Monday, September 21, 2009

another freeze frame

Lots of short cuts and tricks here to make it look more involved than it actually was. One of the tricks used is the staggered shake cycle, almost all of the animation in this scene is just a cycle of staggered drawings, with 2 to 4 frames per cycle.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


One thing I do not like about many flash shows is the "flip." When a character or head turns from left to right, I see many shows take the lazy way out and simply flip the symbol with an equally lazy stretch as some sort of lazy anticipation. Did I mention I thought it was lazy? The "flip" works fine on a show like South Park because it's flat and it's supposed to be cardboard cutouts. But it bugs me when a show is supposed to look good, with good character designs and they use a cheap flip. Anyway, here is Toilet Puck's head turn, now full body turn.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

head turn

As much as I tried to resist doing this head turn, it turned out just fine. The animation in Toilet Puck is very limited. I did not want to ever have him turn his head, but inevitably there will be a scene where there is no way to avoid it. So here it is. This was the easier part; the tricky part will be when he is not imagining himself with a superhero body, when he is just Toilet Puck, because I will have to animate that clip he holds on to. Tricky, but I like a challenge.

freeze frame

Each of these vignette shots will have about half a second of animation before the freeze frame, kinda like this.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

last of the vignettes for this sequence

Well that was crazy fun to do. This episode might include a musical number. If it does have a song sequence, then there will be a whole other set of vignettes that needs to be done.

from rough sketch to finished drawing

I'll work on the background tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

its a scene

Flash is not the best program for imported bitmap backgrounds, especially one that zooms in and rotates, so this will have to be done in some compositing software. This flash version is just for fun.

flying puck

Did a quick animation of Toilet Puck's cape flapping. If I tossed in a BG that slowly pulled back, it would practically be a finished scene.

excuse me

Add one more to the vignette. This time Toilet Puck saves a girl from the clutches of a bad guy.

Monday, September 14, 2009


These vignette shots are so much fun to do! The character, Toilet Puck, is like every kid out there that is into comic books. We all have dreams and fantasies about being a superhero ourselves.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

montage or vignette?

This is another shot from a vignette of Toilet Puck imagining himself as a superhero. I was calling it a "montage" before, then I got a lesson in the difference between a montage and a "vignette" from my girlfriend...literary types, go figure.

This is how the picture progressed, from rough to clean and colored.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

plodding ahead

Well, I finished boarding episode 02, more or less; there will be some changes that need to be made to it down the road. But for now it is as done as it could be. So I went ahead and started boarding episode 03. There are a lot of still shots like this one in episode 03. This is Toilet Puck imagining himself as a superhero again. This time fighting off Ninja Bank Robbers.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

tell me it ain't so?!

What does this mean for Toilet Puck? Is this the end? What will happen to the super-hero washroom? The intrigue, the drama, the the next episode of "The Refreshing Adventures Of TOILET PUCK!"

Monday, September 07, 2009

close up

This is a panel from the storyboard. It's a close up of TP. Technically, his head would not fill the whole screen. But there are good reasons to do it this way; first, and most importantly, it's funnier looking. Second, it saves me from adding a BG, which would be mostly obscured anyway.
I wish I could take credit for coming up with this, but I saw an episode of Sponge Bob where they did this on a close up shot, and I thought it was pretty funny. So I am using it on a Toilet Puck close up.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

animatic pan

Here's a short animatic for this one scene. There is still one element missing, it's a work in progress.

pan bg

How many times can this washroom get destroyed, exploded, trashed, and obliterated? More often than I thought. This is a panning bg of the washroom after an explosion. There was an explosion in the first (origin) episode, and here again in episode 02. There is another character in the scene; as soon as he is done I will add an update with him.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


So simple, yet effective.