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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.