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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.
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:
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:
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In a previous post, I had talked about how Animation Mentor was rationing out the limbs on characters (rigs) we get to animate. First we only had a ball and tail (Tailor) and then we had a ball and legs (Ballie).
Well guess what the cat dragged in???? That’s right – A TORSO COMPLETE WITH ARMS!
The rig’s name is Stella (hence the Streetcar Named Desire reference) and she’s amazingly flexible with her controls and body manipulation. Our first assignment with her was to create poses expressing ‘Movement’.
I chose Parkour references because let’s face it – anything that involves flipping around buildings AND the French language slots right into the ‘cool’ chart (just above Lenny Kravitz and just below walking away from an explosion).
Catch ya on the flippity flip!
I think the revised poses turned out pretty well, although the first pose was quite difficult to make appealing while remaining true to the mechanics of anticipating a flip.
These images were what I initially submitted.
Critique (Pose 1): Have her weight thrust more over the front leg, bend the back knee, revise the arms.
Critique (Pose 2): Her eyes should be looking more towards the ground (where she’s going), add some tension to the top foot.
Can’t wait to show you guys the walk that I have going with Stella!