These are my final poses incorporating quadrupeds at play.
It’s inspired by this great video I found of two dogs playing but which I now can’t remember the name of. My brain is doing that whole “I might have Alzheimer’s, but at least I don’t have Alzheimer’s” thing. I’ve tried to bribe my brain with chocolate in exchange for the memory of the name but alas, no luck.
This is my initial version of the playful poses. The great thing was there wern’t too many changes! Basically the critique was to bring the screen left dog’s head down and push his legs back. With the screen right dog, it was more about adjusting the front legs and finding the right interaction with the other dog.
I’m pretty happy with it! Hooray for satisfaction!
Eeeeekkk! Get away from me!
Yeah, I didn’t know dogs pull carts with weights either. I thought that service was purely limited to horses or that Strongest Man competition but nope, it’s a whole sport called Weight Pulling. The things you learn, right?!
These are my final poses with the rig Sloan that incorporate movement. My first version looked like this:
Critique: (Shying away pose) Dogs don’t draw their front paws under them. That’s a human thing. Dogs put their paws in front of them. So revise those paws and the line of action to curve up.
(Weight pulling) The cords to the cart aren’t making sense visually as to where they’re connecting (due to the fact I left a strap out on the harness). Move the cords up to strenthen the line of action of the body and move the hips up. Tilt up his nose as he looks sad and make that very front paw reach for the ground to add strain.
The result of the changed poses is much better, even if the shying away pose looks quite horsey :D.
These are my Sloan movement sketches from 2 weeks ago. I had quite a bit of fun researching these poses, partly because I got to laugh at the Corgi Flop over and over again:
– as well as Crufts competitions like Flyball!:
Then last week we had to draw quadrupeds at play.
And I got to watch this amazeballs orangutan roll around:
Ahhh, animation study. Such a hard life :D.
4 LEGS!?!?! 2 legs are hard enough! And 4 legs? That’s like…………….*calculates lengthy mathematical equation*…………….*uses CSI science lab technology*……………………………TWICE AS MANY LEGS!!!! HOW CAN WE ANIMATE 4!?!?
If you can tell, I’m just slightly freaking out. Our new rig Sloan is both an exciting and daunting new addition to our curriculum. Exciting – because quadrupeds are still fresh territory for me – and daunting – because last year I tackled a quadruped in our graduate film ‘The Button’ and it was SUPER hard. Like really. Super. Difficult.
Ah well, best stop crying and just rip the band-aid off quickly.
Here are my final poses for Sloan:
Searching for the Loch Ness monster.
– and here are the initial poses:
The main critique for both poses was to revise the leg positions. I think a lot of study has to go into where quads take the weight and how their legs fold. They’ve kind of got a cocertina thing going on, where if you move one section, another should follow.
Hmm, more study is required. To the library!
We’re onto quadrupeds! Here are some sketches of dogs.
You could say some of them are a bit…………..far-fetched?
AHAHA, AHAHA, anhhhhhhhh………
Here we go……….again…..
Oh yeah, I forgot to say I’m in my third week of Animation Mentor Term 2!
The aim of the class is to use the fundamentals we learnt last term to nail basic body mechanics.
My mentor is Leigh Rens! He’s a really nice animator originally from South Africa (eek! Springboks Rugby team!) currently working in the pre-viz department of the Disney Toons Studio. The awesome thing about his career journey is that he’s pretty much self-taught, and so he can offer some insights to animating that don’t come with having taken a degree.
Some of the assignments this term involve using a dog, which I’m really excited about! Last year for my graduate film, I learnt how difficult dogs are to animate, and so I’m glad I get a chance to learn the basics of quadreped mechanics.
Can’t wait to see how the term pans out!
Experiment: Twixtor from Stephanie Tomoana on Vimeo.
Woo, I finally got around to playing with Twixtor! It’s a short video of one of many upcoming experiments. Keep an eye out for my Labrador, Bro. Brilliant talent but a bit of a drama queen off-screen.