Sunday, June 21, 2009

Some more layouts I drew for Ren & Stimpy, Episode: "Fire Dogs II" (2003)

Another scene where Ren & Stimpy are running scared of the crazy, axe wielding Fire Chief (Ralph Bakshi). This time, they're posing as book-ends to try and fool him. As you can see below, they aren't fooling anybody...

I did a good amount of scenes with Ren & Stimpy running away and hiding in different ways from the Fire Chief's axe. It was fun, because it gave me the chance to draw the characters in action.

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Blogger Art said...

dude, i LOVE seeing these! NICE! You have to be pretty tight right? Arent "storyboards" in US Television Animation basically key frames?

Love seeing this stuff! You rock!

July 3, 2009 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Gene McGuckin said...

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July 4, 2009 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Gene McGuckin said...

Thanks allot Art!

Well, we actually get the storyboards ruff and in small panels. Then us layout artists ruff it out and clean them up in the larger/final size for the animators--making sure there's construction and every thing is clear.

Sometimes the storyboard artist would barely draw the hands, feet, arms, legs, etc. It's their job to basically draw in compostion of the characters and background, the character's pose in ruff form, and what expression they have. So we (in the layout department) have to know how to draw them (including a seperate page for the background) correctly and clear, so as not to confuse the animators.

So it's the layouts that are basically the key frames of the show.

John K. likes to make his cartoons the way the did back then in the
'40s-50's. Which I think is great.

I'm sure you know this process from your understanding of old-school animation. I just decided to explain it in more detail, just in case someone else who doesn't know-- views this comments page.

But yeah, possibly other cartoons do go from 'clean' storyboards, straight to the animation department. Not Ren & Stimpy though.

July 4, 2009 at 9:05 AM  

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