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maxiewhite Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Digital Artist
@00:23So cool
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basakward Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
@00:25Haha!  That would be pretty funny.
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basakward Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
@00:30Haha! Thanks! That was my favorite part too. Glad you like it!
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basakward Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
@00:05Thanks!
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studio-toledo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@00:20That's cool you had a small part to play.
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Now that the John Lewis Christmas ad is out, I can share this!  Before I got the job, it was a little uncertain whether they were going to use me or not, and I have NEVER animated anything to this level of realism, so I definitely felt out of my element.  So I took Aaron Blaise's awesome Bear and Hare designs and did my own test in hopes to "cram" for the final.  From what I heard, they showed it to Aaron, and it sounded like they were looking for something a little more subtle.  So oddly enough, he saw my "God forgot about me" piece and that is what sold him.  Either way, I got the job and the rest is history!  It was an awesome experience working with Aaron, Dominic, and Premise Entertainment, and I am incredibly happy about how the final product turned out and the reaction to it.
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:iconlemonwidow:
lemonwidow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahh..that bear melts my heart. <3
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basakward Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Haha!  Thanks!  It was a fun little test.
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Dawnpath Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Adorable!
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basakward Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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Dawnpath Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Its true! ^ ^
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maxiewhite Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Digital Artist
@00:23So cool
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KillerWereWolf1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@00:25I'm just waitingfor the bear to go "oum" and eat the rabbit :P
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:iconbasakward:
basakward Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
@00:25Haha!  That would be pretty funny.
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CanonFart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can tell you are a pro, I mean like, WOAH! You're AMAZING!! You have gotten a watch from me for sure. keep up the good work. :D
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:iconbasakward:
basakward Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you kindly! I'm glad you like my work!
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CanonFart Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem at all :) You deserve the best of compliments. :aww:
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Dellirium Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing! What are those K and B in some frames? :) Sorry for being such a newbie hahaha also, do you watched a real bear and hare to animate this? It's so well done! 
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basakward Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I did watch some bear footage a little bit before I animated this. The "K" stands for "Keyframe". Keyframes are the main "core" drawings that I use to block out the motion. "B" stands for "Breakdown" which are drawings I put between the Keyframes to help establish the motion. Hope that makes sense.
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canadianbounty Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
@00:30So cute! I love the bear's movement, especially when it swings his arms around, great job!
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basakward Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
@00:30Haha! Thanks! That was my favorite part too. Glad you like it!
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MysteriouslyDark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! YOU ARE MY IDOL AND HERO! THAT ANIMATION FEATURES MY TWO FAVOURITE ANIMALS AND MAKES MY HEART DANCE AND SPIN IN MAGICAL WAYS!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EXISTING AND BEING HERE!! <3
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basakward Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!  If you like this, you should check out the actual Bear and Hare ad!  You can watch it at:  youtu.be/XqWig2WARb0
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woah this is SO COOL = o  I'm amazed
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basakward Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!  Very much appreciated.
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arvines Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh my god I love that clip. Discovered it a couple of months ago. it was amazing and I cried watching it. Just so inspiring and great story and unique animation. Then I found this :D feeling inspired again Im so glad you got to be a part of that amazing project, I really hope that one day, I will be a part of sth this great as well :aww: 
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basakward Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!  It was a great experience working on that project.  I hope another comes along like it. 
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AskLostheart Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
@00:05<3333
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basakward Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
@00:05Thanks!
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II-edison-II Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow an actual artist on here helped with that advert.
.. O.o
wow....
I love that advert by the way ^^
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basakward Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!  Yeah, it was a great experience working on that.
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Shira-hedgie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Student Filmographer
It is really impressive ! You know how to capture the moments, the expressions of the bear are juste perfect, it's like in the movie "brother bear" of Disney !
What software do you use for making your animations ? :)
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basakward Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for such kind words!  For this I used Plastic Animation Paper, but now I'm using TVPaint.
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Shira-hedgie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Filmographer
Thank you !
You are very king to take time to answer me and the others who really appreciate your art :heart:
It's a real pleasure to see a wonderful artist that is humble and like to share with others !
I wish you the best :)
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nightfIower Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
You made that ad? 
Holy crap. ;A;
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:iconbasakward:
basakward Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I animated some of the background animals, that's it. Aaron Blaise animated all of the bear and hare scenes.
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nightfIower Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
oh xD
wow!
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Bluerosethehedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Great job on your animations they are very good!
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:iconbasakward:
basakward Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!  Very much appreciated!
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Bluerosethehedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You are welcome! :D
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Pharan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student General Artist
You did a great job. (with both)
It must have been quite an experience either way.

I feel like sometimes you can spend an eternity building up foundational skills but not realizing what you can do with them until the task comes along.
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basakward Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! 

Yeah, it was an awesome experience.  It makes all the difference when you have awesome co-workers who help you out when it's needed. 
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Pharan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh yeah, I can imagine.

I love reading lucidly and coherently-written books on art stuff.
But it's such a huge and different kind of help to have other people who are actually there to work with.
Though I think even just looking at real pros working helps put things into perspective.
Not to take away from actual words they're able to share, there's also so much to learn just from seeing the order in which they do things and how much time they spend on which parts and all sorts of little things.

It's inspiring to hear your story here. And, again, I love this animation, and certainly God Forgot About Me too. I hope you make many more!
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basakward Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
That's the plan! Hope to see more from you too!
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Panfou Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work ! Reminds me of Disney. You should sen duiker wirk to them and maybe get a job with them... Or stay doing whatever job you're doing... If you have a job... 
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basakward Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Haha! Thanks! I'm currently working as a freelance animator/pre-production artist. So far it's paying the bills.
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sykosan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Awesome work on these two :)
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basakward Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, man!  Much appreciated!
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Archon89 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
You worked on "The Bear and the Hare"?? That's awesome!!! :lol:
It should have been great working with Aaron Blaise!!
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basakward Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Definitely! He was an awesome teacher. He was really patient with me and when things needed changing, he would say it in a very kind way. I tried to absorb as much as I possibly could in such a short amount of time.
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Archon89 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Awesome!! "The Bear and the Hare" was just a beautiful piece of hand-drawn animation, it's just too bad that these times CGI animation is becoming predominant, cutting out the good old "2D"... I am glad to see the there are still some projects like this one! :lol:
I kinda recognized the stile in the bear of this short similar to the one of "Brother Bear", one of my favourite Disney movies ever. I was so thrilled when I learned that Blaise was indeed behind that, it was one of the directors of that movie! It must have been quite an honor.. :)

Thank you for your answer, and keep it up!!! :D
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basakward Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah.  They wanted Aaron Blaise because they wanted a bit of "Brother Bear" in there.  Again, I am super happy I had the opportunity to work on this project.
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Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This animation is wonderful. It's so cool how they combined stop animation and hand drawn like this.
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basakward Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah. I was pretty surprised when I was told how they were planning on executing this. But they pulled it off wonderfully!
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JoshawaFrost Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Damn! This is dope!!!
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basakward Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, man! Much appreciated!
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