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Brian Barnes
02-06-2013, 05:36 PM
TP is has been very busy since the completion of "The Showboat Sensation" (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1303472).

Guess what he's up to now. :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Feb-2013/33172-Sopwith_in_field_fr_451.jpg

BrianB

This thread to be continued over the next few weeks? months? ... :)

Antiqueteacher
02-06-2013, 06:14 PM
Brian, great!! Will be looking forward to his adventures. . .whenever! :D

Katherine

Doris345
02-07-2013, 02:02 AM
I can't wait, Brian. Getting me a front row seat!

Doris

Lulu
02-07-2013, 02:05 AM
Be still my beating heart........:D

Yorky
02-07-2013, 04:19 AM
Ooo! That look exciting!

Doug

Uschi
02-07-2013, 08:21 AM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :clap: :clap: :clap: :heart: :heart: :heart:
Uschi

olliewood0702
02-07-2013, 08:32 AM
FLying!! WHOHOO...and the pilot at that. ;)

seedy
02-07-2013, 09:18 AM
Looking for the Red baron.....or going gliding with Snoopy....?

CharM
02-07-2013, 09:22 AM
...waiting with bated breath...

Brian Barnes
02-07-2013, 02:09 PM
Posing for photographers ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2013/33172-TP_pose_2_by_plane_.jpg

BrianB

To be continued ...

Brian Barnes
02-07-2013, 05:58 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Feb-2013/33172-TP_pose_3_by_plane_.jpg

To be continued ...

juneto
02-07-2013, 10:42 PM
What a Dude , Brian , Smooth article I'd say !!!
Please fly over and tip your wings over Frogtown again, it's been a long , long time !!!!
June:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :) :wave:

Brian Barnes
02-09-2013, 03:26 AM
TP may be ready ... but I've got a heck of a lot of prep work to do before he can take off. Much is done but the changes seem to be never ending. One idea leads to another. :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Feb-2013/33172-Ready_for_taxi.jpg

BrianB

To be continued ...

Yorky
02-09-2013, 03:36 AM
Nice plane. He'd better leave go of that propeller when it fires :)

Doug

Brian Barnes
02-09-2013, 12:56 PM
:lol: Yeah .... I've studied the videos of the startup process using the prop. Pretty dangerous procedure! :eek: Not much chance of it accidentally starting when it takes soooo much effort for one guy to turn the prop over.;)

BrianB

tamy
02-10-2013, 05:39 AM
What a treat Brian - I'm fascinated by anything around flying so I'm going to follow this one closely.....great adventure ahead for you and TP!!!
Tamy

ReggieS
02-10-2013, 10:29 PM
Great Brian!!!!

Reggie

CharM
02-11-2013, 08:39 AM
Ooh... a Flyboy... err frog... :)

Brian Barnes
02-11-2013, 01:31 PM
Char -- I watched the Flyboys movie a few weeks ago. That's where part of my inspiration came from. I was looking for something I hadn't tried yet and presented a new challenge. I thought ..."Hey! I should be able to do that!" ;)

My music department is busy working on the project at the moment. :D I'm starting to create some animated clips now for the opening story line. :)

BrianB

Brian Barnes
02-15-2013, 12:34 AM
No ... this isn't an abstract impression. Can you guess what it is?:evil:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/15-Feb-2013/33172-bar_fr_568.jpg

Still lots of work to do. :D

BrianB

To be continued ...

Yorky
02-15-2013, 02:32 AM
Looks like TP blowing a bubble?

Doug

Brian Barnes
02-15-2013, 03:04 AM
You're close, Doug. ;)
The video will reveal a whole lot more about what's happening. :D And how is it related to flying? :eek: (No he won't be flying impaired.) The plot thickens. :evil:

BrianB

Brian Barnes
02-16-2013, 03:25 PM
I have created several different views of the bi-plane. :) My process is as follows:

After sketching the desired view of the plane, I use its outline to digitally cut out an appropriate section from an existing watercolour in Photoshop in order to get the colour and texture I want.

