collin byrd

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So. Here we are. The title character. The guy you came here to see. The Crimson Fly.

So, some notes on the character:

-Yes, his legs are weird. Think rabbit or quadrupedal legs.

-He’s wearing a mask with goggles overlayed on top. No, He’s not missing his ears, nor are the orange bits his eyes.

-His eyebrows are massive. Better for emoting.

-He does have wings (It'st that’s why he’s called the crimson FLY). When not in use, they’re tucked inside the hole in the back of his hoodie.

The Crimson Fly is not actually the main character of this particular piece. There are a lot of mysteries about him (why are his legs like that? What’s under the mask? etc.) that I don’t want to reveal yet.  And without that background knowledge, it makes meaningful character development hard. Progress only means something if you have a starting point to judge it from.  So, no, the Fly isn’t the main character.  Think of him as more like a guide for the main character’s progress.  His (The Fly’s) story will come later in the main comic.

So what’s next? I’ll show you how to draw him!

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So, for better or for worse, I’m going to try and “solo” as much of the illustration and animation as I can. However, realistically speaking, I’m probably going to need help at some point. So that I don’t have to spend too much time teaching people how to draw my characters, I’ve created a series handy-dandy “How-to"s to help people learn how to draw the characters. They aren’t perfect (as I don’t have the time to make them so) but they serve as a good start as to how I draw the characters. First up, the Crimson Fly!

 The Fly’s basically a sphere mounted on top of a cone. It’s not quite that simple, but that’s the easiest way to break him down and start.

As stated earlier, He wears a mask and goggles to hide his identity. I also gave him massive eyebrows because I like being able to see characters emote, and I didn’t want to mess with his goggles too much. So I enlarged his eyebrows.

As for his legs, I kinda hated the idea that someone could be super strong but not really look much different from everyone else.  So I went with something even more implausible, like quadrupedal legs.  They let him jump 3x his current height.  Why are his legs like that? You’ll have to read to find out.

With the arms and torso, they’re less autonomous anatomy, and more just connectors for the arms and waist to the head.  That said, its important to identify how clothing folds for lighting purposes; Its exaggerated in the how-to’s, but your get the general idea.

And that’s how you draw the Crimson Fly! Simple enough, right?

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So, for better or for worse, I’m going to try and “solo” as much of the illustration and animation as I can. However, realistically speaking, I’m probably going to need help at some point. So that I don’t have to spend too much time teaching people how to draw my characters, I’ve created a series handy-dandy “How-to"s to help people learn how to draw the characters. They aren’t perfect (as I don’t have the time to make them so) but they serve as a good start as to how I draw the characters.  So here’s our main character, Officer Jones!

My dad loves to go walking. When we were younger, he’d always drag my little sister and I on an adventure in the neighborhood. Being younger, smaller (and in my sister’s case, female) versions of him, we didn’t have the stamina or height to keep up with him for very long, nor did we really appreciate being dragged away from the TV (the horror! How could we survive without the TV?!). And being slightly pragmatic about our time and energy (mostly due to the aforementioned frustrations), it always seemed disappointing at the time that the trips seemed to go nowhere (unless we ended up at a nearby ice cream/toy shop) Fast-forward a few years; I love walking in random directions for random intervals of time. There’s just something about moving at a slow enough pace to be able to take in the world around you; its a much different perspective than if you’re in a car or on a bicycle, which is why there are days when I’ll just walk to class, or to a store to pick up something, even though I have a bicycle. Its a lot of fun, and I can’t imagine that not being a part of my life. Which is something I owe my dad. We butt heads sometimes, but with the exception of my art (and he supports my antics), there’s very little in my life he’s ever wrong about. Its a somewhat bittersweet experience waking up, and realizing why he (and my mom, for that matter) said and did certain things when I was younger. But its even sweeter when their advice pays off. Which is why I want to do a better job of treasuring him for the rest of the time we have together (He’s not dying, but we all will eventually, right?) Anyway, Happy Belated Father’s day, Dad. I hope we get to do more walking trips soon.

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So, I’m learning from a really good friend that a good way to motivate yourself is to show what you’re working on to as many people as possible.  More often than not, they’ll be excited for what you’re working on and they’ll be just as, if not more excited to see you succeed as you are. Sometimes, those other people will provide the spark when you’re running low on juice. Other times, they’ll be that missing link you need for completion, or they’ll spot the one flaw in your marvelous plan.  But I’m digressing.

Here are thumbnails (Y'know, I’ve never seen a thumbnail as small as an actual thumb nail. Weeeird….) for an animation lipsync I want to do. Its a redo of animation I did back in undergrad, and I want to prove that:
a. I can do better after 3+ years
b. I can animate using the puppet/traditional mix method in flash
c. I can create a good workflow that I can use to make better animations faster, and smarter.  

Aaaannd it occurs to me that most of the pic is too small to read…. Oops! Oh, well…