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Postby Mitch » Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:21 pm

Bill - Really? Huh. That's odd. They all seem to work perfectly for me. Server problems, perhaps? I'm not entirely sure....

Did you try selecting the link that leads to my main deviantArt page? If you are able to access that site, than you should be able to view my main gallery (which hosts all of my artwork) from there.

I'm glad that you were able to open one of the links, in any case, Bill. Thanks for the comment! ;)

Note: If anyone has any suggestions as to how I may fix the links so that they "work" properly, I would most appreciate them. Thanks.

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Postby The Star Swordsman » Sat Apr 19, 2008 6:08 am

I realy like your artwork Mitch. It gets better with every new thing I see. I really like the Patch picture. Keep it up.
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Postby Mitch » Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:35 pm

The Star Swordsman - Thanks, dude! I appreciate it. ;)

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Postby The Star Swordsman » Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:25 am

You're welcome! :wink:
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Postby Mitch » Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:50 pm

Here's your Bloo, rachel:

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Tee hee. I wasn't exactly sure what you wanted, so I just had fun with it. :P

To top it all off, here's JoJo:

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I swear that something's wrong with me. As far as Horton Hears a Who! goes, I've been reading fan fiction, writing poems, browsing artwork, and basically involving myself in anything that deals with the subject. To make matters worse, I've finally realized why everyone likes JoJo, so now I'm kind of obsessed with him... but not in "that" way. I'm not a fan girl or anything. Heck, no! I just like drawing the fuzzball. Although, I have to admit that things have gotten out of hand lately.... (snigger)

Speaking of which, that image of JoJo (above) is not of the highest quality. You can view a better resolution of it on my deviantArt page, or simply via this link: JoJo

I did another bit of animation, as well: Animation -- Frog

The Star Swordsman - Miss Bianca is next on the list. ;)

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Postby The Star Swordsman » Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:35 am

I really like bloo Mitch. You drew him really wonderfully. Keep it up!
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Postby Mitch » Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:11 pm

The Star Swordsman - Aha-ha. Actually, I think it really sucks, but thanks anyway. (snigger) ;)

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Postby The Star Swordsman » Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:09 pm

Nothing you have sucks Mitch! We all love your artwork. I don't think you have posted anything that we didn't llike.
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Postby Mitch » Sat May 31, 2008 6:18 am

The Star Swordsman - Aw, shucks, you guys are too kind. *hugs* :loves:

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All of my past and present artwork can be located on my deviantArt page in my deviantArt gallery, located here:

Mitch's DeviantArt Gallery

Notice that most of my current submissions are Horton Hears a Who! related. I've been overly obsessed with that film as of late. :roll:

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Postby FunnyGirl » Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:37 pm

Hey Mitch! It's great to see that you're the most prolific artist on board. Did you make two handmade animations already?? Wow! The rat one looks smooth except it needs one or two more inbetweens between the beginning and end to make it a complete cycle.

I finally learned what it takes to animate by hand and I'm using makeshift everything until I save up. I have a lamp under a glass coffee table as a light table and a clear blue spiral to hold the drawings I flip (no peg bar). It's hell. If both your parents are animators then you've got it made!

You said you scanned and loaded the drawings into Photoshop and Flash. Is that how you did clean-up animation or did you just draw precisely? How many drawings (not exposures) were required to make this and the frog one? Exactly how long did it take? If the animation is just 1 second long and you shoot 12 drawings on twos, you should have a perfectly smooth animation, or so I'm told. I'm just loaded with questions, man! I'm finally getting serious about art.

Do you have Maya? Are your parents 2-D or 3-D animators? I've heard that having good 2-D in your demo reel and/or portfolio skyrockets your chances of getting hired, so keep it up!

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Postby Mitch » Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:58 am

Hello, everyone!

Yes, I still exist... incredibly. I'm surprised that this thread hasn't taken a vacation to the dump pile yet. (snigger)

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FunnyGirl - Hello there, FunnyGirl!

