Marshall Stevens is a BFA student at the school where I teach, who has an interest and acumen for digital painting. He’s particularly good at taking notes and incorporating set styles. Not to mention he’s just an overall hard worker. I tasked him with painting several background plates this last quarter, some I provided layout drawings for, and some we roughed out together based on the rough indications of the animatic. Here’s a sampling of his work.
Happy Easter! Or if not, then at least I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend everybody!
Shannisha Donnerson is an extremely talented draftswoman and BFA student who I think will eventually make a name for herself designing characters for television or film. Of the interns I’ve had so far, she was the one who captured the style of the characters the easiest and best. Because her portfolio is shaping up to be more focused on character design than animation, this was a great scene for her to get some practice on and push her skills. This scene is short, but has some pivotal acting and we really needed to make sure that Lovey’s mood changes were clear and her focus was readily apparent. We had to go back and forth with notes on the timing and spacing, eventually extending the scene longer so we could get the acting necessary. A little work on her arcs and eye placement and she had it. Shannisha worked very hard and she should be proud of the results.
Jackob Murray is a talented and hardworking BFA student who is eager to animate as much and as often as he can. I gave him this sequence which isn’t heavy on acting, but took a lot of coordination and effort as it had to be on 1’s, and the two runs had to function at different tempo’s. Students often get thrown off when you ask them to do anything more than a vanilla march time walk cycle, but Jackob figured this out very quickly and spend the rest of the time refining and clarifying the art quality. I plan to give him more work in the future.
Susan Howe is an ambitious and talented recent graduate from the BFA program where I teach. Her scene was a short, but challenging acting sequence. There were some drawing and spacing notes on her first pass, and this was a good scene for her to practice her volume control, timing and spacing. Susan handled the coloring on this shot as well. She did a great job and I am happy to have had her work on this shot and the cleanup and color of Shot 25.