Once upon a time, many moons ago, I collected animation cels. I collected from Japanese animation because it was the thing I was in to, plus I knew where to get them and they were afordable (anything domestic I liked was out of my price range and/or not widely accessable on the internet at that time).
Anyways, last year I started to re-find my love of cels and this year it came back (damn you, painting class). Bad, bad Tracy. Why can't I have hobbies that don't involve the spending of so much money?
Friday night is my designated night to do 'nothing' - nothing translating 'do whatever I feel like'. Sometimes it's video games, sometimes I'm an internet zombie, sometimes movies, but the last few Fridays I'd been taking my cels, BGs, layouts, and cleanup pencil animations into the lab and either shoot or scan them on the nice scanners. I opened one of my Itoya books and found one of the cels I'd had for quite some time had suffered from some bad line fading. Poor thing... most of my cels haven't had that problem, but this one just seemed to have drifted away. Since I'm pretty sure the studios are busy tonight (first years have walk cycles due, I think?) I decided to fix the line fading on my cel instead.
Tada! My new disk. Now I can stop borrowing my roommate's... I'm sure she's tired of retrieving her disk from my room.
Forwards! It's time for animation cel surgery. Sort of.
First problem is though, Japanese animation and North American animation don't use the same size of paper or cel sheet.
Voila. Blank cel.
Well fine. Bought and punched extra cels for a reason. Lets do this again.
This time, I'll use the cel for my line work. It got SO much brighter and sharper the more lines I put in... I was so happy! I was actually 'warmed up' by this point (I guess) because this go around only took like 1/3rd the time.
Look at that! It's so much better. I'm so pleased with this.
I think I'm going to do more, because I have a few cels that have line fading and it'll be nice to see them pop again.
So, that's the story for this first Friday night in Feburary... it felt pertinant to this blog :) so it's here.