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Week 3 Sketches and a Question Answered!

Excited Sketches

We’re up to emotion poses in Animation Mentor! Week 3’s emotion was “excited”. I wanted to do something like my previous post:


– but I think the CG model doesn’t have 3 elbows and 2 knees, so I chose a subtly girly version of excitement.

I know what you’re thinking: “Steph. Don’t torture us with these preliminary sketches. Give us what we lined up for in the bitter cold. Show us your final emotion poses. Show us animation. Show-me-the-moonnnnneeeyyyy!” You know what, you’re right fantasy audience. I shall give you a show!

But only at the end of the term, when I know the work is as good as it can be 😀 For now, you’ll have to put up with sketches.

On another note, blogger The Byronic Man TOTALLY featured my question in his segment ‘Sexy Stalin’! Check out the article for his advice to my query. Have a great week everyone!

Week 2 Poses

Peoples in the park and city.

Peoples in the park and city.

So every week in Animation Mentor, we have to do sketches that aren’t really life-drawings per se, but more ideas influenced by what we see around us. Last week was all about life around us and this is what I came up with!

First Q&A

Me looking at my past animations:

Sad face. Kind of E.T-ish

Sad face. Kind of E.T-ish

Me after my first Animation Mentor Live Q&A:

Happy face!

Happy face!

Yeee-ahh! Do you see those glamorous glasses? That fashionably chic hair – AKA a bun? That ultra-white Hollywood smile?

That’s right, my transformation is all because I had my first Q&A today with my mentor Anthony Wong! Or, as he allows me to call him – get ready – Anthony. YUP, first name basis with a Pixar animator. Next step, virtual high-five.

On top of that, I met some cool classmates! Most are in the US, making me one of the international students. WOAH. So that’s why I look like E.T in the first photo; I’m an illegal alien.

Can’t wait to start animating and hopefully when it’s good enough, I can share some of it with you guys! Happy face! AND GO QUEENSLAND MAROONS! 😀

Pixar Mentor

Where do I begin grovelling?

Where do I begin grovelling?

Yes, that’s right. My first mentor from Animation Mentor (Anthony Wong) works at Pixar. As my best friend would say, it’s “AMAZEBALLS!”

I know what you’re thinking:

“Shut up Steph. Stop bragging about it and just go die in a hole. A hole of hell, where all you do is slave away, animating all day. Learning from someone who works at Pixar. Who totally worked on Ratatouille (Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava, 2007)! Who is therefore AWESOME. So by association, some of his awesomeness rubs off on you. So you’re awesome. Go Steph!”

“But seriously, zip it, Zippy Longstockings.”

Awnnnhhh, thanks guys!

Animation Mentor

Awnnnnnnhhhh yeah, I’m in!

After passing a wonderlic test and essay questions, I’ve been accepted into Animation Mentor, the online school of animation and VFX! The teachers are all working professionals from studios like Pixar, Moving Picture Company, Dreamworks, Industrial Light and Magic and all the amazing studios in between!

My course will be Animation Fundamentals, where over the course of a year, I’ll relearn what I know needs work with my animation (the basics). Classes are small and conducted completely online. It’s a pretty awesome opportunity. Big thanks to my stepfather John for this leg up in my life!