2010/01/03

The Bandit, The Crab and The Satchel

So I've been working on a short animated film off and on for awhile now, and I thought I might share some of the early work I did over the past couple months.


This is the main character, who I've simply been calling "The Bandit". I do want to come up with a name for her, or a more elaborate bandit name, because at one point she's supposed to be boasting about herself a little. I've also re-worked her outfit a little since most people assumed she was a boy. I wanted Tomboy, sure, but I didn't want her to be so ambiguous that people would assume she was a boy. Especially since she kisses the other boy, I didn't want any Brockback Mountain comparisons.


This is the antagonist/love interest character. The idea for him is that if the Bandit is athletic and tall, then he was going to be short and un-athletic. He's the son of the local sheriff and is always trying to prove himself to his father. He makes up for his lack of athleticism with his intellect. Underneath his oversized hat will be an assortment of gadgets and weapons that he can use to try and capture his classmate, the aforementioned Bandit.


Here are some storyboard pages I did. I've re-worked some of the connecting shots that didn't work... unfortunately I haven't put them in these examples. BUT! As soon as I have a properly timed animatic, with at least the sound effects added, I will post that on my Deviant Art site... or youtube... or something.


And hey, look at that... some early renders of the CG models. I still need to finish the boys hat, some details (like buttons, his wristwatch and such) and then I'm going to get it textured. I have a friend from work who has offered to help me with that.


And one last model. I need to fix the hat some more. The shape is off a little, and I had to make it a little smaller than the T-Pose, since it covered her face from almost every angle. She needs a lot more detail work than the boy does. And you can see that I've added a skirt sort of thing to her so that way, hopefully people will pick up on her girl-ness.

HELP WANTED:
So since I'm showing this stuff off I might as well get this out here. Since I'm working on this as a portfolio piece, I'm looking for people who are ALSO looking to work on some projects for their portfolio.
For the early stuff, I need help with rigging the characters. Granted I do still need to get them textured, I already have someone looking to add to their portfolio by texturing them.
A big thing; I need voice actors for both the boy and the girl. I'm also hoping for natural sounding voices and none of the usual forced "kid voices" you get with some cartoons.
And lastly, once I get everything ready, I'd love to work with character animators. The piece is already about 3 minutes, and even if I were to animate half of the scenes myself, I'd love to have help from others.

If you know anyone who might be interested, please let them know.

Oh yeah, I have a blog...

It's been like two years since I've posted anything here, so I figured it might be time to post some sketches... stuff that's not ready for my portfolio or deviantart account.

So, first post for the new year; a friend from school, Derek, has been putting together a fighting game and has asked me to do some characters. And since he was missing a large character I started coming up with a big burly bouncer character who, naturally, works at a strip club and uses the girls for all of his special moves.


Here a work in progress of a group shot of the bouncer, named Owen, and the ten girls I'll use for all of his special moves. I've got some notes next to each girl with thematic ideas for each one. The Hearts girls will be used as projectiles, stars are the shoryuken type characters, and so on.


The image on the left is the first finalized design I did of Owens, and came up with the name. At the time I drew this I was thinking there would only be one girl... and she's not very developed at this point. To the right I have some sketches of the move set I'll be working on for him. The only thing not shown are his ultra moves, which will consist of pole dances, shaking dollar bills from the opponent and a dog pile from all the girls.


My first stripper design and my other favorite. She, and two other color palette swaps, will be the projectile girls.


This is one of my favorite designs for the strippers. She's also one of the last that I came up with. She has a sort of Betty Boop feel, I think. Because of the hair I guess. I wrote down that she would be used in the Stripper Pile move, but I think I might want to use her for he pole dance combo instead.

Derek is saying I might have to put them in bikinis if the pasties prove to be too raunchy. Oh well.