Math Is Always Better With Cartoons

Turn Around Taxi Pic

Hello,

I recently finished up a cartoon that will be used in an educational video at AIMS Education Foundation. It’s a 1st Grade math video and this particular cartoon is to help exemplify in visual form what the on-camera talent is explaining to the viewer.

So, being geared to 1st Grade means the art must be simple and fun which tends to make cartooning easier. This is the longest one I think I’ve done yet and it’s not even that long. It’s amazing how much time is needed to draw and ink all the art that goes into a cartoon. The actual animation doesn’t take that long, thanks to Adobe After Effects and the like. Inking is really the longest process, which I do in Adobe Illustrator.

At any rate, this first video shows the rough animation using just the drawn art I did with pencil and paper which was scanned into Adobe Photoshop to tweak and then placed into Adobe After Effects to animate.

That rough was then used as my guide for the final which is below. I used the same After Effects project and just swapped the old art with the new inked art. However, this always poses a few issues in that the images don’t typically swap seamlessly, so tweaking and reanimating here and there often occurs.

I believe this project took me a couple of weeks if not three weeks. I’m not entirely sure, but again, the animating was done around 2 or so days; whereas the inking of the art took 1 1/2 weeks or so. I love doing this sort of stuff and always invite the opportunity to do some animating. I hope you enjoyed watching as much as I enjoyed making. 🙂

Oh, and before I forget, the lovely on-camera talent in this video is Erin Heasley.

Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)

 

 

Flaming Lips Animation

Micah Buzan

Hello,

The animator of this piece is Micah Buzan a local in Kansas whom my brother met not  too long back in a life drawing class. His animation is all hand drawn and has a very ethereal, esoteric feel to it. Reminds me of a mash up of 70s experimental animation and 30s Disney.

At any rate, he apparently won some contest to make an animation to go with the Flaming Lips song “Look… The Sun Is Rising”. I’m taken aback at how much synchronization he has to use on something like this. According to the description, this is the result of over 2000 drawings. wow. At any rate, he’s quite talented and thinks a lot differently than I. Enjoy.

Till next time….

David (Cali Dingo)

 

 

Video Effects

2headedmonster

Hello,

Some time ago I was given the opportunity to work on a promo video for my dear old brother for his magic act. He and his magic act partner do several shows and whatnot around the KC area and for their newly established website, they needed a promo video. He had the general idea of what he wanted, so he filmed it, recorded the voice over and sent it to me to add all the effects.

I used After Effects for all of the effects and the little bit of editing I did (some of the voice over didn’t match up with the visual cues). But my main role was to add that vintage look to the video and that MTV text writing that happens. It really didn’t take too long and I somehow forgot to ever put this thing up on the blog (it was created quite a while ago), but here it is in all of it’s glory.

Enjoy!

Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)

 

 

Some Fun Animation

Hello,

I was scouring through my YouTube subscriptions and discovered that one of my favorite animation studios had posted a new little gem recently. It doesn’t need a big introduction, I’ll just emphasize how much I enjoy it when animators can take minimalism and take it to such creative and funny heights. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)

 

 

 

Animation News

MICKEY MOUSE

Hello,

I subscribe to an online newsletter from Animation magazine that kind of keeps me up to date on any interesting happenings in the animation world. You see, I’ve never outgrown the cartoon faze of my childhood. I love it just as much now as then, however my infatuation of cartoons has changed from loving the simple slapstick comedy to an appreciation of the art form.

Since I’ve been fortunate enough to plop out some animation at my day job, that appreciation has grown considerably. My use of DVR is exemplary of this statement.  I love DVR for the main fact that I can slow any animation sequence down to frame by frame and figure out how the big boys made a particular sequence work as well as they did. In a sense, I’m a perpetual student of the art of animation. I watch it regularly and anyone watching with me (which is usually just my cat) will get annoyed due to my constant stopping and scrubbing the cartoon to see “how did they do that?”.

Well, Animation magazine announced a wonderful thing, in my opinion, in their latest newsletter. Disney is going to be producing new Mickey Mouse shorts in the vein of the originals. Awesome! See, I told you I’m a cartoon nerd. I’m a fan of the old Mickey shorts because the animation was so fluid and over the top. It took a lot of cells and man-hours to produce those, but I always felt the end product was worth it. Studios since, including Disney, started to shy away from that time consuming process to minimize costs and the result was rigid cartooning.  That sort of animation can work in anime because anime really is more about the story, not so much about animation. Mickey shorts are pure animation, the story is secondary to the animation.

Here is a snippet of what the article had to say about it:

Watch out all you young whippersnapper toons. Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks’s 85-year-old character, Mickey Mouse, is coming back in a new short-form series of 2D cartoons. This new series of 19 cartoon shorts will begin rolling out on Friday, June 28 on Disney Channel, Disney.com and WATCH Disney Channel. 

You can read more of the article here. It’s quite interesting.

At any rate, they have a sneak-peek on their website and its well-worth watching if you love Mickey shorts. They definitely kept the imagery within the confines of the classic Mickey shorts with just a tad of updating and the animation is just incredible. I especially love the watercolor-esque backdrops and the title card. I wanted to share it here, so please enjoy.

http://video.disney.com/watch/disneychannel-croissant-de-triomphe-4d7b3aae690a98650d776d97

Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)