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Sorry for the late notice, here!

The livestream is currently up and going!

Please feel free to click over and hang out while I work on a little character design and possibly some animation if there is time!

New Things

Last week on Friday,  I finished up the Figure Sketch Pack posts with an extra large post that is available to all, patron or no!

Now, it is time to start anew. I would like to continue to reward and encourage would-be patrons by offering specialized content on my Patreon, but I would like to share my projects with everyone else as well.

Now, starting this week, I will post new content to Patreon first on Thursdays! The following Monday, I will make that same content available to everyone and announce it here, on my blog!

I would also encourage people to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (links on the “About Katie” page) for special posts, such as #SPS/Self-Promotion Sunday and #WIPW/Work-in-Progress Wednesday.

Looking forward to sharing new things with you all! See you soon!

All Over the Place

I’ve been doing a lot of different things, lately, and that has been making me very busy. So busy, in fact, that I’ve been forgetting to post here (for shame, Katie).

I did recently post something I’m excited about on my Sketchbook blog for my Digital Media class. My rotoscope is going super slow, but the GIF of the first handful of frames is looking really nice! Take a look:


It’s not looking TOO badly, but I’m definitely going to go back in and work the background better later on.

And, with that, I need to run to class. I’ll try to post more, now that I have weekends off.

Starting Rotoscoping

Due to how immensely busy I am going to be this semester, I’m going to try to make all my classes fit together with each other toward a common concept and portfolio work. Namely, I’m going to be focusing on more work for he Spider Forest and working on my crystal studies some more.

Okay, so I’m going to use the assignments from Animation for movement studies of humanoid figures that will tie into the animatic work for Concept/Storyboarding and I’ll use the storyboard animatics as roughs for my Digital Media class (which surprisingly enough has an animation focus this semester). Figure Drawing will be focusing on “metamorphosis” of the human figure into plant/insect/mineral creatures and how to properly fit a figure into a constructed scene (read “forest” or “cave”). This will act as studies to be used for Concept/Storyboarding where I will go back and improve my crystal golem and then make a treant to go in my forest for the two elemental assignments. Printmaking will be a focus on plant/crystal/and insect studies to be used for all of the above.

Ta-da! I did magic!

Okay, FIRST POST for this Digital Media class that outlines the prompt for the first project. We will be covering rotoscoping. This is what I’ve worked out, so far, loosely.

Let’s put this into the perspective of the big picture. I’m using this class as a way to accomplish more for my Spider Forest. I’m expanding the scope of my forest project to include some short animations and possibly figure out a much larger final product. This rotoscope will probably be a rough draft that I will go back and edit the frames of later to create a more complete animation.

A newer development is tying it together the different elements of this forest through exploration. The plan is to have the viewer follow a wanderer around as he discovers this forest and the different places/creatures/plant life within.

Another newer aspect is incorporating a crystal cave system deeper in. I’ve been working on and off with the idea of crystal golems for the past year. I decided to add it into my forest and show how the lush forest transforms into a crystalized system of caves at the base of some plateaus.

This rotoscope project is going to be some establishing shots showing the personality of this Wanderer and his initial experiences upon discovering and entering the forest. Here’s my reference video for the first scene:


Well, that makes it easier.

According to the syllabus for my Intermediate Digital Media course, we will be keeping our sketchbooks via WordPress! Yay, simplicity! So, I’ll be making a separate section specifically for that class to keep things organized.

Other works will of course be included. I intend to have all my work from the semester tie into each other and into my current personal projects. Might as well utilize my time as best I can by consolidating my focus, right?

So, this weekend, I’ll be posting up a game plan for it all.

Oh, and sketchbook pages will only be limited to Patreon for non-class related sketches (anything that doesn’t tie into my Digital Media class) for obvious reasons.

Looking forward to starting on projects! See you later this week!