Then I use the burn and dodge tools in Photoshop to establish the values within the cutout. These tools are brushes that tint (add black or white). So it's like painting tonal value into existing colour and texture while keeping the two intact.

This image shows the section of watercolour used for the cutout, the cutout, and the finished product.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Feb-2013/33172-Colour_process_for_Sopwith.jpg

BrianB

To be continued ...

Yorky
02-16-2013, 03:33 PM
A wonderful technique Brian. It looks really good.

Doug

tamy
02-18-2013, 01:29 PM
:thumbsup: great to see the complex process behind......about the buble, TP might have had too much beer again :lol:
Tamy

olliewood0702
02-18-2013, 04:37 PM
TP is looking through the bottom of his beer mug.....I think.

Brian Barnes
02-18-2013, 05:54 PM
Right on, Darla. :thumbsup: There's something else going on there too :evil: ... but I can't reveal that yet. ;)

BrianB

Brian Barnes
02-20-2013, 02:09 AM
... "into the wild blue yonder."

My goal has been to make you believe TP really is flying that bi-plane. Startup and takeoff sequences are done ... authentic sounds and all.:D Even I am surprised at how things are going. Now that he's off the ground, the flying sequences should be easy ... and fun. I'm convinced you will be a believer. I am!

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Feb-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_fr_755.jpg

BrianB

To be continued ...

Yorky
02-20-2013, 04:39 AM
Sounds exciting Brian :thumbsup:

Doug

Brian Barnes
02-21-2013, 03:47 PM
A single snapshot doesn't give the sensation of flight or elevation ... but the animation sure does! I'd better dig out the Gravol soon ... not for TP but for me! :D

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_fr_892.jpg

Taxi and takeoff required 600 frames ... and I managed it all within the same little background painting the whole way. :)

I searched through my old "failed" paintings that were gathering dust and found some I feel will be perfect for my needs. :) These are ones I've never shown here in WC.

Never throw out the old ones! Ya never know if you'll find a use for them. Of course 20 years ago I never thought I'd be doing this. ;)

BrianB

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Brian Barnes
02-22-2013, 02:56 AM
In my previous post I mentioned "failed" paintings. The main reason for their failure I think was their lack of a centre of interest.

In my later paintings I emphasized creation of a COI during the planning. That COI is now rendering my more recent paintings unusable as backgrounds for TP's flights.

Finding these old forgotten "COI-less paintings was a nice surprise. TP can fly through them without encountering obstacles in the sweet spots. :)

BrianB

To be continued ...

M.L. Schaefer
02-22-2013, 10:05 PM
I almost missed this (SHAME on me!). I LOVE that plane! A beautiful job, indeed! I was gonna say a water droplet...forgetting TP's love of a little mug now and then! :lol:

Wonderful...can't wait till he takes flight!

:heart: Margarete

djdedman
02-23-2013, 01:28 AM
Looks like I came back to WC just in time, Please save me a seat, loving this.

Brian Barnes
02-26-2013, 05:52 PM
Yesterday I finished a particularly difficult flight sequence. Learned a lot. More sequences to do. Sometimes you get to ride along with him. :D Sorry but I'm holding back on the best scenes because I'd hate to spoil the first viewing experience and any surprises. :evil: ;)

Here's TP about to emerge from the clouds over the Okanagan Valley ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Feb-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_fr_97.jpg

BrianB

To be continued ...

JudyL
03-01-2013, 11:04 AM
Oh GOOD! I'm on board :clap:

Brian Barnes
03-01-2013, 01:35 PM
That's great, Judy. There's a spare seat behind TP. Anyone is welcome to sit in it ... if you dare!:D

If you've never flown through a watercolour you're in for quite the experience ... especially with TP as pilot ... no matter how good or bad the watercolour painting is. ;) And don't forget the Gravol ... not for the painting but for the ride. :lol:

Here's another shot. Again, I'm not showing wide-view shots in an effort to maintain some mystery until the video is done.:evil:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-Mar-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_flt3_fr_688.jpg

BrianB

To be continued ...

