February 11, 2008

Wulfie


(HQ recommended)

a little scene I animated for Wulfie - end credits

In the past weeks I've been animating on a tv series development called "Wulfie". It's a very cute show about a young girl who finds she shares her room with the 'big bad wolf' from the fairytales... The rough animation on the trailer has been done between myself, Alfredo and my friend Tom Caulfield on wacom tablets. We used Flash, but in a very traditional way - basically frame by frame with the brush tool. I have to say it's been fun! I was very interested in testing this technique more deeply, and it turned out to be very handy and quick. The rough animation we provided will then be cleaned up and painted with another software.

This will be more less the final look of the show.

concept design by Tom Caulfield

43 comments:

Shuku said...

Ale! EEEEEE Wulfie is SO CUUUUTE...I love the way he looks in the concept design - so resigned with the little girl hanging onto his tail like a fur boa.

I definitely want to see more of Wulfie. And yes, my goldfish are VERY FAT. Given the amount they eat I am so not surprised...

--Shuku

Ale said...

Ahah thanks Shuku!
Wulfie can actually be small and cute or big and protective, according to the situation.
The tiny one is so enjoyable to animate ;)

Massimo said...

Brava Aleina-san! I knew I had the next "Glenda" Keane as friend! I'm so proud of you... I can hardly draw a smiley!

SIM-R said...

Very cute indeed .
Great stuff.

Cheers .

Jay D Smith said...

looks awesome!!!

j.

a.g.barrows said...

belliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooooooooooo

rose-a-petits-pois said...

This is soooooooo sweet Ale!
I love the animation!! It is very simple, but we can really feel them boucing and having fun!
aooooow! :-)

Romont Willy said...

Adorei teu blog!! ficou muito bom.

killmax said...

cucciolosa!
che bello vedere ancora qualcosa di animato da italiani!

Ale said...

Massimoo!! Dai grazie..ma io mi accontenavo anche di Aleina-san! :D

Simon, thank you for your words, it's always great to hear from you!

Jay, how are you my friend? You know Alf and I became "Marco" addicted? It's all your fault! ;)

Barro', ma grazie caro :) Alla fine comunque la lasagna ce la siamo scofanata da soli!

Genevieve! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I'm very glad you enjoyed it! I promise I'll post more of that. Stay well my dear! ;)

Willy, I'm not sure I got it right but I guess it's good :D Thanks!

Max, grazie..e' un piacere per me. Peccato che queste cose, seppur semplicissime, in Italia non ce le fanno fa'. Comunque ne postero' presto altre!
Un abbraccio.. :)

Paulo Crumbim said...

wow funny, cute :)

tomm said...

great great great. this is how to work in future I am sure of it. Even not cleaned up this looks gorgeous and just as appealing as i drawn on paper. Did you find it more efficient?Easier or harder than Brendan paper animation?

Ale said...

Hey Tomm, thanks for that.
I think it's definitely a good way to work. It's obviously a different feel than using paper but it's easy to draw and so quick to make changes. You can explore different ways to animate an action without having to redraw hundreds of drawings or turn into eraser crumbles something that might have been useful later.. that way you can spend the time you saved pushing your scene a little more or just taking an icecream break :)
Files have been easy to handle (no scanner, yay!) and I agree with you about the rough line, I think it can look good even if not cleaned up (but it's just personal taste and of course it depends on style of the project, production budget and so on)..
So final verdict is very good. Now let's save 2d! ;D

EL GRANDE said...

OK wow! I'm floored by your blog. Give me a minute to catch my breathe. Those environments for the "KELLS" film are stunning.

Great job,
Joe and Elio

R.Dress said...

I love it!!! I'm wondering if you timed out the wolf landing a beat before the girl to see what that would look like. Regardless, I think this came out great!!!

Go 2D!!! errr a,,, I mean Flash!!!!

*R

Ale said...

Hehe I tried that too Rob. I finally kept this version as it looked sillier in some way... :D
Thanks for you comment!

Mick said...

that is delightful. yes, alredo's and your own sickly sweet style really shines out. I feel physically sick looking at it and the nausea just grows whenever I think about it, culminating in a savage hurl all over my handmade italian loafers and people of the bus. Now my shoes smell of gnochi all day every day. Yeah that is really some skill you have. Everybody else seems to have missed this terrible terrible quality in it.... i can only guess they were suckered in by your big eyes and alredos heroic hair doo.

