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Anim Mentor Term 1 Poses

*Sexy kitty growl*

*Sexy kitty growl*

You’re a tiger baby, yeah! That’s the Austin Power’s photoshoot vibe I was trying to channel in my first assignment with Animation Mentor (above).

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I said I would post the 7 poses I created in term 1. I finally got around to rendering them and compiling the initial version of the pose (on the bottom) with the final version after peer and mentor critique.

‘Free Pose’ Critique: Separate the shoulder from the head, avoid 2 straight arms, make the screen right hand support the body better and simplify the feet/leg shape.

AM_T1_excited

Tee hee!

“Ooh, mint ice cream!” turned into “ZOMG butterfly!”

‘Excited’ critique: Avoid twinning with the arms and legs, revise the balance of the pose and revise the line of action in the body.

AM_T1_devastated

What do you mean there are no Snickers pods left!?!?

Yes, this is how I feel when I check the cupboard and my chocolate stash has been obliterated – possibly by myself (possiblyat2aminthemorning) – but still, WHY IS THE CHOCOLATE GONE!?

‘Devasted’ critique: Rotate the screen left hand to hang more naturally, align the hips more to the right over the feet and make the screen right leg flow into the torso smoothly.

AM_T1_strength

There’s a good energy in the gym!

Cue the Rocky music.

‘Strength’ critique: Bend the lower body down more, watch the negative space of the feet and revise the placement of the rings.

AM_T1_concerned

If you’re wondering why little Jimmy is so upset, it’s not just because he lost the game for his team – his chocolate stash is also empty.

‘Concerned’ critique: Simplify the pose of the child to draw attention back to the adult, rotate the screen right arm back.

AM_T1_exhausted

My uni life in CG.

Snorlax much?

‘Exhausted’ critique: Get rid of the negative space between the chair arm and and the legs, and between the head and the couch.

AM_T1_balance

Looks like the beginning of “YYYYYY-M-C-A!”

‘Balance’ critique: Bring the body more screen left over his hand.

And there will be plenty more poses at the end of this term with awesome new rigs!

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 8 Sketches

Work those abs!

Work those abs!

Here are my sketches from Week 8 showing “physical strength”! If only it had been “mental strength”, I would have been able to do a pose of Professor X from X-Men with two fingers on his forehead while he uses his mind-voodoo.

The pose I chose (woah, Dr Seuss moment) is so horizontal because it’s based on this amazing cross-fit chick. She makes me wanna eat about a kilo worth of chocolate feelings.

3-Point Belt Review Vol.7: Elyte Excellence

Awesome Elysium

VFX Review: Elysium (Neill Blomkamp, 2013)

1. Dear blog reader,

STEPHANIE and A CRAZILY WELL-INTEGRATED KEY-FRAMED CG ROBOT FROM ELYSIUM request the pleasure of your company at:

THEIR WEDDING

Saturday, 24 August 2013

2. Ceremony and Reception Venue:

18 Paradise Rd

Third Arm of the Star

Elysium Habitat, Outer Space.

It’s a stunning  environment, partly created by digital sky replacement over Miami. If you’re commuting from the shockingly dirty slums of Earth, please remember to wipe your feet. We don’t want your diseases clinging to our impeccable doormats.

3. Finally, please ensure that all +1 guests are agreeable with the fact that the film Elysium is in fact AWESOME because of its story that doesn’t stuff around, solid character performances and partially in-camera VFX/SFX elements that support the film rather than bore you to death with CG. To all those who don’t agree, please remain on Earth and continue to compare it to your VHS of District 9 (an equally awesome film), while Stephanie lives it up in a elitist habitat watching Elysium on her Super Hi-Def Awesome-Ray.

RSVP by seeing this movie immediately. Hope to see you there!

Ball Bounce: Hindsight is 20/20!

Ok, so I lied. I said I would post animations at the end of the term. Then I remembered that when rendering animations, it NEVER goes right the first time. It’s scientific. Here, I wrote an equation:

Rendering (first attempt) = FAIL + try again

So here’s my first second render of the first exercise from Animation Mentor:

Did I blow your mind!? I know I did.

With that exercise, I now have the credentials to make a feature film. Coming this Spring: Ball Bounce – The Movie (in 3D!). I’m trying to get Brad Pitt to make a cameo appearance as the hoop in the background.

But in all seriousness, check out how different it is to my first attempt at a ball bounce in 2010 (password = 1b):

WOAH, that ball must be an Autobot because he was determined to “roll out” of there. And the sudden stop for no reason is juuuuuuusssttt a bit painful.

