The project we ended up working on were a series of 12 videos that belonged to Mike Rowe's SWEAT Pledge. Mike from Dirty Jobs wanted to train graduating students from high school in skills that they can use to support themselves without having to pay exorbitant college fees. He imparts his decades of experience through the videos, and wanted our group to provide animated sequences that accompany the live footage SOH took from their interview with Mike Rowe.
I ended up working with the Asset Team to create backgrounds and other occasional items such as character art prep for rigging, and props. At one point I created revised storyboards for story 4 and helped troubleshoot the technical animation for the turbine scene in a later video.
Today I am posting up my background work for Scene 2 since that was when I was brought in to handle any tasks that were spilling over. Our art direction focused on a more cartoon-like style that uses simple lines and shading which helped make animating the assets easier.
The backgrounds I created in the earlier stages of the project featured vectorized images but later transitioned to larger artboards created in Photoshop and then exported as PNG files. This was because the line work got more detailed as time went on and quality improved. I primarily colored the scene after a line art has been completed by our incubator members Rian and Seth.
|Baseball field created so that camera can zoom in.|
|Map image where other graphic items will pop up all over it.|
And here is the final video for Story 1 and 2 after our awesome animation + comp team put everything together.
- Story 1 -
- Story 2 -