Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Animation Mentor Term 4 Week 8

I'm not going to lie - I'm really not liking the direction this is going in. I've disagreed pretty significantly with some of the feedback over the past couple of weeks because I feel the scene's being steered in a direction that a) isn't what I was after and b) has changes in it that make little to no sense to me. Feedback I had on this dilemma suggests that most people agree with me. The choreography of dialogue and action just feels diluted and less effective now, and I'm going to have to make even MORE changes based on the feedback I got. Consequently I'll be doing two versions of this scene: one version for the mentor/course and one for my progress/demo reel. I don't even bother to look at my grade any more.
I'm trying to be philosophical about it, as this is a scenario that can happen in a job. Your supervisor will ask for changes that you don't agree with and you just gotta do it. My irritation comes from the fact that it feels like I'm animating to satisfy one person and that I'll look at the final version and just want to leave it buried on my computer. And if I can't understand the reason for the changes, then I can't steer this ship reliably; I'm just following a set of instructions.

Facial poses (to become more familiar with the controls):
Again, I don't get it. Changing the mouths has now altered the sound she'd be making, so it seems like a confusing and needless change.

All in all, frustrating.
Wah wah wah.

Animation Mentor Term 4 Week 7


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Animation Mentor Term 4 Week 5

Mostly planning for the next assignment: animation with dialogue.
I picked three lines of dialogue from which one'll be chosen as the one I'll animate to:

Some thumbnailing for each scenario:

And, embarrassingly, my reference video. I suck so bad at acting.

Two facial expressions from my reference video, along with the adjustments made after mentor feedback. I was trying to get a "sh" shape to the mouth on the second one, but I'm not sure the mentor realised that so he indicated a change that now takes away that phoenetic-related shape.

Animation Mentor Term 4 Week 4

Here is the final animation I submitted.

Mentor has given me some further refinements so I'll be working on that concurrently with my next assignment.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lifedrawing 20th October 2014

Model: Paul
Pose lengths: 2 to 20 mins

Animation Mentor Term 4 Weeks 1 to 3

Sorry, I fell behind with my AM posting.
First assignment (stretched over four weeks) is a pantomime shot.
I did a rough animatic in Flash and realised I had to change the idea somewhat due to frame constraints (max of 192fr):

Blocking from week 2:

After feedback, and having gone into spline in week 3:

Got one more week to implement some changes and refine further.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Croquis Cafe

I had a go at using the Croquis Cafe drawing site, and I highly recommend it. I think I’ll be adding one session of it to my week, as I find short poses most useful for me.

Lifedrawing 6th October 2014

Model: Stephanie
Time: 2 to 20 mins

Monday, September 22, 2014

Loop-de-loop: Childhood

Loop-de-loop: Childhood from Ann-Marie Denham on Vimeo.

Busted this out in a day because I never allow myself enough time :(.
For Loop-de-loop's 'Childhood' theme.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Balloonicorn Bandana Design

A bandana design for the Steam TF2 Merchandise workshop.

Animation Mentor Term 03 Week 09

I've been a bit slack updating this blog, but this is where I'm at with my 3D animation. Only the first scene has been rendered out; the others are just playblasts.