Monday, August 15, 2016

Animation - "Race to Oz" Puppet Process for POP! Slots from Kaycie D. on Vimeo.

Animation - "Race to Oz" Tin Man (all scenes) for POP! Slots from Kaycie D. on Vimeo.

Animation - "Race to Oz" Winkie for POP! Slots from Kaycie D. on Vimeo.

Animation - "Race to Oz" Good Witch for POP! Slots from Kaycie D. on Vimeo.


This was my biggest project from last year. I helped out on another game for POP! Slots called "Race to Oz", which included a side-scrolling "race" bonus game. I got to delve into a new process of animation: First, we roughed out the character animations using traditional hand-drawn animation. Then, we built "puppets" in Photoshop and rigged them in Flash. Instead of cleaning up and coloring the hand-drawn animation, we matched the puppet to the rough. Overall, it is defined as puppet animation but it still has the feel of hand-drawn.

Above are some character animations that I took from rough to finish. It was a fun experience!

rough animator for the Tin Man, Winkie and Good Witch/puppet animator for all: Kaycie D. (myself)
Dorothy rough animation/puppet animator for Dorothy: Robin Mitchell
Scarecrow and Lion rough animation: Chang Dai
Character designs: Robin Mitchell and Chang Dai

Background design: Chang Dai, painted by Jean Liang

Animation - "Around the World in 80 Days" and "Jack and the Beanstalk" for POP! Slots

Animation - "Around the World in 80 Plays" for POP! Slots from Kaycie D. on Vimeo.


Animation - "Jack and the Beanstalk" for POP! Slots from Kaycie D. on Vimeo.

Whoo! I can finally upload the animation I did last year! This is for our new app, POP! Slots (now available on iOS and Android), where I was put in charge of the symbol animation for these two games.

rough animator/final puppet animator: Kaycie D. (me)
assistant puppet animator: Michelle McCammon

Sunday, May 1, 2016

DYA - A Superhero - Camoeleon and The One-Winged Angel


This month's DYA was "Superhero". I've explored this theme a lot before -- I've been a heavy metal rocker with Black-Canary-esque sonic powers, I've been a steampunk-medicine doctor-necromancer with zombie dogs, etc. etc. So I decided a fresh, updated take was needed. I REALLY like camouflage patterned things, so I incorporated it into my costume and I can now blend into my surroundings like a chameleon (and I can fly, of course). Assisting me in fighting evil is my 3-legged cat, the One-Winged Angel. ("Sephiroth!")

I imagine their adventures would consist of much sarcasm, playful banter, and confusion about how to pronounce the name "Camoeleon"*.



*there is actually no correct way to pronounce it

Saturday, April 9, 2016

DYA: A Gnome



March's DYA, a gnome. What started off as a cute-yet-slightly-creepy gnome buddy ended up going full on creepy and made me question a lot of things about myself as a person*.

*mostly, what is WRONG with me, and why do I like scythes so much? More at 11

Bonus! The original sketch.

Bonus! A WIP shot where I realized that those hands were disgusting and something had gone horribly wrong.

DYA: A Star Wars Character - Kayciesith


Another DYA challenge, Star Wars themed this time. I chose a Sith because I was feeling the influence of the dark side at the time...

oh it's animated too I guess, NEATO

Saturday, November 14, 2015