Thursday, August 17, 2006

Funny animals, zombie crowds

I'm trying to design some characters for the Tenacious D video I'm doing.

I'm out of practice as a designer even though it's kind of what I used to exclusively do. So I'm trying to get inspired by other designers I like- Grim Natwick, Milt Gross, Bob Clampett, Jim Tyer and Katie Rice.

Actually, looking at Katie's designs is quite daunting.

It's so easy for an animation cartoonist to fall into a rut and start repeating the same old shapes and designs over and over again and then I see Katie inventing new ones every week and whole new styles..well it's pretty scary to try to compete with that, but I'm gonna try really hard to get some new styles or at least styles I'm not familiar with. I especially want to get as cartoony as I can, and writing all these articles about cartooniness is making me think about it all the time.

It's easier to talk about than do it!

But I'm gonna will myself to make it happen.

Wish me luck!