Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Emotional Sack

I've finished my emotional flour sack exercise for animation 1. Here's the situation: The sack enters and notices someone he knows in the audience. It turns out it's this girl he secretly likes. He waves to try to get her attention, but she doesn't see him. He waves more violently and she turns around mid-wave. He's like o.O and freezes in fear. The sack becomes very shy/uncomfortable, and makes a quick exit.

Requirements: Show at least two emotions with the flour sack without the use of props or layouts.

I'm semi-happy with it. I looked at it a few seconds ago and thought that he holds for a tad too long in the beginning. If I had more time I would have redrawn the frames on the holds rather than holding the same drawing. Oh well, my teacher liked it the last time I showed it to him so I guess thats all that matters.

Emotional Sack

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Reworked Layout

Here's the layout I spent 7 hours on instead of doing my AM work >_<. I wish I had done it right the first time. Everything I did on Friday seems like it was wasted. I hate it when that happens. Now I have to wake up extra early to get some more work done on my AM assignment and it's 3:46am now. I also have to go back to Kinkos to copy the new version and then add tone, in addition to working on my animation 1 assignment.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Emotional Sack

Hey everyone! I finished adjusting the timing and started refining my emotional sack assignment today. According to my blocking, the whole sequence will be about 500 frames, making it the longest animation I've ever done. Most of it will be holds and loops though, otherwise there'd be no way I would be able to finish it by Wed. If only I could draw faster :(, oh well.

I like how the animation is coming along so far. I need to fix the seam on the last bounce since it's going the wrong way. I also think the sack should look away from us slower to increase the contrast between him looking away and then suddenly looking back at us. So far I've done about 57 drawings out of 234. I think I'm making good time. ^-^ Here's the file:

WIP Emotional Sack

Sorry about the flashing in the beginning. The camera was acting weird and got darker and lighter by itself.

Reworked Blocking

Hey everyone. I've been working on my AM assignment and finally have some up-dated blocking to post.


My mentor has helped me a lot with simplifying the shot. He said to keep everything calm and let the bit where Stewie looses his balance be the exciting part. If everything's big, then nothing is big. I'm still trying to get some personality into the sequence. I just thought of having Stewie look back a couple more times during the animation. I realized that he forgot about whatever was chasing him after he started jumping, lol. When I work on it again, I'll incorporate some head turns. For now, the up-date above will have to do. It's 3:52am and I'm going to bed. Goodnight! :D

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Two New Blogs

After talking to a fellow AM student about how she got hired, I've decided to make two new blogs! Both blogs will serve the purpose of show casing my animation. That way any potential employers and friends/fans won't have to search through my previous posts to find some work. The links to the blogs can be found on the side bar and are entitled AnimationMentor: Animation Gallery and SCAD Animation. It's pretty self explanatory what kind of animation each blog will have. I will continue to up-date this blog as usual. I'll simply be adding finished animation to its respective blog page.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


Oh yay, it's Valentines Day. V-day is such a waste of time, you don't need a specific day to show someone you care. I could go on a rant about how bitter I am, but that's not what this blog is for.

I've been very busy animation wise. I've done some blocking for my new assignment. Here's what I submitted last week:

Post to Post Blocking

In my Animation 1 class we did I walk last week. I don't like mine at all. I know it could have been much better if I didn't draw so ridiculously slow. :( I'm not going to bother uploading it since I don't like it. Our next assignment is to do an emotional sack exercise. I wanted to do a sequence about the flour sack coming in, going to sleep and being awakened by a nightmare. Once he realizes that its ok, he would go back to sleep. Sadly, my idea is turning out to be more complicated than I have time for. Or more complicated than I am able to do in one week because of my outrageously slow drawing skills. It's REALLY aggravating. I think being on the computer is taking away my drawing abilities. I've heard of that happening to the pros who used to draw a lot, and don't wish to suffer the same fate.

To try to remedy this, I've registered for Life Drawing II for my spring quarter at SCAD. That way I'll have to draw from life for class as well as attend the open model sessions every weekend. :D Hopefully that'll work. In the mean time I'm trying to draw more often in my sketchbook. Doing stuff in 3d and drawing simple thumbnails has really made me lazy >_<.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Week 4

Once again this will be a short post since I have lots of work to do. Alright, it's time to post my work from week. For my next assignment, I've decided to have stew jump from post to post-the most difficult animation on our pick list. I also picked it because the cool idea my friend gave me for a box jump wouldn't work since stew has to be harmless. My roommate was so kind as to pretend she was jumping from one post to another since I didn't feel well today. Here are the thumbnail I made using the video reference of her:

Last but not least, here's the final version of my animation:

About Face Final