iBIBLE Production Part 5: Colored Art

Last week, we finished exploring the pre-production process of iBIBLE by looking at the steps involved in the creation of an animatic. We discussed setting the tone and mood of each verse of the Bible, along with the rough animations that make up an animatic, but what comes next? How do we move from a basic outline of a scene to a detailed, vivid illustration that is characteristic of iBIBLE?

Uploading Rachel giving birth

CHARACTER SHEETS
First, we begin with character sheets. A character sheet is an illustration of a character that ensures a character is drawn exactly the same way, even though different artists may illustrate the character at different times. Abraham, for example, has to look like Abraham regardless of who draws him, and as the team expands and more talented artists are added, it becomes even more important to have a good character sheet that is accurately followed.

Shechem sketches

Shechem sketches2.

Each time a new key character is introduced, a character sheet is developed for that person. On a character sheet, the team determines things like: what age is the character throughout the stories that they appear in? What is the general character of this person? What is their historical, ethnic, and tribal background? The character sheet then goes through the sketching process, then color is added, and the character is finalized. With a finished character sheet, artists are able to create iBIBLE characters who are consistent throughout all of the stories in which they appear.

Shechem sketches color.

Shechem sketches color 2

COLOR AND MOOD GUIDELINES
If you have seen an episode of iBIBLE, you may have noticed the striking use of color. We have established guidelines that appear throughout each chapter. Color sets the mood of a scene, indicates things like disobedience (as in iBIBLE Chapter 2 when sin enters the world and everything is cast in gray), or align with a specific character (such as rays of light appearing with God). There is also an entirely different artistic and visual style to depict visions and dreams

art images

CREATING AN IMAGE
Once the characters are finalized, and the artists are familiar with the cultural and historical specifics, they receive a shot from the animatic along with the shot guide. With these three things in hand, the artist can begin their line art.

-An image of the shot
-The shot guide
-Access to the character sheet (in this case, Rachel)

Animatic rachel

As the artist creates line art, a rough sketch is drawn, with red lines indicating camera movement in the shot. We begin with the full, wide frame image, then zoom into the smaller frame image. Once these depictions go through the approval process, the line art is drawn including the different elements in the image that change (in this case, Rachel struggling to give birth, the movement of the midwives). Here we check for accuracy, detail, anatomy, and appropriate emotions.

animatic rachel

animatic rachel 3

Once the line art is completed, color is added. At this point, we are looking for beautiful colors and good lighting, but it also has to be right for the picture. In the case of this scene, this is an emotionally tense moment where there is struggling, sweat, worry, and labor. The image should not be bright and sunny—it must match the mood of the scene. With all of these elements in place, we have a complete, accurate, and beautiful illustration.

Uploading Rachel giving birth

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