Party of Five

Here they all are! The simplified character designs. I’m hoping the changes to the costumes are more “jazz” and the changes will be make them a lot simpler to animate. Lots of thanks to Vincent Woodcock for his swell advice and tips. They are ready to go and be brought to life by Lynn, Steph, David and me! ┬á(The wolf is hairless for the animation since his hair will be boiling away, we will add it as part of the colouring process)

Rewrite

Here are the re-worked boards. We’ve taken into account some of the great advice we got from Dave Osbourne last week and hopefully clarified some of the things that were still confusing. Drawing them in marker helped simplify the drawings and only draw what was essential. The timing and camera angles are now sorted in our new animatic, so everyones looking forward to beginning the animation next week.

Mood music

We’re working on the backgrounds today. This one is anywhere near what it will look like but trying some lights and shadows in the bar. Obviously contrast between the inside and outside is important, so the bar needs to be muted but can’t be as dark as this. That’s also why we wont be using the following image, although its nice to include on the blog

in the background

Getting that mood indigo…

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The video is a Zagreb animation Osvetnik (Dušan Vukotić, 1958). Filled with lilac scenes.

These Francis Bacon paintings are the tones I’m looking for in the bar scene. I want a brown/manila tone for the floor and bar with black lines. and purples for the characters and significant props in the background. Even the wine and food will be purple.

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another Dušan Vukotić animation Koncert za mašinsku pušku (1958) this time in greys and browns. I love the style of this one and how the animation is synced with the music. Some brilliant visuals in there.

A couple more colour references. The Witches and The Milk Tray Man.

The tones in Violets.

Here are the characters in their Lavender hues for the scene in Violet’s bar. (Violet is the barmaid in the purple pearls)

I’ve changed the look of the two girls a little bit since the animatic, and the blonde actress will have a wide brimmed hat.