It Happens

Every once in a while I manage to do a drawing that I’m amused by. I present the following:

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This is Monroe from Babar: The Adventures of Badou.

This is from an episode I storyboarded a couple of short sequences from, over the usual full story I’d normally do. Since this particular episode was a bit of a rush job/short schedule, I didn’t really have time to wait for missing designs to show up. So, for designs that could easily be substituted, I just made something up. If it was decided that my design was reasonably good, fine. If not, they, the studio, could just use whatever they like and tell someone down the pipeline to ignore mine. This is my design for Monroe as Pageboy of the Savanna: which consists of my giving him a necklace and a Jimsy (from Future Boy Conan) haircut. Works for me.

What amuses me most is how accurately this drawing reflects my demeanor when I was a child. My hairstyle wasn’t all that different, then, either.

-Steve
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Less News and More HIM

I’m up to my eyeballs in Babar.

In the meantime...

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-Steve
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Total Drama Steve

The weather has cooled off and I’m a happy happy man for it. No one likes heat less than I.

All this good weather and I’m going to be chained to my desk for a week drawing Babar. On the up side, I had the chance to watch the first three episodes I storyboarded for Babar, in Rough Cut form, and they look pretty good! I was only going to watch one, but I found myself entertained and watched all three. I even laughed a couple of times (Which is no mean feat for someone whose seen and worked on as many cartoons as I have). All that and the animation is really quite good.

So, I may be chained to my desk for the next several days, but at least it is for a good cause.

Round about the time this season is supposed to air, I’ll post the names of the episodes I had something to do with.

Speaking of things I had something to do with: it’s the new fall season and a new season of TOTAL DRAMA has begin (I think). The forth season is called TOTAL DRAMA: REVENGE OF THE ISLAND and it features a new cast on the old island. Well, I drew a small stack of storyboards for this season and here’s the ones I did (In episode order):

“A Mine is a Terrible...” Act 2 only (The part after the commercial break in the middle of the show)

“Up, Up and Away in my Pitiful Balloon”
Act 2 only

“The Enchanted Franken-Forest”
Entire episode

“Brains vs. Brawn”
Entire episode

Generally, I had quite a lot of fun on this series. My favorite episode to storyboard was easily “Brains vs. Brawn”. It was the final episode of the season and it had all kinds of stuff I love to draw: fighting, fun, frolic, monsters and clubs with nails spiking the end of it. What more could a fella want?

It was also one of my favorites because I drew the entire storyboard (complete episode) and I always prefer to draw and entire 22 minute show rather than a half. Overall, I think the work is better for it and I feel happier, too.

I’d post some pictures from the storyboards, but I figure I should wait until a particular episode airs before I post anything just in case someone would rather I don’t post them in advance. So, I’ll post this instead...

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This has nothing to do with TOTAL DRAMA, but I like it.

Hopefully this season will do well so TOTAL DRAMA can return for another year. I’d be quite happy to return to it, myself.

-Steve

I guess I really should post some storyboards somewhere on this site, sometime. Hmm...
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Server Problems

It seems that as of Friday, September 16th, I have been experiencing server problems with this site and have been unable to upload anything. Viewing this site has also been an issue, for me, but tech support said that on their end everything was fine so I have no idea if any sluggishness was experienced by anyone but me.

Himcomic.com has been unaffected. Why? Who knows.

If this has been posted and read by you, then the problem has been solved. Just to state the obvious.

-Steve.

In the meantime...

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The new page (pg 29) has been posted over at HIMcomic. Click on the pajama party preview of this week’s action to get more comics! YAY!
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Film Update: Almost There...

For the past few days, I have been spending pretty much all my time dealing with special effects and I’m getting to listen to a lot of music. Today, I completed 2 shots and the complete Absurd Minds Discography.

Looking at my effects schedule, I’m just over half finished the effects. I have 11 more shots to deal with, but the hard work is done and I can use the materials I already have, with adjustments made, to finish what’s left. With any luck, I can get them finished in a total of 3 more days. Maybe...

I won’t be posting any picture of the effects shots until after the film is finished and has been exhibited. Spoilers and what have you.

My target finish date for the completed and lock film (Plus 20 second trailer) is November 21st. At this point, I think I’ll be finished earlier than that. I’m not being too fussy with the effects (The style of film doesn’t warrant being finicky about details) and that is speeding the process up quite a lot, though not as much as I’d like. Still, it’s quite relaxing to do and a nice change of pace from drawing storyboards all the time.

Speaking of which: I have to get started on a new Babar storyboard so I guess the film work will be on hold for just over a week and a bit.

-Steve
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Film Update: There is a Reason People Get Paid to do This.

Special, or not so special effects, can be tedious work. On the other hand, the time does fly by while doing them.

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This is not an effect shot. If it were, I’d have made myself more handsome.

I completed my first shot (of 25), today. It is the second most difficult shot in the film and it seemed a good place to start in order to figure out how to accomplish the effect I’m doing. I’m sure someone who does this kind of thing for a living would know how to do this task easier and better, but I want to do it myself and I wanted to figure it out for myself. I think the result is fine for what I’m making: it doesn’t have to be perfect and perfect may not suit the film anyway.

Now that I have an idea of how to approach each shot and I’ve made my big mistakes (over the past two days working on this one shot) the rest should be easier and go quicker. That’s usually how things go.

I think I’ll see how many shots I can do over the weekend.

In the meantime...

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The new page (pg 28) has been posted over at HIMcomic. Click on the product placement preview of this week’s action to get more comics! YUM!
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-Steve
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Film Update: Special Effects

There’s nothing like a man in make-up, I’m told.
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I spent a few hours, yesterday, wearing make-up to shoot some footage for some special effects I need to do for my new short film. Today, I will start seeing if what I shot is workable. If I’m lucky, I should end the day with a few finished shots with effects added.

I sure hope I don’t have to reshoot anything because it was a pain to get the make-up off my face however purdy it made me look.

-Steve
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Thanks, Ink-Boy!

I’m very busy, this weekend, drawing a storyboard for BABAR: The Adventures of Badou. However, I wasn’t too busy to write some thanks to Al “Ink-Boy” Nickerson, over at the HIMcomic site. If you love HIM, Al or ink, go check it out.

-Steve

Speaking of HIM...

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The new page (pg 27) has been posted over at HIMcomic. Click on the adorible preview of this week’s action to get more comics! Aww!
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