Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Crazy stressful week/weekend. Lots of work being done! Naturally nothing related to my blog, but go figure. Making puppets, organizing birthdays, teaching, and doing tests. FUNNN.

Nothing new to post for this blog, unfortunately. But as promised, here is the commercial I worked on:

Commercial from Rachel Gitlevich on Vimeo.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Hey all! So, for about a month (October to November 2010) I have been working on a series of backgrounds for a 30 second commercial spot. Under Juno Mendiola's direction, myself, Duong Tran, and Audrey Skalkowski, have worked on an entry for an annual Crash the Superbowl contest. Our entrance was for the Doritos portion of the contest. I wanted to keep things "hush hush" for a bit (because murphy's laws are always watching). But, seeing as we didn't make the cut (boo) I think its safe to make the artwork public :)

I'll post all the backgrounds first. I need an actual copy of the spot first, heh. I'm going to post the backgrounds sans doritos. But they make their appearance in the final piece. Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Animated Ground Perspective Test for Fly or Fry

Hey! I was working on this last night, but finished it up today. This is along the lines of the BG I showed you guys before. Its a flash test to see how a background like this would pan in the background with perspective.

Animated Ground Perspective Test for Fly or Fry from Rachel Gitlevich on Vimeo.

There is a stupid glitch in the movie, that only happens when you export out Flash into quicktime. CS5 needs to die really really hard *goes and cries in a corner*

What i've done is divide the grass into 3 plains, and made their edges identical so that they are seamless. This is just a test, but in the future these panels would also be seamless when put side to side as well. The one that is further back is shorter in width, and the one in the front is the longest in width. I start all the tiles so that their left edges are flush with the left side of the screen, and end the file with all the right edges being flush with the right edge of the screen. The second that point is reached, it should technically refresh and loop. I'll have to work with a programming friend on that to get a nice loop going out of it.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hi! I've been busy working I promise! I just haven't been posting...so technically I have been doing "something" a day. Not a complete piece a day, but something.

I recently started a new job, and on top of my tutoring, the free time I have allotted to work on things for myself has dwindled considerably. That and I'm working on an animated music video. So, I am technically animating and things, but, its not something I can post on this blog.

As much as I would like to show you guys my light painting experiments, I think I'll hold off on those until the music video is complete. Instead, I'd like to present the newest background I am working on!

I am also doing backgrounds/artwork for a short flash game my friends and I are working on. I'm still fishing around. I made this sketch, and thought, it would work! However, as I started working on it, a certain style of background kept nagging at me in the background, so I decided to turn this sketch into a "one a day" assignment instead.

Shout out to to the ANIMATIONBACKGROUNDS blog where I found some phenomenal pieces from Winnie the Poo! I love the light watercolor washes detailed with inkwork on top! It feels so gentle and innocent, I LOVE it! So this is the style I've been trying to emulate here. I think I've been successful in capturing the "watercolor" look. Its still *obviously* digital, but allowing the white to see through and keeping my colors a little toned down and washy, I think that was the trick.

The pine tree on the right doesn't have that transparent quality that watorcolor needs...so I might redo it. Although I'm really happy with how it turned out...i think it stands out from the rest of the piece a little too much. It looks like its made of a different material. Winnie the Poo had no pines (as far as I can remember), so maybe i'll fish around for a watercolored pine tree as a source instead.

Definitely different from muramasa, which is very dramatic and heavy handed. I'm enjoying this particular style. I don't think its all that much faster, to be honest. Whereas in watercolor you can do much bigger and broader strokes, you have to be a lot more careful and selective with them. Remember, simpler doesn't mean easier!

Any comments, and critiques (except for on the anatomy of the house! Its meant to look a little stupid) are welcome!.