Ready for Amulet 6: Escape From Lucien?! Here’s a sneak peak of one of the scenes from Kazu Kibuishi (boltcity) PLUS an explanation of how each page comes to be!
First Photo - Blue Line: While many of the pages in Amulet begin with a very rough and scribbly version of the page, this is one of the examples where I let the art direct me where to go with the dialogue and story. I knew I wanted to draw the large panel of the Colossus being prepared for battle, so I went right ahead and began penciling the page with a blue pencil and added dialogue after the drawings were done. I use a blue line so that when I go to ink the page, I can cancel out the blue color in the computer and leave only the clean black lines on the page. This process feels a bit like I’m drawing with invisible ink or pencil.
Second Photo - Inked Page: I call this the “inking” stage, but what I’m really doing here is using a regular graphite pencil and drawing over a large printed copy of the blue line image. After the page is “inked”, I scan the image into the computer and adjust the contrast of the penciled linework to make it look more like ink. Using a pencil is not only easier on my hand, but it creates a nice, flowing line that makes the image look a little bit like it’s moving. This is also the stage where most of the dialogue writing occurs. The font is one that is based on my own hand lettering, and I just type drafts of dialogue on the inked pages until I feel the dialogue works.
Third Photo - Colors: Once the inks are scanned into the computer, cleaned up, and adjusted, we add colors digitally. Working digitally allows us to paint a lot faster and adjust things much easier than if we painted everything on paper or canvas. We use Adobe Photoshop to achieve a painted look and feel. This stage is overseen by Jason Caffoe (jcaffoe), who works with me to establish the colors and settings in the books. On this particular page, I simply gave Jason notes on what kind of setting I wanted to see, and he established the imagery in the background. After working with me for so many years, Jason has a good sense of what I’m looking to achieve, and nearly always hits the mark.
A little bit of process work for Amulet 6!
1st trailer of CG tv series Ronia the Robber’s Daughter directed by Goro Miyazaki outside Ghibli (it’s made by Polygon Pictures studio).
I’m not very excited.
Well, the environments are great, at least.
More Ladybug storyboards from the LadyBug 'Making Of' video
Other storyboard gifs
Edit: Changed video link
An overgrown structure deep in the forest of Galicia, Spain by Francisco Lopez
Exhibition dedicated to Yoshifumi Kondo (1950-1998) in Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum (July 4th to August 31th).
Director of Mimi o Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart).
Animation director of Anne of Green Gables, Sherlock Hound, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Omoide Poroporo and Princess Mononoke.
Animator on Porco Rosso, Pompoko, Umi ga kikoeru, Future Boy Conan.
This talentuous man was expected to become the new Ghibli director, but unfortunately he died at 47 years old.
Whisper of the Heart, one of my fave Ghibli’s. This man is sorely missed!
Holy crap, that trailer looks ammmmmaazinggg.
I have no idea what’s going on but it looks incredible!
Blue sky painting, some sorta forest god face or somethin’, I dunno. Took about an hour or so; playing with using texture. Woo!
season 3 is among us
There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.
As seen in these photos from chef / travel writer Jesse Rockwell, the resulting “urban aquarium” is at once delightful and surreal. Rockwell writes on his travel, photography, and food blog A Taste of The Road that someone deliberately introduced the fish (to probably reduce mosquitoes) into the vacant mall, but that locals in Bangkok’s old town “discourage people from visiting it.” He says he had to wait for a policeman to leave before entering, which makes his resulting images all the more breathtaking. (via The Verge)
HAPPY CANADA DAY! For Canada Day, read this short Superhero Girl comic I made last year for the True Patriot anthology! It was based on a true experience I had when someone asked me “what makes Superhero Girl a Canadian superhero?” and I was like uhhhhh?
The League of Villainous Canadian Stereotypes was my boyfriend Tim’s idea. He is a great idea man!
Enjoy my Canadian comic and have a great Canada Day! I am celebrating by working a lot. ;)