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It’s Here!!!!

30 Jul

Here it is, my first animated music video! Please leave comments and share it! We premiered “Fox on the Town” last night at The Old Town School of Folk Music and Tangleweed played live to the video. It was neat to see it on the big screen and people seemed to enjoy the video. In my head I tried not to pick at it too much and just enjoyed the experience of sharing it with a bunch of people for the first time. For me this was a learning experience and I’m just going to get better from here.

Here’s some history/info about the video: I started learning how to use Flash probably about two years ago. Paul was a regular at a cafe that I worked at so we would chat while he waited for his panini. I found out he was in a bluegrass band and he found out that I was an artist. During that time I told him I wanted to animate music video’s. He gave me their cd’s and I originally chose to do “Mississippi Trashboat” but I think I hem-hawed too long. I didn’t feel ready to start on a big project, there was still too much to learn. Tangleweed used me to create two coloring books during this time…then finally Paul gave me a song and said animate this in 4 months.

I spent about 10 to 15 hours every week  on the project working scene by scene. I didn’t have time to storyboard or do any pencil tests. I did all of the artwork in Photoshop then had to put all of the character drawings in Illustrator so they wouldn’t have white halo’s. Finally I put it all together in Flash. The animation is a literal interpretation of the song. While I was working on this I did see Tangleweed perform live and watched videos of them so I tried to capture their core movements.

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Shaggy

8 Jan

©2009 Mindy Fisher

6″ x 6″ gouache on board.

Another dog portrait I made before the holidays.

Lola La-La-La-La Lola

20 Nov

This is the oldest cat from my family (she lives with my parents). Lola is a Bengal. She was the runt of her litter so she is tiny but quite ferocious. She loves attention and is very jealous. If you pick her up and say “kiss” she will bump her nose on your nose…she likes to do this three times in a row, but if you do it more she will bite your nose (then she’ll put her paw on your cheek and dig her claws in a little in case you decide to put her down). When I would get home from school we used to play this game where I would chase her into my parents room then go back to the living room and she would slowly come out and when she got close I would chase her again. Lola is best friends with my middle sister and I am using this painting to blackmail her into visiting me in Chicago (my family lives in New Hampshire).

One more thing: One time Lola jumped on my face in the middle of the night, when I was asleep. Having a cat jump on your face when you are dead asleep is one of the most disturbing things you could wake up too. I freaked out and her natural instinct was to claw my face. When I got up the next day I had streaks of dried blood running down my face.

Digital Masterpieces = Affordable Gifts

26 Oct

©2009 Mindy Fisher

I haven’t been posting much because I haven’t created anything that I can show off (quite yet). I’m working on a bunch of custom portraits for the holidays as well as an animatic/limited animation project. I don’t want to post any current artwork because I don’ t want any recipients to accidentally stumble upon them. So I dug up this portrait of a German Shepherd I made for a client. Her name is Elsa.

I wanted to point out that I am offering digital portraits in addition to gouache paintings. The digital portraits are a great way to purchase original art if you are on a budget. Digital portraits are $35 (and then $10 for each additional person/pet/special thing that you want added to that particular portrait).

If you are interested in purchasing a portrait email me at: mintimindi@gmail.com with a couple photos of the subject(s). You can also pay me via paypal at that email. Once the portrait is complete I will email you a high-resolution copy of the portrait which you are then responsible for printing (which can be done in many formats).

If you are interested or have any quesitions do not hesitate to email me or leave a comment here. The deadline for digital portrait orders is Dec. 14th but consider getting them in asap because I tend to get a lot of orders around this time.

 

See Also:  Ornagifts

Ornagifts!

12 Oct

If you have thought about ordering a custom portrait from me now is a great time to do it…especially if you were considering giving a portrait as a gift. I will be taking orders until November 7th in order to have them shipped off in time for the holidays. Another reason to consider this is that I’m giving myself a big raise starting January 1st.

I offer my gouache paintings on 3/8″ thick artist board that is ready to hang (no frame needed). I also offer digital portraits which are sent via email (and you take care of the printing).

To order a painting send an email to mintimindi@yahoo.com with some photos of the subject/s, and what size you want and I will get back to you with a total estimate (I add cost of shipping and insurance to orders).  Artwork will not be sent until I receive full payment.

Sizes are show in inches.

4×4 $30

6×6 $40

6×12 $75

8×8 $70

8×10 $85

9×12 $110

10×10 $105

11×14 $160

12×12 $150

12×16 $200

16×20 $330

18×24 $450

Digital Portraits: $35 for one person/pet $10 per additional person/pet in same portrait. These are sent through email so there is no additional cost.

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Works in Progress

Strummer and Barrow

Feather Head

30 Sep

Feather Head

Animation and Background by Mindy Fisher

Character by Kelly Pelka

Music by A.M

So this is the first time that I created a full film. Actually it’s more like one scene with credits at the beginning. It is very short, but i really just wanted to use it to brush up on motion tweens, titling and adding music. The process is documented below:

1. I played around with making a background in Photoshop which is the very first frame. After that I created about 30 more layers and changed the background bit by bit making it come to life.

2. I imported the backgrounds in flash and changed them into symbols. I used the alpha option to fade from background to background which gives it a neat stop-animation feel. In the future I think I want to continue morphing the background throughout the entire video…I don’t love how it just stops when the “stars” are flashing.

3. I looked for a song on the amazing Free Music Archive website. There is tons of great music to use and it would have taken ages to find the perfect song. They have an option to search by artists who allow their music to be synched to video. I clicked that. Then to narrow my search down I typed in different keywords that I thought described the atmosphere of what I had so far…and found “Somewhere Between Night and Sky” by A.M after listening to about a dozen songs.

4. I downloaded Audacity so that I could edit the song down to fit my very short video.

5. I found the character from my friends (kelly pelka) flickr account, I asked for permission first. It’s actually a metal sculpture with feathers that she and Todd Willing collaborated on. I put that in photoshop, erased the background and put the head and each wing on separate layers.  Then I imported that into Flash and turned those into layers. Normally I am going to use my own artwork but I envisioned something by her in this background.

6. Then I created the titles which was a little bit of an ordeal. I hadn’t started with that so then I had to learn how to add more frames to all the layers so I didn’t mess up the rest of the video. This is where mistakes can really teach you how to do things right.

7. Then I added the feather head character. I learned that in order to make the feathers flap I had to edit them separately by double clicking them and adding motion tweens. I was going to have the head fly around but didn’t really like how it looked. Instead I have it start as an alpha layer and become more opaque then fade away as well as grow in size while staying in the middle. Another thing that was frustrating me was that the right feather had a white highlight around it, even though I had erased everything around it. I couldn’t fix it without going into photoshop so I just copied the left wing and flipped it.

8. Lastly I had to encode it so that I could upload it to YouTube. When you do this you have to export the file as a .mov or .avi file. Then you add it to Media Encoder where you can change it to a FLV file.

All in all I probably put in a good eight hours of work just for 20 seconds of video (and if I had hand-drawn everything that would have taken much, much longer).

See Also: Bird Animation

Color Me Contest!

21 Aug

Ok here it is! One of the pages from my coloring book entitled Ornaglyphology.  I wanted to have a coloring contest so my favorite coloring job will win a small custom portrait! The deadline will be October 21st. You can download and print it out at flickr. When you are done coloring post it on flickr tagged with OrnaglyphCB (or email it to me: info@ornaglypholgy.com and I can post it for you). And remember kids, the sky does not have to be blue and you don’t have to color inside the lines!

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A little elbow grease (and lots of fun) gets you a free e-book

7 Reasons why you should be coloring

As my eyes are about to fall out of their sockets