Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
And to prove it, here is my second flour sack drop animation for the class (the first one was up to nearly 400 frames--and looking decent-- before I scrapped it for something simpler). This one got mostly good reviews, except I guess he's too rubbery. Oh, and Kelly said that he looks more like a peanut than a sack of flour (which is true. My bad!). Hopefully I can go back and fix it up, but I kinda like what I've got. Let me know what you think (oh, and sorry if it's too dark)!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Today was particularly frustrating in figure drawing class, until we got to do caricatures of each other! What fun that was! I was quite happy with how mine turned out, and since there is no more room on my mom's fridge, I decided I'd post them here! I hope you enjoy these vague resemblances of people you probably don't know...
This is Elle (she has a super-cool blog here). Her jaw is not nearly this square and masculine...
This is Garrett (he does not have a super-cool blog here). One time in class he had the hiccups for like two hours straight. Now that you know a little bit about him, doesn't this caricature look just like him?
This is Allen (he has a super-cool blog with an infinitely better portrait of Elle here). He has some cool hair (I'm jealous). He's not really this blurry in real life.
This is Claire (not to be confused with the Claire who has a super-cool blog here). Yes, that moustache was really there. No, it is not a real moustache.
And this was my favorite of the night, the legendary Johnathan Whiting. He's been caricature-ing me left and right in goblin poses all semester, and I am glad to say I got him back. I got him back good. (He has a super cool blog here and here.)
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
My figure drawing class is going fairly well (I'm learning a lot, but still have a long way to go!). The teacher, Scott T. Petersen, is great at getting us to put some life and personality into our work. We've focused a ton on story, setting and motivation (quite a bit more than anatomy or technique), and I must say it's been a blast. Here are some of the better pieces that have come out of whatever instrument happens to be in my hand...
On a somewhat related note, I have officially begun my first Animation class at the Y (and, yes, "Animation" should always be capitalized!). Kelly Loosli is my instructor there, and he is hilarious. This is the legendary bouncing ball... Prepare to yawn:
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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Sunday, September 7, 2008
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Saturday, June 28, 2008
On a completely unrelated note, my wife and I saw Pixar's "Wall·E" yesterday (and are going again today). I went in with high hopes...and left kind of discouraged. Pixar did an absolutely masterful job with the main character--who knew that a robot could be so expressive? The visuals were amazing as well. I just have a few beefs:
- I found myself getting extremely bored whenever Wall·E wasn't on screen-- I didn't think the other characters were quite as engaging.
- The mixture of real humans with CG just didn't work for me. To me, the goal of film (and especially animation) is to transport the viewer from their theater seat into a totally different world. But the illusion of life just wasn't there -- the CG humans and the real humans didn't look like they belonged in the same world (I guess 700 years will not only lower your bone mass but also make you look more like a cartoon).
- I read that the premise of the film wasn't too preachy, but I kinda thought otherwise...
Again, Pixar does absolutely incredible work (Ratatouille changed the direction of my life) and who am I to question them? This film is getting rave reviews, so what do I know? I think I just went in with too high hopes...I'm seeing the film again today, so maybe I'll have a totally different experience.
Friday, June 27, 2008
I've just begun my trek back into the world of art school, so all my insecurities are coming back to haunt me. My work needs more polishing, my figures need more volume, I need to improve on shading, and on and on... but I'll get better (the only way is up!).