Saturday, January 8, 2011

Winnie the Pooh

Forget the Disney version--I'm talking about the original text by A. A. Milne and the illustrations by Ernest H. Shepherd. I recently found a copy of the complete stories in my house, and I think that it's a great resource for us.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

More Excellent Color

Rice Boy by Evan Dahm is an epic webcomic, as is Tiny Kitten Teeth by Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson. Both use bright colors really well, particularly to emphasize the different moods of different locations/events/characters. (In Tiny Kitten teeth, I'm talking more about the storyline pages than the random single-panel paintings of Tigabuttah & co. You'll see what I mean if you follow the link :)

Examples after the jump.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Yo Gabba Gabba

So, until about three minutes ago, I had never seen Yo Gabba Gabba and only knew about it from you guys talking about it (so I guess everyone else has seen it, right?) From what I just looked at it is obviously really excellent, and there's some things they did that I think we could learn from. (You who know more about it could probably add to this list)

-Seamless incorporation of live video and animation (and several different kinds of animation at that)

-Simple but fun/colorful sets (looks just like what I was picturing when I commented on Ha's color post - our style could (should?) be simple, bright shapes made more interesting by adding texture, in our case via stamps.)

-Having an online presence - okay so our whole thing is that we're gonna post these one youtube/vimeo, but we should make Imaginauts accounts on all those sites (facebook? vimeo? myspace? if not an actual website (errrr too hard?) and design an Imaginauts logo / title that pops up at the beginning of the show (you know what I mean.)

-Maybe this is beyond our means, but should we have songs IN the show? maybe one song (besides opening/closing themes) per show about whatever that show's theme is? I think a lot of kids shows have that...