November 9, 2009

The Tapeman Commeth

After many greuling hours it is finally finished!

TapeMan from David Bruck on Vimeo.

it was fun working on it. the rig was pretty cool minus the facial controls those were pretty crappy

now its time to move on to the next project inspired by land of the lost I will be working on a pole vaulting animation. it should be funny hopefully

well here is Norman the worlds classiest pole vaulter


there is also a new demo reel up on my site feel free to check it out

October 31, 2009

Amanda Visell Alligator Costume! Happy Halloween!!!!

So the other day Amanda Visell posted on her twitter anyone that dresses up as one of her characters for halloween she'll send em a package. So of course I got excited for this and decided to squeeze it into my busy schedule. Anyways this toy is one of my favorite toys I own as well as one of one of my favorite toys Amanda Visell has made so I decided it had to be made as a giant cardboard box version.

This is what the toy looks like for real

visell gator

Then after a few hours and many complications such as running out of spray paint and duck tape so the support  was kinda shaky. Also my batteries died as i went to take pictures and i couldnt find my charger for a while. Then also after the pictures were dont and taken I realized i forgot to do the upper teeth :(
Anyways though I had lots of fun making it and im pretty happy with out it came out for the most part considering the amount of time i had to work on it and the materials i had. Now i jsut need to find a place in my room for it and build a better support for it!

So heres what i ended up with!

This is the picture i ended up sending to her I hope she likes it :)


and heres a few other pics





and here is a pic of the aftermath and my big mess!


October 28, 2009

Dont Fear the Geeker!

So I just started taking my animation out of blocking and things are coming along i may post something at some point before its completely finished maybe after i clean it up minus facial stuff ill post it. Well see but the reason for this post is for some geeker process stuff!

anyways as promised here is the original sketch that spawned the character known as geeker.

Dont Fear the Geeker

after the original sketch one day i decided i liked this character and wanted to develop him. I already had a giraffe sketch that i wanted to further develop as well so I decided itd be funny to have a giraffe in his hands instead of a sickle. and came out with something like this

geeker sketches

after i had the general idea of my character I had to come up with an idea for the painting. I was thinknig of maybe having a hot girl kissing him showing she wasnt scared of him. But then I thought it would be funny to have him poking the pillsbury doughboy in the belly since your supposed to fear the reapers finger but since hes geeky he wasnt a very good reaper and people just laugh at him instead. So then I started messing around with some sketches for the dough boy.

dough boy sketches

I was pretty happy with the little full body image towards the bottom right. However i didnt like the face or hat so further tried developing those.

toying with doughboy heads

nailing down doughboys face and hat

I was finally pretty happy with a face and hat and then decided to try and think of a composition for the whole idea.

almost got the composition

once I had a general idea for the composition i now realized i needed to design a pumpkin face. I went thru multiple ideas

pumpkin faces

after deciding on a pumpkin I finally came to my final sketch!

final sketch

Once I got to this I took some pictures and opened it with photoshop to do play around with some colors. Originally I was going to go with this one

color test 1

however messing around i accidently clicked the screen when i had a darker color and realized it made the characters pop so much better. Despite the fact i wanted it to be really bright i decided to go for some darker colors and ended up with this

color test 2

Once at this point i decided it was time to do some real painting! And here is the final result...

final painting

final painting2

Well hope you enjoyed viewing my process.

I got 2 projects i might be working on sometime before halloween. First one is a pumpkin carving. I already bought a pumpkin and have an idea for a design I just have to sit down and do it. Also I found out today that Amanda Visell will send me a package if i make a costume of one of her characters for halloween so I really wanna do it I just need to get my hands on some cardboard boxes!  If I end up following thru with these projects there shall be some more posts very soon!

October 9, 2009

July 11 Sec Blocking

So ive gotten back into working on my 11 second club entry that I never got to finish because my computer broke in July. I reblocked a nice portion of what i actually had before cause it was crap. Then I also finished blocking it cause it wasnt completly blocked before my computer died. Well anyways Here is my blocking pass without any facial blocking. Im pretty happy with the blocking hoping i can pull it off once i smooth it out.  Feel free to comment on it. Woop

July 11 Sec Blocking from David Bruck on Vimeo.

October 1, 2009

Halloween Painting Complete!

So today I turned in my painting for the tates halloween show. The show opens October 17th not sure yet but i have a feeling i wont be able to make the opening this show : ( But everyone else that reads this should go check out the show and miss that im not there.

im going to try and keep the painting on the downlow until after the show well see if i crack or not. Here is a sneak preview tho,

geeker preview

after the opening ill post a real photo and maybe even the sketch or some sketches or something

now my next project is to finish the 11 second club from when my computer broke!

