I drew this a while back but it seems appropriate for today in the Delaware Valley. Click on the link below the picture to enjoy a little cartoon animation, with music.
Recently I illustrated about two dozen slideshow scenes for a doctor who gives talks on nutrition and metabolism. One scene I enjoyed doing showed a ‘Paleo’ family during the winter months. The client wanted a family of parents and four children preparing for winter, around a primitive dwelling.
My first pencil sketch had the family getting ready for a hunt and adding skins to insulate the dwelling like this:
I did this rough color sketch using colored pencils –
The client wanted it to be deeper into winter, with lots of snow on the ground, birds migrating in the background and snow flurrying through the air – he even wanted you to be able to see their breath in the air. I put the finished art together using the computer to colorize the scene, and then put progressive slides of the steps into Windows Movie Maker to make the brief animation below. It shows my process of laying in the background and then dropping in the Paleo people, which I drew and colorized separately.
I’ve been drawing the staff of Furia Rubel Communications for over 10 years now for their holiday cards, and in the last few years FRC has also been animating my drawings into a video greeting to their associates and clients. Gina always slides a clever reference to their integrated marketing strategies into the card’s message, as in this year’s card. I send her pencil sketches of ideas – some mine, some of theirs – and the FRC team picks which scene to draw for this year’s card. I draw most individuals separately for the animation, as well as a separate background scene and important furniture pieces.
FRC’s trademark is to have elves be an integral part of the story. The finished card illustration this year looks like this –
– the top half being the front of the card, the lower half the back. The imaginative animation does quite a bit to make everyone move and speak:
Pretty clever, I’d say!
To all my family and friends, colleagues in the arts, and also to my much-appreciated clients:
See you all in 2016!
My friend, humor writer Mary Fran Bontempo, has written another funny and insightful book for women, to be released soon — The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words. It follows on the themes and success of her previous humor book, Not Ready for Granny Panties, which detailed:her ’11 Commandments for Avoiding Granny Panties.’ I was once again delighted to draw some cartoons for Mary Fran’s chapter headings, and when we were done tweaking the interior and cover art, she thought it would be fun to create a little animated sequence to promote the book, using the character.we developed for the cover.
Mary Fran suggested the action for the little scene, and I made a partial version of it to work out some of the movement, with just a pencil sketch of the figure. Here’s how the 20-second partial version looked:
From this experiment I drew the full color character and made this finished 1-minute book trailer:
I used Windows MovieMaker for this animation. It is done fairly traditionally – I drew the character in various poses and made jpgs of her moving across the background, gesturing, etc., then put them in sequence into MovieMaker and added ‘fade’ transitions between frames to blur the transitions between actions.
When the book’s in full release, I will post more about it and the cartoons I made for it. I highly recommend The Woman’s Book of Dirty Words, by Mary Fran Bontempo – it’s very funny reading, especially for us gals, and would make a great gift!
Christmas is just about here and I put my wishes for you all in this little animation. Just click on the arrow, and have your sound on for a little music.