Thursday, August 1, 2013

ALP: colouring in photoshop

Apart from drawing, I also had to use a great deal of Photoshop. I've been using Photoshop for a long time already, so this wasn't too new to me. But, I learnt to use the Pen tool this time, something that I wouldn't normally use because I didn't really need to use it. We used it to outline our drawings digitally. Because our leader wanted us to give the outline a brush kind of effect, meaning the ends are thin and the middle part is thick, it was tedious and time-consuming. Maybe because we were new at it, but we did have to make the shape of the outline before filling it. 

Many lines and hours later, plus colouring...
This was my storyboard. It is a prequel to the traditional Chinese story of Ma Liang and his magic brush which could turn drawings into real objects. My story was that this young man had the brush before that kiddo and he was selfish and arrogant after he got the brush. His friends advised him to make use of this gift to help the less fortunate but he refused, so after awhile, his friends left him one by one. So this dude tries to use his brush to draw friends for himself but the magic is not able to give life to objects so he grows old and bald alone. One day, he sees this kiddo, who although isn't very well-to-do, helping out to take care of the poor. After much reflection, he decides to pass on the brush to this kiddo in a dream, hoping that the kid will right his wrong. 

Basic idea of the story. Missing a couple of scenes in the storyboard because the story was modified to make it more complete only after I had drawn that. This was the time when we were supposed to do the cute manga style. Well, it wasn't used anyway. 

Prior to this, we had a lesson on colour coordination and we were asked to find a picture and colour it. This is what I did.

I think colours come to me quite intuitively so, unless I have to do something very different from what I'm comfortable with, I didn't really see the point of that lesson :/ 

Now my animation is in shades of black and, what does that say?
The characters already look so depressed. 
Currently, I'm doing this in photoshop everyday:

This is a cloud made of birds. I created a set of bird brushes, and gave it a paper effect because our animation is supposed to be made out of paper cutting. It is a very boring and brainless job because what I do is i slowly add in the birds and save the image so that in Flash, it will turn into a smooth animation. So that means, almost every one or two brush strokes is one frame. 

I guess it is better than the original idea of doing it manually?