Wednesday, June 03, 2009

It's been too long

It's amazing how fast time between posts seems to go, so I figured I need to update with something. So here are a few sketches of an idea I've been kicking around for awhile, it's a re-imagining of Robin Hood during the the early years of the gun in France (pre-musketeers so probably the 16th century). The Robin character may look familiar, he's made a few appearances on the blog way back in various incarnations.
Robin, found out at the age of 8 he's a descendant of the legendary Robin Hood decided to take on the mantle of the outlaw to once again help his fellow man. A bit of a fool, but a highly agile one. This would be Little John, the gruff blacksmith with a heart of gold. Won't even attempt to make one of those crude guns the run-of-the-mill blacksmiths have been going nuts over. Gerard, a distant relative of some rich lord who believes he's a hero of the people but is really an unlikeable pompous nitwit, and always trying to show up Robin and mostly failing.


I've started working on a new action series at Cartoon Network as a production assistant, and some of the prop guys introduced us to Google Sketchup. So after hours while waiting for Miyuki to get off work, I created this tudor-style inn to go along with the Robin Hood theme. Cool program, I suggest everyone try it out, especially since the basic version is free. If I end up using this for anything I'll draw over it and make it more organic and stylized before taking it to color, still a nice start though I think.

6 comments:

J. Wood said...

Hey Matt,
Wow, I didn't realize you'd been updating, really nice work you've been posting. These characters are awesome, there's some really great design work in here. I especially like that rough one in red and that Gerard fellow is cool too, I like the costuming. Looking forward to seeing more :)

Matthew Long said...

Thanks Jen, I really enjoy the costuming of that era, though I have a difficult time simplifying some of it for animation. I like the rough too. I should follow my first instinct and try not to stray so far from the rough next time.

Sheldon Kruger said...

Hey Matt - Great work man! Thanks for checking out my blog. Man, I'd love to meet up for the beach bonfires if you guys have them. I will check with Tal for further details...ha ha.

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Destiny Wood said...

Hi Matt, thanks again for helping me with Maya, I really appreciate it. These drawings are awesome, I love the rough red sketch and the cleaned up one too.

Jake said...

Nice work Matt! I just made a blog thanks to you haha. Hope to put some stuff up soon. Looking great with the work though, I love it!

See you monday.