Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Shady Business

Nothing too fancy here... just some stuff where I had to do some lighting effects:




Sometimes to draw the lighting effect, ya gotta rework the board drawing. In this case, the Powerpuff Girls are so specific in their posing (Due to their flat, UPA-inspired design) that only those of us who worked on the show since the beginning knew how to pose them correctly. There are often rules as to how a character can be posed in order to work with their unique designs. The PPGs probably gave freelance board artists more headaches than any other show at the time... (other than DEXTER'S LAB)

This is an example of what we would call "Models as layout":

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POWERPUFF Z EPISODES ON YOUTUBE



A weird experience for those of us that worked on the original, but it's pretty cool. You can check out full episodes and more here.

25 comments:

Marmax said...

That anime Power Puff Girls actually looks good...for girls I mean. (cough, cough) So did Cartoon Network have any say in the production of it?

Miss Mindy said...

Yay! I'm second! - neat stuff Mr. Batts... Hope to see ya next weekend at the Comic Festivus... I will stay at my booth this time-
:)mm

Doktor Viktor Von Kreep said...

Chris, really dig this stuff. Power Puff Girl's was and still is one of my favorite shows!

Dapper Dan said...

I hear ya on posing those characters. Due to the design, a slight turn can make or break the model. Love the black and white here. Kudos

Goobeetsablog said...

Nice Bold lighting treatment.

Really Strange Anime!
That has to be one of the longest transformation sequences I've seen.

-brian

hobo divine said...

Great work!!!!

toonamir said...

These drawings are so great! really fun to look at, Love the professor.

SketchbookAllstars said...

These are just so slick!

Serapio Calm said...

Beautiful and crisp work! Yeah, working on PPG wasn't easy. Props & FX was tough but it was fun. I learned alot.

Dee C.K. said...

Great work Chris! It was great to finally put a face to the name. ;)I'm sure we'll talk again, we run in similar circles. Nice lighting FX BTW! cheers!
Dee

Mukpuddy said...

Man that lighting stuff is killer dude!!

Paco Sordo said...

Great work all over the blog.Another great place to learn from!

Jorge said...

Great work as always Chris. I didnt realize that the boards on shows like PPG and Dexters had to be so tight!

Brian Growe said...

Awesome drawings, sir! I think I can remember some of those from the episodes. The Japanese Powerpuffs just seem way too anime to me now. Personally I still like the original with it's American-anime charm.

Alina Chau said...

Love your production works ... love the board lighting design.

The Anime Power Puff's very interesting ... is that a teenage version?! It looks kind of like sailor moon!! LOL Fun looking though.

Rafiki said...

Is fantastic!
Congratulations for your blog!!!

i would like watch more, i will return

Great work!!

donnachada said...

Shady Business indeed. Lovely drawings. Love dropping by here.

Jo Bling said...

Chris

Tip top ticketyboo stuff, sir. Didn't realise until now how prolific you were. hats off to you, squire. Do pop by my own gaff if you get the chance.

From an animation monkey in the UK

Ook Ook!

Bling

Paco Sordo said...

hey,thank you very much for the visit and the comment!!

Chris Battle said...

Hey, gang... thanks for all the comments. Glad to see my occasional dips into the "archives" are useful/enjoyable.

Marmax- As far as I know, PPGZ was a co-production between CNS and Toei Animation. I think the network's say in it was "Yes, give us money. Thank you."

Minja!- We won't be down at Comic-con this year :( I'll make sure I do something nerdy this weekend to make up for it.

Von Kreep- Let me guess... you favorite characters.... Abra-Kadaver and The Boogeyman? The Kreepsville Kartoon's looking cool. Darryl's got the crazy TALENT!

Dee- Fun meeting you too; Funny how we all sort of know each other whether we know it or not...

Mukpuddy- Thanks! Always dig you guyz' stuff! I just wish your blog thumbnails were bigger :(

Jorge- The boards don't have to be that tight, just semi-on model. The main reason I re-drew that pose was 'cause the PPG's bodies don't "work" that way. I wanna RIFF t-shirt, man!!

Jo Bling- I've already been to your blog before; Great stuff, man!

Paco- Thank you for dropping by; gave me the chance to discover your blog. Great stuff!

...and whoever's going to Comic-con, check the names in my links section and see which of my pals will be there... be sure to drop by their booths and buy ALL of their stuff!!

HELVER ASBETH said...

desde colombia un saludo!....me gusto mucho la linea!nice work my friend!

Schmiddy said...

soooo sweeet! I love these!

Alan said...

Damn you.... that is HOT!

Cale Atkinson said...

Hey Chris, Love these production sketches! I always get giddy when you post Dexter/powerpuff artwork and can never get enough!

Also Thanks so much for the kind words on my blog. To receive such compliments from someone as talented and inspiring as yourself is humbling to say the least!

Cant wait to see what art you post next!

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