Saturday, March 19, 2011

Creators MIA!

Creators MIA!

Things are happening in the land of Dreamkeepers - read on for links to tutorials, reviews, and youtube extravaganzas in beguiling German accents!

It may have been easy to miss these recent news tidbits since I've been MIA for the past two months.

Not "Missing in Action" - "Missing in Animation."

Burrowing happily in stacks of paper keyframing and tweening away, I've been neglecting the internet - sorry to everyone for the interminable delays on e-mail replies, the ghost-town art accounts, the long lines on facebook, and the fire-and-forget impulse twitters. The twitters are Liz. I have no control over that.

But I should be coming up for air soon, because the animation is done! Or at least, all the animation involving pencil and paper. Ta-daa!

...If you wait, I'm sure the trumpet fanfare will sound any moment here.

With the commercial animation's line art completed, the next step is coloring. Thanks to our kick-ass freelancers, that's already well underway. We're still embroiled in production, so it'll be a while before we take a serious breather and show some animation samples online. But in the meanwhile, keep an eye on our art accounts, we're posting some of our fancier color swatches in there. Plus, here are the tutorials and fun I promised up above:

Color Blocking Tutorial!
Designed to help out our freelancers, we decided to make it a public tutorial blog, because why not? If you fancy coloring comics or animation frames, swing on by.

Make Your Own Light-Table!
All the animation I was yakking about above, and which we are currently coloring? I made it on a lightweight, collapsible, affordable light table of my own design and construction. If you'd like one for yourself, here are instructions for building one.

Youtube Dreamkeepers Montage - in German!
If you thought reading DK was like watching an animated movie before, wait until you see this. A German reader (I LOVE IT WHEN HE TALKS!) orchestrated this youtube montage of comic scenes, complete with a beautifully timed soundtrack - check it out!

Dreamkeepers Comic Review by an Aeronautical Engineer
If you ever wondered what a rocket scientist would think of our graphic novels, now's your chance to find out.

More postings and fun are on the way this spring - including Adventures in Egypt, (with grandma photos), animation samples and previews of our commercial, a blog covering the oft-asked-about possibility of a Dreamkeepers show, and we'll be posting our old 2005 animation for the original television pitch. Additionally, we've been filing & discovering caches of old David artwork in our apartment, including the pre-dawn concept development from which Dreamkeepers originated. So, at some point in the future, we'll be revealing that as well.

'Till then, thanks for your patience, and enjoy the weekly Prelude updates!

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