In addition to staying busy with Animation Mentor (we’re starting on our most complex animation assignment yet: a multi-shot two-character scene… it’s the jackpot!), I’ve been continuing to work on my cartoon show pitch; more specifically, I’m drawing character sketches and really trying to finalize their designs. The experience of drawing is strange. I don’t think my cartooning skills are completely horrible, but they’re not terribly refined either. Looking at my sketches, you can probably tell what I’m going for, even if my proportions and angles are a bit off. I’ll post some pics at some point. My plan for now is to sketch the characters in different sorts of poses that show off their personalities, then scan them into the computer and colorize them digitally.

I think the text of my pitch is pretty much done; I just need to do more drawings, format the text and the pics together in some sort of pleasing design, then I’ll be set.

Last week I bought and read David B. Levy’s book: Animation Development: From Pitch to Production. It’s a good companion to Joe Murray’s book I mentioned earlier, Creating Animated Cartoons with Character. They’re both about the same thing (developing cartoon shows), but they both approach the subject from different backgrounds and experiences, so it’s interesting to get their different perspectives.


Scott · October 26, 2011 at 8:20 PM

If you want some feedback on it, I’ll gladly look at what you have an give “notes.” I’m not in the business obviously, but I have a decent sense for what has been done before (and thus will be accepted by studios).

S P Hannifin · October 27, 2011 at 2:03 AM

Feedback would be great, but after I finish the drawings so you can judge it in its entirety. I don’t really expect a studio to buy it anyway, but I’ll try and give it its best shot for the learning experience. The real ultimate goal is to animate a short episode myself, since no one can stop me from doing that…

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