Brian Barnes
03-02-2013, 03:56 PM
2 minutes and 40 seconds into the flight ........ and I haven't run out of gas yet. :D

Riding with TP, I'm reminded of the scene in Out of Africa where Streep reaches back to Redford's hand mid-flight. That gesture was very moving! ;)

"Forget it, TP! I'm not holding your clammy hand! Besides ... I'm too busy holding on to my seat!" :lol:

BrianB

To be continued ...

Yorky
03-02-2013, 03:58 PM
Can't wait Brian. This is going to be good!

Doug

Brian Barnes
03-03-2013, 12:07 AM
Thanks Doug. Looking forward to getting it out there. My goal is always to do better than last time ... and I think I've done it. :D

Here are a couple more shots. You can see it's a "watercolour world" because the roughness of the paper shows in these ones.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_flt3_fr_854.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Mar-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_flt3_fr_1145.jpg

So far I have views of the bi-plane from 6 different angles. Hopefully I won't need any more. Difficult to work in just 2 dimensions and create the perception of 3 ... but I think I'm succeeding. :)

BrianB

To be continued ...

olliewood0702
03-03-2013, 12:11 AM
You are doing great Brian. I cannot wait to see TP as a pilot. I like the great angles and the patchwork looking ground below.

M.L. Schaefer
03-03-2013, 02:49 AM
I have no idea how you did it, Brian, but the plane (and pilot :) ) have a special 3-D look. Because of the way the plane was "built" and the colors, or the perspectives? Quite amazing. Ah, its because the plane was superimposed? Anxiously awaiting Take Off!

:heart: Margarete

Brian Barnes
03-04-2013, 02:09 PM
Head in the clouds for a while ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Mar-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_flt4_fr_278.jpg

BrianB

To be continued ...

Brian Barnes
03-08-2013, 04:39 AM
This segment was a difficult flying maneuver ... and especially difficult for me to film!

You may want to close your eyes during this part of the video because you're flying on TP's tail. :D :evil:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Mar-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_flt4_fr_163.jpg

Just waiting on the music department now. They got a bit delayed.

BrianB

To be continued ...

Yorky
03-08-2013, 08:01 AM
A real Barnstormer!

Doug

olliewood0702
03-08-2013, 08:10 AM
:clap: :clap: Oh boy Brian that barn looks like it's right in TP's aim!:eek: I'm anxiously awaiting this.:clap:

Doris345
03-08-2013, 08:43 AM
Brian,
Will TP turn his wings vertical and fly straight through the barn and out the other side?

This is so great - I cant wait to see it!

Doris

Brian Barnes
03-11-2013, 06:13 PM
Hi Doris. If he does, you're riding along with him! :evil: ;)


Waiting on the music department to finish. Unavoidably delayed. Sorry about that.

Trouble with waiting is I have time to go over the finished clips , find the little faults and devise better approaches. Early sequences are the main targets. More recent ones benefited from the steep learning curve I'm on with regards to the software, understanding flight dynamics, and perceptive trickery.

Here's another shot which is a crop of a much bigger painting. (Holding back the best views for the premiere showing. :D )

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_flt3rev_fr_1050.jpg

This looks terribly 2D ... but add in some motion with objects and camera work ... and your brain switches it to 3D. (Can you see TP's plane in the distance?)

25 years after painting this, I finally got the depth I was hoping for. :lol:

BrianB

To be continued ...

Yorky
03-11-2013, 06:29 PM
I can't wait to be at the premier Brian. Wonderful landscape.

Doug

Brian Barnes
03-17-2013, 12:33 AM
Thanks, Doug.:)

The good thing about the delay is it gives me the opportunity to go through the flight sequences and make improvements. :) Since this has been an ongoing learning experience for me, I see now that some of the earlier sequences could benefit from what I learned in the later ones. This has resulted in my fine-tuning many hours of work that I had previously been very happy with. :D

Here's another shot as TP swoops down over a snow-capped hill...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_flt4_fr_635.jpg

BrianB

To be continued ...

