Sunday, July 3, 2011

Just for Fun

A while ago I wondered what I would come up with, if I animate a scene featuring a cow and a pig sitting at a bar, drinking Martinis and talking about.....things.
I got as far as this pose test, designs were somewhat inspired by TS Sullivant.
The dialogue is borrowed from the movie "Sordid Lives" from 2000.
With apologies to Mr Sullivant.....and some of you!

Do you think I should finish the scene, maybe add a little watercolor effect ?



52 comments:

  1. Hahaha! I love it! The spit take and fall off the chair is so much fun. I would love to see this taken further. It would be even better if you could post and talk about your progress too. Thanks for the amazing posts Andreas :)

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  2. Yeah, this needs to get finished. Awesome man.

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  3. Hee! Nicely done - the character design matches the voiceover beautifully. It's not hard to imagine this more fully realised.Yes, I'd absolutely like to see it more fleshed out, though. It made me smile and that can be in short supply at times! It would also be interesting to see it in various stages of completion, or perhaps the same pencil test used for completing the same short scene in a variety of different styles... Just thinking out loud!

    Thanks, Andreas!

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  4. I like the pig skittering to get back on the stool.

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  5. Hilarious!Love the Sullivant touch.Can't wait to seen this finished!

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  6. very, very, VERY nice! and adding the watercolor would also add to it's charm!

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  7. I like it very much!
    Would be great to see it finished. :)

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  8. hahahaha...the Pigs hands moving on the stool to somehow get back on it takes the cake... And the nonchalant cow is PRICELESS! A big fan Mr.Deja, would love to see your watercolor on it...

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  9. oh god! i love it specially the reaction of the pig towards what the cow said is just a-w-e-s-o-m-e! i really want to see this finished :)

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  10. Have you tried onion skin in flash or toon boom/or some other/?
    The result is immediately visible.
    Teodor

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  11. Haha this is hilarious! I love the angles of the posing and some of the small eye movements really add to the comedic timing; but of course you have years of experience to some of our months haha. Finish or not just please keep on posting because looking at all these posts is a great way to analyze great drawings and learn.

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  12. OF COURSE!!! and YES, only a touch of watercolor (and xerox pencils pleeeease) Beautiful animals! I love Lilo's wrinkling nose of a cow when it speaks.

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  13. Yeah! It really needs to get finished.

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  14. haha yes! the expression on the cow is just too funny, and i love the pig's reaction. nice work!

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  15. The cow's eyes when she says "one." Just brilliant!

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  16. Mr. Deja, you should DEFINITELY finish this!! This is REMARKABLE!

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  17. Please finish the scene! Maybe even give us some lessons while doing it!

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  18. So, this is what my teacher means about less is more. Love the subtle acting on the cow character. Also the last pose of the cow is priceless. Seeing her friend fallen to the ground yet she is nonchalant about it. Very funny.

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  19. Yes, please finish it!

    I also wanted to say how awesome it was to hear you speak at Disney Inspire Days a few years ago. My CSU Northridge Animation classmates and I were completely floored to see an animator of your caliber take time to speak to us and answer our questions. I'll never forget it.

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  20. I'm not sure it needs "finishing." I love it in it's current state and am grateful for a peek behind the curtain.

    I don't know if you're going to get very technical here but, I'd love to hear your thoughts on your process. what does your study of the dialogue track reveal to you in terms of timing and accents?

    thank you.

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  21. Yeah, you should finish at least te pencil test.

    The cow character is so fun.... like it a lot.

    And bay the way it wouls be awesome to learn some workflow from you Mr.Dejas !!!

    Keep it up, I'm just in love with the blog's articles !!!

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  22. it'd be awesome to see you finish this, its always great to see how the masters work.

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  23. Oh I love this! It's so funny that she's gesturing to that single olive while talking about a man with only one testicle - perfect prop!

    Thank you so much for sharing this - I'd say definitely finish it!

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  24. Fun stuff. Nicely executed. My thought is that you've nailed the essence in this rough animation and I'm not sure (practically) what you'd gain in finishing it. Perhaps the personal satisfaction of taking it to the finish?

    If you do decide to complete it... please... PLEASE... record yourself doing it!

    The idea of using watercolor is most definitely intriguing. If water colored, would you drop out line work altogether?

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  25. Love it!!!! Please do finish it! :)
    Watercolor would be perfect, maybe something like this animated short. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qCbiCxBd2M
    Out of Sight! :)
    But adding your own personal touch!

