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yeticatcher
11-23-2006, 07:20 PM
Not sure if you all are familiar Mirage 1.5a animation software. Had to get my chops up on this program cuz we're using it alot in the studio. This piece taught me alot about the painting tools it has. Just a bit different than Photoshop, but not all that much.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Nov-2006/24742-sonja_colors_saturated2.jpg

Here's a link to a larger version:
http://www.trubalcava.com/concepts/sonja_colors_saturated.jpg (http://www.trubalcava.com/concepts/sonja_colors_saturated2.jpg)

Oh - and Happy Thanksgiving!

-Tom

madster
11-23-2006, 09:03 PM
Except that her head is too small for the lower half of her body (female body forms should be no more than 7 1/2 head lenghts, maximum - from the abdomen down, your proportions skew), this is beautiful work.

I'm not familiar with Mirage, but if these are the effects it can produce, it looks to be a decent application.

How long did it take you to produce this piece, and how many layers is it composed of?

~M

yeticatcher
11-23-2006, 10:40 PM
Thanks, madster. The proportions you mention are true in a more traditional sense :) . This happens to represent the amazon woman proportions as many comic artists have done since the 'silver age'. Comic Heroines tend to be 'out of proportion' to make them more statuesque, standing at least 8 heads high.

Anyway, I hope that all makes sense. ;) I spent approx. 6 hours in Mirage on the inking layer and coloring layers of this piece. The character and background are colored on seperate layers. I think the initial pencils that I scanned took upwards of 2 hours.

Mirage is digital 2D animation software that allows you to draw, color and animate on a timeline (timeline similar to editing software like Premiere or FinalCut Pro). Check out Bauhaussoftware.com. There are other programs such as TV Paint as well. I am much more proficient in Photoshop and will always fall back on that more widely used program for painting and photomanipulation. In fact, I did use photoshop to dial the hue and saturation of the final colors.

here are links to the progression from pencil to inks:

http://www.trubalcava.com/sketchbook/Sonja_rev.jpg

http://www.trubalcava.com/posts/sonja_progress01.jpg

http://www.trubalcava.com/posts/sonja_progress02.jpg

http://www.trubalcava.com/posts/sonja_progress02CU.jpg

http://www.trubalcava.com/concepts/sonja_inks.jpg

-Tom

LadyAlba
11-24-2006, 07:37 PM
This turned out great! :thumbsup: :wave:

LiftNw8
11-24-2006, 09:21 PM
I think this turned out great, and I now have to check out this Mirage program, I haven't heard about it but am now intrigued to find out more.

yeticatcher
11-25-2006, 02:19 AM
Thank you, LadyAlba.

LiftNw8: Oh good, I'm glad you're interested. Are you an animator? Even if you're not, the painting and drawing tools are very customizable. And thanks for the kind comment on the piece!

-Tom :)

justjean
11-25-2006, 08:50 AM
WOW, your sketching is wonderful as is the finished painting :clap: :thumbsup: :clap:

yeticatcher
11-25-2006, 08:55 PM
Hey, thank you very much, justjean! :)

baquitania
11-26-2006, 02:39 AM
Love this to death, being a big Robert E. Howard fan. Did you flat the final, or paint directly over the ink layer? Curious to know your preferred method of coloring.

Bobby

yeticatcher
11-26-2006, 04:11 PM
Thanks, baquitania. :)

I inked the character and background on seperate layers, then I made a seperate layer under each ink layer and colored the them seperately as well. I flattened at the end and did final adjusting of hue and saturation in photoshop.

Thanks for peeking in.

-Tom

LiftNw8
11-27-2006, 08:22 AM
Thank you, LadyAlba.

LiftNw8: Oh good, I'm glad you're interested. Are you an animator? Even if you're not, the painting and drawing tools are very customizable. And thanks for the kind comment on the piece!

-Tom :)

I checked it out a bit over the weekend, looks like something I might have to purchase to play with. No, not an animator, but a software junky, and animation is something I am interested in learning more about though, I have a copy of Maya 7 as well, that I plan on learning how to use as soon as I free up some time.

jhercilia
11-28-2006, 03:41 PM
this is beautiful. I love the ink drawing!

yeticatcher
11-28-2006, 04:56 PM
Thank you, Janet. Very kind of you to say. :)

LiftNw8: It's a nice program I think. It allows you to bring in clips to animate over - whether live action or CG animation you can apply things like effects animation and rotoscope. It's also great as a tool to work back and forth between Adobe AfterEffects. Good luck with it, and if you're looking for animating tips just ping me in an email or in a quick pm.

-Tom

jhercilia
11-28-2006, 05:20 PM
Does this program interacts with After Effects the way After Effects interacts with Creative Suite Production Studio set?

yeticatcher
11-28-2006, 10:28 PM
Does this program interacts with After Effects the way After Effects interacts with Creative Suite Production Studio set?

I'm not familiar with that production suite, Janet, sorry. What Mirage does well is export image file or movies that you've created using it's tools - PSD, TIFF, JPG, TGA or AVI, MOV. You can also import images from photoshop or movies from editing software. Hope that helps. Just go to bauhaussoftware.com and check out it's demo version for Windows or OS X.

-Tom:)

LiftNw8
11-28-2006, 10:50 PM
Thank you, Janet. Very kind of you to say. :)

LiftNw8: It's a nice program I think. It allows you to bring in clips to animate over - whether live action or CG animation you can apply things like effects animation and rotoscope. It's also great as a tool to work back and forth between Adobe AfterEffects. Good luck with it, and if you're looking for animating tips just ping me in an email or in a quick pm.

-Tom

It appears to be from what I see of it on the site, so I will be looking into purchasing it down the road a bit. I shall do that if I have any questions or need some tips.

yeticatcher
12-02-2006, 03:21 PM
Perhaps you'll find that the price of the Mirage Studio is more practicle and then upgrade to Pro once you feel like you're outgrowing it. Best of luck. :)

LiftNw8
12-02-2006, 05:05 PM
Perhaps you'll find that the price of the Mirage Studio is more practicle and then upgrade to Pro once you feel like you're outgrowing it. Best of luck. :)

Oh no, the $549 price for the Mirage Studio Pro is a bargain in my eyes, so will likely go and just buy that.

jhercilia
12-07-2006, 12:39 PM
I'm not familiar with that production suite, Janet, sorry. What Mirage does well is export image file or movies that you've created using it's tools - PSD, TIFF, JPG, TGA or AVI, MOV. You can also import images from photoshop or movies from editing software. Hope that helps. Just go to bauhaussoftware.com and check out it's demo version for Windows or OS X.

-Tom:)
Thanks, I will check it out.