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Robo Stank ::

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

We never really talk about the sucky part of animating in a studio. This weekend our HVAC unit started showing signs of fatigue. It’s been a particularly muggy summer here in the great North East. Yesterday, we officially had no AC. Today, sucks. It’s muggy and smells like animator (even though we wipe down our animators daily with Clorox wipes). And have you ever tried animating on a screen while your hands are sweating? Not recommended. But we shall carry on bravely, till the glorious condensed cool air has been restored.

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How To Make a 2D Background ::

Monday, August 13th, 2012

With only a few exceptions, the majority of Atomic Robo: Last Stop is old school, hand drawn 2D animation. Even though we use computers to draw, paint, and animate, we are still using a fairly traditional workflow to make our short.

This week we’re gonna look at  making one of the backgrounds to a shot, from start to finish.

We start off with a storyboard of a shot. The storyboard gives a rough idea of where the camera is and where everything is positioned in the frame. In this case, we are looking down at a traincar.
A background artist interprets this into a quick sketch.

Once the sketch gets approved…

The artist cranks out a more finalized digital painting.

The main traincar is actually a separate element. Notice only the exposed portion of the floor is painted out.

Out of the 150 or so shots in the 12 minute short, only a few of them have similar backgrounds that can be reused in more than one shot.  We’re talking over a hundred unique paintings before we’re done with Atomic Robo!

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This Week At The Fictory 02 ::

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

We’ve got a few work-in-progress shots to share with you. It’s only because we like you.

(Getting ready…)

(Jenkins, with some reading material)

(Robo on the run. The green lines are guides for perspective)

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Otakon Wrap-Up ::

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012


It started with a bunch of tshirts…

and a whole lotta buttons…

And then, TheFictory packed up their gear and headed off to Otakon 2012!

Overall, it was a success. We got some off the wall commissions, met new faces, and sold some limited edition merch.

To everyone who came out to see us, we send a big atomic THANK YOU, it was super fun to meet our fans.
After a fun weekend, we’re back to work.

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Otakon Day One ::

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

What happens when you get a bunch of animators at a Convention table with nothing to do but talk to fans and doodle? You get a lot of strange drawings. Check out the above. We had a lot of fun making Helsie and Robo do some rather out of character stuff… wait… get you mind out of the gutter.

Look out for us at Otakon all weekend!

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