Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Animation Quest Continues in Los Angeles

After years of practice, drawing, animating, researching, planning, pondering and patience....I'm officially making the move to Animation Town (Los Angeles). Tons of new challenges, adventures, struggles, and achievements lie ahead. I've got a VFX and animation job lined up and I start right away. Now, I feel is a time to celebrate the little victory of making the big leap and thank everyone who has a been supportive and helped me get to this point. (Which is probably everyone reading this blog) So, THANK YOU!

Bombingscience did a great interview with a friend of mine. Known as "6Cents", his graffiti is top notch, so if you aren't familiar, check out the interview and familiarize.

There will be plenty of posts to come, but in the meantime, here is a drawing I did a while ago that I thought looked like Andreas Deja, Disney animator extraordinaire. I also wanted to expand my color palette and try to get away from the typical colors I usually go for. So, to do this, I sampled colors from a really vibrant illustration with a broad color range, done by Sylvain Marc, and applied them to my drawing. It's rough, but just wanted to mix up the way I think about color.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

bowling pencil test and reflections on the different methods of animating

I had some time to kill on Friday and decided to brush up on the hand-drawn animation skills. I have a tendency to use Flash as a crutch sometimes because of it's quick and constant feedback, but I think that can create bad habits. This time I forced myself to guess at the timing and just start drawing. I pretty much got all of the keys and most of the breakdowns drawn before ever scanning them and checking the timing.
The more experience I get with Hand Drawn Animation, the more I realize how truly unique it is. You get so much more control and chance for expression since it's pencil on paper. But compared to computer animation, you're really animating in the dark. You really don't know what you have until you do that first pencil test. And even then, you're still speculating because everything is roughly drawn and it's choppy(on 4's or 5's). From start to finish, hand-drawn seems like it starts out sorta shaky and rough, but it just gets better and better from there, continuing to mold it.
Compare that to animating in Maya, where it starts out great with thumbnails, looks good in stepped mode, all of the poses seem to be working, but then when you switch to splines, it get's really watered down, and then you're wrestling with the computer to do what you want it to do, but can't seem to get it to do quite right.
Ultimately, I find traditional animating so much more personally rewarding, BUT until I get an assistant to do my clean-up and in-betweening, I'll probably stick with the computer.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Poles Are In!

Now in Color!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Could you please pass the punch

The creature render is still in the works, I promise. 'til then here is a drawing I did during a meeting today. It is not an actual depiction of the meeting... but there was a lot of tension and agression in the room.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Glow Finger

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Creature is Looming

Some fellow coworkers and I have created a character in our free time at work. I have recently just finished animating it and is currently in the process of rendering. Here are some screen-shots until the animation is properly rendered.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

More Character Designs

Different client, 50-60's style.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

character designs

Here is something I've been working on for the Sauce. These are character designs for a farmer, wife, and his daughter. Since it's still in progress, I've only posted a small jpg teaser. These drawings are copyright Mediasauce.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I'm watching you

Here's a (real) drawing I'm working on, don't know if it's done, but I like it.  Any suggestions??

Friday, July 11, 2008

Jump, Clap, Hell yeah on the DS!

I thought I'd try some straight-ahead style animation, working on turning people around in 2D. Used Animanatee, again on the DS. Don't know where the premise came from, perhaps influenced by the upcoming Olympics and the fact that it's Friday. Enjoy the weekend!

Thanks Coach

...sitting in my grade school classroom, learning and practicing how to write in cursive, I thought to myself, this is lame, why would anyone want to write like this, I wanted to say the classic, "When will I ever use this in the real world?!" but I couldn't do it, because for some reason, I knew that I would use it for something. So this drawing is dedicated to all of the 3 lined paper out there feeling the neglect of children everywhere. This one's for you!

Oh, and also to all of those coaches out there who have a solution for any injury.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

DS Drawings

I was watching the Bachelorette last night with Stephanie (not by choice) and couldn't help but draw some of these characters.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Meeting time = Drawing time.

