Drawing Inspiration

CRWBY: Behind the Episode: Drawing Inspiration

Join CRWBY as they open the studio doors for an in depth look on how each episode was made. Kerry, Miles and the team will walk you through the 3D pipeline and talk about how art, tech, post, and animation come together to create RWBY.

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  • Alpha0727 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    1:44 Just another example of how truly amazing Monty was!

  • blanknite FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    ...I Like how someone is playing 999 at begin as the title card rolls in...

  • gem_scheltema FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Box reviews monthly

    1 month ago

    Took me a while to watch this due to the trauma of Weiss, but, just wanted to stop by again and say the ep was great.

  • sharaglas FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    As someone who wants to eventually head creation of a show like this someday, it is so interesting, inspiring, and helpful to watch this stuff. Thank you for these CRWBY episodes<3

  • QurfQrf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I cannot get enough of these CRWBY episodes. I love how they lack the usual Roosterteeth on-screen talent and we get to see a bunch of new faces. I appreciate how it really focuses on the team behind the show rather than just the process of making the show. When people are explaining their work it focuses on the person actually talking and people working in the background rather than just the computer screen. It just makes everything feel more human and you have a lot more respect for the people who work on these shows.

    • GenesisMurray FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      debating if CRWBY is better than RWBY

  • aviatornicboy28 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I don't know about how much I like the fight background to be, Just the background. I think the the background itself should be a part of the fight, like the Death-stalker/Nevermore fight from season one, and how that old structure falling apart affected the fight, because it was super badass! So I'm not sure having the background influence some aspects of the fight is that bad of a thing. 


    I'm giving an example but it contains a star wars TLJ spoiler

    The background of the Finn v Phasma fight was so awesome. You could see all the other fighting in the background as they fought, and It made the scene a lot cooler to me. 

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Okay but Revenge of the Sith had a fully-choreographed space battle in the background of the Anakin/Obi-Wan/Dooku fight.

  • lyalius FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I never bothered to know who the director of the episodes of RWBY was until now.


    ...and now I hate him. If Weiss dies he will be on my list of most hated people at the wonderful position of second person in the entire world that ticked me off enough that I refuse to have anything to do with them anymore.


    The first will always be Shymalan (I don't know the correct spelling of his name nor do I care) because he royally fucked up The Last Airbender live action movie and had the balls to say he was a goddamn Avatar fan. No. You do NOT get to say such things when you decide to change the entire thing and turn it into the mess that the live action movie became.


    You do NOT get to fuck with my favorite show and have me be okay with it. Just like how you do NOT fuck with my favorite RWBY character and expect me to be okay with it.

    • patpuc FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      lol mate they're the writers and animaters they get to do as they please. 

      They'd never intentionally make people anrgy

    • Canadianwpg FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      FYI, anything major that happens up until around volume 10 is still on Monty's script. Any character deaths at this point are by design of the show's creator. So ease up on Kerry and Miles, eh?

    • NightAccio FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      ...Seems like you aren't aware that Monty worked with Miles and Kerry on the writing since the beginning of RWBY volume 1...sure it was mainly Monty plotting out the main points, but he mentioned in an interview before that he would bounce ideas with Miles and Kerry for the story. Also, just an example since i don't know you're aware of this either, but Monty planned for Pyrrha to die since volume 1 (the photographer for these pics mention they were taken in 2013), so it's not like Miles and Kerry were the only ones doing that kind of stuff with the story: http://soulfirephotos.tumblr.com/post/139236652674/come-friend-you-too-must-die-cinder-fall
      http://soulfirephotos.tumblr.com/post/139876797904/come-friend-you-too-must-die-photoprocessing

    • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      First of all, characters never die at the end of an episode. That's just a rule, not to mention the four girls will obviously eventually become the four maidens. Second, as many have said, directors don't choose what happens in the whole story. Monty wrote at least 9 volumes' worth of outlines before he passed. It was probably him. 

    • gem_scheltema FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RT Box reviews monthly

      1 month ago

      Are you fucking five years old? Hating someone because they don't follow your idea of their show? Pssht, this is pathetic.


      M. Night fucked up AtLA and I don't hate him. And that was one of the most monumental fuck ups of all time. I'm just not that childish to hate someone I've never met because they want to have artistic freedom and be creative.


      And these people have every right to do what they want. Monty worked with them extensively before his passing and his family have no problem with RT doing what they're doing. Monty's brother works with them to keep Monty's legacy alive; otherwise there would be no RWBY at all.


      Check your privilege, jfc

    • Alpha0727 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Then I guess you are not a true fan because Monty shared his plans for RWBY with Miles and Kerry. Monty was not just making RWBY up as he went along, he had everything planned out. So, the person that you are even considering in adding to your list of the most hated people in the world is none other Monty Oum. So, either do some research before posting or don't post at all!

  • josoi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Shout out to that boobies flag at 0:42

    • hypeathon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      H-H-H-HO-HO-HOLY CRAP!! I didn't even notice that until now! That is so DANDY! LMAO

  • Tuc396 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Cinder_Fall

    1 month ago

    IDK how ya'll could even animate/draw what happened to Weiss. But you guys are some sadistic fucks. 

  • Avego FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Random guy

    1 month ago

    I wonder what monty would say about their animation its come  a really really long way 

    • hypeathon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      If you want to get some idea of what he would say, here's a transcript of the audio commentary of the scene with Team RWBY in the dorm room back in chapter 2 of volume 2:


      Miles: "I really do love..."


      Monty: "This expression right here is great, with Harley (animator, Harley Dwortz)."


      Weiss puts her hands together while Blake is behind her.


