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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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

No More Mr.Sadman

I could hardly believe it. It was only my second week back at KCAI and I had already threw myself into a phunk. I had all these drawings finished at the end of the summer and thought I'd have them colored by now. I was letting it get me down. I was bumming because I also hadn't found any time to dig back into hand drawn animation.

Then amidst my self-induced suffering, a savior spoke these words, "Loosen Up Man". Studio truly is the greatest place on earth. I figured I had to take the time to draw, because I just wasn't enjoying my 3D-Modeling stuff.

VIOLA!! I let my pencil fly and something wonderful happened. I began drawing rough sketches that had more life to them then my neat and clean illustrations. You'll be seeing a lot more of these speedy "fun" drawings. I think I finally found my niche with drawing.

About time I beat that bad attitude. I'm no fun to be around when I get sulky.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Stop Motion Break Through

Daybreaks from Douglas Meloche on Vimeo.

Alright! I have had some considerable progression with animation. While there are a lot of things happening here that I'm proud of there's still room for obvious improvement:
1) LIGHTING!! (apparently it doesn't help if all your light sources are behind the camera.)
2) After Effects Post Comp
3) Camera Moves (probably can't do a smooth one without some kind of stable rigging)

Here is the complete video after all our films were edited together. CHEERS!!

Exquisite Corpse from Matthew Lloyd on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

2010-11 Demo Reel

Just realized I hadn't posted my Demo Reel from last semester. This collectively allows me to assess my strengths, weaknesses, and which pieces have the potential to become portfolio grade quality.