Archive for the ‘Animation’ category

Animation Mentor

July 22, 2009

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

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.
life drawing


CG Con Tomorrow!

July 17, 2009

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!

Heavy Block Lift

May 27, 2009

So I decided yesterday that my first full body animation test is going to be a dude lifting a heavy block.

Our network was out for like 6 hours at work yesterday, and all the work I do is off network drives, so I was sketching out some thumbnails of a block lift, and pushing a block up an incline. I kind of got a feel for how to bend the spine and stuff.

Since yesterday I’ve done a bit of a pencil test. Up until my last iteration I actually hadn’t looked up any information in my ‘Animator’s Survival Kit’ book. After consulting the book, all I did was edit the beginning frames with the U-shaped arched back. Beforehand, they were going the same direction as the other frames. Here is my progress so far with some blocking for timing.

I haven’t decided yet if I actually want him to put the block on the other block, or just to fall over backwards from the weight.

Couple of Pencil Tests

May 18, 2009

Over the last couple of days, I’ve taken it upon myself to take the practice I got at work doing thumbnails and stuff, and put it to practical use. A while ago I downloaded this program called “Pencil”. I also had a drawing pad that I haven’t used in a few weeks.

So then I set to work putting my ball with legs on a walk across the screen. On paper I’d only ever penciled out 3 steps. The walk across the screen was 12…quite a bit more than I’d done before. Needless to say, by the end I got kind of decent, although I do have to say that the size of my dude changes a little over time. I can’t figure out how to actually put the file on here, so I guess a link will have to do…

Next I thought I’d change it up a bit. Used the same beginning, but added a surprise. A quick practice in some physics. Not really as good as it can be…

Lastly, this is the one I’m most proud of. I thumbnailed this one out at work today. It’s a slight variation on the video above.

And thats about it.


April 1, 2009

Well before Lost, I completed my 2nd go at a basical walk cycle. It’s missing some in-betweens but I just wanted to get those steps down first before I tried anything else. It’s in the gallery. But here it is anyways.

Walkcycle #2

Walkcycle #2

 Based off the guide from the Animator’s Survival Kit.

Work gets exciting (not)

March 30, 2009

So I’ve hit the point at work where I’ve pretty much run out of anything meaningful to do, or anything that really involves me being at my computer that long. Basically I have to scan a whole bunch of papers and compile them into digital versions of themselves. It’s not oging to be a fun process. At least I have my podcasts and my music to keep me entertained.

Meanwhile, I just planned out a shot on my first X-Sheet (exposure sheet). It’s just a scene of a ball bouncing across the screen and off the side of the wall, but hey I’m just gettin started! No idea if I have the timing right of anything but I’ll see how it turns out.

Actually I never wrote about it, but last Friday I got the two animation books I ordered from Amazon in the mail. The Animator’s Survival Kit and The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation. I”ve only read the Survival Kit so far, well about 1/3 of it. The author is talking about walks and such, but I’m going to stick with my ball before I even touch that stuff. Illusion of Life lookspretty beefy. I think I’m going to end up reading both of these books before I’m even required to read them heh. It’s ok, I need to read them again anyways.

Well, off to get some sleep for my week (or few) of scanning. At least I’m taking Friday off to go home. Yay 4 day weeks.

Progress and Failure

March 26, 2009

So I guess my life plan has taken a sharp turn for the better. While I was previously planning on staying down here in ol’ Southern California, the rejection (I guess you can call it that) from CSUF put a bit of a halt on my progress. After some thinking and planning (and hopefully some more thinking and planning next weekend with my parents), I am hopefully going to be moving back up to the SF Bay Area with my family and saving up money to attend school up there.

This provides me with the opportunity to save A LOT more money for school than I would have just staying down here. I’ll save on rent, utilities, and most of my food every month. That’s at least a good $1000 a month or so back in my pocket. This makes the tuition for school very easy to pay, as well as giving me some more money to play with if I need it.

It also puts me in close proximity to the top two studios I probably want to seek employment at. Pixar is close by in Emeryville, and ILM is across the bay in SF. I know I’m going to have to work really really hard to get there, but I’m already looking forward to the journey.

It feels pretty good right now actually, knowing that I am going to have the opportunity to pursue my dream and hopefully one day get to work at Pixar.

It also feels pretty good knowing that most likely I won’t be stuck in this hell (job) for more than another 4 or 5 weeks. Which brings me to the “failure” part of the post. Another little short anecdote about my technologically retarded superiors…

So in my department we need to send these things we call “EU Dossiers” to the EU (who couldn’t see that coming?). Originally we had everything in paper form, and it took 8 months of convincing and a move to a smaller office to make my bosses make the conversion to keeping the files digitally. Actually I lied, we haven’t converted to digital, we just now have digital in addition to the paper files. Although to my credit, the papers aren’t in gigantic 3″ binders anymore, and are in nice and small presentation folders.

Back to the story though, so I’m almost complete compiling a completely digital version of the EU Dossiers and we are going to burn them onto CDs. First off, neither of my bosses realized you could fit a shitload more than 14 pdf files (less than 1mb each) onto a CD. Second, my department director didn’t buy a cd spindle at costco because she thought that those particular CD-Rs were only for burning music. Third, same person asked me what side of the CD-R you put the label on (WTF?!), and if that was enough to identify because she was somehow in awe at how small CDs are in size. The dam things have been around for more than 20 years and you still don’t know how big it is!? And the kicker, is that she requested that I make the pdf files on the CD “read-only” so people can’t change the files on the CD. Yea. Good times….

Well until next time, peace.