Thursday, January 31, 2019

Don't Call Me Stupid

I finished my January Animation Focus session with the great Carolina Lopez Dau last week, which produced the following:

It could maybe use another refinement pass, but I think I'm done with it for now.

I've been wanting to animate to a clip from A Fish Called Wanda for years now, and I ended up going with this one because it's short, which allowed me to go deep on it in the time that I had available to work on it.

I used the old, reliable -- and excellent -- Morpheus rig, which allowed me to make it look a little bit like Kevin Kline's Otto.

For shits, here are a couple of the early blocked-out passes to get a sense of where I started.

After my first feedback session with Carolina, I reworked the blocking pass entirely and came up with something much closer to the final piece. I feel like I could have gone in any number of directions with this, and I purposely avoided watching the actual scene from the movie in the interest of keeping the performance fresh and my own.

And besides, who could possibly beat Kevin Kline as Otto? Certainly not me.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Visionaries WIP Update

Really, really, really trying to wrap up some of these personal projects I've started and haven't been able to finish. Still not there with this Visionaries project I started a little while ago, but I have made a bit of progress. Unfortunately, I feel like it's still only half baked!

Still a lot I need to do with this one: Not happy with the owl's animation, and I still need to do the bit where he imbues Leoric with his "wisdom." Leoric will need to react to it and assume his idle pose at the end, and then there's all the FX that goes along with it.

I still want to tackle the following animations before moving on to the next thing:

  • Visionaries title animation
  • Lion transformation revisions
  • Idle animation
  • Whip reveal + attack animation
  • Walk or run animation

After that, I may move on from Visionaries and come back to it later when things finally calm down on the job hunt front. Eventually, I would love to do another character, namely Witterquick or one of the Darkling Lords (or even Merklyn). I also thought about doing a scrolling Prysmos background sequence with one of the Spectral Knights' vehicles speeding through the foreground.

We'll see how it goes I guess.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Spider-Man On The Eve Of 2019

Since 2018 was the year of the Spider-Verse, I've been itching to get to some fun 2D Spidey animations. I've got a couple more I'd like to do, but I started with this one, which pays a bit of tribute to a shot from the intro to Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends -- a Saturday morning cartoon I never missed as a kid.

I really wanted to approach Spidey's design in the Marvel Vs. Capcom games with this, which in my opinion is exactly how he should look in a video game. I didn't go quite so cartoony exaggerated, but it was definitely in my head as I did it. 

I also just love classic Spidey -- the one I grew up reading. With all of these crazy new versions of the character out there nowadays, I really wanted to bring it back to the original.

But even when I first started reading the comic books -- in the early to mid-80s -- they gave him a completely new costume which was not without some controversy. Looking back on it, I can't believe what a radical departure the black and white suit was compared to the original.

Anyway, I've always had a soft spot for it, so I wanted to depict the two versions of Spider-Man I grew up with -- pre-Ben Reilly-clone-Miles-Morales-Spider-Gwen-etc Spider-Man.

(Though it could be cool to include the 2099 version here, since that particular book was among the last I bought before I stopped buying comics).

I'd love to just keep doing these for the next month, but I've got an Animation Focus assignment to get to work on. So much I wanna do. It's past 4 am. Where can I find the time?

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Only had time to animate the BACK of this year's Christmas card. Started doing the front and ran outta time. Maybe when we get back from Oregon in a couple days.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Engine Trouble -- Final!

Added some animation to the girl to finish this one off. Next!

I really wanna do a Spider-Man piece to add to all the Spider-Verse madness going on.

The Underappreciated Engine -- Minus Two Blinks

Removed two blinks from the little engine, and it made all the difference.