The “Unloading Cargo” shot, as well as the following scene (which I call, “Many Bubbles”) are now completed. I’m using the music temp track to help determine the lenght and pacing of the action. It’s very important for me to have a score in place before attempting any of the animation. The music really helps me visualize how things unfold.
To make sure the saucers didn’t look completely static when they come to their rest spot, I added a small up and down movement to simulate a kind of hovering effect. The sparkle effects are created with just a couple of drawings (a plain sparkle and a sparkle with a ring, as seen in the “Many Bubbles” shot) that I scale up and down and rotate over a ten frame period (see diagram).
I now have six pages of the graphic novel completely animated. Here’s the next page I’m going to be tackling: