Friday, January 15, 2010

L.O. 2: Making Space for the action to take place in

SPACE is an extremely important tool in drawing and composition. Too many of us don't anticipate the need for room. Space helps us see objects. If everything is crammed together, it makes it hard to see what's going on. The smaller you draw (like storyboard artists sometimes have to), the more likely you will cram everything together. It's hard to get any detail into tiny characters.

A layout artist must make more room, not only for aesthetic reasons, but to give the animator room to move the characters around in the scene. If everyone is already so close that they are almost touching, there is no place left to move. Imagine your whole family stuffed in a closet trying to yell at each other. You couldn't wave your arms or throw pointy things like you'd need to.
Making space is partly creative and partly functional.


All through my storyboard Donald Bastard keeps changing sizes. Sometimes he is smaller than the boys, as he should be, being a fowl, and sometimes he is as big as them. So as a layout artist, I'm going to correct that the best I can.
SEE DONALD HOP THROUGH THE MAGIC OF CHEESY TECHNOLOGY

still more to come...

13 comments:

Elana Pritchard said...

I finished my practice layout just before you put up this post. Please be kind considering it is my first one!

slab's first fist layout practice

Chris said...

Can do with some tweaking, but I think I hit on all the points you just posted.

Layout fix

Noel said...

But now the duck is'nt looking at the kid in front of him.

JohnK said...

Yep, solving one problem cause another.

Noel said...

YUP!

John Atkinson said...

Here's my attempt at laying out a whole shot - any feedback would be most welcome!

RooniMan said...

Push Donald back then correct his eyes so he's look at Slab and Ernie.

Noel said...

Here's a
Link to my attempt at the layout, this is fun:)

xynphix said...

John, just a shot in the dark but; what would you do if someone came up with a funny story idea, drew up an entire storyboard for one of your cartoons and gave it to you just for fun?

If it were half way decent, would you post a critique of it?

Evham said...

John, about how long would one have for this task? I'm aware of the fact that in animation you have to produce and you have deadlines and what not. But realistically, what kind of turnaround are you expecting from something like this? How many people would you have doing layout per episode? On that note, how many people working in each position?

Gabriele_Gabba said...

Do you think technology has helped layout artists?

Tony W. said...

Many modern cartoons are now produced in a widescreen format because enough people have HD TVs. And when they play on the non-HD channels they letterbox them.
Working in widescreen must make the spacing a lot easier right?

Guy Cx said...

And there comes Donald Bastard, hopping on his 19th century boxing stance! Hilarious!