Saturday, July 4, 2009

11 Second Club June Entry

***UPDATE*** Thank you to all of the members at the 11 Second Club for voting and commenting on this piece of animation. I take all of the feedback seriously, so the time taken to rate and then write something means a lot.

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After a busy first part of June, I put everthing else aside and deticated the last two weeks of June to the 11 Second Club. After hearing the track it only took a couple minutes before I starting doodling a clown in the entrance of a fancy restaurant. I sat on the idea for a couple days and then began work on the animation. below are a bunch of sketches that included designs for the clown and thumbnails for the animation. Enjoy!








33 comments:

Sean Covernton said...

Congratulations on the 11 second challenge! I couldn't wait to find out who animated the clown sequence. I've been stop framing that sucker for days!

Matt Shepherd said...

So, the character moves so freely, I find it sort of restricting animating on the paper, how do you approach the animation? I see the planning stages but in terms of timing, I just cnt wrap my mind around how you did it, I mean I know how the process goes, but its just so smooth and natural...I cant put words together to articulate what Im trying to ask...it just looks like it was easy for you to do...damn it..

Matt Shepherd said...

its awesome, the panda is wicked too..so the demo, I youtubed it, looks wicked.

BJ Crawford said...

hey matt,

well. for the clown stuff, i did all the thumbnails that i posted and all of the sketches i posted, then i started animating on fours mostly. i tested it and showed a couple of people that i really trusted, got feedback, made a few changes to the keys. i cleaned the keys and then went into inbetweening, being very carful about my arcs and my spacing. so i was at first very scribbley until i got what i wanted, then i got tighter and cleaner and it seems like it's the spacing and arcs that make or break how natural something looks, i dunno. all i know is that i try to pay very close attention to that sort of thing!!

Noor Mohammed said...

Hi BJ, It was very nice to watch your entry. You have done a great job.

Bianca said...

I'm so glad you won!! Your animation and concept for his was amazing. I kept watching it over and over :D.

The panda animation you did is so great too!! I love the jumps, the weight in the whole piece is so nice! You mentioned that you used watercolor to color it O.o. Did you transfer your drawings onto watercolor paper then. That sounds insane if you did!
Can't wait to see the whole thing finished! It's going to be beautiful :D

k. borcz said...

Awesome job BJ!

Trent Correy said...

your 11 second club was amazing!! great stuff! I really enjoyed going fram by frame! The head tunrs at the start, the arcs, and the amount of stretch and squash was awesome!! It's the best animation I've seen in that competition! Great work!

hans bacher said...

very, very well animated! my problem is the voice, somehow I don't connect it to a clown character. but this is minor - great job!
hans

Sparky101 said...

Your animation and drawings are awesome. The detail in the facial animation and your handling of volume were really well down.

Will said...

Congratulations again, old friend. It's such a pleasure having such artistic people in my life... you inspire me!

carlos preto said...

congrads in winning on the 11 sec club! and when i was done seeing your clip i had to play it another 839 times! its amazzzing animation! and i love the character design for it to! Great work!

Daniel Huertas said...

Congratz on the winning man!! it's a great job indeed! ;)

David Nethery said...

Beautiful work, B.J. ! Congrats on a well-deserved win.

Jmontiel said...

Great work! Congratulations!

Kirk Jorgensen said...

Nice Awesome animation dude.

I was introduced to the 11 second club today at work...Hopefully I will the time to do one soon. I just started animating hand drawn again for the first time in years. There's somethn' about paper!

Please stob by my Blog if you have a Sec.
Cheers!

Matt said...

Wow! Congrats, my friend!

Armando said...

I'm late to this party, but I concur, this is one amazing short. I can't get over the taking of all the cakes. Brilliant!

ps-> Your research work is equally amazing and inspiring.

Kevin Scully said...

Congratulations BJ! Jimmy Stewart seems the perfect choice to play the part of a clown :) Your choice of characters and situation naturally went together for a great short piece.

MondayMorgue said...

Found your link through the flipbook site. Beautiful piece of animation with the clown!

Anamika said...

i just saw your animation on 11 second club and man, you're good! congatulations.

Jenn said...

You have some very beautiful artwork.
Congrats on the 11 Second Club.
Can't wait to see more.

Jason Newkirk said...

great animation! congrats on winning 11 sec.

Cristis said...

I saw your clown on 11sec club website,but I did'n knew that you are behind.Amazing stuff BJ.Congrats,you deserve it!

Virgil said...

your drawings and animation are excellent! even the coloring ;) awesome stuff, I hope you already work at a major studio!

Chan Ghee Leow said...

Hi. Congrats on winning the competition! The timing is beautiful! I love the panda as well :D

Chris Roman said...

Hey BJ! Like everyone else, I saw your animation on the 11 second club site and wanted to congratulate you on an incredibly solid piece of animation! Holy cow, it looks beautiful! I'm also an aspiring animator- from Chicago as well! Really awesome stuff you have on your blog as well!

j rumas said...

Really really nice animation BJ.

Russell Laing said...

Hi BJ
I really inspired by your animation. I'm a self-taught animator and really want to get my animation to high standards. I have question for you, if you don't mind me asking. On the timing chart, what does the lines from key to breakdown to key means? If this makes any sense! Here is an example of what I'm talking about: http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/7396/1774/1600/horizontal_chart.jpg

Thank you so much for sharing with me. Much appreciate it.
Kind regards
Russell

Tony DiStefano said...

Man that was good! So enjoyable to watch this kind of animation done so well.Glad I found your blog.

"TORI CAT" said...

Hey Bj,

Great blog!! love your animation for the 11second club. You have a great sense of timing with lots of squash and stretch!!
YOur characters are great. I really love the pencil test of the panda with the umbrella. Great weight and volume!! Really appealing!!

COngrats with every thing you are doing.
I Had a look at your short... thats really lovely too. All the best with it. Im currently in the long process of developing my own new short.... watch this space.

I see you are a fan of Uli Meyer? He is a good friend of mine and i have worked with him in the past. He is a huge inspiration to me too!! Such a wonderful guy!!

All the best with all your work. i look forward to seeing more. I have added a link to your work on my blog, so i promise i'll be back soon!!

Best wishes,

TOri Cat.x

flashcartoons said...

this is such an awesome animation, great job

Nathan Lindsay said...

fantastic. love to see all the sketch poses