Monday, February 19, 2007

Week 7 - AM

This week we're studying arcs, path of action, and continuing with overlapping action. Here is my first of a gillion passes I'm sure! I feel like overlapping is what I'm weakest at when it comes to mechanics, I always fear animating monsters with tails and tentacles @ work. And if you've ever played our games, we love monsters w/ tails n tentacles! Having said that, I love love love doin this crazy cartoony kind of animation, so much fun.

I'm still hesitant to make the jump to Maya, I think it's just because I dont want to be in Max mentality at work and Maya at home. So I modeled and rigged up little Max versions of Tailor and Leggy Leggerson here. But! Its gonna have to happen sometime, I dont think I could pull of a whole biped on my own.

Speaking of Guild Wars, if you haven't checked out the ArenaNet Sketch Blog in a while, CHECK IT! They are posting again, link to right.->

Friday, February 16, 2007

Massive Dude.

This weeks assignment was to animate a platform with a three-joint chain to demonstrate overlapping action. As with most of these assignments, I blocked it out, as rapidly as I could, and then literally made hundreds of iterations to make it look right, or somewhat right. Tricky parts? Yeah the whole thing man. Getting it to start convincingly, settle nicely, and travel across the screen and not seem stiff all went into trying to make this believable.
Which is starting to prove to me that animation, no matter how much you animated before, never gets any easier. The more you do it and develop your eye, the more you start to pick apart anything about everything.

So here's mine:

Lunchtime Scibbly-pants.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

New Braces

Suprisingly, Cheryl seems to be pretty fond of her new braces.

Smile for me daddy
(What you lookin at)
Let me see your grill
(Let you see my what)
Your, your grill your, your, your grill
(Rob the jewelry store and tell them make me a grill)

-Nelly "Grillz"

Thursday, February 8, 2007

The Return of Thu Night Life Drawing...and art bloggery.

Taters managed to arrange life drawing @ ArenaNet this thursday once again ! We get great models here, I'm not used to getting so many great ones in a row. Here are some of what I could come up with tonight, for better or for worse! I think it's apparent that I've been searching way too many art blogs lately. And bloglines doesn't help the situation either. I don't care, there is too much good shizzle out there. Me and my co worker Matt Tate seriously have like, 3 to 400 art blogs bookmarked collectively. Every morning its like, "Damn you Nick Suuuuuung." or " Aw yeah HandDrawnNomad gimme the good stuff." Depending on the day, this either inspires me or makes want to cry.

The exception being Keith Lango, that guy is always inspiring.

Our model, I can't remember her name, Kendra I think. Apparently she looks like Madame Getreau, not really.


More Quickies.

What am I even doing with these , who knows.

That is all!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007


Week 5 of the first quater of Animation Mentor already!

These are just some ideas for this week's emotion devastated. Mostly variations on the same theme, pretty much.

And a first pass on a bouncing ball through an obstacle course! Fun stuff!

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Thursday, February 1, 2007


There was no sketch and pose assignment this week, but I wanted to keep the ball rolling, and continue practicing selling the idea for an emotion through body language. Just some ideas for nervous, nothing super cool. Maybe more later!