Yorky
03-17-2013, 04:08 AM
:thumbsup:

Doug

Brian Barnes
03-18-2013, 05:59 PM
Here are two more frames. You've seen the first already. Does he chicken out? ... Or doesn't he? :D

The re-take I've been working on for this sequence makes the answer very clear :evil: ... but TP insisted on a stand-in for it. ;)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Mar-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_flt4_fr_163.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Mar-2013/33172-Sopwith_Camel_flt4_fr_246.jpg

BrianB

To be continued ...

Doris345
03-19-2013, 02:32 AM
:clap: :clap:


These frames are stunning just on their own. I can't wait to see the final show, Brian.

Doris

Brian Barnes
03-19-2013, 03:40 AM
Thanks, Doris. I'm really excited about showing it ... soon I hope.:crossfingers:

I tried so many new things I surprised even myself with what could be done within the confines of a relatively small painting. I discovered it's possible to make it seem that the painting goes on and on forever. That wasn't necessary however. I had lots of old paintings to work from ... so many in fact that I had to pick and choose. :) Many had to be set aside reluctantly and sent back to their home in the closet.

My music department is insisting on composing original music for this. I tried to make the task easier by suggesting recording a certain existing, well-known composition ... but the answer was, "No. Is there some reason to hurry?" I didn't let on that I have over 7 minutes of animation finished and waiting to go.:D

It's so tempting to upload my temporary/working version which uses a very well-known copyrighted recording. However the user agreement with YouTube prohibits my doing so. Once the original music for this is finished it will only take a minute or so to swap the music tracks and do any necessary tweaks.

Ahh ... the stressful life of the movie producer. Guess I'll just have to don my beret and put my feet up with a G&T ... and wait.:)

BrianB

To be continued ...

Doris345
03-19-2013, 06:13 AM
And of course you can have your minions do your bidding - that's what an entourage is for, right?
:lol: :lol:

seedy
03-19-2013, 09:55 AM
One does not put his feet up with a G and T....G and T's are a call to action.....roll 'em.
Is TP really going to "storm that barn"?

Brian Barnes
03-19-2013, 02:47 PM
Seedy -- As I've said previously, it's amazing how much depth motion can add to a painting ... even a poor one. Storming that barn entrance would require a lot of depth ... and I can provide the motion. The hard part was convincing TP. Does that answer your question?:evil: :D

Now where's my G&T? ..........:D

BrianB

Brian Barnes
03-25-2013, 02:46 PM
TP is intrigued by the Frogtowne Bar announcement of a guest speaker ...

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Mar-2013/33172-Sopwith_poster_fr_159.jpg

Still waiting on the music. ;)

BrianB

To be continued ...

Yorky
03-25-2013, 03:14 PM
:thumbsup:

Doug

Brian Barnes
04-17-2013, 02:18 PM
Still waiting for the music ....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Apr-2013/33172-bar_intro_fr_520.jpg

In the meantime almost every scene has been re-shot ... with lots of improvements. What happens in my process is that techniques improve with practice and learning ... so the last shots end up better (more refined) than the first. Going back, I saw things I could have done better. They're now redone.:D That's the good side of the delay.

Now I think I'll join TP at the bar. Feel free to join us there while we're waiting. ;)

BrianB

Yorky
04-17-2013, 02:23 PM
Mine's a shandy :lol:

Can't wait to see the result of your labours Brian.

Doug

Brian Barnes
04-17-2013, 02:37 PM
All right then. Bottoms up! :D

BrianB

olliewood0702
04-17-2013, 04:44 PM
Still patiently waiting...perfect time for you to update your shots hey Brian? Make mine a wine spritzer please. ;)

Brian Barnes
04-18-2013, 12:34 AM
Join the party while we wait for the :music: :music:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Apr-2013/33172-TPs_party.jpg

BrianB

Yorky
04-18-2013, 01:02 AM
:clap: :clap: :clap:

Doug

M.L. Schaefer
04-18-2013, 06:07 PM
TP's is rolling his eyes and thinking: Who ARE these rowdy and tipsy folk ?! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Brian :clap: :clap:

:heart: Margarete

Brian Barnes
04-18-2013, 06:34 PM
... bunch of ruffians from WC.

