Saturday, 28 March 2015


Woops, kinda stopped posting for 2 weeks. Sorry about that. But dry your tears children, there's plenty of disgusting characters for everyone!

If you haven't got the brainpower to decypher my blog title, today we're going to look at my new animatic! You lucky sods.


I spent the week or two after my last blog post drawing backgrounds/ characters for this animatic. Due to time constraints I didn't get to redo much of the end parts of the animatic but they're pretty much unchanged. I fear it slipped my mind how rough the animatics should be and I spent far too long making it look as attractive as possible. With the amount of time I put into it I may as well sumbit it as my final film.
Not much progress on the last background of the first scene. I've put some more shading and details into it but as far as finishing it goes it aint lookin great for now.

Here are some screenshots of the animatic while I was working on it. Try not to explode from excitement.



I slightly altered the back of my business card as well. It was vaguely inspired by Leonardo's Venetian Man if you couldn't guess. I completely redid the background and changed the character's colour to match the background colour more, because apparently i'd unwittingly coloured it green. Who knew, eh?

Now for some actual animation from my actual film. Never before seen! Top Secret! 10/10

Hope you didn't completely hate that. I had to redo the legs of the walk cycle so it didn't kick out so awkwardly but apart from that i'm pretty much done with it. I'm aiming to finish all my rough animation for the first scene by the end of next week, then spend a week or two on the next scene and so on. Animating for the first time in half a year is a bit daunting but i'm slowly getting back into it. Hurray for that!

That's enough verbal diorrhea from me, tune in next week for more animation loveliness!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Another incredibly unprofessional blog...

So this week has been far less productive than previous ones. Don't expect that classic Tadalicious™ quality from my drawings that you've come to know and love. 

My productivity came to a halt when I realised I have to to a ridiculously detailed aerial view of a city, with little people and cars and all. Ive been dodging that little doozy like a champ.

I've managed to get some final character designs for the black and white city scene though! I've made a charicature based on an old photo of my grandparents when they were hip cats in the 20s. They'll be walking together in some background scenes in the city. I've exagaratted some features to fit the style i'm going for. Cute isnt it?


 Here are some of the backgrounds i've put together since my last post. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed avoiding them. 

In this scene my character's going to walk past a window shop while a demon follows his reflection. The gramphone in the background is on a layer underneath the window layer, so I can animate the handle turning independently. Clever boy inni?

This scene's going to be a fun one, kids. The main character's going to walk onto the street and get horribly mangled by an oncoming car. Fun for all the family! Ignore the craptastic car. The actual one's going to be great. Promise.


One of my favourites. Merely because it's just a grey background with characters on top. The simple up and down animation should be relatively easy too. Luvvly jubbly.

This is the sorry excuse for a background i'm in the proccess of ruining. The camera's going to pan out of the main character to reveal the city's bustling streets, before suddenly zooming back in to the character's eye, transitioning nicely to the next scene/ world. 
Perspective's never been my strong point so it's been an interesting challenge for me. And by interesting I mean sould crushing. If you think i'm a drama queen now wait till I actually have to do some animation! hullaballooo I tell you!


Here's one of the nicer background's that i've done. It should have some interesting animation in it with the sleeping fruitseller, lounging child with his apple, surprisingly droopy newspaper seller and of course fancy cat. Look at all those bananas. It's like they're coming out of the screen.

That's it for now. Be sure to check out my blog next Thursday for the up to date news on me, Tad Davies! Cancel all your plans.


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Backgrounds and Pugs

Weekly update fellas. I've been doing a bumload of backgrounds this week, and i've still got a fair bumload left before I even begin animating this beast of a film. 

As someone who would rather put his face in a blender than draw backgrounds all day you can imagine the state of pure bliss i'm in right now.

So the first act in the film is going to have a very retro sepia tone feel, which suits me since colouring aint my thang, girl. The backgrounds are going to be made completely digitally on photoshop, as well as most of the first scene's animation. Mostly because Flash just doesn't accomadate for a more sketchy and layered drawing style, and the TV Paint program is expensive as tits.

Backgrounds incoming.

 I don't enjoy the proccess of making architetcual backgrounds at all. It loses the flowing lines and spontanaeity that I enjoy from character design and more natural enviroments. Nevertheless it came out nicely, and the flickering dim bulb will frame the shot nicely.

Just a Pin-up for a delapidated bedroom i'm doing. Don't ask about the stains.


The linework on this brief scene was a little bit horrible to draw. At this rate i'm making a background a day, so I may have to push my film debut a few years.

This is the final outcome (the rough drawings are only there to get a rough idea of what the animation will look like) I'm going to add rising fumes from the ground probably, although I don't want to muddy it up too much. I used several multiplied layers of shading, and different line opacity to create a faded effect and make a more prominent foreground. 

I've also been finalising some adverts for my lovely CG background wizard Ben. If you're looking for a good time check his stuff out here.

I had a lot of fun with these. The scene's going to be a futuristic city, so a lot of the adverts are alien product placements and bizzare news reporters.


Well that's it for now. This whole making a weekly post is working out, isn't it? Who would have thought. I'm still neck deep in backgrounds but hopefully animating will be in full swing by next week. 

Here's a gif of a pug to tide you over until your next dose of Tad.