Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Week 3 Review

The 3rd week so far I have really enjoyed so far. The history seminar was really interesting though I found this weeks readings hard going, plus the fact I cannot access them on my moodle for some reason. Among the films we watched this week my favourites had to be one of the Loony Tunes classics which I had never seen. Also the Tim Burton style film was awesome , I just think the style is so Burton and it gives it something a bit different, characterizing everything in such a sharp way gives everything a sharp edge.

The 3D this week I did not enjoy as much as previous weeks as I found it a lot more challenging - the bouncing ball using the excel spreadsheet thing I need to get used to, its very time consuming and I quite like doing it manually as opposed to trial and error but I guess as I learn the program more I will become more adept at it quicker, we shall see. I really want to learn how to use Illustrator and to improve my knowledge on Photoshop but I have no idea how to join the classes which I need to look into.

2D again I really really enjoyed, though it is time consuming it gives you so much more satisfaction to see your drawings in action even if it is only for a second or two, just so you can see how you have improved from the week before in terms of timing, anticipation and squash and stretch. We did the Jumping Man in simplistic form again however it was on a flat surface and we had to consider the landing more at the end, I got the anticipation right I feel and the timing for the majority apart from at the peak of the jump was good. The landing though was maybe a bit to quick it needs a few more frames at the end. Also I just watched it again and the volume is maybe slightly off on compression...... live and learn.

I have started drawing once a day however I started painting one which has put a stop to that but I just really wanted to, so I need to get back into the daily sketching. Life drawing tomorrow I shall blog after that to see how I got on

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

My first Week - Animation

The first weeks been awesome and so far the second even better, the only part I havent enjoyed has been life drawing and that was because I feel really rusty and way off the pace at the moment. I'm going to practice drawing people and skeltons in the evenings every day to improve my skills as I have never really studied the human body at all just colour, moods, speed and the outdoors. I never really involved people and its probably time I did as I am doing animation. Its crazy to consider how much work has gone into doing a cartoon or any animation after doing a few exercises, theres so much to think about! I loved doing the 2D animation today using the squash and stretch and anticipation with the simple characters, it's really rewarding once you have done it, though I think I needed more frames in between. As with Maya its an awesome programme one I can imagine I could become quite addicted to as there is so much to learn though it seems really easy to get lost, my ball bouncing was ok though a little shaky I guess you can only get better. My favourite part of the week so far though has to be "screening" I thought that Triangle by Erica Russell was one of my favourite animations I had ever seen, its just amazing, I love the flow, the colours and how sketchy it is. This is the kind of animation I was intrigued about now Hollywood main stream animation which is all I have ever really been subjected to but little pieces of genius. I'm going to look at more of her work and unless I see something I like ever more I would like to do my presentation on it. Anyway back to Maya! CR