Ahhh, frack. I came down with my monthly sore throat/upset stomach illness on Wednesday, which prevented me from uploading parts three and four of Wine Week. Now it’ll be all
When creating an animation, the series typically goes through several distinct stages:
Once I’d decided on the basic cast for Wine, I decided to look for someone who could draw the character designs. I hopped online and spent hours crawling through anime artists’ websites, searching for someone with exactly the right style. Saalon and Brennen helped, too.
We finally settled on an artist known as Philo, who beautifully merges the anime style with a style akin to the best of American comic books.
I contacted Philo, and he accepted the job of creating the character designs for Wine. Over the course of many months we traded
But Philo became increasingly distant, slower to return
You can imagine the magnitude of this event’s impact on Wine. Only about half of the character design work was done. And since every artist’s style is distinctive, I can’t hire an artist to, for example, draw the final three of six character drawings; the three new drawings wouldn’t look like the three old ones, which would make the design inconsistent. If Philo dropped out, I’d be left with character designs that were practically unusable.
So I replied to Philo that I really wanted him to continue work, pointing out that he promised to draw these designs. And, after all, I was paying him for it. This was work, which he’d agreed to complete.
He agreed to complete the drawings — though grudgingly, it seemed to me — and then…I didn’t hear from him for another month. Complete radio silence.
I metaphorically threw up my hands at this. I couldn’t force him to draw. I replied, and after trying to clear up his apparent misconceptions, wrote that if he wanted to drop it, he was free to do so. He sent me the drawings he’d completed, and I paid him for the work he’d done.
I ended up with most of the drawings for Sarah (the protagonist), and all of the drawings for Stark and Ryo Masaki. <sigh> I was frustrated.
And this wasn’t the only thing frustrating me. More on that next time.