Sunday, 23 December 2007

Class 1 Progress Reel. 23rd December '07

Whoops, I haven't updated my blog for AGES. The final few projects at AM were pretty hectic, and my full time job got crazy too, with everybody wanting Christmas related stuff. But I'm back now, and here's my Class 1 progress reel, with some extra fancy rendering.
3 months work right there. And it just wizz's by!!!

Plus, heres some of the planning drawings, and the final few Stu poses. Concern, Exhaustion (quite apt) and Balance.
So, that's it for me and Class 1. Got a week or so off now, and boy do I need it. I've learnt so much in Class 1. I'll miss Chris Chua, my mentor. That guy really knows his stuff. He's now working at Pixar on Wall E.
So, roll on Class 2!

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Vanilla Walk Blocking (Saturday 24th November)

On to walks, and making Stu show 'Strength'. The walks are just in the blocking phase. I think the real work will be next week, when we spline it all.

Sunday, 18 November 2007

Tailor Bounce (Sunday 18th November)

Here's my Tailor Bounce assignment. I have to say, I did have fun with this one. Even though I had to sit through an hour long tutorial to work out how to do the water. Hopefully it was worth it.
The skid, between frames 47 and 60 was a total nightmare however. I would never have got it done without the help of Animation Mentor's Public Review. Thanks to the tips from my fellow AM students, I managed to muddle my way through it.
Walks starting this week. Very exciting.

Friday, 9 November 2007

The Pendulum. (Friday 9th November)

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OK, now onto Overlapping action. Each week at Animation Mentor it has got harder than the last. The Obstacle course was just that, an Obstacle. And now it's the Pendulum. Well I thought I'd give myself a bit of a break, and write a fairly simple response to this assignment. But it wasn't until I started animating it, that I realised that it was all a great deal harder than I'd anticipated.
Most of my planning went straight out of the window.
For all those about to do Animation Mentor in the future, some words of warning, beware the Pendulum Animation. It's a tricky son of a b!tch!
Here's what I did;

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Obstacle Course (Saturday 3rd November)

OK, the dreaded obstacle course. I think I tried to fit way too much into my shot, and everything seems a liitle thrashed, but here's the end result.

And then there was posing Stu into 'Devastation'. I'm fairly ok with my final pose of Stu, but my sketch drawings are just plain ugly. I'm trying to simplify my drawing style, trying to just capture weight, line of action etc, and not worrying so much about creating pleasing images, but these drawings just look terrible to me. I've got a long way to go with my planning sketches.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

2 Balls, 1 Heavy 1 light (Thursday 1st November)

Hey there.
Well AnimationMentor has really picked up the pace. Which is why I haven't posted a blog for a while. 1st off, here's a photo of me chatting away with Chris Chua, my mentor.

I had to rework my bouncing ball, and my excited pose, here's the revison;

Then, the following week, I had to bounce 2 balls, 1 heavy and 1 light. I chose a beachball and a bowling ball. Here's the sketch and the animation;

And now onto assignment 5, the dreaded obstacle course. This has really had me by the NUTS! Especially getting the shot within the 120 frames allocated. We're also to pose the Stu character in a 'Devestated' pose. I'll upload this stuff once it's done.

Sunday, 21 October 2007

Joseph James Krolick

Sorry, as it's got nothing to do with Animation Mentor, but at 5.54am on the 19th of October, JJ Krolick (my son) was born.
Below is a small selection of the THOUSANDS of photos that I've already taken of him. He was just over 8 lb's in weight, and was born in a waterbath. Trippy as hell!!!!