      Miles: "Yeah. She just does wonderful facial expressions.


      Monty: "She puts in that extra mile to put in like the asymmetry and like, she records her own face {Kerry: Yeah, she does.} and then acts the camera."


      Kerry: "If you go look at her, for like, from her timelines, the end of it is just like her face, like, just shot at her desk. Of just like, her acting things out."


      Monty: "I also, y'know, I, I, I, I've learned from watching them work on this stuff that I need to do a better job of like, making the rigs. Suddenly I'm in the animation commentary, make the rigs more capable (Miles chuckles.) of them to allow to do this kinda work because it's like... she puts in that extra mile but it's also, it's an extra mile. Y'know? (Miles laughs a little.) Where it should be a lot easier. And then this stuff."

  • Elfcow FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    This is awesome! Love hearing about the thought process behind design decisions. Definitely love hearing the interplay between people up and down the pipeline.

  • EmmaJeanne FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I have definitely noticed the environments this season, but in a good way. I noticed how much better they look. The latest environment (where the last fight scene took place) was so beautiful! I especially loved the statue of the goddess (who I can only assume is a goddess or a maiden of some kind) and I plan on making fanart of her. Great work guys!

  • TsarNickyII FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    The environments this season have been so beautiful. I think what massively ties it all together is the stunning use of colour. Shots feel vibrant or mellow exactly when they need to be and those details while watching the series makes it all so much more believable. Thank you all for your hard work!!

  • LazarouDave FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Temporarily Double-Gold

    1 month ago

    Until Chibi rolls back around - the soothing voice of Pat will carry me through to the end of the volume

    I certainly need it after that last episode...

    Keep up the awesome work CRWBY

  • stopboorider FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Every time I hear concept artists talk about what they do my bones burn. This is what I want out of life. This is what I want to do. Now to just get there.

  • ctaekotemple FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I'd like to know more about inspiration from source material, since we know that characters are generally based on characters from fairy tales, legends, history, and fiction.  Some look more obviously like the characters they're based on (Lionheart does look Lion-like, especially with his mane of hair), and then you have some who are less obvious.  I'm curious about the decisions that go into some characters looking more like the source material while others may be much looser interpretations.

    • swordking123 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Well all the headmasters are from the wizard of oz fyi. Lion heart=lion (duh) ozpin=wizard ironwood=tinman 

    • ctaekotemple FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      @swordking123 I do know that the headmasters are based on The Wizard of OZ (which is why I included the word fiction at the end of my first sentence, since the Oz books aren't technically fairy tales, but works of American children's fiction... I've read all of them) as well as Qrow being based on the Scarecrow... although he seems to be borrowed a bit from other mythologies as well (like Norse and Native American mythologies, in which crows play significant roles), which could be why he doesn't look as scarecrow like, but rather more crow-like.  Could be part of the reason why they didn't more directly base him visually on the Scarecrow, as being a bringer of bad luck isn't part of the Scarecrow's story.

  • LestatXero FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    You all are doing a fantastic job this volume, for sure. I really appreciate an inside look into the thoughts that go into making a show like this as well. 

  • Zahlen FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Danger Noodle Animator

    1 month ago

    As an aspiring animator from a team of artists inspired by Monty Oum, RWBY, and Roosterteeth, thank you for your hard work and these episodes as always.

  • patpuc FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    This weeks ep was amazing guys ;)


    Question, when using transforming weapons in animation, how do you guys execute the transformation?


    Does the weapon have articulated parts much like the characters or are there separate models for each moment in the transformation that are inserted into the animation when needed? or something else?


    thanks guys <3


    I also loved the way Weiss's knight climbed out of the glyphs this ep, it was much more aggressive and urgent over the more noble style from before. Props to the animation team.

  • KamenRiderOz-Gear

    1 month ago

    Godspeed you brave farm boi

  • SheNoob087 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RWBY Loving Gamer

    1 month ago

    You changed the thumbnail, but the internet already saw >.>

    • HuntSD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      It was a mistake on there part. We weren't meant to see that. But can't wait to see how Lionheart fights.

    • BB-Corps

      1 month ago

      I don't get it, why'd they even bother changing it now? 

      May as well leave it. Now they're showing that Leo and Oscar may have been the big "thing" which they mentioned. Might be a bit underwhelming now if so..

    • HuntSD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      @BB-Corps We knew Lionheart was going to betray them. So I don't think that was the 'big' thing they mentioned was going to happen here. I hope it's Jaune's semblance being revealed.

    • SheNoob087 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RWBY Loving Gamer

      1 month ago

      @HuntSD no shit, Sherlock XD

    • Koen Wooten FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Animation Producer

      1 month ago

      I changed it! We had one we liked better. Wish we had a cooler reason.  blush

  • trmeson FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    They changed the thumbnail!

    • josoi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      I just noticed that myself. Maybe they thought the previous pictures gave away something they didn't want to?

    • Sonicxben FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      Huh.  You're right!  That's weird.

  • Rhy7hmicW4rrior FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Artist(ish)

    1 month ago

    It's time for a DEATH BATTLE! 

  • HuntSD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I wonder what Lionhearts fighting style is going to be. If its not cowardly I'm not watching this show anymore...

    • HuntSD FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 month ago

      (sarcasm)

  • Sonicxben FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Well, boys and girls.  It looks like we get to see just how much Oscar's learned with Ozpin living in his head.

  • rubengallar FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    Oh snap!

  • blu_CH33Z FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I really like these crwby episodes; nice to be able to see the behind the scenes -- and a sneak peak into a potential battle between oscar and lionheart!

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