Tuesday, March 17, 2015

First Try at Character Animation

So this year I decided to sign up for Skillshare.  If you don't know what Skillshare is it is an online learning platform for artists, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs. I had to join because both Aaron Draplin and Yuko Shimizu had classes on there and I had to take them. Yesterday, I decided to flex my After Effects chops and create a walking animation for Frazier Davidson's class.  I've been working in after effects for about 10 years but never really tried pursuing animation animation with it.  The class was great.  I decided to use my Cintiq and draw the boys from Darjeeling Limited and started with Francis played by Owen Wilson.  I will hopefully soon finish doing the other brothers to finish the piece.  I hope you enjoy!
Darjeeling Limited 1 by Ben J Hutchison

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hey Ricky or How I Came to Paint Rick Moranis

So I just finished a big #finealt (trying to come up with a name for what I do, trying) thrift store painting featuring a giant Rick Moranis head.  How did I get here? Do I have a love for Rick Moranis? Why would someone do this to a perfectly good painting?  While I can't always mind map an art project, I have a pretty good idea where this one came from.
It starts with #meetingnotes.  Meeting notes is an ongoing project of mine that organically started as I had to go to meetings at my day job  Many of these meetings didn't pertain much to me, so I started drawing to a) pass the time and b) work on my drawing skills.  When I started, I made mostly doodles.  Over time I began working on more complicated and intricate sketches of people (mostly celebrities that I admired).  I would post these on my instagram on Fridays to the she-grin of friends and fans.