These days I'm reviewing animatic sequences of the first movie with Phil Weinstein and giving notes on the second movie's storyboards to Vic Cook. Character design is still finishing up designs for the first movie. When things are set on fire, or covered with goo, or torn up, they need to be redrawn for new color models. Plus, every character needs shadows and mouth charts. A mouth chart shows basic positions of the mouth like an "oo" sound or an "eff" so that timing sheets can be filled out to guide animators who don't speak English.
Layouts and props are in great shape with the artists handling last minute designs pulled from the storyboards of the first movie and staying ahead of the storyboard crew of the second movie.
Color is seriously underway with James Gallegos joining Wei Zhao on background paints and Tracy Jones soon to be joined by another stylist on color models. The backgrounds here are all Wei's. The larger paintings are background keys. The sketch with the gold leaves is a color rough done from a small story sketch. We'd love to do more if time permits. It gives us more control over the color of a sequence, adding to the information of the color keys. -- Tad