|Happy Christmas to those of you who celebrate it!|
Hot off the press, here's a new article about The Last Belle from Skwigly online animation magazine.
|Mark Naisbitt at work.|
|Beginning to form the structure of 'Last'.|
|Underlying circles define the curves of the 'S', pushing it|
slightly above and below the height of the other letters. For
some reason this always feels more balanced to the eye.
|Constructing the 'E'|
|I wanted the last 'e' of 'Belle' to be in lower case so that|
the word could be read as 'Bell' and 'Belle' - a word-play
reflecting the plot of the film.
|The final artwork, inked with technical pens onto cel, painted, |
and backed by a graduated colour card, rendered with coloured
pencils and marker pens.
|The opening title as it appears in the film.|
|Amanda Donohoe's credit was tough for Mark to balance as|
it is fairly unusual to have three alternate 'O' letters in a row.
|A close-up of some of the construction. All this effort should|
result in something that looks clean, clear and completely effortless!
|The back of the final painted cel, with its black surround|
and white edges. The interior shape of the surname has been
left clear to reveal the graduated colour that will be added beneath.
|The final set up, ready for filming. I chose purples and blues|
inside the actor's credits as they immediately precede a storm
sequence featuring a similar colour range.
|Sam Spacey at work on cels of Rosie|
|Animation clean up of Wally prior to being traced.|
|Another animation clean up, this time from the tunnel sequence |
discussed in previous posts...
|... and some final traced and painted cels.|
|A frame from the final sequence, shot against its background.|
|Sam Spacey, tracer par excellence!|