ILLUSTRATION!

It’s been a productive year for my illustration work so far. Typically, animation eats most of my creative time, but this year I’ve focused a lot more on getting some still art completed. During the lengthy times between video updates, this is what has been keeping me sane. It’s been a great creative outlet just having something that I can complete in a the space of a few hours. Here’s some of the better ones. For all the latest updates on my illustration work, you can follow my Facebook Fanpage.

For some of these, there’s a desktop wallpaper version, which I’ve linked to below each image.

wallpaper:http://imgur.com/PvQhKfF

wallpaper:http://i.imgur.com/cxncMvR.jpg

wallpaper: http://imgur.com/hCDCpiK

 

Nolwandle’s Story

I recently completed a collaboration with Amnesty International to produce a documentary-animation. The piece is narrated by a Zimbabwean woman name Nolwandle, and her struggles as a human-rights activist. It’s one of the more ambitious commissioned works I’ve done recently and it’s a huge honor to have been a part in such an important cause.

Johnny Hollow Crowdsourcing Video

 

 

A few months ago I had the pleasure of working with ‘Johnny Hollow’, a talented group of Canadian musicians and one of my favorite bands. They posted an update on their Facebook page requesting a comic-book artist for their new job, and I eagerly put up my hand. I produced all the Flash animation in the above video. It was a huge buzz to work with them and one of the most enjoyable freelance gigs I’ve had in a while!

Batman Hates Bronies

Check out our latest cartoon ‘Batman Hates Bronies’!

This one took quite a bit longer than my Pregnetheus cartoon. The ‘rough’ style actually took more work than my typical cleaner style oddly enough. I was initially thinking of doing something more in the style of Dark Knight Rises, but just decided to do my own style anyway. I’m happy with how it turned out, though I’m eager to get back to something tidier and simpler.

We hit a creative roadblock in the last few days of production. We couldn’t come up with any music to fit the first half. In the end I came across some Star Wars music (the Emperors Theme) and thought “screw it, lets just parody that”. So that’s how we ended up with a Batman/ My Little Pony / Star Wars crossover parody thing….

Hania worked her butt off on the score for this one. She did about 5 different versions of the first half, which was my fault. I was like “Needs more DUNDUNDUNDUN dun DUHHHH” and then “Can we pull back the “DunDunDun dunnn?” and then “……Maybe we should get rid of the DunDunDunDun….”

Jazza did a fantastic job as usual as Batman. It was my first time working with Josh Tomar (as the voice of the Brony), and he completely nailed it from the get go, I can’t wait to work with him again.

The bulk of production was done in Flash, for character animation. I used a lot of Photoshop for the BG art, and composited in After Effects to add some glows  and filters just to soften the look a little.

I’ve got a couple more ideas for some parody stuff, but we’re going to throw in some original stuff soon too just to even it out a bit more.

Pregnetheus

 

WARNING: It contains a lot of gore.

I saw Prometheus a couple of weeks ago and despite some clunky plot points, I loved how it looked. I haven’t really done much parody type stuff, so I thought I’d see what I could do with my own rendition of the cesarean scene. I’ve been dying to do a medium size animation for a while now, so here’s the result of two weeks of work. We wanted to get it out in one, but there were too many issues that extended the deadline. We’ll see how we go for the next one.

James Lee Animation on Facebook!

I now have an official Facebook fanpage. While there are already a couple existing pages for Tarboy, I really needed something more centralized to communicate with fans via Facebook.  Hit ‘Like’ to receive facebook updates from me about my new work and upcoming projects!

https://www.facebook.com/JamesLeeAnimation

 

I’ve just submitted my film ‘Short and Sweet’ to my various online channels! The original plan wasn’t to create this for Valentines Day, but with the themes, we decided to hold off and put it out on the day. Admittedly, this has been sitting on my hard drive for a long time, so I’m happy to finally have it out. You’ll probably recognise the style of the characters from 24 in 24. They’re from a series we have on the backburner called ‘Wods’ and we’ve got a whole universe of these characters planned out. Hania did a great job on the music, as always. Eric Gusky (who also did voices for Tarboy and Make Snacks not War) took care of all the characters’ little noises.

