Illustrator and lover of animation.
Contact me at tancharles.89@gmail.com
Thumbnails for some illustrations I’m trying to figure out.

Thumbnails for some illustrations I’m trying to figure out.



Vanitas for #KHCollab on Twitter.

Vanitas for #KHCollab on Twitter.



skunkandburningtires:

James Lopez is a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman) who is trying to raise funding for his primarily hand-drawn short film, Hullabaloo, with hopes of eventually finding a studio to fund a full-length version.

From the film’s IndieGo page:

Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.

In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film’s two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi.

To see some footage and a short video pitch from Lopez, click here.

(via giantchicken)



Bask in the light of the Order of the Radiant Knights
I thought it would be fun to see them side by side :)

Bask in the light of the Order of the Radiant Knights

I thought it would be fun to see them side by side :)



Knight of the Violet Falls

Knight of the Violet Falls



Knight of the Indigo Tundras (it looks like she’s dressed in bed comforters…I want to be dressed in bed comforters…can it be winter yet?)

Knight of the Indigo Tundras (it looks like she’s dressed in bed comforters…I want to be dressed in bed comforters…can it be winter yet?)



Knight of the Sapphire Vale

Knight of the Sapphire Vale



A bit late but here’s Knight of the Emerald Dusts!

A bit late but here’s Knight of the Emerald Dusts!



Sunkissed Knight

Sunkissed Knight



brujet: Dear Mr Baxter! Could you please tell me which software do you use to make your lovely animated pencil tests? Am I close assuming that you scan the paper drawings and clean them up in Photoshop,then animate there as well?How do you achieve the smoothness? I'm an illustrator starting out in animation and would love to know more about different techniques to achieve quick results when explaining the animation idea to someone... Thank you very much! :)


jbaxteranimator:

Hi Brujet. Thanks for the kind words. The only software that I’ve used in the pencil tests here is Digicel Flipbook, but that is only used to shoot the drawings, I don’t use it to do the animation. All the animation is done with pencil and paper, in exactly the same way that hand drawn animation has been done since the 1930s. The only difference is that, instead of using a film camera and capturing the drawings on film as was the norm until about twenty years ago, I’ve used a digital camera and captured the drawings into a computer program. There’s no Photoshop or other digital animation going on, although I have done other projects using software to manipulate drawings, I haven’t posted any of that yet. Any feeling of smoothness that you might see is just me being careful in where I place the elements of each drawing. There’s a lot of traditional animation technique that’s designed to disguise the fact that it’s a bunch of separate drawings.

If you’re interested in traditional hand drawn techniques, there are a couple of books that I usually recommend to people: “The Illusion of Life” by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, and “The Animator’s Survival Kit” by Richard Williams. :)