September 23, 2009

Tates Halloween Show

They flyer has just come out for the "Candy Apples and Razor Blades" show

tates halloween flyer

Looks like a lot of people are participating in this show. Im pretty excited to see everyones work and what they come up with because monsters and halloweeny stuff  is awesome.

Also I have decided to TRY and have my painting for the show finished this thursday and if not this thursday than hopefully by the end of the week!

PS on a side note I cant find my ninja turtles Play-Doh mold. Im still looking but thingss are not looking good : ( i wanna make that movie!

September 22, 2009

New Site FINALLY uP!!!

After working out some kinks the new site is finally up! My buddy Mike Descz helped me out big time making and redesigning the site for me. I think it looks a lot better than the older one and now its much easier to update and make changes too as well! Theres also even a nice little button that'll take you here to my blog : )

Now that i can rest fairly easy about the site I can start working on my painting for Tates Halloween Show tommororw! Still havent decided if im going to post a teaser image or not well see what happens.

Also Mike and I keep throwing ideas around still for comics so who knows maybe one will be up soon like maybe in the next week or two.

Last post I also mentioned the possibility of a sequel to our movie 13 ways to kill a turtle. Well its happening! I just have to find my playdough mold. The production of it will be much better than the first one but dont worry that first one will be up online sometime in the near future. Were also going to attempt to do some ghetto stop motion this time around its gonna be exciting cant wait to start it!

also gonan try and start thinking of a cool idea to do a pumpkin carving this year. I  haven't carved one in so long hopefully i can come up with something awesome

Well thats it for now! Hope you enjoy the new site!

September 16, 2009

lots of new stuff coming SOON!

Hey so its been a while since I last updated. Last time I was talking about doing Julys 11 second club. I had it all planned out and i was blocking it in and as I finally got rolling on the project my computer decides it wants to break! So by that point I knew it would be impossible to finish in time for the competition. so about 2 or 3 weeks later my computer was fixed. But then it was time for vacation and me and my girlfriend went to North Carolina for couple of days. Things were quiet for a while after that i was doodling up ideas for the Tates halloween show coming up next month and had been working on sketches for it.

tates halloween show

I finalized my sketch about a week or 2 ago but then i put it on hold for a little while cause my girlfriend was going back to school soon.

Now though this past week I've started up lots of projects which will hopefully make for a lot of blog updates. The past few days Ive been working on figuring out the colors in Photoshop for my painting for the Tate Halloween show. I pretty much have everything colored now i just have to do it all on the canvas now. I probably wont post pictures of it until after the show opens trying to keep it on the downlow this time around. Maybe ill post a teaser pic at some point.

Aside from the painting I've been working on redesigning and updating my website with help from my buddy Mike. We've got a good amount done hoping to launch it soon. Hopefully sometime in the next week or 2.

Mike and I have also decided to start up a web comic. Ive been drawing up some sketches for one of the characters recently on my meal breaks at work. Gonna try and get the website done first and then pick up the work on the web comic more once that's done.

Another project I'm hoping to work on with Mike is a sequel to a movie we made on Halloween back in 2002! It was super ghetto and cheesy but it was pretty funny. It was called 13 ways to kill a turtle. I had this ninja turtle mold and we thought up different ways to kill him. We made it in just a few hours with no video editing aside from rewinding and just taping over things. Not very many people have seen it. Mostly only the people at the Halloween party we went to that night and a few friends here and there that we've shown it too. If we end up making a sequel its going to be called 13 more ways to kill a turtle except this time it'll be better planned out and put together. Now we've got an HD video camera and we know how to use editing programs. Well still try and keep that classy cheese to it tho otherwise it just wouldn't be the same. Maybe well release it this year on Halloween exactly 7 years after the first movie! That'd be exciting right? If we end up making the sequel ill post the original about a week or so before we put out the new one.

Also recently i bought the character design issue of Computer Arts: Projects Magazine

cpu arts mag

and it came with this awesome little disk of cool tutorials and Ii found out about this site called its pretty cool and the tutorials are pretty cheap. I'm thinking of purchasing a few of them so I can become a Flash Guru. Before i buy any of them though my friend recommended this book

flash bible

so ill check it out and see how helpful it is. Also a few months back I posted about a music video I was working on. Aside from the animatic i started modeling a few things and animated just a little bit. But after seeing some of these cool flash effects and wanting to get better at flash Ive decided to scrap the 3d stuff and do the whole video in flash! This way the characters can be more original and i wont have to worry about technical difficulties of fire and mustard and the such.

