Bill Plympton's global guard dog jam!
You've seen the film, Guard Dog, by Bill Plympton, right? Well, a couple of months ago, he decided to do a remake of that film with a unique twist. He invited artists all around the world to reinterpret each shot and combine them for a Guard Dog Global Jam type of film. You can check out all the other wonderful artists' shots here:
Here's my finished shot for the film, shot 37 - "Silhouette Walk 2"
It's all done in with solids and masks in After Effects, here's an early version of it with just the solids.
The pupils in the eyes are huge because I had to compensate for the various effects I had around it that "ate" away at the clean outline to give it a more painterly feel.
Here's the original painting that I did on canvas for the look of my shot.
I ended up using it as a basis for the textures and background in After Effects. I wanted to try and keep the original painting look, even though it was going to be done in After Effects. In alot of ways it's similar to the tests I did a while back on this blog with full animation done first on paper:
Since the animation, in this case, was a lot less complicated than that though, I just decided to do the animation completely in After Effects without doing a pencil test first.
Lastly, here's an outtake if I went with a more shaggy look.
Anyways, it was a lot of fun to work on, and it was very cool seeing all the various styles and mediums people chose to do their shots in. Hand drawn animation, computer animation, cut out, stop motion, you name it, it's in there. We even had a 10 year old working on a shot! It's cool too that it's a remake so you know the story, and you can have fun looking at all the various interpretations the artists came up with.