Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
When Courtland and I first began working on Stabb Gunner, we didn’t understand the characters or the universe quite as well as we do now. Along the way, we’ve learned that Stabb Gunner should be colorful, bright, and larger than life. As the direction has changed, so too has the color style. Above is a before (left) and after (right) comparison of the digital painting techniques being used in earlier and current Stabb Gunner art. The line has been simplified and the color has exploded. Honestly I love both styles, but consistency is king! We hope you enjoy the direction we’re going. You’ll be able to see all of the new and redone pages when we publish the now finished first chapter in the Stabb Gunner Saga.
Friday, May 20th, 2011
The piece above is one I’ve been meaning to share for a while now. It seems that our boy Stabb Fisticuffs has found himself in a spot of trouble. Nothing a leap from an exploding building and a discarded grenade can’t fix. I’m glad our fans are aware of the silliness inherent in Stabb Gunner. Big props to the artist, Lloyd Harper.
Friday, April 22nd, 2011
Read about the FUBAR 24 Hour challenge at our Sister Site.
Sunday, April 10th, 2011
It’s no surprise that we love our backgrounds. Steve Becker has been doing and obscenely good job capturing the feel of a broken down train yard. But after scrubbing through our time line, we felt like our backgrounds were lacking a bit of that “Lived In” feel. So we got our boy Jeff McComsey to design us up a spiffy new Propaganda Poster with which to plaster the Atomic Robo: Last Stop environments.
Historical science reference fit right in line with the rest of the Atomic Robo universe. Featuring none other than Russian Space Program Icons, Sputnik, Yuri Gagarin (the first human in space) and Laika (the first animal in space). You’ll see these guys hangin’ around the short, and eventually for sale in our store when it’s up and running. But until then, enjoy this art!
As a side note. I have no idea what those words mean on the bottom of the poster. If any of our Russian speaking brothers and sisters are out there please let us know! And forgive our ignorance!
Monday, March 14th, 2011
Above: Shot 04F (in progress) – Things are looking rough for Robo
Below: Shot 01C (in progress) – Robo gets a thrown around a bit
A funny thing happens when you begin to wrap up a project… All those shots that seemed impossible and the scope of what has yet be done, begins to melt away. And shit just starts getting done. Atomic Robo Last Stop is the studio’s 3rd independent animated film and what’s happening in the studio now is my favorite part. Everything is starting to fall in line, it’s like tetris.
One of the biggest issues with producing independent animation, for me at least, is the absence of a deadline. With the Commercial Work I Do, we’re dealing with hard deadline and client approved development stages. There is always strong forward momentum. But with the independents stuff, suddenly all of those forces disappear. And you’re left saying what the hell do we do next, which is my job as director. I’m incredibly fortunate to work with a team that is incredibly talented, takes direction well, but perhaps more importantly has great ideas. Many of which have been incorporated into the final film. We’re all looking forward to sharing it with the Atomic Robo community.