Monday, September 27, 2010

thesis work!!!

I started my thesis work a few weeks ago! After three weeks of sketching and fiddling and fine-tuning and writing tons of episode ideas, I am almost ready to finalize my character designs.

What's that? You want to know what my thesis is about? WELL I'M GLAD YOU ASKED. I'm doing a pitch book for a kid's animated series, like something you'd see on Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon. It will include character designs, episode synopses, environment studies, and a little bit of promo art, all bound neatly into a delightful little booklet that can be given to art directors to pitch my idea. Along with this, since I am an animation concentrator, I will be doing some animations, either for the cut-to-commercials or for the opening theme song. COOL, HUH?

The show follows Ji-Young Kim (Ji) and her best friend Aiden Wier, the two best Guitar Hero players in the state, as they discover the video game Rock Band and create their own ragtag team of gamers to compete in the arcade's Rock Band Tournament. They meet their drummer, Mac McMurphy, and their vocalist, Rosalyn "Raz" Stimpson, through some very strange circumstances, and have to grow together to become the ULTIMATE VIDEO GAME BAND!

I started with the character designs, because without characters, where would an animation be? I did a ton of sketching, and when I had a good idea of the characters I did a test group illustration to test colors with. Here are a few that made it to the finals:





After a lot of helpful advice from my crit group and my thesis teacher, Whitney Sherman, I finalized the characters to theseeeeee:



From left to right: Raz (makeover edition), Raz (normal), Mac, Aiden, Ji

I have gotten a ton of mixed reviews on Mac! What do you think, internet?


AND SO IT BEGINS!!!

3 comments:

Amanda Christensen said...

Man, I love that jock guy.

Kim said...

JOCK A+++

LET ME GUESS

BROKE HIS ARM, OFF THE FOOTBALL TEAM, NOW HAS NO IDENTITY

BUT WAIT

HOW WILL HE PLAY WITH ONLY ONE ARM

OH GOD I WANT TO WATCH THIS SHOW

MY CONSTANT CAPITALIZATION INDICATES MY EXCITEMENT

Helga Whitfield said...

The gang looks amazing! I hope that I can see the whole film you’ve created. I really think you have great thesis ideas on your mind when you created them, because from the looks of it, every detail was just crisp.