Ah well, it’s easy to criticise but we all have to start somewhere right? And now that I know that a bouncing ball is like the hips of a character, it suddenly makes the exercise seem more relevant to me 3 years later. It’s also nice to see progression :).

So stay tuned and I’ll keep you all posted with past/present animation comparisons for your entertainment!

Péter le Cerveau – A New Art Movement

WHAT. ARE. YOU!?

WHAT. ARE. YOU!?

Art-world, let’s admit it, Post-modernism is so last century. We need something new! Bold! Exciting! And I have it:

It’s called “Péter le Cerveau”. Look at that French name! It’s totally legit, because, let’s be honest, any reference to art with relation to France increases it’s credibility. Louvre? French. Monet? French. See? Two examples.

The guidelines are that it’s an artwork that is created out of lack of creativity for the task at hand. For example, my drawings today for a job have been shocking, so I began to doodle using Adobe Illustrator’s vectors. Little did I know I would become distracted like a diamond ring distracts a gold digger. DARN YOU HYPNOTIC VECTORS! STOP LOOKING SO SINUOUS!

But enough internet yelling. The point is, I created this piece and now, I’ve created a whole art movement out of it! Please, join me in promoting the modernity that is Péter le Cerveau.

Oh and if you’re wondering how I got the name, I typed “brain fart” into Google Translate.

So in conclusion, this is what my brain pops out when I’m stumped.

3-Point Belt Review Vol.6: Bear With Me

Marky Mark learns a lesson.

Marky Mark learns a lesson.

Ted (Seth MacFarlane, 2012) *WARNING – TERRIBLE PUNS*

Guess Who's Back?

Ted’s ballin’. DON’T FORGET IT. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Ted himself is balllllllin’! That’s what the rapper 50 Cent would say. That bear is brilliantly composited into the shot. Then Fiddy would invite Mark Wahlberg to his Candy Shop to tell him –

2. “Yo Marky Mark, you’re bear-ly making eye contact”. Seriously Mark, haaaavveee you met Bob Hoskins? He could make “eye-contact” with a 2D Roger Rabbit, why can’t you make eye contact with Ted? I mean, he’s right next to you on the cou- what? Whadda ya mean Ted’s not really there? He’s a mo-capped CG character?! THAT’S IMPAWSIBLE!

3. Ok, not to have a grizzly view on everything, but the sound is tinny and the plot is bear-ly there. It’s one of those stories where you can’t totally identify the obstacles. You start losing focus and thinking about what’s for dessert. Pretty claw-ful right? If MacFarlane had just thought about building a paws-ible climax, I wouldn’t be stuffed from my distracting brownie dessert; I’d be all stitched up from paying attention to the jokes along the way.

“Hey Stephanie, hit us with one more terrible teddy bear pun.”

Ursus arctos middendorffi /kodiak bear/ Kodiakbär

Someone maul her. Make it stop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fur sure. What to do you want to hear?

 

3-Point Belt Review Vol.5: Sparkly Warp Speed

Benedict Cucumberatch hands out today's special.

Benedict Cucumberatch hands out today’s special.

Star Trek: Into Darkness (J. J. Abrams, 2013) *SPOILER ALERT*

1. “Captain Zulu, proceed to new and improved warp speed.”

Instead of ye olde lens distortion, there’s a trail of warp particles left lingering behind. And when I heard how you travel through the trail with stereoscopic vision, it’s one of the only times I’ve regretted watching a film in 2D.

"Smooth Criminal" music video. Shows...

What happens when gravity malfunctions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Great action scenes that use VFX appropriately: The “roly-poly” scene (where the ship’s internal gravity malfunctions) wouldn’t work without CG props falling to indicate the direction of gravity. The garbage barge, “can of whoop-ass” scene? Wouldn’t work without awesome keying and flying barges (obviously). Let’s not forget ANY SHOT INVOLVING A SPACESHIP.  Shield your eyes people, the rays of awesome are blinding!

3. I wish I had something to complain about, but I don’t. That’s not to say it’s the most amazing film ever, but it’s definitely a safe sequel that ticks the boxes for entertainment.

VFX? Great.

Soundscape? Excellent.

Storyline/pacing/cast performance: all up to scratch!

Sure some people found the underwear scene offensive, but seriously – who cares? At least it wasn’t a Megan Fox crotch shot. Hmm, need something to poke at…ooh, ooh, I know! Cumberbatch! Great name, huh?