However the whole flash thing is on the back burner for now once I'm done with the website and possibly the painting I need to get back to my 11 Second club submission from July and finish it because I need some new work for my demo reel.

Anyways these are all the projects I'll be working on this month and months to come most likely. Stay tuned for more updates! I promise it wont be 2 and a half months again!

July 1, 2009

11 Second Time Around

Last night I listened to the 11 second club sound clip for the month of July as I was frustrated with trying to rig a simple little hot dog cause everytime i thought i was doing it right some factor was wrong. Anyways back to the 11 sec club. July's sound clip is AWESOME! I am putting my music video on hold and doing this competition. It would be awesome to win but ill be happy as long as this entry gets a better ranking then my first attempt at 11 sec club. Ill be posting updates as I progress. Wish me luck!

May 14, 2009


Hey guys! so last month i went and saw electiric 6 in concert which was AWESOME! Besides that tho im sure im not the only one that listen to nothing but the band they are gonna see at least for a week or 2 before the concert non stop. This song showtime stood out to me as being awesome. Now there already is a 2d animated video for it however i had a completely different idea in my head for it. I thought my idea was cool so i started doing some rough storyboards for it. i meshed em all together in premiere and came out with a final animatic.

animatic from David Bruck on Vimeo.

Now the Final version of this video will be done in Maya all completely 3d. It should be exciting having to come up with solutions and figuring things out. My biggest challenges ahead of me are modeling and rigging an umbrella that can open and CLOSE! yikes. Also gonna have to rig a hot dog so it can flop around. as well as some scary mustard squirting skills ill have tio figure out probably using Nparticles which i know nothing about so it should be fun haha.

Im also planning on using the Norman rig because its the coolest free rig ive ever come across and the customization is just awesome.

The video will just be something im working on the side mostly for fun but also so i can get more and more practice and maybe beef up my demo reel a little bit with some awesome shots if all turns out well.

Thats it for now. Wish me Luck!

April 2, 2009

Me Me Me Me Me

So I just finished my painting this past monday for the Tates Comics / Bear and Bird self portrait show! Im pretty excited with how it turned out for the most part. theres a few things here and there i wish were better but thats what the next painting will be for!

Opening night for the show is april 18th wooo and itll run until may 30th tho so check it out yo!

ME ME ME ME ME flyer

heres a few images of my painting. At first i didnt wanna buy the thick canvas but i was pleasantly surprised with it once i actually started using it and now im obsessed and thats all i wanna use!

"Melium Buffoon"

The piece is titled " Melium Buffoon"




March 1, 2009

February 11 Second Club

I have lots of videos this time around. first i did the basic basic idea i had in my head and sketched it out. then i shot lots of reference video of my self and these were the pieces that made the final cut! the syncing isnt very good but its just to get a general idea.

Feb 2009 Planning from David Bruck on Vimeo.

After sorting thru tons of footage i went ahead and did my new sketches now that i had more of an idea of what i was doing. these were the sketches i came up with.



after the sketches i jumped in maya and did my blocking. This is my final version of blocking before i went in and started smoothing things out

Feb 2009 Blocking from David Bruck on Vimeo.

then lots of smoothing, facial, lipsync and set building later this is how my final product ended up

11 Second Club Feb 2009 from David Bruck on Vimeo.

this months 11 second club has 181 submissions thats craziness im really hoping i win id even be happy placing in the top 10 . cant wait to start voting on every1s seeing what im up against.

think im gonna take the month of march off for 11 sec club ill see maybe do some other animation thats not dialogue driven. also i will be working on a new painting as well for tates local artist self portrait show until then or i find something crazy to post GOODNIGHT!

January 8, 2009

Stop Mo and New Toys YEAAAAA

Yesterday I went to Tates Comics one of my favorite stores ever and i saw some new Teddy Troops toys. The basic model of teddy troops are always awesome but i was like man i dont even know what this series looks like so i didnt get them. Theen last night and today i was like man i want those toys. I decided to go and i was only gonna buy one but then i was like no i need to get 2. So I did. I open them and I got 2 of the same exact TOY!

I was a little bummed but not really cause they are so awesome doubles are ok with this set cause it just makes your army bigger, So then i went in and bought a 3rd one. Made my brother pick it out cause he has lucky fingers. I open it and I got the FRANK KOZIK one!

so theres 11 toys in total i believe so i still need 9 more cause they are awesome.

anyways i was playing around with my toys a little bit and decided to make a short little stop motion video.

Destroy! from David Bruck on Vimeo.

its not the best thing and its super cheesy but it was fun to make. ok well that its for now hopeing to start workin on the 11 second club soon for this month if i do then ill post my work in progress as it actually progresses. Thats it for now Enjoy!