Sunday, 31 October 2010

The "other" Sketchbook

Just a few small doodles I've been doing over the weekend.

I really liked that day of the dead style of artwork that have seen this past Halloween. I might try and work something into my costume next year in this kinda theme.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

It Got Me Thinking

This film really made me think about animation again and the way I still get people I talk to who believe that animation is only suited to children. Mary and Max surely has to be one of many reason s why that is most certainly not the case. The film deals with subjects of loneliness and friendship even spiralling depression and suicide. It's a stop-motion film that is set in both Melbourne, Australia and New York. I found that when I was watching it I began to forget that these were simple clay figures, they had become to much more than that. These were real people and I was witnessing their harrowing story. I still believe that in modern society we should be able to have more animated films that tackle real issue and push boundaries. The world needs to be more open-minded about animation and I feel that one of my personal goals it is to make it so.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Things I Find on YouTube

Lovely French love story. I enjoy the pacing of this whirlwind romance It makes me happy everytime.


Swinging when you're Winning

okay not been posting. for this I appolgise. Busy times. Anyway back to the work. I really enjoyed this model. It was great to mold and pose. It has a nice curve when it swings although I think I might have made it a bit slower than it should but I still think that it looks okay. Can't wait to get my hands on the next one.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Anticipation and Overlap

Here is another small animation test we had to do this week. I think that it works really well. It has character and you can really feel the flow of the jump. I would love to try and attempt it with legs next time.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

15 Step - RadioHead.

I really enjoyed doing this piece. I listened to the song and saw bright colours. Movement and energy. So I got out my friend's Acrylics and got to it. I think That this has worked really well. I especially like the small section nearest to the middle. Where a lot of the paint splatters landed.

My Final Piece

Quick Close Up.

Bioshock Infinate

The highly stylised gaming franchise is back and revamped batter than ever. We trade the sea views and art deco theming for the sheer blue sky filled with Americana. From this 10 minute demo this game has a lot of promises to keep in terms of animation. It looks a lot smoother than regular gameplay trailer. The game engine itself looks more refined. Lighting is stunning and vista are crisp blue skyies. Only thing I would point out from this animation is that they still can't model the humans in this game well. Although I am reall impressed with the girl close to the end of the demo. I look forward to see more gameplay in the near future.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Beginnings of my SketchBook Project

Okay , Here the deal. I have to do one painting/drawing a day while I stick to a certain rule each week. So I decided this week to Follow the "Badly Drawn Boy" brief. Where we take a song and use it as our inspiration for the day.

So I put on my iTunes and the first song on shuffle I decide to base my first drawing on. It was KT Tunstall's Paper Aeroplane.

I decided to take this song title literally for my piece. Keeping with the soft nature of the song I used watercolours to make it feel fragile and vulnerable. I really like the way it turned out. It has a feeling freedom and innocence as the plane flies of into the white abyss.

Here I channeled Style and Rebellion. After listening to This song I pictured something stylish and fit for partying. I had this idea after seeing an advert where they use a lipstick as the heel of a shoe. So I thought that a glass would be really fitting for the song. More Drawing are soon to follow and I can't wait to start doing more of these soon.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Animation Assignment

We were given a great first assignment in which we had to animate on paper a football bouncing and a bowling ball bouncing. In order to learn how to express the weight of different objects. So to begin with I start doing a little research on how each ball bounced to see what I was going to be dealing with.

As you can see the football can really bounce a fair few times before it winds to a halt. In order to make the boucing on my animation become more pronounced I shall use the age old trick of squash and stretch.

I am really pleased with the final version. I added a few more frames at the start so it looked more like the ball had actually flown in from outside of the screen. After working on that I went on to tackle the bowling ball.

Even though It isn't falling onto a hard surface you can still see the difference in weight between this footage and the previous football footage. Less bouncing really shows that it is a lot heavier.

This worked really well. Although I think that it could have done with a few more frames in between the drop so it lasted just a little bit longer. But I really love the way I got the simple roll at the end to give it a bit more dimension.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Simple and Clean

Felt the need to whip out my watercolours so I did a copy of one of my old pieces in watercolour. I'm pleased with the outcome. I think I might try using more colour next time.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Morning Sunshine and Don Hertzfeldt's Animation

I can't quite remember how on earth I found this animation but I really love the humor and the absolute love the randomness of it all. The animation is simple but extremely effective. Marker Pens. That is pretty much all it is. But It works so well. xxx

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Tangled - The Hair

I came across this on youtube and I am amazed at the realism that Disney has acheived in developing the hair for the feautre film Tangled. It moves with such beauty in a way that I think could only really be achieved in computer graphics. I really can't wait to see the whole film when it gets released around the end of the year.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Little Bit of Life Drawing

As I emptied my room to leave for Uni I found a bundle of old life drawing pictures I felt I should share with you guys. I think that each pose was about 2 mins long. If my memory serves me well.