Well kids, it's learnin' time again! Some of you have mentioned that you really like seeing the process of how I do these ghettomations. I thought I'd give you another glimpse behind the velvet curtain of the ghettomation empire. Really nothing that new, just thought I'd share some of my sketchbook and storyboards with you. Here goes:
As you can see above, all of the elements were drawn in one of my handy sketchbooks. Much of the line art is broken up into torsos missing limbs. If you see an arm lying on the floor, that's because I'll use that arm for the character on a separate layer. I tend to try and use as much real estate in my sketchbooks as possible. I go in with Photoshop and select each piece and put it all together in one jpg, for a final finished product.
For example, the girl ("hot chick") in the upper right corner, she was dawn full body with a head. I drew an alternate body (for dancing) and just reattached her head to that body (copy/paste). It's a bit mad scientist and a little Dr. Frankenstien, but it works. I've come to call this method my "Freakdaddy method", because Freakdaddy was the first cartoon where I started reusing artwork like this.
The opening titles for Hittin Switchez were also hand drawn. Some of the backgrounds in the final product were actually drawn with a mouse in Photoshop. Mainly for backgrounds that are moving while they drive. I blur them out heavily. It saves time doing them digitally. I really enjoy drawing in my sketchbook, otherwise I might consider going all digital. I've done that on some of my early cartoons (Prison Love, Chicken n Cigarettes, Fresh Meat). I prefer old school ink and paper, though. Caveman style rules!
Above are the storyboards I did for Hittin Switchez. They were done on a regular post it note. I drew them tiny. This cartoon was one of the first cartoons that I can remember actually sticking shot for shot to the storyboards. Usually I wander and cut or add shots like crazy. For some of the cartoons, I didn't even use a storyboard or thumbnails. I just made them up as I went along....commando style. Oh yes, I live dangerously.
Watch the cartoon above and see if you can match the shots from the final to the storyboards. Its hours of fun for the whole family. Hope you enjoyed this peek inside my mind. Comments are welcomed! Enjoy!