Moving

Posted August 12, 2009 by Dan
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Due to some customization limitations, I’m moving my blog over to http://darthmaul4114.blogspot.com

Everything will still be there, well at least post wise. I’ll have to build up the rest of it whenever I get the chance and when I have stuff to put on it.

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Hey guess what?

Posted August 10, 2009 by Dan
Categories: Drawing

More life drawings!

Yea, I’m gettin pretty boring, but you know what, I can’t really think of anything to write about. At least not a serious blog post. I could write a rant about something if I wanted to, but I should probably do best to keep my swearing rants to myself and free from here. Some might slip, but hopefully not soon.

Anywho, had my last life drawing session today. The first two are 20 min poses, the last one was a 40. I dunno, I think I’m getting better….
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This one I like. The teacher had some brown paper and colored pencils since he uses those, so I tried doing a figure shaded with a white pencil. I think this method was actually a little easier to get the hang of after a few mins. Might try some more stuff like this later.
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Moving Home and More Life Drawings

Posted August 3, 2009 by Dan
Categories: Drawing, Just Me, Work

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So today I’ve told work I’m leaving on the 21st. I was planning on not telling them until next week, but on friday at the end of the day, my boss was talking about me leaving for school and was asking me questions about it. I decided not to ruin his weekend and just tell him today instead.

Anyways, I haven’t posted any more life drawings since a couple weeks ago. It’s a little hard because the paper I use is larger than my scanner, and it is also inside a hard-bound sketch book.

I’ll post them chronologically from top down. I think I’ve gotten better since the batch below don’t you?
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Animation Mentor

Posted July 22, 2009 by Dan
Categories: Animation

Woohoo! Got in for the fall session. I start Sept 28th. Until then, think I’m going to just work on my life drawing. I’ll post some more in a bit

*Update*
Ok, so the first two are a couple more longer poses that we worked on. The paper is too big to scan so these are just kinda crappy pictures

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This last set I didn’t have a model for. I was actually just trying to copy the style and poses of some drawings I found online just to draw more. I actually prefer poses like this instead of the ones we get in my class. I’ve gotten kind of decent doing it this way.
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CG Con Tomorrow!

Posted July 17, 2009 by Dan
Categories: Animation

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About to get to bed because I have to wake up early. I need to wake up bright and early, and get my ass to the LA Convention center before 8:30am to attend CG Con.

I’ve never been before (obviously), and I’m really looking forward to it. I signed up to take some digital animation classes taught by some industry animators, most of which are also mentor’s at Animation Mentor 🙂 Hopefully I’ll get the chance to talk to at least one of them and ask them about the program. As far as I can tell, it is pretty highly thought of among the industry. Some still are in the view that you need a traditional art college education for it, while others praise the concentration on only character animation and love the results they produce.

Anyways, should be going now. Need my sleep!

Back from the dead…

Posted July 13, 2009 by Dan
Categories: Drawing

With some Life Drawings! Haha…yea that was lame.

Anyways, just got back from my first life drawing session ever. It was pretty cool actually. There are only three other people in my class, all dudes. One is an art teacher at a catholic school in a nearby town. One of them was actually my statistics professor back in college. Talk about a small world eh? The other dude was pretty quiet, but I think he’s an animator at a gaming company. Hopefully he’ll start talkin more as the weeks go on. Maybe I can get a connection out of him or something…

I’ve tried drawing some nude models from pics off the net, but I found it hard to find a proper pose anywhere besides finished products. So this was a pretty good experience. I like the “3D-ness” of it. Having a model actually there makes it a bit easier actually. When you move your head, you get a different view instead of the same picture. My first attempts of the night sucked pretty hard, but I eventually got better. I produced a couple respectable ones I think.

Laying Pose

Sitting Pose

Now it’s time to go read some Harry Potter 🙂

UPdates

Posted June 14, 2009 by Dan
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There I go again, ignoring the blog for a couple of weeks. Don’t worry I have a good excuse though!

Ok maybe it’s not that good. So what happened was that I went and saw “Up” in 3D the day it opened in theaters. I was pretty blown away by the movie and was meaning to blog about it. But then I got lazy, and decided that I would do it after I saw the movie during the next weekend with my friend. We ended up not seeing it until today though, so now I’m finally here.

Unfortunately I don’t actually have that much to say about the movie. I’ve never written a review before, and there are tons more out there to read, so on the off chance you haven’t seen the movie yet (if you haven’t, go NOW), or read a review, I’ll just say this. Brilliant. Pixar movies always seem to improve upon themselves on multiple viewings. At least for me anyways. You get a chance for your eyes to wander the screen a bit more, and you often find some deeper meanings in the story than you saw before. As always, the animation is superb and the visuals are astonishing. With the previews for the next Ice Age movie, and a couple other CG animated movies, you really can tell that Pixar is above and beyond the look of their competition. But that is enough gushing for now.

I have also recently upgraded my computer. Previously I was running a 6 year old desktop, and supported by 4 year old G4 Powerbook, and my netbook. Neither of those machines are particularly good in the power department and hard drive space was dwindling (except on the netbook….500gbs in that sucker hehe).

I build a machine with a nice 2.33ghz Intel Core 2 Quad, a good helping of ram, a smattering of video card, and a large dose of 1tb hard drive, all in a smaller HTPC sized case. I mainly built the machine to run Maya for when I hopefully get into Animation Mentor in September. But for now, alongside trying out Maya, I’m using it to store all my media and for light gaming. And by light gaming, I mean games that are at least 4 years old.

So that’s enough incoherent rambling for now. Hopefully my next update will actually have some good content. Peace.