Monday, August 22, 2011

Who Needs To Pay For 2 Whole Eyes?




In an industry that is always looking for cost cutting ways to produce entertaining but efficient product I am happy to show off my latest money saving trick.
One eye is half the price of 2, right? Think of the savings!

Of course, sometimes you need a realistic believable expression and only 2 eyes will do so you can't be stingy on every single frame.


43 comments:

SparkyMK3 said...
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BlakeJ said...

That was a hilarious clip! I watched it about 100 times, still framing and watching it through -- it is fantastic!

Maybe after you double the viewership on Adult Swim from your bumpers, maybe then they'll let you do a show!!!

-Blake

Damiano D said...

Is it really true that simply cutting the cost of one eye, that money will be saved somewhere? I can understand perhaps whole expressions however this seems so bizarre to me.

Steven M. said...

Next thing you'll know, they'll do they same with legs, arms, and split the mouth and nose. Those penny-pinching cheapskates.

Archie said...

This is awesome! :) How many people worked on this?

Jason G. said...

PLLLEEEAASSSE Post The Rest Of This! This Is The Only Bumper I Haven't Seen Yet! I Would Love To See The Whole Thing As A Whole! As You 1# Fan, I NEEEED This. PLZ?

Shotgun_Mario said...

wonderful animation as always.

Jason G. said...

Please Post The Rest Of This! I Need To See This NOW!!!! :D

Brian O. said...

Among other things I like the expressive left hand and webbing. That hand was drawn for spooning.

Jason Doll said...

Great point! I had mentioned floating heads in my post today - for easy / cheap walk cycles.

Carmine said...

So awesome.

daniel said...

HOW DARE YOU, SIR ?!!

Michael said...

I rarely visit this site anymore because it's so sluggish. Does anyone else have problems with this site loading very slowly? It's got a these bells and whistles spinning around. It's about 10 feet long if I scroll down.

Zartok-35 said...

COME BACK WHEN YOU'RE 36 YEARS OLD, PUNKS.

Interesting concept. Go for it! I have a bad feeling about how lazy/cheap the business is today to allow for the believability part though, so you might wanna keep this to yourself.

thomas said...

great clip. great movement. like when kirk disappears. once said about a person I worked with, that was so superficial, when he turned sideways you couldn't see him.

Scott Cardona said...

Hahaha Wow john the characters turn around was amazing. How long did that take 3 days?

Trevor Thompson said...

With the extra cash, you can afford to splurge on the number of fingers you give him ( up to five and a thumb in the second pick if I'm not mistaken ). It's good to give back.

Seriously, these are gorgeous and the animation is great! All hail the Kirk Douglas Cyclops!

Fam said...

John, why are you still using these inefficient, antiquated curvy lines? They cost a thousand times more and barely have any effect on the detail of the image. Imagine the sheer quantity of flat lines you could output for the cost of one curve - they could cover everything. Absolutely everything. It would be very realistic.

becurt said...

I don't know what that is, but I want more of it.

bergsten said...

Why not just draw them from the back and just show their asses? That's got to be even easier.

Tom said...

This looks so revolutionary Ted Parmelee will have to come back just to write an article about it.

Joshua Marchant (Scrawnycartoons) said...

Great animation! I like how his eyes suck into a big sinkhole then pop out as one. Not to mention that big headless butler thing.

Creativity and then some

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

HAWHAWHAWHAWHAWHAWHAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!Excellent! I am absolutely dying to do a blog post about this, but my computer problem won't allow me to show video footage. At least now I can link to your site.

David Germain said...

Steven Spielberg once told Roger Ebert that one aspect that makes a character loveable is that you can see both of his eyes at once.

Make of that what you will.

JohnK said...

I think you need to see both ears at once if you want a lovable character.

David Germain said...

No no no! It's most important to show both kidneys at once. Without that you've got nothing.

Lluis fuzzhound said...

hahaha!!!! that is awesome!!!

LOVE IT!!!!

kurtwil said...

Nice example of modern animation.

UPA should have done so well (and in its later years, didn't).

kurtwil said...

..and yes, Adult Swim would be the perfect home for JK's new animation, which would would certainly blow away the tired Anime Adult Swim shows so much of.

Where should folks email or write to urge Adult Swim forward into new waters of animation?

Isaak said...

Were the 90s the only time in television animation that executives allowed the creators to be CREATIVE and not have to skimp on characters as you have shown? Since the 60s, of course.

Isaak said...

Also, do you have more stories about working in 80s animation (aka the nadir of fun)?

Neil-W said...

Re watching R&S the Lost episodes , Ace In The Hole and and some early UPA's so this fits right in.
Can never get enough Kirk John.

Laylassong said...

John
Your characters are so creativly draw and funny as always! I wish adult swim would pay you decently to make an original series! the cartoons they have for the most part are awful. I hope your gonna put up some more of your 3D art work as well!

Herman G said...

those some crazy frames. wow

Thiago Levy said...

The most solid "flat" drawing I ever seen! I loved how the eyes "talk". The one eye trick is amazing. I can wait to try myself. Did you come up with this technique? I don't recall seen this.

Sven Hoek said...

How would you like to try to animate this?

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/cuban-man-proud-of-his-24-digits-1314393190-slideshow/photo-taken-wednesday-aug-24-2011-yoandri-hernandez-photo-201443765.html

Mckay Boxberger said...

Hey John, (or some other artist)
I got a question for ya. Is it better to draw using the left hand since the right side of your brain controls the creative side? Or does it depend on how the each side of the brain triggers either hand?

kurtwil said...

BTW, Disney's recent WINNIE THE POOH made $26 million. That's all. It probably cost 4 to 6 times that.

I wonder how Yogi Bear would fare if animated in this style (Yogi's recent 3D remake still makes my skin crawl).

cartoonmonkey said...

I think you're falling captive to the biggest trick in technology. Letting software do too much of the work for you. (Feet, weird things on it's back that don't sync up with the rest of the animation.)

Technology is an enabler sure, and you can sure learn to animate quick with it.. but it's a double edged sword. It can take a cartoonist and great animator and make their work look cheap and sloppy. Those flash like squash and stretch tricks are still present here as I've noticed in your older digital work from the web days.

Johnk, have you tried TVPaint, as a pure bitmap based animation software? It has all the stuff you need in it. Proper X-sheet as well, and the best light table of any existing software. I'm one of the beta testers for it. I think it could compliment your Harmony vector-y type work nicely.

Ollie said...

Hey John, how did you get Frank Zappa to do a voice in Powdered Toast Man? And how did you meet him?

Hobo Divine said...

Jim Tyer would be very proud!

Kirk said...

wow,great! got some things cookin', eh pops?

ict1099@gmail.com said...

Cool!