Sunday, January 25, 2009

My 303, blocking

So here's what I ended up submitting this week!

From about 110-200, Stewie is doubling over and looking around. I plan to add in a full body tremble, once I take it out of stepped. My plan was to bring it to clamped, get the poa I want first, then add some keys and overlap, then jitter the handles in the graph editor. Does that make any sense? I did it on accident in my last test and I think I figured out how it works...
I adjusted the overall pacing, is it working for you? Any areas that are too slow or too fast for you? It actually worked out where I had to cut on the action. So I left it on a sort of stretch drawing.
I know there are a lot of ugly poses in there. I have been having a SERIOUS time trying to get the shapes I want. Do you have any tips? Sometimes I am fighting between getting the shapes/silhouette and physical mechanics/rig proportions.

Friday, January 23, 2009

My Revision

Hey everyone,

Here's what my test is looking like right now. Starting to breakdown some areas, and the end still hasn't been fixed! Between frames 110-200, I plan to do an escalating body tremble.
I feel like I made some big changes to the test, hopefully they are improvements =P

Sunday, January 18, 2009

My 302, blocking

Here is another pass at my blocking. There is still some actions that I haven't added (more pee dancing to come!!). I have been given some great advice on texturing up the timing, so I plan to add that in soon. If anyone sees something else I should address, I would be in your debt!

Friday, January 16, 2009

My Second Pass

Hello world!
This is a blocking pass of the public restroom test! Still working with just the storytelling poses. I plan to go into the rest of the extremes soon! Let me know if you notice something that could use attention!!
Bye world!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My Intro to Acting

This is an exciting time to me. I have a lot to grow in the acting department, and I'm eager to learn. My mentor is Mike Stern, an AnimationMentor alumni. He's worked on Bee Movie, Kung Fu Panda, and Monsters vs. Aliens. It is so AWESOME that I have the chance to learn from him. His blog was one of the reasons I decided to study at AM. He has a fantastic acting ability.
So here is the first assignment, planning for a pantomime with two emotional beats.
I have been getting a lot of people resonating with the public restroom idea. However my reference has to be cut down by half the time (250 frames)! If you have any advice or any comments at all, I'm all ears!

My Omission

It has been a while since I have posted. So much has happened! Hopefully my animator's eye has been steadily improving.

So Class 2 (Body Mechanics with Dimos Vrysellas) at AnimationMentor ended in December. I realize now that I didn't post ANYTHING during my last test in that term. The last one was super fun. It was basically a physicality test on showing weight with the whole body, specifically with the arms. There is what the test looked like when the term ended!

So I didn't get a chance to take the second character out of blocking. =/
I am really tempted to go back to that and finish the other character. I'm not sure if it is a smart decision, or if I should just focus all my attention to the test I am doing in Class 3 now.
Here is my progress reel of all my Class 2 work (revised the previous tests a bit):