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  26. plsplsplsp....finish it........and thank you for your posting the pose test..we could all learn from it..especially me...:D

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  27. The Same As Arif.... we could all learn from it! :P

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  28. ahhaha! i love the spit take, the fall and struggle to stay on the chair. This is awesome! I hope you do more!

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  29. I would love to see this finished! It's really nice!

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  30. I'd love to see you finish this! I love the posture of the cow sitting on her stool, and the way her eyes open wide for the 'missing limbs or anythang' line.

    The pig is very cute - especially how she tries to scramble back up onto her stool.

    Please keep us updated!

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  31. Oh man, that is beautifully done and really made me laugh!

    It's hard to know if it would look better with watercolor without seeing an example of what you mean - but it would also look nice as is with just the characters drawn a little darker so they'd stand out from the background.

    Thanks again for this great website.

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  32. Thanks for many useful advices I heard on some of your interviews!
    Can you upload some of your drawings?

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  33. hahahahahaha that was godamned funny!!! the spit and fall, ajajajaja epic!

    yeah, please continue! add whatever you want!

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  34. Awesome !!!! Finish it please....

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  35. I've been wondering since I posted yesterday (which...ahem...in hindsight perhaps i could have worded more delicately :D) how many layers do you have on the cow? It looks like the body and each arm are on separate layers- is that true?

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  36. Wonderful animation. Thanks for all the great posts!

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  37. John T. Quinn,
    these are a few things that were important to me when I animated the scene:
    -two characters, need to be sure that the acting of one
    doesn't distract from the other, meaning to downplay the motion of the character who isn't talking
    -only hit the main accents, otherwise it would look overanimated
    -find subtle pieces of business, like the cow just moving her glass a little and the pig stirring with the olive stick
    -save the broad action for the end as a surprise

    and it still needs a sound effect for the fallen glass smashing

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  38. Amazing! I think it's great the way it is. May I ask you how long did you took to make it?

    Thank you for the great posts!

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  39. The static body pose on the cow couldn't be better. "Limited" animation at its finest. Like Chuck Jones' poses could just say it all.

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  40. That's a lovely scene! How long ago did you do it Andreas?

    I know that when you animate on Disney stuff, you keep very rough initially just to get the motion right, but at what point do you start to introduce what you might call "neat" drawings? I don't mean cleanup, I just mean at what point do you transition from moving simple shapes around to having something with detail on it? Do you start to add detail to the keys once you're happy with those? Or do you wait until all the breakdowns are completed and the movement is much more fluid?

    I ask because when I animate, the temptation is to add too much detail too quickly. I find that I'm happy with the keys, and so I start to tie them down before having done enough breakdowns. Inevitably I end up having to go back and change them of course.

    I think I've answered my own question there, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

    Thanks Andreas :)

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  41. Great animation Andreas..Yea I think watercolour will be a great touch

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  42. Andreas,

    Great stuff...love it! I especially like how casual the cow is leaning on the stool, udders hanging out, etc. The animation of the pig spitting out his drink and struggling to stay on the stool is hilarious!

    You never cease to amaze me with your artistic talent. Keep it up, and looking forward to seeing your work on Tigger in Winnie the Pooh. :)

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  43. Well done and funny to boot. You know I once knew a steer that they didn't quite finish the job on...

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  44. Hey any rough test you have I'm sure we would all be dieing to see.

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  45. Hi Andeas,

    I think it will be pretty much unanimous from everyone that they would like to see you finish this piece. Just your posing is so much fun and if you could, I would love to see a pass of your keys and breakdowns before you do a final inbetween and colour pass.

    Thank you so much for all of your posts. They have all been very insightful, and very inspirational!

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  46. Ha ha! A fun kick in the pants. I think in every good joke there's a little something extra that pushes it into the FUNNY zone, and for me in this scene it's when the pig tries to grab the seat before falling. Thanks for sharing this 'sketch,' Andreas, and for your insights in the comments about downplaying the minor accents.

    How many frames would something like this take? 16 seconds, animated on...twos? Fours?

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  47. I personally LOVE pencil tests so much more than finished product, but by all means finish it up! :D

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  48. so, what if a guy wanted to learn from a master animator such as yourself? you ever consider taking on an apprentice? maybe someone could finish up the scene under your tutelage. just throwing it out there.

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  49. Yeah duh! Finish it! I almost did a spit take too!

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