I did lots of progress with my animated shorts over the course of the last two month. Most importantly I decided to make it 2D. And since I love the aesthetics of old-school MGM shorts I decided to go for a painted background. I wanted it to be simple and rough. Here you see what the whole composition will roughly look with characters when composited.

The background itself. It’s not easy to make a simple shot like a puddle took colorful and not too distracting. The focus should be on the characters.

3D animation test

Here’s what it looked like a year ago, when I still considered making it 3D.

Pigeon Animation test

Experimenting with 2D animation.

My animated shorts

Initially one of the reasons I got into 3D was because I wanted to make my own animated short films. I made my first one about 15 years ago, and now I’m trying to revive this little hobby of mine. I have two fully storyboarded scripts. One will be in 3D and the other will be animated in 2D (classical hand-drawn animation). I do everything myself, including the voice work, and it’s a lot of fun as a ton of work.

My goal is to learn to make animated shorts quickly so that I can showcase my idea quicker than I myself can get bored with it.) But finding the right style involves lots of R&D.

Some production pics. Like I said, the goal was to simplify as much as possible.