Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Mindbottled" Final!

If I could go further I would really want the guy in blue to have a more "solid" face. He's not exactly on model throughout. Another thing would be to create model sheets for these two. But alas, today is the deadline.. and for 3 weeks of rough animation along with many other Finals to work on; I'm impressed with what I have.

Winter break is in a few days, Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Have you heard? The Ugly Dinosaur, The Lost Files and Project Yoakam are screening at the Columbus Museum of Art next Thursday (December 13th !) Not to mention the Special Presentation of Project Lumin, which was created by CCAD students too! Wow!

More about the event here.

Extremely appreciated if you're able to stop by! Thank you.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"Mind-Bottling" Week 4

For this week, I did rough character animation:

Note: some of the animation "flickers" due to no in-betweens. Also, some segments are not present because I'm revising a lot of the keys. Enjoy!


Monday, November 26, 2012

"Mind-Bottling" Week 3

Here is my progress thus far:
Unfortunately, I am behind schedule on the keys. The guy in blue is nearly completed though the pink guy still needs a lot of work.To make up for lack of frames, I managed to draw a background concept for the animation:

Note: the chairs will be re-drawn and placed in ToonBoom.
Thanks for watching -Laura

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Mind-Bottling" Week 2

Here are the thumbnails! I'm having a blast working on this!

Note: These "thumbnails" were sketched in ToonBoom, most of these are not the final poses. I tried to make them interact without making the viewer too distracted on who to focus on. Also the video is in lower quality since it's a very early Work-In Progress.

Speaking of Progress, here is my Project Chart:

Monday, November 12, 2012

Design4Media: Student Choice Proposal

For my Final project, I am going to animate one sequence to dialogue. I was highly inspired by the 11 Second Club  monthly competitions:

"The 11 Second Club is a monthly character animation competition. Animators from all over the world participate, animating a character speaking a line of dialogue provided by the club. Throughout the competition, participants can share their progress with each other and critique each other's work. At the end of the month, everyone votes for whose submission they consider the best for that month. The idea is to give animators a chance to practice their skills in a fun, challenging environment." - source.

Since it is close to the middle of November and I would be working until mid-December, I decided to take a short acting sound file of my choosing and give myself target dates and deadlines very much like the 11 Second Club:

  • 11/13 (Week 1): find sound file and start thumb-nailing
  • 11/20 (Week 2): Complete thumbnails. Start "key" animation
  • 11/27 (Week 3) Character animation
  • 12/4  (Week 4) Character animation
  • 12/11 (Week 5) Final animation (deadline.)
Throughout the month, I will be getting critiqued on each Work in Progress that I post. I will be updating at least each week. This will be good for networking and brainstorming as I will need a lot of feedback from other people. So please comment!

To give you a taste, this was my first attempt at animating to dialogue last Semester. Some of you might recognize it from my earlier blog posts:

This is pretty rough and mostly key-framed, but it sets a fair example that I want to hone in on character (acting) in animation.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Design4Media Update

Hello! For this week I worked on some clean-up and coloring on the remaining sequences in the film. Jinny and I re-interviewed people for the documentary due to technical issues from last recording.
Now for some exciting news!

The Ugly Dinosaur will be premiering along with other film projects this Thursday at the Gateway Film Center!:

More information here
This was a crazy project, but definitely the best I've had the pleasure to be a part of.
Thank you.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Design4Media Update

Final Background image by Callie Braceras

Hey everyone! Jinny and I sent the agenda for last Tuesday and Thursday.

Talked to Blair, the project's Animation Supervisor about this week's assignments for each crew member.

List of recent accomplishments:

  • Rough animation is on the edge of completion 

  •  Clean-Up is already at a great start (Scene 1 is completed!)

  • All final backgrounds completed
 Check it out at the official blog! click here!
Like us on Facebook! click here!

We're at the home stretch. Wish us luck!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Progress pt.3

Weekly update for Design4Media class:
  • Jinny and I went over last week's Agenda 
  • We discussed with our Animation Supervisor, Blair how we should plan rough animation for final scenes.
  • Created a Facebook page with Jinny recently and were able to receive 137 likes (70 in one day)

Remember to keep up with the Ugly Dinosaur Blog for updates!
Thank you! ~Laura

Monday, October 15, 2012

Progress again!