They look like the types who'll leave TP with the bar bill. :(

olliewood0702
04-19-2013, 10:14 AM
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: ...wow what a bunch of holligans hey?:evil: Love my wine spritzers and those frosty mugs of beer look pretty darn good too. I look good in purple. :D Let's PARTAY!!:thumbsup:

Brian Barnes
04-20-2013, 04:57 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/20-Apr-2013/33172-TPs_party2.jpg

olliewood0702
04-21-2013, 10:52 AM
TP looks pretty tipsy :lol: :lol: :D. I can't believe I drank all those wine spritzers! It must have been a good party :thumbsup:

Brian Barnes
04-21-2013, 01:20 PM
Yeah ..... and TP has the bar bill to prove it. :(

BrianB

Doris345
04-24-2013, 06:34 AM
But good beer.

tamy
04-28-2013, 03:43 AM
I have been away from wet for weeks and now that I'm back, the first thing I wanted to check was TP's flying adventure.......ahhhh, he knows how to tease our curiosity :evil: can't wait
Tamy

Brian Barnes
04-30-2013, 02:20 AM
OK ... It's time for plan B. :D

The music department has other more pressing obligations (I fully understand) ........ so I'm turning this into a one-man (and one-frog) production.

Last Friday I decided to learn how to use Garageband to produce the music I want using MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). It has been another steep learning curve, made even more difficult because I don't have a piano keyboard. I have to resort to using the computer's typing keyboard to play the notes.

Hey! All the necessary software was already in the computer. There are YouTube videos on the net explaining the basics of Garageband. I have a musical background having played the accordion in my very early years and then clarinet in high school band. What's to stop me? Yeah right. I know. No knowledge of music composition fundamentals. :o

Anyways ... I'm halfway through arranging the song I selected. Not saying what the piece is but I will say that it is orchestral and almost 4 minutes long. And it does sound like a 6+ piece orchestra. I'm very happy with how it is turning out. :)

At this pace it shouldn't be too long now before I can release "The Flying Ace". :D

BrianB

Yorky
04-30-2013, 02:50 AM
Good for you Brian. Garage Band is a powerful piece of software if you have the patience (which you seem to have in spades).

Doug

olliewood0702
04-30-2013, 08:51 AM
Wow Brian, you are a devil for punishment! I'm glad it's going well for you but so much to learn...it'll all be worthwhile though when you see the finished product. TP has been so patient to show us his flying skills.:thumbsup: You'd better hurry though as he seems to like sitting on that bar stool.:lol: :evil:

tamy
05-01-2013, 05:34 AM
:clap: :clap: hourra......my hat off Brian, is there something you cannot handle? :lol:
Tamy

Brian Barnes
05-02-2013, 02:15 AM
I've really set myself up for embarrassment with this song creation. I'm really pleased with it though. Finished tonight after many many hours. Not too bad I guess considering I only learned how to do this less than a week ago.

Takes me back to my days in high school band where the teacher was forever stopping play in order to correct someone who hit a wrong note ... go back a few bars ... and take another run at it.

I don't think I've ever paid so much attention to what each instrument was playing. I was only ever concerned about my own part. This time I had to score the whole thing for strings, horns, woodwinds, and percussion. Sounds like a full orchestra.

Now I think I'll let it rest a bit and listen again tomorrow to see if there is any more tweaking needed. Once I'm satisfied, it will only take a minute to add it to my video track. :) Then off it goes to YouTube.

Watch for "The Flying Ace". :evil:

BrianB

olliewood0702
05-02-2013, 09:18 AM
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Brian Barnes
05-03-2013, 01:44 AM
Attention!

We are now boarding TP's flight.

Passengers please report to Gate 1 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?p=19599102#post19599102) and have your boarding passes and Gravol ready.

:wave:

BrianB