Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Nifty idea!

Now I may be a bit slow at coming to this realization, but here goes... I've always struggled with drawing in perspective. Given the right tools (triangles,t-squares and tylenol) and enough time, I could hammer it out, but I usually wound up skipping that part entirely and going for the characters before the backgrounds were done. I got some great poses in the process, but the whole perspective thing is why I quit architectural drafting after a year.

Anyway, what's the point? Well I'm storyboarding for my short right now (side note: I think I'm gonna do it afterall for school, but always keep working on animation tests for my demo.) and I started using a fun little technique. I just did some quick renders in Maya to get the shots I wanted and then brought them into a drawing application. (Photoshop or Sketchbook Pro) This way I still get to draw, but at the same time, I'm setting up the cameras for my layout.

This is just a quick example but as you can see, I can work really quickly without having to worry about perspective. This gives me more time to think about story-telling, plus I guess I just get really impressed when a tool or workflow actually helps.


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