Just surfacing after a long, 3-day weekend - which gave me a chance to catch-up on some necessary housekeeping on the film! For the uninitiated, 'hand-drawn' animation means exactly that. It effectively means that everything moving on the screen has to be hand drawn for it to appear there! For example, in this film 'Sir Stan' wears a red-striped soccer shirt throughout. So every one of those stripes has to be drawn on every shirt of every character drawing - and at 24 frames per second, moving smoothly with the rest of the action!
Note: 'Scene 01' contains 107 drawings - all with stripes to be drawn and all moving very slowly!
So my process this weekend was to clean-up my initial rough animation drawings, then key and inbetween the stripes, then show a lot of gratitude to my wife for inking all my pencil drawings, then scanning both the inked line drawings and the pencil drawings (yes, with stripes and all) into my computer, then hand ink and color everything onto a final animation layer in my vector animation program. There's still a lot to do before this scene is completed of course but if I explain that the pencil drawing of the stripes alone took me over 6 hours of solid work - getting up at 5.00 am on the Sunday morning with the sunrise to get it done before the day unfolded - you'll perhaps understand what it means for us crazy traditional 2D animators to create anything for you to hopefully enjoy!
As it stands now: Sir Stan's ghost now digitally colored but so much more still to do, including Peng's background to be painted!
So, multiply all the above for one 6-second scene, out to the full 6-minute film and you'll see why I desperately need sponsors to help me get help to get it finished by next February's deadline! I would love to apprentice some talented young students (who are equally passionate about traditional 2D animation too by the way) along the way also - so sponsors do take pity on this poor driven soul who is addicted to this kind of insanity! The plus side is that I love all this naturally - and its great to know at the end of it all you have poured your soul out doing something that is magical and unique - is not just something anyone else can do on the latest software. So let's hear it for us mad 'indies' with a dream! :)