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A Small Tale – Tailor Animation

I realised at Animation Mentor that they like to ration you on limbs for characters like you’re on a diet. Then when you’re really hankering for something else to animate, they give you the typical dish of a ball – with a side of tail!

That’s Tailor, a character that should mimic a squirrel (password = tailor). The animation is an exercise in secondary motion and overlapping action.

When I was at Uni, I couldn’t get enough of overlap (password = wave):

Woah ho HO! Ribbons, ponytail, handbag, dress, boobs, I just didn’t want to leave anything out did I?

And before we had Tailor, we had a pendulum:

As simple as it looks, I actually struggled with this pendulum. Ironing out the stickiness of the segments of the arm and finding the right speed for the moving platform took a bit of experimentation. If you didn’t get it right, you could have the arm breaking so it wasn’t smooth or you could have it so smooth and slow it looked underwater. However, compared to my 2010 pendulum (password = swing):

– the timing is better and it’s a bit less mechanical.

Stay tuned to see what limbs are rationed out next!

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:

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– 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!

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! 😀