September Sketches – Sept. 26th Edition

While the Air Force no longer flies the EF-111, it makes for an interesting subject. The E in EF-111 is for electronic warfare. The EF-111 was designed to jam enemy air defenses to clear the way for other strike aircraft. The EF-111 is a variant of the F-111 Aardvark fighter-bomber.

U.S. Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin search and rescue helicopter. One of the most graceful looking helicopters ever built.

U.S. Coast Guard HH-3F Pelican helicopter. Thought no longer in service it was the Coast Guard’s largest helicopter.


Drive A Tank – Pre-Production

Here are two short clips I used to determine the final style of the Drive A Tank graphics.

You can watch the final videos here:


Style Frames

I used Illustrator heavily on this project. Importing Illustrator files containing dozens of vector objects into After Effects is rather difficult. I took a slightly less painful route and copied each of the several hundred elements into Photoshop documents individually as layers, and then imported the Photoshop files into After Effects.

Drive A Tank

Drive a Tank – Tank Intro from BLC Studios on Vimeo.

Drive a Tank – Shooting Range from BLC Studios on Vimeo.

This summer we had some Chinese students come to my school and take a video production for business class. They shot and edited these web commercials for Drive A Tank, located in Kasota, MN.

I helped with the shoot and shot some DSLR footage that appears in the edit as well. I also created the motion graphics for both videos. The 3d tank models are from the Google 3D Warehouse. I used Cinema 4D to animate and render those, and used Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects for the rest of the graphics work.

I will post some sketches and style frames from this project soon. I’m in the middle of some more exciting project so I will start posting on some of those soon.

Check out the Drive A Tank website at

Also see the pre-production materials I created for the project here: