Doug's Intro

Animator/Illustrator/Student Director

A drawing is an idea. As an animator, I turn ideas into stories.
I am currently a junior at the Kansas City Art Institute. It's been a blessing and privilege to be a student there after earning my AFA at the Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL. I keep this as a journal of my latest projects and explorations in animation.

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Model Sheet

One aspect that I put a great deal of thought into was the color scheme. At first, I wanted to emphasis rich dramatic colors to emphasize my characters interests in hunting and spirituality in nature. After I created my first image in that style, it seemed to too stern and didn’t visually match my character’s description. I then shifted my focus towards the family dynamic that’s created by Clarimonde, Claire, taking care of her younger siblings. I looked at German advertisements for children and illustrations for German children’s books and felt it would be more appropriate to use a pastel color palette. To enhance this pastel style, I also adjusted the leveling on the original scannings of my drawings to give them a scratchy chalk appearance. I am happy with the final design that reflects the uplifting attitude of this character.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Eureka! Here is the completed B&W pencil animation for my interpretation of energy. The music was my inspiration for the visual design. The music is copyrighted to Dragonforce titled "Operation Ground and Pound". I claim no rights to the music. Next objective is to get the frames colored and polish in some effects.

ENERGY from Douglas Meloche on Vimeo.