Hello again! Jinny and I are having a swell time co-directing our first short-film project The Ugly Dinosaur. Since Last week, we've been monitoring the finalization of backgrounds, logos and sound. Even more recently we were being filmed by our documentary filmmaker, Nikki for the "making of" section of the project.

 I'm really happy to see so much enthusiasm in our small but powerful crew. So much effort and heart is being put into this film and it's only been a few weeks! I apologize for having so little work to show personally, so here is a rough animation test of Dot I made a few days ago:
Sorry to get all sappy, I'm just really proud!
Thank you!

Monday, October 8, 2012


Okay! This week my co-director, Jinny and I reviewed and finalized pre-production storyboards and concepts for our short film project. It was chosen by our Design For Media class: The Ugly Dinosaur!

Our Lead Visual Development artist, Vincent created these sketches. 
Follow the Production blog to see updates for the short!

Thank you, everyone!
~ Laura

Friday, October 5, 2012

Free time posts!

I haven't posted any personal art in a while.. So, here you go! These are all limited palette work and I really enjoyed making them.

This was an experiment I did before working on the fake "teaser" poster for Totem. First try doing a limited palette as well as enjoying painting backgrounds. This is a triad color scheme.

Little picture I did of my old dog, Casey who recently passed away. I really like the style I drew her in. I want to draw more characters like this. This is also a triad.

This is another background as well as shading and light test. I had never drawn a desert before. This one is monochromatic color scheme. The one below is the same but with a grain filter. Not sure which one I like more so I put both of them on here.
 Backgrounds are actually really fun now!

Later! ~ Laura

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Design For Media Project 2 Prompt

Hey everyone! My friend, Jinny and I are combining our creative powers to create an awesome prompt (idea pitch) for our Design For Media class! Our idea is to create and complete an animated short film to the best of our ability along with having a production team. As said on Jinny's blog the film is inspired by the famous Andersen fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling" but instead of the protagonists being birds, they're dinosaurs! Here are some rough examples of what the main cast will look like:

Find out more about this prompt on Jinny's blog: click!

I did some background environment concepts :

I also did a color test on that last sketch:

Jinny created a flow chart and a time chart for the project. Thanks, Jinny!

(flow chart)

(time chart)

This is a big project and it will take lot of work, but I think our team will be able to do it. If they pick it, that is. We'll see!

Until next time, bye! ~Laura

Monday, September 24, 2012

Poster Complete!

Yes! Here is my final image of the poster for my Design For Media  project.
I was originally going have only Moose close-up and looking at the viewer, but since the story does not revolve around just her I put Fox more into the foreground (Also you can see why Moose is upset this way.)
I'm happy with it. I would have liked to work with the type more, but I feel as a whole it is complete.
All for now, Bye!
~Laura Mansfield

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Poster update

Okay! I am posting a WIP of the poster/teaser image of Totem (Fox and Moose) project. I've only really put in the background. The characters are only sketched out and put on another layer in Photoshop and will probably be moved around a lot to experiment with the Layout.

I will post the final image sometime tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Project part three : Color and final concept!

I didn't properly complete the first palette for the characters last time. I had good palettes, but they were not unified at all. So to make up for my mistake, here is the unified palette for the final concept. I went with the moose fox girls since they were really fun to imagine how they would interact with each other. Here is the final palette:

I tried to make the bright, saturated ones less prominent since I was dealing with nature and wildlife inspired characters. I think it's going to be interesting to see the final picture with the two.
Here is what they look like roughly colored: (Note: this is really just here for color scripting, the drawing and anatomy is heavily flawed.)
Ah! Much better! I'm really happy I was able to keep Moose's cold colors while making it fit with Foxanne's warmer earth-tones in one color scheme this time.
See you next time!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Project part two: Color!

Hey there! I bring you my two characters from the first concept from last post (fox and moose.) I really tried making the palettes for both of them "stronger." I really wanted to hone in on the idea to make the Fox-girl Summer and Spring personality and the Moose-girl more like a cold Winter evening.

Both of these color concepts were highly influenced by some of my comic artist(s) Becky Dreistadt click! and Gigi DG click! I adore Becky's sense of color especially in selective palettes. And with Gigi I really like how color is such a strong indicator of emotion and even foreshadowing in a story.
And here's Fender and Mike's palette. there wasn't as much of a change in color scheme compared to the girls so here are their swatches:

All for now!

