Saturday, 22 November 2008

week 7

Back to work!! and this week we are starting walk cycles.

This is the walk cycle i did in 2D. We had to draw a simple character walking on the spot.

I think the walk is ok the problems with it are:

- the volume of the legs decrease and increase.
- the arm pops back and it should go more smoothly, and it should straighten out more.
-The feet are too blobby so you can't see how the feet move.
-Also when we looked at each others walks in the studio mine was played slower and i noticed one of the drawings in the walk was in the wrong order. this was because i didn't number them and they got jumbled up. so now i always number them. lesson well learned!!! =D

What went well:
-The timing of the walk is good
-there is no limp.

This is the 3D walk.

i don't like this walk as it looks too robotic and not flowing enough so i will redo this and try and improve it.

this is my second walk

This walk is too quick. It was fine when i had it in maya and i playblasted it to check but it wouldn't play at the right speed so when i did get to play it i was disapointed that it was so quick. But i learnt that i always need to check my animations with playblast to check the timing.

though the good thing about this walk is that it doesn't look as robotic.

Life Drawing
This week we had to draw the model walking in stages. These are the drawings i came out with.

I think the proportions of these drawings look good. What i need to improve with my quick sketches in life drawing is adding more detail. Because i usually only get the basic shape.

We then did an exercise where we weren't allowed to look at the paper and just draw the model using a continuos line. These were my outcomes which i found very funny.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Week 6 (Bradford Trip WOOO!!!!)

I really enjoyed the Bradford trip my favorite animations that i saw there were:


This student film really interested me and i loved the style of the animation. I thought the environment in the animation looked really realistic. I was kinda sad they didn't win an award though.


I loved this film and was really glad they won an award. It was really emotional and i thought the main character looked really cute ^_^.


I've always loved Simon's cat and was really happy when they showed cat-man-do. The style is really basic but it is really effective and very funny =D. Also it reminds me of my cat lol.


I've loved the Snowman ever since i was little and watching this made me feel like a little kid again (also wanted it to be christmas ^_^) Seeing the rest of John Coates work was really interesting as i had watched Grandpa before but only remember the beach scene and didn't realise he died at the end which i found really emotional =(. When we were watching his films i realised alot of the main characters in his films died but that made them effective because it grabs the audience and makes it more emotional.

Week 5

This week we discussed each others work and analysed how well they showed the principles of animation. I found this really useful as i now find it easier to look at what is wrong with my own animation and how i would improve it.

In life drawing this week we were encouraged to use a different medium besides pencil, I decided to use pastels. We also had to experiment with drawing loose images instead of detailed.

These are two of my drawings the first were quick sketches that we had to draw of the model moving around the second was a longer pose.

In my opinion this looks a bit like a childrens drawing but i did enjoy using a different medium. I think the drawing looks more interesting overlapping the figures.

I think the proportions in the image are alright though could be improved. The image might have looked better if i filled the page. I also need to add more detail to the hands feet and face. I tried to do a more detailed image of the face but was quickly running out of time so it was kinda rushed.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Week 4

2d animation

I really enjoyed this weeks lesson as i really wanted to see what the outcome of my drawings were gunna be. This week we were focusing on emotion and we had to animate two characters one character was small and submissive the other was a larger and more dominant character. The little character had to do something to annoy the larger one. This is my outcome.

I am pleased with my outcome however i need to work on the volume of my characters as the larger character gradually grew as the animation went on. The reactions near the end where the big one gets up seem too quick and they are hard to follow as too much is going on. Also i think i needed to make the little character look more depressed when he was getting told off as you don't feel enough sympathy for it. I think when the little character walks off at the end of the animation is too fast as he should be more depressed and dragging himself more, it looks like on this that he is just hurrying away.

3d Animation

I enjoyed this lesson more than the others as we were trying to make a character jump off a wall instead of using a ball which i found a lot of fun.

I think the squash and stretch and the arms in this worked well. I think the timing might have been a little slow. Also i didn't add any overlap to this which if i did would have made it more realistic.

Life Drawing

Im starting to loosen up a bit with my drawings and think i am slowly improving =). But i need to get quicker with my drawings as with the quick poses we did this week i didn't have a chance to add any detail. I need to improve my proportions as well.