I had some fun with these drawings. This meeting was perfect. People kept talking and expressing their personalities, but they weren't moving a lot.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

People at the Indiana Fever game

I brought my sketchbook with me to the game last night. I saw many candidates, but never found the time or space to draw. So, I memorized and then drew them when I got home. Kind of a fun way to draw from life and from your own ideals. Good memory excersize, too. Here is a "security"dude that I bumped into coming out of the bathrooms and a kid that sat next to us with an undying passion for the Fever. The last one I found in the moleskin that I forgot about, drew that a while ago waiting for band rehearsal on Mass Ave.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I've been trying watercolors lately

I've got these watercolor pencils and crayons and they seem to allow more control than the traditional kind, which used to frustrate me because the lack of control, or experience on my part. Anyway, these pencils and crayons are challenging too, but fun to work with. Here are some more of my first attempts.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Stephanie is Graduating!

In honor of her MA graduate show (and all of her hard work over the years), Stephanie has started a ceramics portfolio blog to showcase some of her accomplishments. Hop on over and check out some of her amazing work. Her show will be up from July 8-11, so if you're in the Ball State area from July 8-11, swing by and check out her show in person.

Friday, June 13, 2008

more Nintendo DS animation

Joseph slams the tennis ball once again and...rejoice for video game sports.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

cat sweater

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Nintendo DS + Colors! + Animanatee = portable brilliance

I just got a Flash cart for my DS which allows homebrew programs, such as a painting program, colors!, and a flipbook program, animanatee. Love it. Here are some quick tests I did getting used to the programs. You can adjust framerate, pressure sensitivity, etc... Sorry for the bad compression, still trying to find a good one that works for youtube/google video.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

working in color

Color is an ongoing challenge, but a welcome one. I've got a long way to go, but I'm content with never conquering color. Here is a drawing I did a while ago and I've started adding some color in photoshop, just experimenting, not finished. Putting this stuff up on my blog allows me to view it more objectively, now that I know anyone can see it and comment on it.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Animation food for hungry Maya animators

I came across this excellent idea that Cameron Fielding over at Flip has come up with. With MEL script in Maya, he has programmed a window to pop up with all kinds of animation tips, inspiration, etc. whenever you need some.
Animfood MEL script

Friday, April 25, 2008

Some work stuff... Perficency, Barking up a dead horse

Here's a preview of what I was working on about a month ago, probably one of the most fun projects to animate that I've done here at Mediasauce.


Monday, March 17, 2008

stop, don't shoot!

I drew this a while ago and wanted to give it some color, and I finally got to it. Although, I don't know if it's finished.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Drawings inspired by Nacho Libre

I was watching Nacho Libre the other night with the sketchbook in front of me and this is what came out.

Monday, February 4, 2008

AM class 2

UPDATE: Made some changes, thanks for the feedback, keep it coming.

I've decided to give myself assignments and hopefully learn what I can from different challenges I can find on the internet, books, etc... This one is from AM class 2. Just a 180 degree turnaround. Here's where I'm at so far. I would love some feedback.

Friday, January 25, 2008

here is what's left of my christmas cheer

i think this santa is highly influenced by a guy i play walleyball with. he's a little rough around the edges, the only difference is that his tattoo is a big, red number eight.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Blocking for skull thievery

Here's a small preview of what I'm working on right now and I thought I put it on the blog and get some feedback before going into more breakdowns and polishing the animation. It's rough right now because I want to make sure that the emotions are clear and the idea is playing out right before i get to far into animation. One guy makes 3 attempts to get this skull. Each time he fails he gets more frustrated. This is attempt 2... Check back in a day or two for more progress

UPDATE: attempt #1 (blocking as well)is the right video

It's time for some animation!

Here's a run cycle I started about 3 years ago. I wanted to try my hand at a 4 legged creature. So I modeled this dog, rigged him up and started him running. Anyway, I always wanted to go back and tweak a few things here and there with the feet push-offs, the up and down on the body and some of the secondary motion, so I did, and here it is.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

drawing in a meeting

I think the drawing on the left is inspired by my late 4th cousin named Harley. He was born with a cactus for a left hand.