Monday, 16 December 2013

Completed Action Analysis

Finally composited and finished! Here's a video of Mr. Fluffy jumping into a pond. Working on this, watching him jump repeatedly... again and again...

Character cleanup (ToonBoom)

Layout field guides

Painted Layout (paint tool sai) was going for winnie the pooh-esque light atmosphere.

I wish I didn't crop the layout so tight... the overlays and multiplane pan wasn't really working after I did the layout testing. I might try and finish the boy's animation or use his base as practice for a rig in toonboom. It was a big learning experience and though I started out with an aversion to the program, I think I've learned enough to sort of get the gist of a bit of it. :)

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Creature Creation

Posts for my school blog too! Thought more of fairy tales for this assignment, so I looked at work like John Bauer, Helen Stratton, ... old timey- illustrated books. I remember how immersed I'd get in those amazing printed ink illustrations; this was a lot of fun even if I didn't capture that.

The life drawings I did and used as reference/inspiration

Transformation - The sequential part. I did this pretty rushed... plenty of better ways to go about it, and more clearly!

Monday, 25 November 2013

RED ALERT: Group film individual handin

Last Friday we presented some of the individual work we've each done for our group film!
I left out my character drawings and member caricatures from the pitch package from my presentation because it felt redundant... I should've included them in the end for marks, though.

Our group film also has its own blogspot (think it's okay to share):

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Royal Winter Fair 2013

Doesn't seem like I've posted my second year's rwf/zoo trip drawings, or any life drawings since first year, for that matter... didn't feel worth it.

I used mostly ink and marker this time for more confidence in strokes, rather than col-erase or pencil. I also tried brush pen at some points. We were to try and caricature the animals for our assignment, but mine don't carry through that well. Gotta practice!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Action Analysis Assignment

What I have so far for individual assignment in Layout and Animation classes!
Chose my action as a 'jump and grab' on the dog's part; Initially it was to be a 'pitch' by the boy, but I haven't really played around with quadrupeds, so...

Workbook (storyboard to roughing out placements/layout)

Concept art package

Rough layout. Blew up the workbook and just detailed the levels. Drew at 1920x1080 instead of 1280x720, oops.

Rough animation! Did the walk cycle first after watching puppy videos (best homework).
Also was having technical issues, so I just drew the frames out in sai and exported them singly.

Class critique today said that the hang time in the air was too floaty and long- plus it pops forward out of the arc instead of dropping after reaching the apex of the jump (cue dog-hunting jokes,). DQ also commented the animation in all the parts have very even timing so everything is kind of 'soft', but taking out inbetweens shouldn't be too difficult!  Still have to animate the stick through the air (whole lot of other issues concerning pace compared to the dog's) and the water... and kid ruffs...
And make notes on the camera move, where the layout and animation should be (I drew it all weirdly so there's some funny levels shifting to do). Super simple concepts but somewhat tedious in execution as always.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Heroes and Villains!

Lining and celshade actually took double the time instead of painting. Regardless, this was a fun assignment.
This first character is my lady knight Djenn. Her armour is mostly based off of Gothic plate, and I modified its practicality slightly for this picture. There's so many more elements I wanted to fix/add but I'll settle with painting a new version... it was also my first time seeing my work as a single (questionable quality) print, other than in artbooks! Exciting.

disco dancing over extreme, oops

The life drawing poses they were based off of. I mixed some and took a lot of liberties with others.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Second year 3D modeling

I don't really remember anything... oops. Worked in Maya.

The last one (my terribad attempt at modeling from a character sheet I did in first year) the texture was painted in Photoshop on the... skin thing. I don't recall anything at all...

And we modeled our own hands. Mine is pretty terrifying... especially with how I couldn't be bothered to model the knuckles and palm properly. LOL

Our last project was a 3D layout pan with a camera. I drew the simple pic in sai and imported the layers into Maya. It's pretty much like using After Effects for the same thing, except in actual 3D. I did a weird thing with the camera at the end . nts that move is awkward.

That wraps up my second year posts! Eager to get my third year work so far up in smaller chunks.

Second Year Group and TV boards

For Storyboard class last term, we were put into groups to board out sequences to a song and make a leica reel. We learned how to hook up to others' boards, time the shots to music (bar sheets) and composite our own sections to be put together with the others'.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Stagecoach Assignment

It's been a while since I've posted to my school blog. I figured I should get the rest of my second year work up before I start posting things from third year!

This was an assignment in Layout class in where we followed a script, researched the setting and stagecoach, made character designs and props, boarded it, and fleshed out layouts. Basically all of our classes' worth of teaching in this one assignment (excluding actual animation); Needless to say, my potato self wasn't able to keep up with the deadlines alongside other classes and I handed in rather shoddy stuff, but it was a learning experience.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

End of second term- charas & anims!

Whew, it's been a while since I posted here. Just going to throw up all the projects from the last term in batches again.

Character Design
For muzzle design, learning about how in animation, the mouth is often pulled back up to create a cheek and relation to the eye for more expressive faces, contrary to the lack of such in most real life muzzled creatures.
For beak design, learning to maintain the rigidity of the beak, yet also being able to pull back for a pseudo-cheek or show teeth only as emphasis on particular moments.

Also was suggested to show eye white for the owl for more emotive expressions/ relation.

Theme Design
I chose Victorian setting for my characters. I ran into some trouble when it came to the storyboard section using them, but it was a lesson well-learned!
rough concepts (two per title)

Final concepts and layout drawing! I'm not sure if anyone recognized it, but for the layout setting I meant to base the composition off of 'A Special Pleader' by Charles Burton Barber.

Can still see how off my grid lines are, oops.

Drawing a character in sequence, more like animation keyframes than storyboard.

Hello star shine!

Full body acting, concerning visual movement accents on certain audio parts
Audio clip from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Muzzle sync. The professor helped me lots on the cutting (on the action), where the cat turns around. He pointed out to keep the character within the same 'area' of the screen in both shots around the cut, so their placement is not as disrupting to the eye.
Audio clip from The Man in the Iron Mask.

Last animation of the school year was the beak sync! I wanted to do more on this, but time (and paper) was running out. I've yet to try digital animation to this point, more out of aversion to the line quality, so I hope I'll be able to during the summer.
Audio clip from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Next posts for digitools, painting, layout and storyboard...

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Technical weakspots...

Painting and layout both are classes I enjoy greatly, despite obvious lacking ability, because much of it deals with learning more technical aspects and the necessity to draw EVERYTHING well.

Interior. One can see how my interiors and perspective drawings leave much to be desired. I had literally left this assignment to the last day before deadline. :(

Airbrush! We were allowed to play around with one. It was much harder to control than I expected!

Storyboard colour keys. I had intended for the majority to have a transparent look and the ending to be opaque, but I've lost any semblance of control I ever had over gouache...

Final layout painting, based on one of our previous castle drawings. I am just so confused about how to make focal points and colours/tones work.

(French) Baroque & Persian streets; again drawn from the assignment's thumbnails; Toned digitally

Tiny sketchbook practices of what we were learning in class...

Final assignment; a small interior and a grand interior, one taken to three further shots (establishing, two-shot, close up). I chose the small interior to develop.

I'd caught a cold in the last week and didn't finish my grand interior in time.