Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Concept Art Backgrounds- Draco 'Disney-esque'

A 'denser' more colourful background art style.

Character Designs Draco

Character designs based on a vintage cartoon style. A hybrid between Yolly and my ideas on character, the colours are indicative only.

Draco Concept Art Backgrounds Vintage

Been working on different styles for the backgrounds, these have been inspired by the classic vintage 1950s cartoons of Disney and Warner Bros.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Semester 1 Schedule

Semester 1 Schedule for Draco pre-production at the following link. Schedule may change based on individual task requirements.


Inspiration for the overall look of the project, focus will be on muted colours of vintage Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons which will compliment the panto style of the animation.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Perfecting the Story

The last few production meetings have centred around the script and the vision for the project. Honing the story into a workable animated piece is taking longer than anticipated, but we would rather have all the issues worked out now than finding ourselves lost in an over detailed and overblown epic story with a cast of thousands.

After reworking the script and writing it as a narrative, the story was then given to our storyboard artist, Amy who will storyboard an intitial treatment and then we will work from that basis to economise visuals and tell the story in the most dynamic way possible- reboarding reboarding and more reboarding.

One of the things that has really helped us capture the essence of the story is a clarification on where we see the project moving towards and in particular the style we believe will best compliment our vision, more on that in posts coming soon.

Since our story has evolved, we thought it best to redo our promotional board on lvl 5, photos to come soon!

In keeping with the evolutionary process of the project, ideas for the character design are also changing and will continue to change as we move past each phase of storyboarding and reboarding.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Yep we have a board! Had to move a few left over illustrations from student films produced 5 years ago, but we now have a production progress board on level 5.

We'll use this board to post our latest concept art, storyboard segments and promotional materials for the film.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Pre Production Work

At the following link you will find some of the pre production ideas done prior to the Draco Pitch. The articles trace possible character designs and evolution through to background ideas and major influences.

Thursday, 10 March 2011


Welcome! This post marks the first of many that will trace our progress through all the production phases associated with creating a short animated film.

First came the basic idea and overall concept then we had to convince people it was a solid idea- the Pitch. Our pitch documents can be found here and they include a full breakdown of the idea, motivations, inspirations and where we see this project heading in the future.

Once the Pitch was given and it had been approved, there was a sigh of relief then a crash of confidence in the reality that we would actually have to make this thing. After picking myself off the floor and regrouping I began to think about the practicalities and all the items that had to be done. Our first task, to quote another animator is to 'worshop the shit out of this idea,' and its true. No time to be precious or over sensitive, we've got to put all that aside- be professional and work towards creating the best short film that we can; and with the talented team that we have assembled, I am confident that this will happen.