Modern Cowboy – Animation Breakdown
Here I included some of my process regarding the creation of an animation for the “Art on The Marquee” outdoor digital art exhibition. This opportunity was given to me by Signature Boston, Boston Cyber Arts and the MCCA. Please feel free to come to the open art reception:
The initial inspiration was from a book I was reading about Max Ernst one of my Favorite artists. I have also been watching a lot of classical Western Films, and the 2 were dumped together to make an animation I was interested in. I don’t think one can make a cowboy animation without using Edward Muybridge for reference. I wanted to add motion to this initial creative direction.
Initial Motion Study
This is my initial color study in cohorts with some animation. I aimed to combine my art style with the initial concept. I found this pretty interesting and I decided to move forward with the cowboy scene. My original idea was to call this modern cowboy, then I wanted to see what would happen if I bred the animation with a Patriot. However I found the New England landscape a little restrictive to my art style and decided to stick with the desert theme.
The style of the animation was bred from a bunch of cactus drawings, I loved working on this project because I got total control of art direction.
I drew about 20 rock scenes. Most of them were inspired from Arizona landscapes. These drawings were actually used in the final animation so I decided to show this image. These elements were drawn on paper, scanned and vectorized. The elements were then imported as 3d Layers in After Effects.
Towers were drawn with ink on paper, scanned, then painted in Photoshop, then taken to illustrator and Vectorized.
This is the first piece of art I created when I started this animation. I wanted to keep it really simple. I then interjected the cowboy theme and decided to make the character more relate-able, you can see the official asset to the right.