totorororo sent: Hi! I love the amount of movement in your animations. I was wondering if you would be willing to post more frames of your animatics? I get that you have to focus on the animatic as a whole, but I've always felt that observing frames helps me figure out how to navigate around movement.
Hm I could, I’ve actually done that before. Check my DA account: http://jeffreylai.deviantart.com/ it’s just when you have so many frames it takes a while to compile it all together~ Maybe when I have some more time on my hands!
So Jeff Lai (artist and animator extraordinaire) has been doodling these really kinetic Third Swords and I can’t get over how beautiful they are.
There are whisperings and rumors that he might grace us with some Necropolis fanimation, which would probably kill me, and which the book could never possibly live up to, but whatever. I still want to see it. I’ve lived a good life.
Jake is being too nice! It might take a while (bit busy at the moment) but I’ll get it done I swear! I really think everybody should be following Jake.. because he is kind of awesome and I need more Necropolis.
Hm I would have taken screenshots if you’d asked me earlier haha Sometimes I post wips on my instagram account http://instagram.com/jefflai so I’ll just steal those photos and use them to explain how I do things.
Usually I have a sketch done first and I take it into Photoshop. I put it on a new layer and set the layer setting to ‘Multiply’ That way I can keep the sketch on top and add a new layer underneath and give everything a base bg colour.
After I’ve done that, I make a new layer on top and start building everything up (shape form/lighting direction/colour)
You can kinda see it happening here.
My painting style is abit THROW COLOURS EVERYWHERE but erm probably best if you do what suits you haha
and it just continues from there. Sometimes I don’t like the sketch and just change it completely.
I’m not even sure if that was very helpful but that’s the way I do things!
onlybreonte sent: I really admire your all of your art, I could spend loads of time looking at your animation, paintings and drawings! Do you have any advice towards drawing/animating?
Hi Onlybreonte! Aw that’s very kind of you to say, I’m happy you like my things~
I’ve gotten similar questions like these in the past (and your question is so broad because there’s so many things that I could talk about haha) but i’ll link you to the answers I’ve given. These answers are just from my experience and I’m sure there are plenty of other ways people go about things.
Animation has quite a lot to take in, so I’d suggest focusing on one thing at a time and keep building up the skill.