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Monday, December 31, 2012

Fränklin, my first animation short

Fränklin from Lew Bridcoe on Vimeo.

During my free time of three weeks in October I worked on my first animation film Fränklin.

Although some time passed since I finished the video, I still can't judge if it is any good.

When I started to make the first scenes, I didn't plan to do a 'whole' film at all. I just wanted to make my drawings move. I drew a simple and featureless character. I wanted to see if I can teach myself some animation... but after some days, my character evolved and I wanted it to become more and planned scenes until I even found a nice ending.

I made a .psd file for every scene, mostly drawing every single frame by hand, using copy and paste sometimes (the final film is made up from 1012 frames). Since I only had Photoshop, and no experience in layering animations, it isn't very elaborate to the eye, but it was very exhausting to draw it and this and the lack of a proper soundtrack kept me from starting a new thing ever since.

Here are some of the .psds, flatted and some stills.









And thus I depart to 2013 without '2012 legacies'. Mostly. I still got stuff I didn't get around organizing for the blog yet. Anyway! Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Festive Photography on my tumblr

Macros and four pictures from Berlin.





snow fighters on S-Bahn station Berlin Warschauer Strasse
Berlin S-Bahn staion Friedrichstrasse
Berlin Warschauer Bruecke Berlin Ostkreuz S-Bahn 2006

Monday, December 24, 2012

Secret Santa


I painted this picture as a "secret santa" for Wasserbienchen on Animexx.

I mingled with ideas for a while, after having read her nuzlocke challenge on deviantART.
Finally and pretty suddenly I had a precise idea of the image I wanted to paint. I spent a whole evening researching japanese architecture and constructed the stage for the scene.

For perspective grid I like this method.

All the outlines and colouring were done in Paint Tool Sai. I couldn't decide if the shoji (sliding wall things) were paper or glass, so I outlined the roof, too, although in the finished image it is not really visible. Final atmospheric touch-ups were done in Photoshop.

I don't know if I managed to show that Bianca, the smaller girl with the towel is dripping wet from the rain (that's her clothes there lying on the boards). Here is a closeup of the drops. I used the lasso tool, filled with white, lowered the opacity and added two layer effects. Quick and easy. Love photoshop!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Animexx calendar 2013 submission

and somehow I managed to delete all the files. This one is downloaded from my entry on animexx.de. They are making a calendar every year. I felt super inspired (by the required 2:1 crop), but my lack of skills and time made my idea look all lame... maybe I try the "same" idea next year...

anyway, Sai and PS.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Umi desu!

for my boyfriend.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Sunday, December 2, 2012

White on White


because it's snowing in Berlin.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Daily Photograph on my tumblr

Lew 365

For example some pictures I posted in October:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Micki WIP

gooooolden treeeeees

Saturday, October 20, 2012

explicit emotimeter


the emotimeters at a news site of Ozark, MO (USA) are pretty clear about if the readers of their news are sad or thrilled, bored or furious... I don't even...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

oh 1½ cover WIP

oh 1½ is releasing on Friday, September 14. If you are in Berlin, feel free to join us on our release party, 8pm in the "Lauschangriff". See link for details!


This is a translation from my post on our oh blog.

For our newly releasing comic issue I had only a few comic pages to draw, so I offered to paint the cover, too. We (Caro, Asja and I) met in skype to discuss the cover image.

It turned out difficult to find a theme, because setting and characters were the same as in issue one.

The fox again? Ok, it's in the new story, too, and it's even more important. But the story is not exactly about it. We have three threads of story with each a woman as main character, but it took us some time to figure out how to put them on the cover. Many decisions were made on-the-go, while I was already working on the lines.

After wie decided the most important things, I made a layout sketch, so my colleagues could see if I depicted our idea correctly.



First the plan was to only draw Lotte. Shortly later we agreed to add old Mathilde, to tell more story.


I'm very happy that I have good experience with Photoshop, so executing ideas is mostly sweating, less thinking, particularly if one only applies 'iso'-perspective.


The fascade and window design of the location "Zum Goldenen Fuchs" ('Golden Fox Inn') was done by Asja and shown in a single panel of issue one. While already drawing, Asja showed me interior views of the 'Fox' and I had to add more windows to the left. Hail Copy-Paste!


The colours on the first cover were gloomy and we wanted a happier mood on the new cover. Caro had send us some colour blotches (A), before we had even decided what to put on the cover. Yellow was ok, but pink? I couldn't quite imagine the mix. Asja sent me her idea of the fascade colours, and I picked some colours from a picture in my collection (B). I instantly liked the peachy, friendly palette and startet painting, after my partners had nodded their agreement.


Asja helped me a lot with the drawing and inking of the characters (the back-cover fox, too). She's much more experienced in this field.


The inn sign had to go, because it clashed with our logo-header. Caro suggested and drew the graffiti tags. I only had to adjust them to look like they were drawn on the wall.


This simplified layer explosion shows my workflow.
A Background lines (usually I work them black on transparency, but it wasn't important here, because this layer is on the bottom for reasons)
B Background colours, Multiply mode
C Character colours, Normal mode
D Character lines, Normal mode
E All Colours, (BG+Chars), Multiply mode 40% Fill - to make the colours stronger

This is not really how my layers look, there are way more, of course. Usually I work on one layer for one element. Overlapping elements are drawn on a new layer, until I'm satisfied - then I merge down to keep the layers organised and get my machine to perform better.

I took my chance to paint in a very unorderly manner to break the artificiality of the lines. (Hope it comes out ok in the print).


100%-zoom at 300dpi

Program: Photoshop CS6, Tablet: WACOM Intuos3 PTZ-630, Execution Time: ca. 15 hours (thanks to a lot of on-the-go decisions)

oh 1½ is releasing on Friday, September 14. If you are in Berlin, feel free to join us on our release party, 8pm in the "Lauschangriff". See link for details!