My old friend @borborigm just sent me a picture of this article I contributed to in 2007 for Computer Arts. It was about character design.
It’s funny that it took 7 years for me to realise the magazine was also published in French.
Current times are good also… Just different.
Since the first episode I watched of The Big Bang Theory I got hooked. However, there was a pebble in the shoe of my amusement that I didn’t spot until the 4th or 5th episode and it was the title sequence. It is not hard to understand what they did with it and human kind’s timeline at high speed, but it was too much for my little brain and soon I started for either walking out of the room or pressing a cushion against my face at the beginning of each episode.
Two years ago I created my own version of QI over the Easter holidays, simply because I wasn’t happy with the 70s style sequence they gave one of my favourite quiz shows. So I decided to do the same for one of my favourite sitcoms. Although to be honest it was more for my own satisfaction than anything else, as I have nothing against TBBT.
I even love the symmetry of its acronym… in an OCD way.
I couldn’t resist the temptation of creating little animated gifs of all the character.
Here are all the characters together. For some reason creating the men was really straight forward and I was pleased at the first or second go. With the girls however I had a little more trouble, I did my best to make them justice and portray their characters as best I can.
And here are the planets.
Here are some interesting facts about the title sequence you may not notice the first time you watch it:
- The neanderthal version of Sheldon has a Green Lantern design on his “tunic”.
- The lab at the end is based on Leonard’s Lab as seen on season 6 ep5: The Holographic Excitation, when Penny decides to take more interest in his work.
- Only the female characters have coloured eyes. All men have black eyes. For no reason other than they look better that way.
- Penny’s hands are very large on purpose. Sheldon repeatedly alludes to her having giant hands when they first meet.
- The pyramid is the only real 3D object in the title sequence.
- My 5 year old son, Rafi, helped me design Howard’s rocket.
- To animate the characters alone I had to create over 150 layers in Illustrator.
- It took me 2.5 days to finish this sequence since the mount I opened the laptop to start working on it to the moment I decided I had finished.
- I am currently (April 22nd, 2014 23:59) considering adding a monkey to the sequence.
- The formulas in the sky are real formulas, such as the Pythagorean Theorem, Newton’s universal law of gravitation, Euler’s formula for polyhedra, the wave equation, the Second law of thermodynamics and of course Einstein’s theory of relativity. Among others.
- I haven’t watched season 7 yet. :(
Many of you have been asking: *”But Alex, how can I draw a cat realistically?” So, as a way to say thank you for all your lovely messages, here’s my contribution to help you achieve your life’s goal of drawing a believable cat. Just follow this easy steps and you’ll get there. It’s a no brainer!
1. Work out the proportions, body language, composition, cropping, intentions, motives and underlying emotiveness of your subject. Try and decide at this point what is it this cat is actually thinking about? Then translate it in some basic lines, don’t worry if it looks rubbish at this stage, it’s meant to look like that!
2. Now map out all the shady areas, to be more precise the areas that are not going to be in direct contact with the light and that, as result of this, are darker than the rest. They do this so we can tell them apart. Add some whiskers if that makes you feel safer.
3. Add some detail.
And you’re done! I bet you never realised it was so easy. Feel free to leave lots of grateful comments underneath. Now go and show off to the world your new skills and be happy!
* Not really.