Finished this within a couple days. Mostly roughed it out on Friday, then began messing around a fair bit on Saturday; although it wasn't until today did I get a chance to clean it up. At one point it was even a post-apocalyptic landscape with lots of orange, reds and yellows. It eventually shifted back into a mountainous fantasy setting.
Except for a using a couple photos as texture, the rest was all painted with my crusty ol' bamboo tablet. Not to shabby.
(Side note: music that got me through this was the almighty Jeremy Soule and the soundtrack from Skyrim.)
Introduction to a fat, inbred circus bear and his exasperated duck friend, who reeks of cigars and cheap whiskey. The two are killing time before they attempt to rob a local cash mart. Tucker has an interesting revelation.
(Originally intended for the Teletoon - Pilot Project, but couldn't complete the submission.)
On a further note: This is my first ever attempt at using Flash. Wasn't too keen on it before, but later found it's possible to apply a more traditional workflow. Taught myself how to use the program while making this short. Which took my sister (also new to flash) about a 1 month and a half to make, very proud how much we grew in our skill. Can't wait to work on more shorts with these guys!
I would've loved to work more on this, but as it is, it's fine. I drew storyboards leading up to a more complete 5-minute episode, but had to cut it short and make a silly joke about having a measly $5 budget.
I intend on using this program more from now on. So stay tuned.
First up is a couple characters that came to me randomly while trying to create a matte painting. The main character is a young, nameless adult who is found completely mangled, and eventually gets fixed by an old, skilled gnome. Essentially making this a Pinocchio story crossed with steampunk at first.
Along the way, the kid/adult would befriend a rogue/scoundrel of a mouse named Edgar J. Wilde, who happens to be an incredibly skilled swordsman. Clearly represented by the huge cutlass he carries on his back. The boy goes by a simple serial number on his plated armor RBT-57, or simply "Rabbit" according to Edgar.
Following them closely, are a pair of Hell hounds that make their journey difficult. I can go on and on, but for now. that's about it.
A big influence was The Secret of NIHM, it is still one of my favorite cartoons. So many great things to say about that one!
The next painting is more inspired by the show "Life After People". This one began as more of a lesson on painting clouds, which turned into this icy wasteland. Then I thought of having the some people crash land on a foreign planet, and find a once magnificent piece of the former inhabitants existence.
I intend to finish both of these paintings, as I love them very much, and don't want to leave them hanging just yet. I'm thinking the next step with this one will be to make the golden gate bridge look more mangled. The wires maybe snapped overtime, and the structure fell into the ocean before getting caught in a flash freeze from an oncoming ice age.
Here's work-in-progress pictures of Tucker, he's almost fully textured and the skin shader seems to be having a desired effect. Some modeling remains to be done on his clothing as well...He may or may not have fur added on in the future. The next important step will be rigging and getting him ready for animation!