Thursday, May 26, 2011

Animals & Creatures - Session 108

New rig this week - yay!

This guy is a really cool creature that can be animated both as a quad and a biped.

We have to animate him as a quadruped though and I picked an aggressive behavior as my final assignment for this term (we get a pick list  to choose from).

The final assignment is a 5-week assignment (including last weeks planning) and this week we had to turn in the rough blocking pass.

Here's my rough blocking pass:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Animals & Creatures - Session 107

It's been a really hard week, especially timewise, getting all the transitional footwork and the locomotion to a decent level. I've learned tons on this assignment and in particular from Kevins e-critique, but now I'm looking forward to move on to the next assignment. I've chosen to do a shot with the Ogre doing an aggressive behavior. We'll see how that goes :) It's gonna be fun!

Here's the refining pass of the lioness gallop to a stop-assignment:

And here's the planning for the next assignment:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Animals & Creatures - Session 106

Half way through the first term - yay!

Initially I signed up for only the first Animals & Creature class, because I wanted to see if I was able to do the course and working full time at the same time. Time is definitively becoming an issue as the assignments gets more complex and I'm actually at this point, considering not doing the second class right away. We'll see...knowing myself, I'm probably gonna jump into it :) I still have a few more weeks to decided.

As the assignments overlaps with finalizing the previous assignment and planning the next one in one week, I felt that I did not spend enough time planning and studying reference for this weeks assignment and the blocking turned out kinda...not quite there yet. I knew something wasn't quite right, but couldn't figure out what before I had to turn it in.

Ironically, that turned out kind of cool, because Kevin gave me a beyond awesome e-crit with super detailed feedback and I learned tons. Hopefully I'll manage to implement it all and get the shot to a decent level by the end of the week - as well as do the planning for the next assignment.

Here's my blocking of the lioness gallop:

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Animals & Creatures - Session 105

It's been a pretty intense week at work wrapping up another Penguin show, but I managed to squeeze in some time to tweak the assignment and plan the next one.

I knew in advance it was going to be hard doing AM and work full time, but it's actually not as bad as I expected - time wise it's a little bit tricky, but energy wise it's still cool. The style of animation is so different from what I'm doing at work, so it's a nice balance that makes me look forward to do both :)

Here's my assignment this week:

And here's the planning for next weeks assignment - I'm gonna try tackle a gallop with a lioness that comes to a complete stop: