This animation was created at the 3rd Thursday event at the Cartoon Art Museum in January. We used vending machine figures and Paper Toys that had been made for the Paper Monster Party in 2010 and had guest manipulates them with an iMac running iStopmotion.
Yesterday was the 2nd annual Paper Monster Party at the Cartoon Art Museum, a sequel to the event I helped to organize two years ago. The event allowed artists of all levels to customize paper toys into monsters or superheros. The superhero theme came from the opening today of the Superman 75th anniversary exhibit at the Museum. We had both artist who came just for the event as well as the general public who were visiting the museum cut, color and fold paper toys into their own characters.
A big thanks to our artist/animators: Julie Davis, Rob P, Imogen, Andrew G, Renee French, Sameer Ajmani, Joss M, Alyla M, Mom M, and Rick Lucey.
The stop-motion video was something new from the previous event and was created with Boinx’s iStopmotion app on an iPad which worked mostly just like the desktop version, with the exception that the images are a bit blurry. I will have to figure out if there is a way to fix that.
A post on re-purposing comics and illustration and other art into animation.
Today it’s time for a bunch of new examples of Motion Comics and Motion Illustration techniques that re-purpose art into animation.
Our first example is here for technique. The youth at 826 LA re-told a fellow students story with live 2d cut-out puppets. I post it here, since the technique could easily be used with reproductions of artwork as well. Sort of an analog motion-Comic or motion-illustration production. The students at 826 LA writing center used Tabletop Moviemaking to create…The Fox and the Rabbit.
OLTREMAI by Lorenzo Mattotti is a great example of really just a nice slideshow of art, but mixed with the right music it sets the mood of the art right away. The dark fanciful art is really pretty amazing looking. Published by Logos Editions in Italy. See more of the art of Lorenzo Mattotti HERE.
Last is the classic French comic character Lucky Luke in Cavalier Seul. The comic focus on the the thieving Dalton Gang who split up. The trailer is quite elaborate with lots of nice of animation of the original artwork.
This is the second pass at roughly building my animation from sketchbook drawings I created last month. The animation is simple (since it was drawn in my sketchbook), but the whole ‘story’ is there. I am still going to clean up and possibly color the drawings, re-time certain scenes, adding some missing birds, and try to make it as slick as possible. There are a few areas that I am going to try some digital tricks to add a bit more life to the animation, but you will have to come back again to see the final results.
It was really fun creating this animation and I might do a larger attempt one of the upcoming months for my Daily Drawings, but with a more elaborate piece of course. At the bottom is a sketchbook animation we created at an event I helped organize at the Cartoon Art Museum which shows what you can do.
I will be hanging out at the Cartoon Art Museum on the late night Yerba Buena Third Thursday on Jan 17, 2013 and working with anyone who drops by from 5pm to 7pm to make some stop-motion animation. Stop-Motion is where you move an object a bit then take one frame of digital video and then repeat so then when you play it back it creates an illusion of motion. Going to be fun!
Where: Cartoon Art Museum – 655 Mission St – San Francisco CA LINK
When: January 17, Thursday
Cost: FREE admission to the museum and stop-motion activity!
Join the Cartoon Art Museum for Yerba Buena Third Thursdays, a monthly night out in a unique downtown San Francisco neighborhood that’s rich with arts and culture. Come join us!
The Cartoon Art Museum will be open for free from 5pm to 7pm and host guest artists and activities.
This event, which occurs throughout the year on the third Thursday of each month, involves galleries and museums extending their hours throughout the neighborhood to create a lively atmosphere of arts and interaction, as well as events with the YBCBD such as low-cost ticketed guest lectures, performances, and screenings.
The series is part of the YBCBD’s mission to promote Yerba Buena as a vibrant place to live, work, and visit, and offers both locals and visitors more fun evening activities around the area!
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Alexis Fajardo has just succeeded in raising the money to print his third Graphic Novel: Kid Beowulf and the rise of El Cid! Alexis is one of the most talented artist/writers I have had the honor of working with. The campaign is over, but you can see the Kickstarter page HERE.
AND…with the success of the Kickstarter campaign, Alexis has released the above animated trailer that celebrates his full Graphic Novel series. I am not only excited about my friend succeeding with funding his third book, I am excited to see the video since I helped create it!
More than a year ago we started working on a new trailer for the series that would cover the previous released books: Kid Beowulf and the Blood Bound Oath, Kid Beowulf and the Song of Roland, as well as the upcoming graphic novel Kid Beowulf and the rise of El Cid. We have created a trailer for each of the books, but this one would be both more streamlined and more elaboarate in it’s production. I am quite pleased with how the trailer came out and I hope you enjoy watching it.
The new trailer features…
- The 3D opening from the Song of Roland trailer was re-created, embellished and enhanced.
- The full banner sized digitally colored cover files which were broken down into different layers to allow us to ‘fly’ through them.
- Beowulf’s sword Nagling in CGI with simulated swirling smoke.
Here are the other trailers in reverse, going back in time…
A post on re-purposing comics and illustration into animation
It’s Halloween and time for something spooky! How about watching a comic?
Dark Horse Comics has been teeming up with the online video station Geek and Sundry to bring serialized motion comics of many of their titles, something I applaud. The videos are far from perfect since they are working with the limitations of adapting the art that was created for the comics, but that is a quality that I really like. There is a wonderful simplicity and creativity about the videos that keeps them tied to their comic book source material. I with more comic companies would promote there titles this way and be able to partner with others who are like minded.
Here is ever popular Hellboy in ‘The Fury’.
Writer: Mike Mignola • Artist: Duncan Fegredo • Colorist: Dave Stewart
Line Producer: Matt Parkinson • Producer: Mike Richardson • Directed by: Erik Bruhwiler