First and foremost, I'm terribly sorry that I neglected to reply to your message until now. I have no excuse, and whole-heartedly apologize for the inconvenience on your part. No budding animator should be denied beneficial information.

Secondly, that's great that you're so determined to climb up the ladder of success and get into the business! I wish you well in your career. :D

It can be tough to animate without the necessary equipment, but you seem to be pretty resourceful for lacking some of the essential ingredients. Good for you for being ambitious!

As for your questions, I'll answer them in order...

FunnyGirl wrote:You said you scanned and loaded the drawings into Photoshop and Flash. Is that how you did clean-up animation or did you just draw precisely?


I did, indeed, scan the drawings into Photoshop and Flash. However, before doing so, I first cleaned-up the animation by hand... with a pencil. After that, I scanned all of the drawings into Photoshop, sized them down as accurately as was possible, uploaded those drawings into Flash, and then proceeded with the animation. Once the animation process was complete, I uploaded it onto deviantArt and... voila´!

FunnyGirl wrote:How many drawings (not exposures) were required to make this and the frog one?


Exactly eight ( 8 ) drawings were composed for the frog animation, and anywhere from six to twelve (6-12) drawings were created for the rat animation (I think).

FunnyGirl wrote:Exactly how long did it take?


To be honest, I completely forgot. I think it took about a week to do one of the animations, although I neglect to remember which one it was. Sorry about that. :oops:

Normally, it wouldn't take half that long to do just a few drawings -- perhaps a few hours total, at the most (I'm guessing). I was just... lazy. (eheh)

FunnyGirl wrote:If the animation is just 1 second long and you shoot 12 drawings on twos, you should have a perfectly smooth animation, or so I'm told.


According to my mom: It depends on the animation. If the animation is very fast or very slow, then those frames are shot on ones (1s). However, if it is running at a normal pace, then the animator can get away with shooting it on twos (2s). My mom used to work at Hannah-Barbera, and she said that, when a character was standing still for an extended period of time (or just standing there, I suppose), the animation would be shot on twos (2s) in order to save "time and money". Certain things must be taken into account, however, depending on what is happening in a given scene. If, for example, a character turns his body around at a normal pace, but his arm swings forward very quickly, then that character's body will be shot on twos (2s) while his/her arm will be shot on ones (1s).

FunnyGirl wrote:I've heard that having good 2-D in your demo reel and/or portfolio skyrockets your chances of getting hired...


Once again, according to my mom... any note-worthy/decent composition or demo reel/animation in one's portfolio increases that artist's chance of securing a position in the business, as long as he/she demonstrates good quality in his/her work.

Again, my sincere apologies for not replying to you on time. I hope that my mom and I were able to assist you, and I hope that you fare well in the animation industry! (I've seen your drawings on deviantArt, and, by the looks of it, you could go places if you keep up the excellent work.) :D

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For those of you who are wondering, I have not remained idle. My gallery is already chock-a-block full of drawings (most of them utterly disgusting), but I'll only post links to the best of the compositions that I've cooked up over the past few months. Take a peak:

Miss Bianca - link
"Scribbulars" 1 - link
"Proud of It" - link
Sid - link
Meeko - Meeko
Gesture Drawings - Feline* - link
Bear Cub - link
School Project - Objects - link
Gesture Drawings - Gymnasts** - link

As always, here is a link to my main deviantArt page, in case anyone is interested: http://mitch-el.deviantart.com/

*I really like these.
** Wow! Life drawings!

Enjoy. ;)

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Postby FunnyGirl » Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:15 am

I wrote out my reply a few days ago but my computer froze! Here it is today:

There's no trouble at all! In fact, your beautiful rhetoric is enough of a compliment. Do you have any idea how nice you are?

I bought a cute Artograph light box and a round peg bar. I've been trying to copy Richard Williams walk cycles but it's confusing: "The 1st thing, the 2nd thing..." I think I'll have more luck animating meaty people from Preston Blair's book instead of stick figures.