All the best to you and yer fella

stranded said...

hellooo!! OOOh! I love the animation! it's soooo sweet and cute being so simple!! jijiji!! beautiful!!! yeah, you're right... direct flash animation works pretty ok. drawings have a nice look and it's possible to animate in the traditional way with real time line test... it's fun. Thanks for your visit!

Erik said...

Wow Alessandra, that looks awesome! Traditional animation in Flash works perfect. It would be very pretty and unique if you could get the painterly colorstyle in the image below. Good luck, Looks great!!!

Cesare Asaro said...

You have some really nice work here. My compliments. Keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to see more.

Bobby Pontillas said...

I love how this turned out! Very appealing.

Sorrentino said...

wow, haven;t been to your blog in some time! look at all the new stuff! congrads on your film! all the new work is beautiful, I love the shapes in your designs..especially the previous ones below!

Ale said...

Thank you everyone!

Mick, I'm overflattered by your words :D
Keep well my fluffy friend!

Kyri Kyprianou said...

wow, this likes like a really nice show! The method you're using gives it a more traditional feel than most flash stuff out there, really nice.

Best of luck with the show, sounds like a good idea!

Alexiev said...

Muy lindo...

Best wishes from Buenos Aires...

http://www.alexiev.com.ar
Proyectos
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SHANE PRIGMORE said...

God I've missed so many of your posts! It is so great to see traditional animation again! That looks great! And that Brendan work below is just stunning! BEAUTIFUL! I want to see it!

Chris Bivins said...

Really nice animation man. I love the movement on the dog the most, really cartoony. Cool. Love to see more.

-Biv

Ale said...

Kyri, Thank you very much. I hope the show will start soon too!

Alexiev, grazie! :)

Shane, great to hear from you! I'm glad you've stopped by. Thank you for your nice words ;)
Love the Indy post by the way, keep that up!

Chris, thanks! I'll post another one very soon, promise.

ALBERT PARDO said...

---NICE PIECE OF ANIMATION, GLAD I STUMBLED MY WAY ONTO YOUR BLOG, I ESPECIALLY LOVE THAT MARLA STUFF WAY DOWN THE PAGE. I'D LOVE TO SE THAT ANIMATED...

Alessia said...

che bella Ale, bella!che altro dire?!

Marcelo Vignali said...

Very cute. That wolf doesn't look that big or bad.

Ale said...

Grazie Alessia! :)

Marcelo, hehe thank you. That's actually the "tiny and cute" version of Wulfie, and the one I found more enjoyable animating, as its shapes are so simple ;)

jesse said...

bene bene bella! Haha, i reaaally like this.. Awesome work guys! it makes me want to start animating again.
ciao ciao,
Jess

flaviano said...

oilà
grazie per la visitina, scusa il tardivo ringraziamento ma era da un po che non aprivo il blog.
quindi, quando ci fai vedere qualche animazione in più?

p.s. ma sei veramente amica del giovane holden?
;)

Verena Fanny Trausch said...

ciao ale!
ma quanto bellino e' il lupacchiotto.... lo voglio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hehehheehe
ci vediamo prestissimo allora;)

un bacio

Jeroen said...

oh, so cute!
Don't you just love flash!!!!!... instant result (of course, you need to have the talent before you start)

Gabriele Antonini said...

Alessandra, il tuo lavoro è davvero di alta qualità, complimenti...ho visto il video di "Wulfie" su A Man & Ink...è delizioso.

Ale said...

Jesse! You just made our day, Alf and I are so happy for what you said ;) I seriously think you should give it a shot my friend! Hope all is well in Canada. Take care!

Flaviano: presto! prestissimo, giuro.
..ma il giovane holden? :)

Verena, grazie mille cara! Ti aspetto per qualche bella merenda allora!

Jeroen, thank you so much!

Gabriele, grazie mille. E io adoro gli animaletti che stanno sul tuo blog :)

Richard Gaines said...

That little bit of animation is so darling (not to sound effeminate). Your overall sketches are awesome, like the quickies of the Via Pietro Micca. Amazing life drawings too!

Tom Caulfield also done some great stuff.

Also, that's great you work on Skunk Fu! Really nice character design work!

Ale said...

Thank you very much for everything Richard! :)

Zayari said...

ohh beautiful!! mi piace molto!!! :)

Matt J said...

Great animation, appealing designs & neat concept. I hope this show gets picked up & proves successful.

gugli said...

bellissimo!wulfie!