Popular anime shows like Dragon Ball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh, Naruto, or Pokemon have many things in common but what we all remember from them were their cool, catchy opening intros. Without these intros many of the popular animes from our childhood may never have been popular. The intro is usually composed of three elements: a catchy theme song, unique characters, and flashy animation. These elements are essential to attracting in new people to view the shows.
The past three months, I’ve been working on an animated video to bring my characters from my graphic novel to life. This animation revolves around the three main characters, Xavian, Boritta, and Nesia. The three main characters are anthropomorphic creatures; Xavian is a lion, Boritta is a female crocodile, and Nesia is an elephant. Each character has their own unique supernatural abilities. The characters have their own separate introduction in the opening intro that I created using Adobe Flash and Adobe Premier Pro. This animation combines the three elements to create a thirty-second animated intro for my graphic novel.
While I’ve very satisfied with the work I’m done. I don’t consider this video as complete. I’m going to add more scenes to the animation. I plan to submit the final version to future galleries and Film/Video competitions and events later this year. Let me know what you all think!
For the past three months I’ve been working on a thirty-second animated preview for Xavian. My goal is to have the animation displayed alongside my other works at future galleries. This will be great to draw in new fans and potential employers who need an illustrator/animator. I’m very proud of the job that I’ve done even though this was my first every using Adobe Flash. I’m positive all of my fans will be blown away. The completed animation will be released later this week. Throughout this week I’ll be sharing screenshots of what I’ve been working on these past months.
Here is Day 3 of coloring Nesia. I didn’t do a live stream last night because I was lazy (don’t judge me). I added in a door light to create a heavy contrast from light to dark. In the previous version, not having the door light made it harder for me to get the colors right on Nesia and the background.
With the door light I was able to change the color scheme of Nesia and his mouse around. It’s now less realistic but matches the style of Xavian and the rest of the posters. I personally like the outfit on Nesia than the previous versions of him over the years. He’s more relax and his clothes matches him. I still have some work to do on it, but it’s coming along well. I would say I’m 75% done with this one. Let me know what you think.
I am going to show you all a sketch I drew of Nesia back in November of 2014. Very soon I will recreate it on Adobe Illustrator with color. Stay tuned.
Here is Xavian, Boritta, and Nesia colored in Adobe Photoshop. I made a side by side picture to show the difference between the Line Art and the colored version. My favorite character to color is Boritta. My least favorite to color is Nesia. Getting the right tone of color on Nesia gives me the most trouble. I’ve colored Xavian so many times it’s almost second nature to me. Let me know what you think.
Here is my first sketch of Xavian, Boritta, and Nesia in Tokyo, Japan. All of this was hand drawn and redone in Adobe Illustrator.
Nesia. The tritagonist of the Xavian series. He’s a master of swords and hand-to-hand combat. More details will be revealed about Nesia later.