It's cliched, but I must say that you are so lucky to have animators for parents, with your dad apparently in some higher-up position to squeeze you into the Con and an Andrew Stanton seminar! Just how you relate to Remy's life story, including his unsupportive upbringing, is a little confusing in that aspect!

I wish I had your resolve. Your reply in itself is a wake-up call. Ever since I went on a week-long vacation to Galveston and started homeschooling again, I've been skethching lame mini-caricatures in my sketchbook. Need to get on the ball, so thanks again!

~Sarah

P.S. Is it just me or does anyone else have a problem loading any Gallery page on deviantART? I can't even edit anything!
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Postby Mitch » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:21 pm

FunnyGirl - Oh dear! Don't you hate it when computers do that? Heh. *shakes head*

Aw, gee. Thank you very much! It was no trouble at all. Most of you guys here on Pixar Planet are just as sweet yourselves. I don't deserve to be around such hospitable folks. ;)

I'm glad that you were able to get a hold of a few notable items! A light box and a peg bar are some of the main tools of 2-D animators, so it sounds as if you're pretty much set!

Well, you're certainly on the ball, I'll tell ya' that. Richard Williams and Preston Blair! Not bad. From my point of view, you're a lot more motivated and ambitious about getting into the field of animation than I am. I love the art myself, but I've always been more of an illustrator or cartoonist instead of an animator. Still, it's always good to be versed in more than one aspect of art.

I do consider it a huge blessing to have the loving and talented parents that I have, and I don't take it for granted. Don't worry, though! With patience and persistence, you'll get there! So far, you seem quite talented and energetic, so you shouldn't have a problem as long as you keep marching up the hill. :D

FunnyGirl wrote:Just how you relate to Remy's life story, including his unsupportive upbringing, is a little confusing in that aspect!


Ha-ha! Well, it's very personal and deeply impacted, but I'll explain everything in the future on the Ratatouille board. ;)

FunnyGirl wrote:Ever since I went on a week-long vacation to Galveston and started homeschooling again, I've been skethching lame mini-caricatures in my sketchbook. Need to get on the ball, so thanks again!


Sketching anything is better than nothing. It's funny, 'cause sometimes you don't realize that you're improving until, one day, you compare one old drawing to a new one and go, "Wow. There really is a difference!" Everyone learns and progresses at their own pace, of course, but, for me, I've found that I continually improve without even noticing it. I still think that my stuff stinks, and that's true in the sense that I still have a long way to go, but over the course of five years... my artwork's gone from complete trash to... bearable. (heheh)

In any case, you're welcome! Just keep up the good work, dude! :D

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P.S. Hmm. That's odd. I know that deviantArt will experience "glitches" like this every now and again. I've had similar problems (like the one you're having) in the past, but they're eventually resolved within a matter of days. If the error is persistent for a long period of time, however, then I'd suggest contacting the administrators/moderators of deviantArt and alert them to the problem. (Sometimes they'll publicly state that they're seeking to resolve the matter in the "News" section too, I think....)
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Postby FunnyGirl » Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:31 pm

Well, you're certainly on the ball, I'll tell ya' that. Richard Williams and Preston Blair! Not bad. From my point of view, you're a lot more motivated and ambitious about getting into the field of animation than I am.


I made this one clip... a stick figure with a sausage tortso and a circle head (typical R.W. animation dude) doing a double bounce walk on 12 frames. It goes by in half a second and is the weirdest thing I've ever seen! I always thought I was more of an illustrator too, but the fact that I've become obsessed with animation is tugging on my heartstrings as being a potential career path. I'm not sure how to begin, but to me it seems like the most fun and fulfilling choice I could make for my future. How do you feel about it?

It's funny, 'cause sometimes you don't realize that you're improving until, one day, you compare one old drawing to a new one and go, "Wow. There really is a difference!" Everyone learns and progresses at their own pace, of course, but, for me, I've found that I continually improve without even noticing it.


