Saturday, December 18, 2010

Some computer animation.

Thought I might as well put this up here. This is my first semester doing 3d animation - here's what I did for the final assignment.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Mister Skull animation

Well folks, there he is. His color scheme might be subject to change, but this is basically how completed frames of my film are going to look - and this guy's design is more or less fully finalized.

I'm not happy with his animation when he comes down - that gesture was one of those things I didn't realize was weak until I got too far into it to fix it. I will redo that whole part over winter break. I already can think of some interesting 'dracula' poses as possibilities of things to put him in when he comes down. The rest of his performance is working pretty good for me, aside from some missing in-betweens. The guy at the end is just roughed in as a placeholder for now.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Testing the waters.

Planning on giving M. Skull a slight makeover in the face before I start animating him.

I'll come running to tie your shoes.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Refining the girl model with help.

A fellow student was kind enough to help me out with refining stuff. I really should be asking for help a lot more instead of trying to wing it, because already there's some great results. (The brown pencils are mine, the graphite is the fellow student's drawing.)

The girl here is probably a bit more complex than I want her and not exaggerated enough (yet) but she is EXTREMELY close to what I want out of her character now, and this drawing also has better structure. Something lacking in my work at the moment, but I think with good help breaking my ideas down into basic shapes it will transform my ability to see and create good design. (As well as animate.)

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Mama mia!

Mostly model sheets but also a composition environment thing and an animation test.

And finally some animation test of the 2 main characters.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Character design WIP update!

Just some more on this work-in-progress character design. I think the chin is off-model from what I want with him but I can fix that. He'll be holding a photo of his girlfriend in the final comp. I also might squint the eyes a bit or change the expression.

The inspiration is actually this poster:

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Last Sunday - Film development update 1

And from all that work last semester, here's my story reel for my senior film this year.

Currently I am working on model sheets for the main character. Here's some of the explorations:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A week's labor in storyboards

Well it's been forever since I've updated, and I've decided to start archiving some of my recent student work here. Over this past week I have fleshed out and boarded 2 entire story ideas which I will be presenting tomorrow for my Directing For Animators class.
Here's the three boards as they are at the moment. I took photos of all the panels and my notes on them as you will see below.
First up is THE HENCH - an action fantasy slapstick comedy

Next up is Ossuary Tango, a tragic expressionistic story about a boy trying to reunite with his dead girlfriend.

Here's room 12 where I do most of my work after hours. The table is spread with the refuse of my storyboarding.
Classmate caricatures in the upper left of the image below.

Some art supplies in the image above.
Some random stundent storyboards - I won't mention his name out of courtesy for privacy.
The Gnomon storyboarding DVD playing while I was working so I could absorb it through osmosis. That's my portable hard drive on the table and some animation downshooters back there.
Student film posters and a Glen Keane drawing he gifted the school. Some similar stuff below here too.
Some rather stunning student work.

Student doodles on the wall whiteboard.
One of many Bill Peet storyboards on the wall on the left, and some more student work on the right. More student work below.