And now for something completely different... Hey look 3D! Yep... the beginnings of an education in Maya. Just a simple walk cycle from two different angles.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Second year. The assignment was first to design one character with a muzzle and one with a beak, and then to animate these two characters lip-synched to prerecorded dialogue. I used dialogue from the tv show Stargate SG1... no infringement intended.
Saturday, March 24, 2007
We were all SO excited to come back for second semester and start all the 'cool' stuff. Or so we thought. Ask any Sheridan Animation grad, and I bet they will all say that they absolutely dispise the Pink Panther. Especially that annoying little theme song he has. Maybe the teachers all have some sort of vendetta against the Pink Panther, and so, in order to inspire that same utter loathing in their students, they stipulate that we all must use the Pink Panther as the subject of our first walk cycle.
I actually don't know why so many people had a problem with this project. I really liked it. Once you got started, it was alot like entering a trance-like state. The work just got done. Once I worked out the perspective, (I swear the perspective gods are trying to smite me) the animation didn't take very long to complete.
This was our third assignment first semester: the Ball and Tail. Our first real bit of character animation, it's easy to see how the bouncing ball and the seaweed principles can be combined to form a kinda' drugged-out squirrel... thing. It really is kinda cute. In an odd sort of way. Still, I decided to call him Nibbles.
No, no, don't worry, this wasn't a test to see how much information we retained about kelp and nori... The seaweed test was simply an assignment to get us to understand the 'snap and drag' animation principle. We just happened to be using seaweed as our model. And yes, I know it looks slighty more whiplike than the gentle, underwater sway of seaweed, but someone in my class had two mermaids makin' out as part of their background scenery, so imagine what us crazy art students would do if our teachers came to us and said 'Here! Animate a whip!'. The administration would be shaking in their boots.
And finally, here is the last of the four parts of our first animation assignment! The Balloon! This one was my favourite. We had just a wee bit too much fun doing (ahem) 'research' for this one. Honestly, my teacher brought some balloons to class and we had an impromptu session of balloon vollyball. This was research.
Friday, March 23, 2007
The pendulum was also part of the first 4-part package we had to animate first semester. It's the least spiffy of the four, and it only took me an hour and a half to do, but if you stare at it long enough I swear an interdimensional portal will open inside your skull.
Well... Through a set of circumstances which can only be described as coercive and utilitarian, I have finally obtained one of these things which the world of the interweb has termed a 'blog'. To those who know me, please calm your tachycardic hearts and know that I was in full posession of all faculties when the making of this blog occurred. I really don't know what came over me, aside from the thought that people would stop asking me for updates concerning my art and the random happenings which make up my life if they could insted read about it online, rather than poking me every now and then. Somehow, I doubt this will sort it all out, but I aim to try.
As this is the first post of my new blog, I should commemorate the moment with an image! Here you will see the wonderful Mavet; a character of my own creation who has existed in flux for the past several years. Needless to say, she's changed ALOT over time. Here she is in several different poses, without wings (as they take up lots of space). Perhaps if I feel motivated in the future they may be coloured.
Finally, I officially welcome you all to My Blog, which will hopefully become a place of random animation-induced insanity. (To my fellow animators/animation students: You know exactly what I mean.)
Farewell, for now,