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By at 12:21 pm

Check out these Archer e-cards! Send them to your friends!

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By at 1:39 pm

Due to a security breach and/or lack of professionalism, Sterling Archer’s top secret Twitter page can now be viewed by the general public.

Become a follower now before the ISIS IT guy locks it down (which may be a while because I read on Pam’s blog that he just entered rehab).

Sterling Archer’s twitter page

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By at 5:01 pm

Go behind the scenes with Aisha Tyler and see just what it takes to make the new FX Original Animated Series, “Archer.” Premieres Thursday, January 14 at 10PM ET/PT only on FX.

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By at 12:33 pm

Check out what animator Mark Paterson’s wife, Marlo, made for the crew!  She’s always spoiling us with awesome baked goods.  But this one takes the cake..  the CUPCAKE!  Am I right?

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By at 3:33 pm

I recently read how Michael Cera is some kind of master photo bomber.

Here at Floyd County Productions we take a lot of photos for drawing references.  It really is the perfect time for some jackass (like me) to jump in and ruin a picture.

In this photo, Executive Producer Matt Thompson performs a classic stealth photo bomb complete with props.

Poor Eric Sims (Floyd County’s wonderful Backgrounds Director).  In the same photo shoot as before, I decide to come in and make my presence felt.  Unlike Matt Thompson’s unobtrusive tactics, this photo is now unusable.  That’s how I do things.  Shock and Awe, baby!

Here I make an already awkward photo a little more memorable.  Chad (Lead Illustrator/ Character Designer) and Little Matt (King of Lip Flap) are trying to get the body positions right for a dance scene so I decide to cut in.

In other news, we now have an email address that you can send your Archer questions to:

archerquestions@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you guys.

Your pal,

Casey

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By at 2:02 pm

This is Chad Hurd, Lead Character designer for FX’s new show ARCHER. I’m here to give you a glimpse into our drawing process.  I’m going to demonstrate on a photo of Rob McElhenney, Mac from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

01 The drawing style of Archer is very realistic and we use as much reference material as possible.  The end result looks like a 1960′s comic book come to life.  To keep the artwork consistent between our artists, we take reference photos of our lead roles, and use Adobe Illustrator to trace over them for a base. These are only simplified representations as too much detail can kill a drawing.

02 I start by drawing the different areas of the face on different layers. I do this so that later in the process I can add different mouth shapes and blinks. This enables the animators to give the characters expressions and movement. For right now, let’s concentrate on getting a base image that looks something like Rob.

03-04 Here I’m drawing Rob’s basic facial shapes. It’s almost like I’m drawing for a comic book or a caricature. My golden rule is the simpler the better.  One really strong and descriptive line does much more than ten unnecessary ones.

05-06 I continue adding features to his face until it starts to resemble something that looks like Rob.  I take a look and decide what features work, what doesn’t, and how I can fit him into the style of the show.

Next time I’ll start adding the details and shadows (simplifying where it’s needed) to create my finished base file for Rob’s head.

Thanks!

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By at 4:23 pm

Do you like television?  Do you like shows about suave super spies and cool gadgets?  Do you like animation?

Well if you do, then you’re like me- a huge freaking nerd!  Let’s be serious about this.  The only thing nerdier than you reading the Archer production blog is me writing the Archer production blog.  But don’t worry, this is a safe place.  You won’t be judged.

Animation Director, Mack Williams waves at the internets!

Animation Director, Mack Williams waves at the internets!

Look at this picture.  Is it not the very definition of “sausage party”?  We’re in Atlanta for Christ’s sake.  We should be hanging out with Ludacris, T.I., and Tyler Perry, throwing hundred dollar bills at exotic dancers.  I believe it’s called, “Bringing the rains.”  But no!  Instead, we are in this dungeon cranking out the funniest animated show currently running on FX.

It’s super funny and it looks cool as hell.  The illustrators and animators have really made a kick-ass show.  In the coming weeks this blog will be bringing you interviews, videos, and tons of behind-the-scenes content.

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