We're doing a little bit of a late update this time due to the holiday. First off, here's a look at Taylor's process for creating the lovely backgrounds for the PlotQuest webcomic. As you can see, they're coming along nicely. Keep up the good work, Taylor!
Just a small update this week - Scenes are advancing to the clean-up and color stage… Here’s one of them! We still need to do sound, but this gives an idea of what the finished show will look like. Onward!
Crowd & Background - Tommy Benoist http://tommybenoist.weebly.com
Addie & Amy - Pltnmo6Ghost http://twitter.com/Pltnm06Ghost
A couple more bits of rough animation from episode 1, plus a little bit of finished animation from the Retro RPG sequence. By the way, Neko will be doing a tutorial on how she animated the special attack and its special effects very soon, so stay tuned for that as well.
We've been keeping plenty busy around here! Josh and Tommy have been cranking out animation for episode 1, Chelsea's been tearing through the backgrounds about as fast as we can give them to her and Taylor's working on the second PlotQuest webcomic. Meanwhile, Neko has been hard at work creating the surprisingly time-consuming Retro RPG sequence. If you'd like to see how that's going she's produced two videos on the subject: This one shows her illustration process in creating the background for the battle screen: https://youtu.be/dhjw2z6TQ-c And this one is the first in her tutorial series on animating pixel art: https://youtu.be/CKYR_EWRyGM
Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for more inside info as our quest for animation glory continues!
Our studio is growing! We're extremely excited to welcome the very talented animator and illustrator, Chelsea O'Bannon, to the team. Chelsea is a recent Associates of Applied Science in Animation grad from St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley who will be starting her Bachelors studies this fall. In addition to applying to colleges and creating even more awesome work for her portfolio, she'll be doing backgrounds and layouts for PlotQuest. Here are just a couple of the awesome pieces she's produced so far. Welcome aboard, Chelsea!
As promised, here's a couple of our favorite pieces of rough animation from episode 1. Of course, we've got a LOT more done at this point but hey, don't wanna give too much away all at once! ; )
Neko's also got a process video up of her work on the retro RPG fight scene. https://youtu.be/nojAym-cvPg Hope you enjoy!
Neko’s back with another in her pixel art tutorial series. This time she teaches some techniques for drawing pixel art as she works on a retro RPG-style overworld map for episode 1 of PlotQuest. Although she uses Photoshop to create this particular map the techniques will work in any software you may be using. Neko’s looking to start teaching some other styles of animation and illustration as well. If there’s a particular style or technique you’ve really been wanting to learn please leave a comment and let her know.
As you may have noticed, we’ve gone to updating ever-other week. We’re at a point in production where we really need to just focus on cranking out animation, plus we don’t want to give too much away before the series is even out. ; ) The plan is to update every-other week until Episode 1 comes out, then we’ll go back to weekly updates.
Neko shows you where the key settings and tools are for creating pixel art in Photoshop (1:03), Clip Studio Paint (6:28), and Gimp (9:13). If you've been wanting to try out a new art program but aren't sure where to start this may be for you!
1. How to resize an image.
2. How to find the layers panel.
3. Getting the Pencil tool to just create a 1 pixel line without anti-aliasing the heck out of it.
4. How to do the same thing with the eraser (which you'd think would be the same process but it never is).
Hope you enjoy and if you have any questions just leave a comment!
From forming our studio to some cool freelance projects (that we can't talk about yet) to the pre-release of PlotQuest, it's been an exciting year for us here at Popcorn Sundae. We're looking forward to even more cool stuff in the new year but for now, we're going to take a couple weeks off to enjoy the holidays. Thank you for following along with us on our journey and we'll see you in 2019!
The Popcorn Sundae Team
As part of her work on episode 1 Neko's been creating a retro RPG-style sequence. She's been recording her process and will be turning that into a series of tutorials on creating and animating pixel art.
This first video goes over some tricks for creating a very quick pixel art look in Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint. Hope you enjoy!
Welcome to the production blog for PlotQuest. Here you'll find all the latest news, artwork, and updates about the project.