple and basic but let me tell you something. If you are trying to cut corners to make your graphic novel go faster then you’ll end up taking three times as long to finish it because you will keep fixing things that are just pain screwed up. For example, these pages and the next two were taken right from the animated version that I made years ago because I liked the animated scene and I didn’t want to have to rethink it all again. Notice how the frames are all widescreen as if watching a movie. Well, because I just traced over the animated frames I didn’t think much about continuity. What ended up happening was the redrawing and painting of literally every frame in one way or another to make it finally fit and work. For instance, I reversed several frames in the animation and so I accidentally drew Victuals suit reversed. Then I realized that I didn’t draw his cloak on him then the gun was missing. Then the positions of characters and stuff would change from frame to frame. AHHHHH!!
You would think I would’ve looked at the previous pages before attempting to draw these, right? Well, that’s the problem with doing something like this on the side and taking months off between sittings. reMIND has been apart of my life for so long that I tricked myself into thinking that I didn’t need a recap before jumping back into it after a long pause.
Lets just say I’ve learned my lesson. Three lessons to be exact. And they are as follows.
1. Don’t just transfer a scene from animation to fit into your comic. What works nicely in motion does not always transfer over to a page with the same impact.
2. Always look at the previous pages before cleaning up the page your working on especially if it’s a continuing scene. (Especially if you haven’t worked on it in a while)
3. If you try to cut corners on your thumbnails then you will spend double the amount of time finishing the page.
That’s how it is for me anyway. On a positive note, I’m almost finished with the last few pages now. I thought I was going to be finished this week but I keep changing more spreads that had sloppy thumbnails based on animated scenes.
P.S. I’m trying something new. If you are subscribed and reading this in Google’s Feed Reader then please take a second to give me a big thumbs up in Reader. I hear if Google Reader gets a bunch of thumbs up on my blog then it will get featured on a popular list someplace and it will drive lots of new visitor to me. It looks to me that about 350 people subscribe to reMINDblog through Google Reader sooooo, if I could get over 100 thumbs ups then that would be amazing. I can also let you know how well it works.