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Nov. 18th, 2007


Week 7

The longest 5 seconds of my life. I had to pull a all-niter to get this one finished. I'm so happy I started on this one very early in the week because the tail alone took a full day for me to key in. Anyhow, I'm going to drop now. Enjoy.

Nov. 12th, 2007


Week 6

Here's my turn in for week 6. Overlap action.

Nov. 4th, 2007


Devastating Week 5 :)

Ohh boy what a week this has been. I pretty much struggled with everything and the deadline squeeze made things even more chaotic.

Pose: This week we were to do a devastation pose. Starting with sketches as always , I sat down and put down the obvious shaped that came to mind. Note that a regular pose takes me a few hours, including the sketching and final pose polishing. This one took me from Sunday to Thursday. Yup... I'm serious , I probably tried 5 or 6 poses and although most of them read correctly, they had a terrible silhouette or some form of twinning. I finally started taking pics of myself at work and found a angle that would work, but Stu's huge head proved to be another challenge. I'm serious, that head of his is bigger then the sun and block everything, lol.

Anyhow here's the sketches and final pose for week 5.  (click twice to enlarge to full size)

Animation : So yeah on Friday I sat down and started the second half of the assignment. The animation which is to span no less then 60 or more then 120 frames. Having some 2d background I wasn't worried but then it hit me. The arcs in 3D are so foreign to me, this is a obstacle course, the platforms are not even and are all at different height. How will I do these jumps while maintaining a natural arc.  I'm mean, the ball doesn't know it's about to impact a platform, and doing a perfect arc on platforms at different heights throws off gravity. So what happened........ panic kicked it and I got nothing done on friday.  Saturday I devised a new plan and did overlapping jumps. Basically going past the platforms and removing the frames that went past them, this allowed me to get a natural bounce.

So here's the sketch

And the animation

Oct. 28th, 2007


Week 4

Week 4 just concluded. I'm still waiting for my official grading, but I can finally share my work with you guys since I got my You Tube account going.

So this is my assignment. Bowing ball vs Beach ball, lessons in timing and spacing.

I'm satisfied with it until the final collision, where I think I bounced off the ball a little too hard then it would naturally bounce.

And as promised here is the assignment from last week. This one was of a bouncing basketball or soccer ball.

Oct. 25th, 2007


Week 3 and Skype

Week 3

I'm sorry I have been away for the last few days. Time has been very hard to find lately.

Any how onto the recap of week 3. Last week we did our first animation. A simple bouncing ball of a basketball or soccer ball. The lesson was mean to train us in planning and blocking. Lot of note ting and observation that we then used for timing and spacing purposes. I completed my bouncing ball (wish I could share it with you guys buy I have not set up a youtube account., I will do that tonight). We were posing a key frame of excitement. We were to stay away from twins and cliches. I chose a fairly difficult pose and has some twining going on, but over all I think it came out pretty good. 

From sketches  .... >

Onto the pose  ...>


I got me self a skype account going. If you have this handy little free internet phone utility , please feel free to add me , my skype username is gk-concepts


I'll get those youtubed animations clips of mine one line as soon as I can.

Oct. 13th, 2007


Week 2

So here we go with week two. This week's assignment was pretty interesting although it didn't seem like it at first. It required observation and life sketches that we were to push and exaggerate using the 12 principles of animation. Once we got the sketches to where we wanted them, we were to choose one and pose it using Stu. We have 3 digital sketch book, this week we had to start filling two of them. Here is the homework I turned in for this week.

I chose the upper/left sketch as the modeling pose. This is what I came up with for my final.

Oh yeah, and I got the Flu :(

Oct. 4th, 2007


First Q&A with Nicole Herr

First Q&A with Nicole Herr took place last night. It was very interesting to listen to what she had to share with us about the industry and the films she worked on. We even got a chance to view some of her original "Steward Little" sketches. I can't say I was at a 100% , probably more at like 10%. The class started at 11 pm my time and went past 12:00 am. And the dumbass that I am , I mis-managed my time the day before and was fighting sleep the entire time. But now I know what to expect for next week and will be ready.  From what I understand we will be starting with the bouncing ball, so stay tuned for updates.

In other animation related news, I jumped into Flash and did some walk cycles today. I did around 5 or 6 quick ones and one inbetweened vanilla walk. Not that we're supposed to be doing any yet, but I figured I'd start getting the rust out. I don't know how to embed Flash files here so I posted them over at AF http://www.animationforum.net/forum/showthread.php?p=29681#post29681

Oct. 3rd, 2007

Day in the Life of ME

Grizzly Adams
Today I treat you guys to a new avatar image. A picture that was takes off guard at work a few weeks ago when I was unshaven and ungroomed. Enjoy.

Oct. 1st, 2007


Day 1

1 day down .... and hundreds more to go.

Sep. 28th, 2007


My First Mentor

Got assigned to my first mentor Nicole Herr , her bio looks great and I'll do my best to shake all the info I can out of her, lol. http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0380287/

I have two days left before class begins. I re-arranged my journal in preparation for AM. I removed all of the old misc. tags and will be organizing this place to show my school progress, starting with class 1.  Hopefully the new tags will make it easier for those of you who visit to follow my progress and give me feedback. Anyhow I won't take up anymore of your time. I hope everyone has a nice weekend and the next time we talk I'll have some homework to show.

See you on Monday.

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