Monday, 22 June 2015

How Farting Can be Dangerous!

A Fart Too Far! A short Public Health Warning about the term 'Farting Around' which is another way of saying 'wasting time'. Watch as the man Breaks wind immersing himself in the joy of his own flatulence until he eventually poops his pants.  Time is valuable our life begins and ends within its boundaries don't let your life stink like poop because of procrastination breathe fair air not foul!

The Animation was created using Toon Boom Storyboard Pro version 4.1 and a Wacom Cintiq. Background Art was drawn and Painted in Adobe Photoshop CS6 By Arshad Mirza Baig of A.M.B Animation

The other day whilst boarding on a pose heavy series utilising Toon Boom's Storyboard Pro 4 software I had a little thought that stopped me in my tracks.
I realised that I was practically animating my storyboard so I thought why not try and actually use this software to produce some Hand Drawn Animation. Although I have a background in classical 2D traditional Animation my main field of work for the past seven years has been as a Storyboard artist. Although I was tempted to purchase recent packages like TV Paint or Toon Boom Harmony I held reservations from obtaining them due to my not making a financial return to warrant their purchase. Photoshop CS6 and Toon Boom Storyboard Pro 4 have payed for them selves dozens of times over and realistically any other purchase would be a vanity affair. I kept up my Passion for 2d Hand Drawn Animation through the software Adobe Flash - where I utilise it to provide free 2d Drawn Animation Tutorials for my growing YouTube Channel AMB Animation Academy

The package is fine for demonstrating simple tutorials but extremely frustrating for anyone attempting to produce a high quality piece of drawn frame by frame character animation. The vector tools are extremely intrusive and inhibit the organic flow from brain to pen stroke making the whole process of animating extremely disjointed - much like the symbol style that Flash was created for. In my ignorance I held the word vector in disrepute and refused to work in Toon Boom Story Board pro purely because it was vector based. Then Toon Boom announced a bitmap drawing tool in it's new version so I decided to give it a go. After a while of playing with the programme I thought I'd just try and see what the vector drawing experience was like in it and I was stunned. It was just as good as drawing with a marker pen and I had full control! I never looked back and spent last year doing most of my story boards happily in vector line work.

I finally decided to utilise Story Board Pro to Animate in during the course of producing a series of animation tutorials on YouTube where I demonstrate how to do advanced character Animation using Adobe Flash. Animating Traditionally is a time consuming process but double so using Flash so I thought I'd make a short test in Story Board Pro to see if it was any faster. The above film is the result. I not only Drawn every frame in Storyboard Pro but I also coloured them in too. The back ground was painted digitally in Photoshop because the bitmap tools In SB pro are not quite as good but looking at the simplicity of it I'm sure that it also could have been produced using Toon Boom's Story Board software. Needles to say I'm quite excited about the results and also the prospect of creating my own films without having to purchase any new or expensive Animation Software!