Lame Theme Park: July’s Rubber Onion Battle



Whenever there’s a new topic for the RubberOnion’s animation battle, I usually spend a few days brainstorming and trying to come up with something somewhat original. What defines a “lame” theme park?

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Blue and Water

So with the Bad Magic exercise out of the way I finally have time to work on Boonka.

In my head, most of the backgrounds are done in watercolour. I’ve kind of maybe done it once before, and I liked the general idea of that look, as far as I can remember… You see where I’m going with this, don’t you? Once again, I have no idea what I’m doing.

I decided to test my ideas by drawing the simpliest background I have: plain blue skies. When in doubt, look at pictures… and an hour later I found myself with 14 pinterest tabs open and still no clue whatsoever. Okay, that’s cool, I’ll just start putting water and paint onto the paper, no biggie.


I do enjoy putting paint onto paper. I kind of wish I didn’t spill the water all over my desk though, but I was fortunate enough to not get any liquids on my tablet, keyboard or phone, and a short wash might even be a good thing for all these pens and pencils anyway.

I’ve scanned my experiments and played around in photoshop, and I think I have a better idea now. At least now I feel a little more confident with the direction I should be moving in. And I know for a fact that I should stop twiddling about with the backgrounds and get onto fixing my animatic first. So there’s that!

Slowly chipping away at the animatic…

One of my February goals is to finally fix the animatic for Boonka, and I now have 5 days to do it. Spent most of my “work” time today staring at it, and fiddling with absolutely unnecesary bits.

Didn’t help that I didn’t have internet all day, and that it only magically appeared once my husband got home. (He didn’t lift a finger to fix it, just him being home is normally enough.) I couldn’t listen to my favourite podcasts, and I didn’t realize until now how often I googled reference images…

The old animatic is in TVPaint. I’ve imported it into ToonBoom, and will most likely be drawing the new and improved animatic over it. There are many many problems waiting to be fixed, and now that I’ve convinced myself to focus on this again I’d like to take the opportunity and get most of this Boonka business done.

Surprisingly, I drew and painted a lot today, but I don’t have anything I can show just yet. So here are some quick warm-up Boonka sketches I’ve done. I’ve labelled them and everything!



boonka warm up

The END is NEAR!!!! (And a few copies.)

I’m going full ham on the Boonka animatic, and I can see the end! The storyboard is taped to the wall behind my computer screens, and I’m now on the second-to-last page. Five more shots to go! I want to finish today, and by today I mean before I go to sleep in the early morning hours tomorrow. The Rubber Onion Guys are doing a live show, talking about the Animation Battle entries, and I’m going to do my very best to participate in the chat and watch it live, and not pass out on my keyboard, because it’s set to start at 02:30 am my time.

Taking all of this into consideration, I simply scrolled through my Tumblr feed and copied parts of images of the artists on my feed. I started off with a sketch with no reference whatsoever, and it’s very clear which one it is, the anatomy is all over the place. I ended the session with a pen portrait from a photograph off Pinterest, which I am still almost happy with as of right now. Over on the previous page you can see some of my attempts at new logo ideas and concepts, something along the lines of a little mark I can just add to my images. I had to stop before I filled the page up, because the owner of the tiny feet (caught on camera below) was getting restless and wanted to jump and dance instead of watching me draw. Go figure.


Here are the links to the artists whose drawings I was studying:

I’m thinking it might be fun to maybe do some inspiration and resources posts, showcasing works by the artists I follow and admire, and analyzing the things I love most about their art. Not sure how to format it best yet, and how to pick them from the monstrously huge lists I have. Today I just randomly picked whatever showed up on my feed first.

Would anyone reading this be interested in anything like that?

Boonka’s Coat part 2 Video is up!

And a link for buggy phone interfaces:

I thought about splitting this one into shorter parts as well, and decided against it. These are “here’s how I did this” videos, and they’re here to show my creative process, mistakes and screw ups included. I suppose those that are looking for light and short entertainment videos are unlikely to come across mine in the first place. I already cut and edited hours of footage; if I were to cut it further I might as well just play the entire thing on fast forward and be done with it in two minutes or less, which doesn’t sound like too bad an idea. Might try it with the cart. Still defies the purpose a bit though.
My biggest mistake in these videos was keeping the air-conditioning on while filming. It was dreadfully hot, opening the windows wasn’t helping at all, and I didn’t want to be boiled alive.. but it ruined the sound 😦 I tried fixing it afterwards, but my sound-editing skills aren’t high enough yet.
I still should try to shorten them I think, less babbling about and a more effective work process should help. Basically, the more efficient I am with my time, the easier it should be to edit the videos afterwards.

What do you guys think?