Showing posts with label Corel Painter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Corel Painter. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Piggy Test Animation

AN experiment this week.
Character designed in CorelDraw.

Background painted with Corel Painter.
Animation using the fun little animation program Animationish.
Animated clips edited with Corel Video Editor Pro.
Clips linked together and saved as one mpeg file.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Holiday Spirit

I am trying to get into the holiday spirit.
Harry the snow guy asked me to put him back on the blog this year.
So this is a start.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Chugging Along

Yesterday I received my book proposal back in the mail. A very nice letter from the editor informs me respectfully that the story doesn't fit their current picture book needs.
I have to admit it is lovely to know so quickly about how they feel about the book idea. A no is hard but not unexpected.
I was thinking about re-doing all of the illustrations and I am so glad I didn't spend more time on it.
I am working on a new idea now and it is refreshing to get away from the pig characters because I was not really happy with them. I am kind of glad they never had a life out there.
I have been helping a friend with her book of poetry over the past few weeks. And I am working on a new picture book idea and getting back to writing.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I Mailed it Away!

Overcoming my intense fear of mailing away, I made myself feel all the fear and I put that manuscript with my illustrations in the post box. Whew! I had no idea how much emotion I had over this project. I get stuck when I am almost done. For five years since I retired  I have been holding back.
Everything seemed to get in the way.

The Interact Books Contest got me started and led to a picture book with seventeen illustrations completed instead.  But  I can not exactly express my thoughts about how hard it was for me to mail this away.
It was finished and ready three weeks ago. But then I decided to do the whole thing over in order to change the characters from piggies to children.  The entire project changed in front of me on the screen and I realized it would take me to January to finish a new version properly. So I argued with myself thinking that maybe the story actually stinks and no one would want it anyway. And I have other projects I want to do waiting in a box.
But two days ago after setting myself the new goal of the end of October I decided to go back to the completed work I have spent so much time on. I packed it up with a few samples of my new character ideas. I spent a day composing a letter to the publisher. Then I packed it all up with a return stamped self addressed envelope and I headed out the door with it under my arm. While walking to the post office I had second thoughts and almost turned around because of something I wanted to add. But "No" I said to myself.  All the words are there with the illustrations and it either works or it does not work. The worst that can happen is they will hate it and mail it all back. But I can handle that.
Now I am free to move on to other projects. I toasted myself last night with a glass of wine for putting the darned thing in the mail.
I took a picture of the envelope ready to go with some samples of what I placed inside the envelope when it was ready to mail. And on the screen I took a shot of the beginnings of my new character designs to replace the piggies. See below.
So now I will work on other things. And even though I never made that APP on time, this  picture book idea came out of the effort. I decided a book is a better format for this project. I learned a lot about what can be done with Corel Painter and a Bamboo Fun  low end price-wise Wacom Tablet. This was a good project for me to try.
Now I think I might try to create an APP with Interact Books regardless of the contest. But that's a whole other story. And it is waiting for me in my box of papers. I can't wait to see who wins the Interact best APP contest. It won't be me. But I wish them all luck! And I will wait to see what comes back in the mail. I will let you know one way or the other dear blog and any friends who happen by.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Second Thoughts

I felt as if I'd crashed over a cliff last week when I came to the finish  line on this project I've been working on through July and August. After so much intense activity, when I came to the end of the drawings it was like jumping off a merry-go-round. I wanted to keep spinning but I was all spun out.
And now I realize I have enough for a real book and I think it looks pretty good. This assessment is purely from my point of view and not necessarily what others may think. It may suck. But I don't think so.
So instead of taking the story into an interactive APP program as planned, I am first going to send it around to a publisher just to see if maybe it might have life as a real book.
I have been trying to compile a letter to go with the package. Wish me luck because I have no idea what to say.
I kind of feel like the character without the hat. It has been lovely and hot in Vancouver this week.