Archive for March, 2012

Weekly report

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Keyframes production sheet (25.03.2012)

Here’s one more week passed by. For some reasons this was a kind of hard week.

From one side the non-stop-drawing mode starting to tell – as result of psychological exhausting the process turns into routine and drawings get looking dull and unfacy loosing their creative tune. At the beginning of passed week we have spend a lot of efforts to overcome this aspect, to “refresh” our vision and our minds. Much help in that we got from watching the Gainax artbooks, especially the “Groundworks of Evangelion” – which is like our “Bible”. Watching those works we always get a high impact to recreate our inspiration and get drawings done with a “right” feeling.


Meet you at LGM!

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Today I’ve got the confirmation that my talk for Libre Graphics Meeting was accepted! That means you have a real chances to meet me among the other visitors of this awesome event during 2-5 May in Vienna. My talk will be about Remake – our build system for animation projects. I’m going to give some explanations about its principles, future and show some live examples. Although it’s about Remake, I won’t refuse any related questions about Morevna Project and Synfig. ^__^ See ya on the meeting!


Drawing, drawing, drawing…

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

One image instead of thousand words.

Keyframes production sheet (18.03.2012)

And everyone knows that I love posting “work-in-progress” drafts. ^__^


Morevna Banners

Monday, March 12th, 2012

I would like to thank everyone who donating to our keyframes drawing campaign – thank you for believing in us!

We are encourage everyone to share information about the donation campaign we running and for that purpose we have prepared a few banners (below). If you have a website suitable to place any of them – please help us to promote Morevna Project! Thank you!

Soldier Model

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Meanwhile Nikolay struggle with keyframes, Erik Castillo has finished the promised 3D model of soldier. I was a little worried about the lack of such model, because we need it in shot 35 for keyframes drawing (this is a very complex shot where the soldiers are thrown into the air). Luckily Erik did best to cover us here. Now I can proceed to playing with shot 35.

Also we will need soldier models in shot 07 – it is where camera does a long turn around Ivan and Morevna and soldiers getting up from the ground and surrounding them. For this we will need 5-6 variations of this basic soldier to use all them in shot 07. It will be the next step. Stay tuned!


Keyframes drawing workflow

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Today I want to write a little about our keyframes drawing workflow.  The described workflow is not something that we come up at once, but this is something that formed up spontaneously during the last week.

Nikolay uses MyPaint to draw the keyframes and some edits are done in GIMP or Krita. Thanks to the GIMP’s ora plugin and native support for ora files in Krita we can seamlessly edit MyPaint files everywhere. Well, in fact Krita’s ora support isn’t that perfect (2.3.3 here), but we can live with that.

So, our basic working format is OpenRaster (ora). My task is to prepare all animatic images – compose them together with all reference data into ora files, so Nikolay can proceed directly to the drawing. We have a special production sheet to identify pending, prepared and finished keyframes. I also mark keyframes which are considered relatively “easy”.

Keyframes production sheet

Nikolay looks at this sheet when he needs to choose next keyframe to draw. After the keyframe is drawn he sends me ora file for review. My job is to look for style consistency and general quality issues. If the keyframe is accepted then Nikolay moves to next one in the list. If there is a issues then I put my notes onto separate layers together with some explanation sketches, send the file back and process repeats. On the images below you can see how it’s usually looks like.

Typical "work-in-progress" screen

Having a production sheet allows Nikolay to proceed with other keyframe while I’m doing review, so the work keeps to be intensive.

Also we can’t go without phone conversations – although Nikolay is quite familiar with the matter it takes from 10 to 30 minutes for discussions on each keyframe. Discussion can take place at any moment, so the mobile phone is an only option for that.  Although Nikolay lives in other town, we are lucky to reside in the same region – that allows us to have all talks at the flat rate.

Needless to say that we have certain conventions about file naming which allows us to keep all data in the order. I will not cover them here as it may sound boring and there is a high probability that those conventions will change with a time.

That’s all my notes about the current workflow. If you would like to see the finished keyframes please watch the recent images page at our wiki. Cheers!

Weekly news

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

OK, the main event of this week is the official launch of donations campaign. It took much of my time to prepare it, but I think it worth the efforts.

With that event the project enters new phase – keyframes drawing – and since the 1st of March Nikolay is working on them. And here’s some results.

Shot 51 - Morevna KF1 - WIP

Shot 51 - Morevna KF1 - No Shadow

Shot 51 - Morevna KF1

Shot 51 - Ivan KF1 - WIP

Shot 51 - Ivan KF1 - No shadow

Shot 51 - Ivan KF1

Also, to celebrate the beginning of the new phase of the project we decided to update our website theme with the new banner to better fit with current status of the project. Nikolay quickly made some cool artwork and now you can see the result (you may need to clear your browser cache to see the changes). Goodbye, old theme!

We was so excited with new artwork so after playing with new banner we accidentally got a new wallpaper done.

Morevna Project Wallpaper #2 (1920x1080)

That’s all stuff for today. Stay tuned – the next week is going to be hot!


Donation campaign is launched!

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

OK, today is the 1st of March and that means 2 things: Nikolay proceeds to drawing keyframes and we are officially launching the donation campaign.

Please spread a word and help us to reach the goal!

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