Back in Action

After the small hiatus, I have returned and with plenty of production art as well so make sure you head over to that page and check out the new goodies. Today I want to talk a little bit about some of the hurdles I had during the drawing phase of the first fight scene in Cosmic Rage. As, I previously stated, I had the idea of drawing these images on separate pieces of paper so I can scan them in and then place them in the correct positions.

Once this was completed I had to make sure that I had all of the inked elements on their own layers as well as having each of the coloring layers on their own layer as well. This way once I get into After Effects for animating I can import the PSDs and then shut off the layers I don’t need. ┬áThis is the same process I have used earlier in the project, however, when I drew the original artwork I didn’t use the multiple layer process and inking became a little bit of a challenge. This is what sparked the idea of the current method.

As you can see in the production art 1 piece, I have the tracing paper taped only over certain pieces of art, so I had some cutting and taping to do. I did this for a couple reasons. One I like having the tracing paper trimmed down because it is easier to manipulate instead of moving a full page when you are drawing in a small area. I also don’t require all of the shots to have the tracing paper effect, so if I only have one shot where I need it I for sure don’t want to be having to maneuver around an entire piece of paper for a single shot.

I have another fight scene coming up soon so I will be back in action and working on mastering this technique and maybe finding some shortcuts. Believe it or not I have made some great progress and some other discoveries I look forward to sharing!

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About Chris Biewer

I am a motion graphics artist working in the sports industry. My goal is to enhance the game day experience for fans through my motion graphics work on LED displays through out arena's and also through promos done for the web. I believe that this medium has a lot of untapped potential and it is my duty as an artist to push the limits and to enhance the memories of the fans!

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