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Move it!

Eeeeekkk! Get away from me!

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:

Stephanie_Tomoana_sloan_movement_v01

 

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.

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Go Get it Boy

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.

Searching for the Loch Ness monster.

– and here are the initial poses:

Reachy reachy!

Reachy reachy!

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!

Batter Up!

Last week’s posing assignment was similar to the first one: creating poses with Stella that show movement.

I was casting around for some cool inspiration and I came up with….baseball!

Damn girl. Throw that.

Damn girl. Throw that.

Swing, batter batter, swing!

Swing, batter batter, swing!

I’m pretty happy with the poses and I’ll post up my sketches for these poses later. For now, here are the before poses and the critiques I received:

Before

Pose 01: Plant the screen right foot and pay attention to the twist and arch in her back.

Pose 02: Lean her back more as she is in the sketch and really twist her upper body. My peers also gave me reference images to help with the angle of the bat. Thanks peers!

On a side note, my cool German friend Al liked my work and he mentioned me on his blog, so I’m gonna do the same and throw a shout out back at him! He has fantastic animations and his blog can be found here:

http://alexdiestel.tumblr.com/

– and his website is here:

http://www.alexdiestel.de/

Danke!

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!

Sketches: My Concerned Exhaustion is in Balance

You know what I learnt (besides sketching is faster in Photoshop)? Drawing concern ain’t easy, mostly because you kind of need two characters: one to throw a pity party and another person to attend said party.

Concern. I could have sketched a lot of politicians for this one. Or celebrity fathers.

Concern. I could have sketched a lot of politicians for this one. Or celebrity fathers.

Exhaustion – now that’s something that comes easily! Drawing these poses was just about channelling my time at University and Japanese train commuters falling asleep while standing up. I have to say, even though I chose the first pose, I’m particularly fond of pose 3 slamming his face into the step:

Probably sketched from life. My life. Around 2pm in the afternoon.

Probably sketched from life. My life. Around 2pm in the afternoon.

No joke, that was a pose based on an image of a polar bear. HA!

Drawing balance was definitely the hardest to reference yourself. Normally I like to try a pose out myself so I understand where the body feels pressure and weight. Unfortunately I’m no Yogi or ballerina. In fact, when I tracked my Center of Gravity on Wii Fit once, the image it drew looked like a Pollock painting.

Enter Google Images!

Ahhhh balance. 'Karate Kid' at sunset anyone?

Ahhhh balance. ‘Karate Kid’ at sunset anyone?

Next time I post about emotions, it’ll be for my final renders!

That, or I’ll have watched ‘Atonement’ and need to throw a pity party on the internet. You’re all invited.

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.