Friday, December 25, 2009

What day is it??

Why, it's Christmas day!! We hope all of you who are watching (and dag-gummit, NOT-watching) our blog to have a marvelous Holiday season, be-it Christmas, Hanukah or Hammer-Time!

Today, we introduce a sneak peak at some other characters of our project here at Spark-Flow! They are nameless for now and well, they might not even be up for very long. You might be seeing alot more of them. For now though, you'll of course have to suffer the burn-mark. Even with copyright in play, there are thieves about the interwebs. We'd like to thank Rachel Fogg, a very powerful illustrator and character designer for getting this artwork together for some of our company's... sinister-I MEAN... seasonal... uh... purposes. *shifty eyes*

Be on the watch-out for some actual animation soon, as well as what the heck this thing is called!

Of course, all artwork, animations, characters, concepts are copyrighted by Spark-Flow Studios, LLC.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Boarding Stories and Thieves

Pat Leonhard is hard at work, doing some kind of manual man labor on the storyboards. Among what we have, we'll let you taste these early works in progression. The three shots composed are parts of our starting scene, of which you'll be seeing alot more of as the weeks go by. But don't worry, there's color... and movement.. and all that sparkly stuff that comes with a finished animation. Be patient.

If you haven't noticed, (one of) our star character(s) is a itty-bitty, clumsy scarecrow who will remain nameless for now because we like keeping you in the dark... and the internet is full of thieves... and because names are tools used by the government to categorize you and rob you of your sweet, sweet fingernails... but mostly the keeping in the dark and thievery thing. Thank God for copyright, eh? Also, the crows will be a bit of a problem, as they usually are in real-time life.

Speaking of thieves, Shelly Webster, an old (and talented) colleague of mine, reminded me of a film called the Thief and the Cobbler, animated by Richard Williams and Ken Harris of Roger Rabbit (thanks Shelly), saying our scarecrow's eyes are reminiscent of a character from the film! I recommend to all you animators out there to reacquaint yourselves with the film as soon as possible. The animation (at least the completed parts) are SO silky and SO smooth, something missing in today's animation. Writing-wise, well... it's clear why Disney's Aladdin trumped the film. However, it's still a stunning piece of masterful artistry. Anyone would do well to take notes on how fluid and realistic some of the character movements are.

We at Spark-Flow Studios will be trying our damnedest to achieve the liveliest quality of animation so be not shaken if we (violently but hopefully not so violently) recommend a certain film to you all. Inspiration, inspiration, inspiration people! We're expecting snow here in Maryland soooo.... button up, shovel off, and eat plenty of Charleston Chew!

Of course, all artwork, animations, characters, concepts are copyrighted by Spark-Flow Studios, LLC.

The Thief and The Cobbler is owned by ... uhh... well, maybe the Walt Disney Company currently... maybe Vincent Price? The film went through one of the worst instances of development hell... Whatever, it doesn't belong to Spark-Flow...

-- Christopher Wade
Principal Owner
Head Animator

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Teaser 1

Stay Tuned...

Welcome, o ye interweb traveler, to the blog of Spark-Flow Studios, LLC, the new up and coming animation studio of Maryland with primary focus on 2D animation!

Here you'll find previews, artwork and even precious info on cartoons we have in production! Keep an eye on us; I believe you'll thoroughly enjoy what we'll soon be dishing out! Of course, all artwork, animations, characters, concepts are copyrighted by Spark-Flow Studios, LLC.

I almost get the feeling that a bunch of crows are having some crazy-ass knife-fight offscreen or that red chud from Crisis Core is doing/saying something highly suspect...

More to come on this character and others, as well as this project in the future! The teaser above runs on Adobe Flash Player which you can acquire here.

-- Christopher Wade
Principal Owner/Head Animator

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tis But Prologue

Today, Pat Leonhard joined the ranks as Storyboard Artist. He's worked with other animation companies such as Karptoons and is busy laying down some shots and panels for our first big thing! Of course, that doesn't stop him from bringing up some of good times back in college... oh Patty-Pat... welcome aboard dude.

Test page really though... stay tuned for more!

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