More lighting and color keys for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2! These color keys were my first real test in painting keys - and it was definitely trial by fire. This is actually part of a much larger sequence that myself and three other vis. dev. painters (Seonna Hong, Dean Gordon, and Jerry Loveland) worked on together. It was such a unique experience to paint this way - since we each took a section of the sequence, we had to make sure what we were painting linked up to the paintings of whoever was doing the sections before and after our section. I loved painting this - I think I got the most exciting part, even if I did get sick of painting coconut milk after a while! And let me tell you, painting coconut milk in direct sunlight, against a yellow sky… not easy.
Seeing this sequence in the film was so gratifying - the shots, especially the shot of them flying down the fruit waterfall, look exactly like my paintings. It was surreal and wonderful to see my work on the big screen - which is why I also included an image of my name appearing in the credits at the end of the film (along with the names of the many other talented artists I worked with). I hope you forgive me my giddy-ness, this was my first time getting to see my name “in lights;” and to have that moment be alongside people, and for a project, I truly love… well, it doesn’t get much better than that!
This color key (designed by the awesome Aaron Spurgeon) was one of my favorite color keys to paint… even if it did make me really, really hungry. Actually, being inspired to eat because of this movie was sort of an occupational hazard. This color key is a pan, meant to start at the bottom with the characters and pan upward to reveal the cheese spider. I enjoy how deliciously dramatic it turned out… even if the burger looks a little cheesy. (Ha!)
This Saturday (the 28th) from 3-6PM at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra I will be participating in a book signing and Q&A session for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2! Click here to see the official page for the event. So, if you’re in the LA area this weekend, bring your questions, get your books signed, and come say hello!
…For a Sparkswood smut. I’ve been looking around on Google for FlintxSam smuts, but I can’t find any. I swear mine, which isn’t much of a smut (sorry I haven’t posted it yet. When my schoolwork simmers down, I’ll try to post it.), is all I have. DO I HAVE TO BEG I-SHIP-YAOI-LIKE-FEDEX TO WRITE ONE??? I want to draw it so bad because, you know, it’s Sparkswood and all. You know how you get those cravings for some smutty stuff sometimes. It just hits you like FEELS-SPLOSIONS. I just got into smuts, including a Homestuck one my friend is writing, so please can anyone write a FlintxSam smut and send it to me or post it on Fanfiction.net or something? Thanks for reading my rant of how much I love Sparkswood. :3 (P.S. I will draw something for the person/people that writes the smut. FlintxSam anyone?)