Hey Tumblr, long time no see!! So, I’ve been a little off my drawing game these past couple of months because of some nerve problems in my right arm that have been preventing me from making any kind of art. T_T It’s been a huge bummer, but I’m hopefully now on the road to recovery and hope to be back on track soon. :)
Anyways, I’ve been seriously neglecting Tumblr, so I dug up some old-ish sketches that have been sitting on my computer. Here’s one from a few months ago that I plan to clean up and color eventually. Naked ladies! Swirly hair! Oh my!
I animated the charcoal drawings using a modified-base technique on a white background, drawing and erasing and photographing my drawings as I went. (I used Dragonframe to capture.) I then painted the watercolor backgrounds separately and scanned them into the computer. Once I had all my footage and backgrounds, I brought everything into After effects and simply layered my footage on top of the backgrounds and set it to “multiply” to eliminate the white. It ended up being a surprisingly simple and quick process! Especially since it was my first time using After Effects. Moral of the story: After Effects is magic.
I did a bunch of redesign-y Wonder Woman sketches a while back and decided to clean them up! Here’s a colored one.
Lunch break doodles. There were these two excruciatingly beautiful people working at this sandwich shop around the corner from my office the other day… I had to immortalize them *u*
A doodle partially inspired by my friend Melanie’s fashion blog, Radical Darling! *u*
Today I realized I’ve been living in NYC for a whole year! So I made a little comic to commemorate the occasion.
So far, living here means staying indoors a lot. Bleh.
Slapped colors on some new sketches of an old character! Her name is Solar Flare and she’s some kind of sun demon.
Red Cross “Parcel”
We are very pleased to share this new spot we made with blacklist.tv “Parcel” for Red Cross New Zealand. Holbrooks Directing Duo, Tom Brown and Daniel Gray, collaborated across continents, with Dan working in Budapest and Tom heading up a team in New York. Illustrators Marika Cowen and Angelica Alzona helped us to create these great styleframes, the majority of the elements also making it into the final spot.
In the spot, the camera follows a Red Cross aid package as it transitions through different situations of crisis and delivers relief to people in need.
“We wanted to take the material and create a real roller-coaster of imagery and emotion,” commented Holbrooks Director, Daniel Gray. “We wanted to show how Red Cross is brave and committed in their quest to helping those in need.”
Holbrooks created a sophisticated look in response to the agency’s brief. The monochromatic tone throughout the film helps convey its serious message while a neutral backdrop makes the Red Cross emblem pop.
“Everyone working on the project was of the same mind for the direction,” said Holbrooks Director Tom Brown, who oversaw the NYC animation team. “The design is closest to the true Holbrooks personal style.”
The team employed a mix of cel animation and 3D camera work to balance handcrafted warmth with dynamic storytelling. Holbrooks took advantage of being located in both New York City and Budapest to maximize production days, working around the clock with the New Zealand client to manage the compressed production schedule.
Music and sound design by Antfood supports the narrative — a journey from a serious and dark place to a resolution that is more hopeful.
The spot is currently running in New Zealand as part of the Red Cross Annual Appeal.
AH HEY GUYS GUESS WHAT Holbrooks just released a spot I worked on recently at Blacklist!! I illustrated a bunch of styleframes (including 3 of the ones displayed above) and a bunch of character animation as well. Really glad to have been involved! Check it out~
Laaaadiezzzz~ Hopefully I’ll get around to scanning this soon.
Ah thanks so much!! The director of the Dishonored project, Jon Saunders, (here’s his tumblr as well) wanted that scene to have a really trippy and dreamlike appearance. He showed me the scene from studio 4C’s Mind Game, where they are escaping the belly of the whale, to use as reference, among other things. (They play with distortion a lot when animating the figures in that scene.) When I was working on the sequences for Dishonored, I tried to imitate those distorted, chaotic perspectives and angles with the figures. I usually animate straight-ahead, without using keyframes, and these scenes really lent themselves to working that way. I ended up just sort of diving into it and going as crazy as possible. It was extremely challenging, especially for an inexperienced animator like me, but ended up being really fun! Hopefully I’ll get to do more work like that someday!
Well this seemed like the opportune moment to upload another Dishonored gif! This is another bit I animated, from the beginning of the dream sequence in Chapter 3. Piero gettin’ abducted from his desk. Whoop there he goes
Wow! What a wonderful compliment ;u; Thanks man!! And yay keep the animation spirit alive~