You can also view the Flash version of  Short and Sweet on my Newgrounds page here: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/590038

Mike and Christie’s Animated Wedding Proposal

I’m still yet to upload the full body of my client work, but one of my recently completed projects just went viral in the last day or so.  It was a small project I completed for  a client (Michael Reid) who wanted an interesting way to propose to his girlfriend Christie. He contacted me with a script he wrote, and I animated this little piece.

The video has been viewed on Mike’s personal Vimeo account nearly 200 000 times in the last day or so, and shot strait to the front page of Reddit. People are really interested in the personal story behind the piece. Congrats to Mike and Christie and all the best on their Wedding preparations!

24 in 24 Twenty Eleven is finally uploaded.

We’ve finally finished compiling and uploading 24 in 24 Twenty Eleven.

It’s been a pretty draining couple of weeks. We only got to our 20th animation on the day before we completely burnt out and couldn’t go on any longer. Over the next few days I was determined to finish off the remaining 4, but it was so draining even trying to completely a minimal amount of animation. I’m noly just recovering from a pain in the upp shoulder that I developed over the day from using the mouse for such a long period.

It’s a bummer that we couldn’t get them all finished in the allocated time, but we’re overall happy with the quality this year, even if some of them turned out rather cringe-worthy. Josiah Brooks did the male voices for the Toast and Cloud series, and he did a fantastic job. We used some of the left over audio to create other animations such as Gross Nyan Cat. Hania Lee did the voice for Toast’s daughter, Katie. We’ll probably do an extended version of Fez Guy at some point.

Doing this project was a reminder how much I need to start getting out a few smaller projects in between my larger films. Getting one film out per year lets me really focus on quality, but it’s not exactly sustainable in the long run unless I’m continuously growing my fan base by periodically releasing content.

I’ve separated out some of the videos from 24in24 and made them into their own submissions on youtube. One video contains only the episodes from Toast and Cloud, and another is just Gross Nyan Cat. They aren’t really substantial enough for my to post them as individual submissions on Newgrounds I don’t think. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s beneficial in the end.

Thanks to everyone who tuned into the live broadcast to contribute their ideas!

24in24 Live again this Saturday

  • Live from 8am, Saturday the 3rd of December, Brisbane Australia time.
  • Watch it on Ustream here http://www.ustream.tv/channel/james-lee-animation
  • Hania and I are once again doing our 24in24 challenge. For those who missed out last year, the idea is simple; we aim to create 24 individual animated pieces in the space of 24 hours. The idea was inspired by the 24 Hour Comic Day; an event started by comic guru Scott McCloud. All art, animation and music must be created within the day. Our viewers are able to communicate with us via chat, and give ideas on what they’d like to see animated. The interactivity aspect between us and the viewers played a major role and was a lot of fun last year.

    For everyone around the world, your local start time will be different. Here’s a few different times depending on where you are.

    8:00 a.m. Saturday December 3, 2011 in Australia/Brisbane
    9:00 a.m. Saturday December 3, 2011 in Australia/Sydney/Melbourne
    5:00 p.m. Friday December 2, 2011 in America/New_York
    2:00 p.m. Friday December 2, 2011 in America/Los_Angeles
    10:00 p.m. Friday December 2, 2011 in Europe/London

    You can work out your own local time here http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-b in/tzc.tzc

    The format the same this year, but hoping to improve on the overall quality compared to last year. We’re aiming to do more voice work and reduce the number of ‘filler’ pieces that we did last year. We’ll be trying our best to end it with something great, as opposed to last year’s lackluster 24th animation.

    We’ll be keeping names of people who contribute as we go, so that we can place the in the credits at the end once it’s all compiled. While we’ll make every effort to note down everyone’s name, due to the time constraints, it’s very easy to have someone slip through the radar. As such, we can’t guarantee that everyone who contributes will end up in the credits, but we’ll do everything we can.

    Last year we broke our promised to have the final piece compiled and up on Newgrounds and Youtube within 2 hours of completion and got it in late. We aren’t making that promise this year, as we’ll be so fatigued at the end that it will be too easy to mess up the final release due to a stupid tired mistake. We’ll try and get it out the next day, but allow up to a week if there are any technical difficulties during compositing.

    We hope to see the same faces from last year, as well as some new ones this year. It’ll be fun for all, so tune in and help us out!

    Here’s our 24in24 from last year.