Tag Archives: Tangleweed

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.

My head is still kind of spinning…

15 Jun

Due to a massive amount of business I have been neglecting my blog! Sorry about that. This is an old doodle I created in 2008. I have newer stuff coming soonish (I just gotta take some photos). I figure it’s better to focus my energy on learning After Effects and painting rather than fiddling around with marketing and junk. Here’s what I’ve been up to the past couple months:

* Painting mostly custom portraits and some random small paintings (which I plan on getting in my web store soon).

* Learning After Effects using After Effects Apprentice. I’m almost done with the book and I really think After Effects is much, much better than Flash. The learning curve might be higher but once you know your way around it is so much simpler as far as keyframing. I am looking forward into diving into another project.

* I finished the Fox animation and it will be having it’s world premiere at the Old Town School of Folk Music on July 29th! Tangleweed and Shotgun Party will be performing as well. It should be lots of fun!

* Teaching comics to kids in Oak Park. I’ll be teaching a few workshops through the summer too if you know any interested kids…

Duck Duck….

31 Dec

I whipped this up tonight…not sure how long it took because I kept getting distracted by youtube videos of ice skating on sidewalks and bon jovi. Pretty much everything I’m using is here except for another foot!

Quack Quack Quack

25 Dec

One of the ducks. There are layers for each of the feet, the wing, the body and the parts of the beak.

Kip Rainey on Mandolin

13 Dec

Here I have the final member of Tangleweed, Kip Rainey. I drew 9 heads for him since he is one of the vocalists for this song. I didn’t bother making more than one of each hand this time. For the first scene he’s in I’m doubtful that anyone will even really notice that he’s not really strumming. My boyfriend and I were watching Metalocolypse clips to see how they animate instrument playing. The animators for that cartoon let the hands stay still and the arm takes care of all of the movement. And I have a feeling that is how most animated cartoons are made…but if his scene was longer I would probably put more detail into it.

cold cold ground

25 Aug

Another band I would like to do an animation for is Tangleweed. They are a Chicago bluegrass band. I met the bass player when I worked at a coffee shop and I truly enjoy their music. They also hired me to create a couple coloring books for them (see my first blog post). The song that I am most drawn to is called “Mississippi Trashboat” and would love to work on that one. They do not have a video up for that song but it is from this album. Also, Mississippi Trashboat is based on a true story!

See also:

A sample page of the Tangleweed coloring book I created.

First Post.

17 May

I’m not sure that I’m capable of blogging…I barely had the attention span to deal with Twitter…but I am going to try this out for a little while and see how it goes.

This image is from one of my more recent commissions. I created two coloring books for a local Chicago band, Tangleweed. They play mostly bluegrass and I had the opportunity to see them live recently. I had never really listened to much bluegrass but Tangleweeds cd’s definitely had me tapping my toes. I would recommend them to anyone. (From top left: Paul, Scott, Ryan, Kip, and Billy).

Working on this project has got me thinking that I really need to create an original coloring book using my art. It’s on my list of things to do in the near future.

-Mindy

See Also:

Cold Cold Ground Video

7 Reasons Why You Should Be Coloring

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

Color Me Contest!

As My Eyes are About to Fall Out of Their Sockets