Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Monday, August 20, 2012
Scribble Junkies Festival of DRAWN Animation! Come join us this Thursday! Join Pat Smith and Bill for a one-night festival showcasing a selection of hand-drawn animation. Presented by the School of Visual Arts BFA Film, Video and Animation Department THURSDAY August 23 at 7pm in the SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23 Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). This event is FREE and open to the public! Selections include the American premiere of Hisko Hulsing's "Junkyard" and a special preview of color sequences from Bill's upcoming feature "Cheatin'"
Visit the facebook event page here! We will see you there!!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
That's not the problem - The real problem is I'm trying to make my February deadline to finish my new feature "Cheatin'". So I've been working night and day to wrap the animation on this wonderful new feature. I've only got 10 more pages of storyboard (about 3 minutes of animation) plus I have to go through every shot to finish al the art. There are about 1,100 different shots - WHEW! And as I speak my studio is coloring and shading all of the artwork. So you can see I'm a busy little beaver.
However I was fortunate enough to go to the premier of "ParaNorman" over the weekend. What a delight, great visuals and characters in a wonderful horror plot. After the screening the directors Sam Fell and Chris Butler talked about the speed technology now involved in puppet animation. According to them, because of the digital mapping process each main character has the possibility of 1.5 million different facial expressions. That’s way too many (I make about 3). In any case it’s a wonderful film and be sure to check out the sequence where the zombies erupt from the graveyard. It was animated single handedly by Laika president, Travis Knight.
I give the film an A.
And I promise as soon as I finish animating Cheatin’ I’ll deliver more blogs. P.S. Don’t forget about our, “HAND DRAWN ANIMATION SHOW” at SVA theatre on 23rd st on Aug 23rd 6:30. It’s free- It will also count for the official NY book signing for my new Focal Press book - “Make Toons that Sell Without Selling Out” and each person who buys a copy will get a free Bill Plympton caricature.See ya there- Bring your friends!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
In this episode, I discuss my character design process by showing reference examples and sketches as well as a drawing demonstration.