~ Laura

Monday, September 3, 2012


I return! with four new characters created from two different concepts for my Design For Media class here at CCAD!

Here are the first two (both female):
These two are based off wild animals. The one on the left is based off a red fox and the one on the right is a moose.  The cool thing about these two is that the animal "personality" (stereotype) is swapped for these two. The fox-lady is funny and clumsy while the moose girl is sinister and mischievous. Unfortunately I couldn't think of a name for either of them yet. I'm leaning towards "Autumn" for the fox.

Here are the next two I did (these are both male)
These two are musicians based on the genre and instrument they play! The one on the left (MikeyShure!)is a rapper and the shape is inspired  by a microphone while the one of the right is a Rock(er?) and his shape is inspired by an electric guitar. His name is Fender Surf. 
I was inspired by artists like Craig McCraken click! and Brianne Drouhard click!. I love how they design characters, visually and in story. Well, that's all for now! Bye!


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pen Sensitivity!

...Finally works on my intuos tablet! :3 Here's a quick warmup:
Sorry, busy with finals...Hence the late update :I

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Necktie (Update for 3/18)

I suppose this can be the upload for next week, since it's Spring break starting tomorrow. The instructor says that It's pretty good. Could use some work though, as always. He especially liked the "but I will"  and the keyframed (non-animated) parts. Hope you guys enjoy and  also, don't be afraid to critique this! I'd like to improve as much as I can!


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Two Videos!

Here is my walk cycle with emotion. Hopefully is comes across as something gloomy, rather than extremely off and incredibly inconsistent. Hope you like my sad alien prince.. guy.

The next one is a WIP set to sound. Lip sync project with Zoo lander audio. Eh'yup.
I'll upload the finished product on Wednesday, when it's due. Til then, Bye!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

running perspective

Just a little test I wanted to tryout. I referenced the book "Timing for Animation" by Harold Whitaker and John Halas
 I will post the walkcycle next Sunday. I'm still working on it!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Morphing animation

This was last week's assignment. We had to make a character transform a few times and then having it transform back into it's original self. Here's mine:
I'm not sure what our instructor thinks yet, I'll know tomorrow! 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Animation project revised

I think this is a bit more consistent. Still a ton of things wrong with it.  My instructor says that it has good squash and stretch. I'd like to work on it more, but these are being graded. Better luck next time!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Animation project 01

There were technically 2 projects prior to this, but I don't have them on my flash drive yet. Animated in ToonBoom harmony 9.2. It's 36 frames on hold (72 total.) I'm pretty proud of it, though I know I'm gonna have to re-work it. But hey, that's how animation works!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Super late weekly post 2.0

Yeah, sorry I've been busy with school work. Anyhoos, I've got some nifty characters to show you guys!
Only the mule/donkey creature has name so far. Her name is Gray. They're from a comic series I'm working on. Drawn in a ballpoint pen and edited in Photoshop for brightness.Enjoy!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Super late weekly post

My apologies. School has been devouring me.
Here is my god tier for all you Homestucks out there:
I am the "Soul of Space" apparently. I want to color it and put in a nebulae background.
I'll try to post tomorrow or Monday. Later.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Spring Semester

...Is wonderful so far! It's a shame Columbus is so far from home (I live in New York state.) but, I'm more than happy to be back with my friends and instructors! Animation 1 class is fantastic and I've only had one class thus far. My next class is tomorrow and I'm pumped! Our first assignment is making a flip-book that has to do with water. I'm already finished. I'll try to upload it somehow after it's graded. No backgrounds this week. Just a quick sketch of a merman.

All for now see you next week! ~Laura

Saturday, January 14, 2012

background speedpaint

As I said in my previous post, I was working on backgrounds next. Here is a 1 hour speed-paint I did today. :
  I am posting this early because I'll be on the road Sunday and classes start on Tuesday, so I won't have much time to upload next week. Critiques welcome! I know the rocks look a little funky and it really lacks contrast. Welp. ~Laura

Monday, January 9, 2012


Here's a little something I did:
I kept part of the sketch underneath, but I might upload a different, cleaner version later. I think I'm getting the hang of this Photoshop stuff. Next up: backgrounds! Hopefully...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Yeah, got a nasty Winter cold. Ugh. Gimme some dayquil.

Here's a smilodon (sabre tooth) that shares the same illness as me.: