Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Texture Comparison


So I'm still trying to construct a building asset to have in the background.  I'm building the whole thing in a more complex, but ultimately effective, way.  To speed up the process, I thought I would lay a brick texture over the front of the building.  After comparing with or without the texture, I saw that the textured version was 3 times the size of the other.  In all honesty, I actually think the non-textured has more personality.  So I think this is going to inform how I work on the assets and try and keep everything a little more stylized.  It should keep my file sizes down and give it some more personality.  Lets just how I can reuse them enough to help fill out the city.

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Building Assets


I've been on a little roll here cranking out assets for the game.  Nothing mind blowing, but I'm trying to work smarter this time around and build things in a modular fashion.  Not just in "tiles" but in a way that I can build structures in photoshop by copying and pasting.  So I'm rebuilding my first shop.  I'll put up a comparison as soon as its finished.

Also, I put together an animated gif of the new idle animation.  I build the character and cape separate so there isn't a definite loop in the animation.  Look for more frequent updated out of me...hopefully.

-Ben


Friday, July 18, 2014

Idle Animation...Now With Cape!


Animated the cape idle using key frames and morphing in Toon Boom Animate Pro.  I'm pretty happy with the results, but I wanted to have the inside of the cape be darker.  I'll have to go back and re-render it.  To break up the animation of the character, the body and cape are animated separately.  That way you don't get the exact same loop.  I put the character in with the last build to see the size difference.  I'm drawing at about twice the size of the original character and liking the results.  The only thing I see needed real tweaks is that the face becomes inconsistent as it animates.  I'll probably go through the cycle, find a version I like, and just past it onto the rest of the animation.  Hope that isn't too hard to do.

-Ben

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Character Rigging in Toon Boom Animate Pro


Recently I bought a couple of training courses from CartoonSmart.com.  I've really only had a vague understanding of Toon Boom Animate Pro and I wanted to finally be able to take advantage of the cut out animation system.  The videos are working and I've finally rigged my main character.  

I'm hoping to get an idle animation working soon and add in some cape animation.  

More to come.

-Ben

Monday, July 14, 2014

Banner Update 7-14-14


Working away on my new banner...slowly.  I'm currently working on some background elements that can be slid around to give me a nice paralax effect.  At least that's the idea.  I should be putting this into Construct 2 soon to test it out.  However, I might be tweaking the balcony as the line weight is quite a bit thicker.  That probably stands out.  Right?

-Ben

Friday, July 11, 2014

Superhero Buildings and Poses


Game sketches?  It feels like its been forever.  I've decided to really invest myself and learn the ins and outs of Toon Boom Animate Pro.  The hope is that it will help me churn out animation at a much quicker pace.  Hopefully, that will get me back to where I was before in much less time.

Until I've reached shear mastery, I've been sketching out some new art assets.  I pulled some photo reference for store fronts in Cleveland and used them to build a couple new standard models.  I'm hoping to adjust them (signs and other flourishes) to reuse them and fill out the city a bit.  The Taller buildings will all be tiled artwork to try and keep my files down.  That's an entirely different beast.

Below, I have a few more environmental thingies and some character poses.  My previous in game art was kind of stiff and I'm wanting to break them up a bit.  So lets see if I can get some "S" curves in the mix and pretty her up!

Till next time,

Ben




Monday, July 7, 2014

The Monster At The End Of This Book


I was recently asked (months ago) to participate in a gallery show at Bay Arts by my friend Erin Schechtman.  The general theme of the "Old Friends Gallery Show" was to reference a beloved childrens' book.  I immediately knew I wanted to do something for Grover in The Monster At The End Of This Book, I just had no idea what.  Having planned on doing it at the last minute, like all of my projects, I had plenty of time to ponder my approach.  The more I "pondered" the less I thought about the story and more about the title.  "Monster At The End Of This Book" taken out of context sounds much more like a classic pulp novel than a children's book.

And that's sort of what happened.  Here is my Pulp/Film Noire version of Sesame Street.  Work in Progress below.

Till next time,

Ben

Original Grover Sketch

Original Composition