Spot on! I remember feeling that way when I was a kid, looking at the difference between my 1st grade art, 2nd, 3rd, etc. etc. I loved grade school art class so much that it occured to me to be an art teacher. I don't think I'll ever rule that out.

over the course of five years... my artwork's gone from complete trash to... bearable. (heheh)


The humility gig is up. Although maybe the constant belief that your work is sub-standard could be motivating you to try harder... I don't know. I try to approach everything with complete confidence, even if it does turn out crappy!

You're so encouraging; I feel like I have to work harder to have something to live up to. That's what I call good peer pressure.

And thanks for the deviantArt info. Now I can't read my messages. Btw, not to distract from the thread topic, but check out The Aphex's DA page. Can't get enough of that DARK KNIGHT ART!

I don't deserve to be around such hospitable folks
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Why? o_0 You think you're unworthy of hospitality? Who are you -- some kind of criminal?! :shake:

You keep up the good work too, okay? :wink:

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Postby Mitch » Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:12 am

Although this thread has remained dormant for some time, I have not been inactive in the field of art. Recently, I assisted my mom on some in-between work for Disney Studios, and I also created my own, original character....

My character is this guy:

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His name is Jester, and he's basically a rodent version of the Joker. Lately, I've become addicted to The Dark Knight, but since I wouldn't be able to do Heath Ledger justice if I drew him... I turned his character into a rat instead. :P

Additionally, I created another blog some time ago and am finally adding some artwork to it. It features compositions completed by my sister and I, so if you'd like to check it out then feel free to access it via this link:

http://thequidnuncs.blogspot.com/

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FunnyGirl wrote:I made this one clip... a stick figure with a sausage tortso and a circle head (typical R.W. animation dude) doing a double bounce walk on 12 frames. It goes by in half a second and is the weirdest thing I've ever seen! I always thought I was more of an illustrator too, but the fact that I've become obsessed with animation is tugging on my heartstrings as being a potential career path. I'm not sure how to begin, but to me it seems like the most fun and fulfilling choice I could make for my future. How do you feel about it?


Ha-ha! That does sound mighty unusual. Animators are a class all to themselves, that's for sure. (snigger)

I think that you're on the right track! It sounds as if you're adamant in your intention to succeed in the industry, and perseverance is the key to surviving in this (or any) field. As long as you know what you want to do, and strive to improve in that arena, then you've built your goal(s) upon a solid foundation.

FunnyGirl wrote:Spot on! I remember feeling that way when I was a kid, looking at the difference between my 1st grade art, 2nd, 3rd, etc. etc. I loved grade school art class so much that it occured to me to be an art teacher. I don't think I'll ever rule that out.


If that's what you want to do, then go for it! Don't give up. ;)

FunnyGirl wrote:The humility gig is up. Although maybe the constant belief that your work is sub-standard could be motivating you to try harder... I don't know. I try to approach everything with complete confidence, even if it does turn out crappy!


No, seriously. I hate most of my stuff. But yeah, I guess you're right in that it's a fairly adequate motivational tool. My dad and a friend of his told me that since I'm so critical of my artwork... I'll be a great artist in the future, but I don't know....

That you exercise determination and resilience is a good thing! Don't misplace that attitude. ;)

FunnyGirl wrote:You're so encouraging; I feel like I have to work harder to have something to live up to. That's what I call good peer pressure.

And thanks for the deviantArt info. Now I can't read my messages. Btw, not to distract from the thread topic, but check out The Aphex's DA page. Can't get enough of that DARK KNIGHT ART!


Aha-ha. Well, thank you! I'm glad I could be of some service! (heheh) :D

Sure thing! And, dude, I followed that guy's artwork for weeks (or, quite possibly, months) until I finally added him to my deviantArt "watch" list. His compositions are astounding, to say the very least.

FunnyGirl wrote:Why? o_0 You think you're unworthy of hospitality? Who are you -- some kind of criminal?! :shake:

You keep up the good work too, okay? :wink:


Ha-ha! Nooo, I'm just too modest for my own good. (snigger)

Will do. Same to you. ;)

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