Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Three characters very near and dear to my heart and 14-year-long creative musing: the leading ladies from my TKP original story concept, Raven, Remedy (Yes, Anathemas Remedy, to my curious DeviantArt watchers) and Akinah. It was an absolute joy to be able to sit down and draw them properly again. I'm equally excited to color this... and do an image of the leading fellas from the series as well, soon!
Cheers, and as always, thanks for viewing!
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Above is the drawing as I received it - Pat's beautifully gestural under-sketching and all. From left to right: Niles Bontrager, myself Mel Miller, Pat himself, and Kerry Newill.
As gorgeous as the under-sketching was, I needed clear line work to really get the color to work at its best, so, away it went. Here's the lines as they'd appear in the final image, after nixing the Red channel.
Choosing colors was made particularly fun, as I was able to base them all of stuff my roomies and I actually own. It personalized the piece all the more. Above - the flat colors! Somehow, that phase always takes me the longest.
And finally - the final piece! I love the results, and it was incredibly fun and relaxing to work on as a whole. A great way to kick off my post CCS art-life, for sure. Thank you for lending the lines to color, Patar! ♥ Also, major kudos for the resources: Mayang's Texture Library, and DeviantArt's Rawox for the Photoshop brush of the Detroit city skyline. And to Coldplay for ever conceiving of "Life in Technicolour II" as it was on repeat habitually the entire time I was coloring this. Damn, I love that song.
So yes. Four quirky animators living under one suburbanite roof. Personally, I think we'd make an ace animated sitcom ;)
Bless you, roomies. Bloomies.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Caravan's first official trailer, (Now with two new shots!) compiled both for the CCS 2010 Senior Show, and for use by the Stratton Foundation, who was recently kind enough to award the film and myself a generous scholarship. A film (Concept, Animation, Backgrounds and Color) by Mel Miller. Compositing by Niles Bontrager. Music by Larry Larson.
Well, it's official - I'm now an alumni to the College for Creative Studies. My graduation was positively wonderful; I'll post an entry on it here soon. While I'm taking a week or two off of Caravan's production for some much needed rest, I'll be diving back into the remaining clean-up, color and final composite soon enough, with the goal of completion set somewhere amidst late September 2010. For the moment, however, below are the links to the latest updates and entries on the film's production, as seen on Caravan's official production blog, including "After the Tale: Roadside Rest," a recently finished concept illustration, as seen below the links.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Here's to tomorrow's graduation!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
My latest demo reel. All animation, layout and color by myself, Mel Miller. Compositing on all color shots by Niles Bontrager. Music provided by Kevin McLeod from http://www.incompetech.com 3D character rig provided by Dale Meyers.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Caravan's first official trailer, compiled both for the CCS 2010 Senior Show, and for use by the Stratton Foundation, who was recently kind enough to award the film and myself a generous scholarship. Music by Larry Larson.
The semester has finally, blessedly, ended, and I'll be graduating in a week. Caravan's production, however, will likely span through September - I'm looking forward to diving back into it after a brief but much-needed break. For now, below are the links to the latest updates and entries on the film's production, as seen on Caravan's official production blog, including the first version of an official trailer for teh film, seen above.