Those beady eyes, bless every one!

Hello people of earth!

I trust everyone is powered up on fruit mince pies and ready to party the rest of the year away? Woo! With it being summer down here in Australia we don't get the quintessential snowy vista outside on Xmas, most houses here don't even have fire places. Nope, for me that typical image of Christmas is a giant bowl of pink prawns with a hundred little beady eyes staring back at me. So I'd like to dedicate this post to all those little crustaceans that lose their life in the name of delicious cold treats! Ho ho ho!

As I'm on a break from AM for a few weeks, I haven't been getting a huge amount of animation done, instead of been focusing on pixels instead of graphs and getting down with mental Ray. You can check out 3 re-rendered shots that form the first half of my new, slightly shinier showreel:

So next week I'll be getting into my pantomime acting assignment! Hopefully I'll have my new Old man rigged by then (You *could* say that I'm procrastinating now :-P). In other news I've really been enjoying scribbling some heads while my lovely Fiance is watching DVDs:

Ahh end of 2009 only a few days away! I've had a really amazing year, it's going to be hard to top! Hope everyone loses loads of unwanted brain cells over new years!


Ye Pirate animation be finished yet ye skallywag?

Aye it is!

Check out the final polished anim here:


I had a splendid time exploring when and where to push the exaggeration with this one. Generally I tried to keep the motion somewhat realistic/believable, except for the extreme motions I tried to push and exaggerate more than is natural for stronger impact. I reckon they could have been pushed further but was fun playing around with that none the less :-D

So I'm officially half way through Animation mentor! (streamers fly in the air and those crackery things also go off which goes into a child's eyeball, but he wasn't very popular anyway). So next I'll be getting my tights on for some acting classes! (Tights aren't compulsory... but I was wearing them anyway). But I've got a few weeks off in the mean time to get some rendering done. I like Rays, they're totally mental.

Oh yes and here's a strange drawing I did:
There's a sketchbook jam thread in the Animation Mentor forums, last week's theme was "Undiscovered".



Some ugly faces and a decrepit old man

While my cannonball piece is simmering away on the back burner I thought I might share some other stuff I've been working on. Here's some sketches I've done recently, I just threw some tones over them for fun:

My favourite is that sad old man on the bottom right. Look how blobby he is! If I was antimating him I'd totally have him sitting on a couch giving a depressed sigh followed by several seconds of wobbly fat settling around his torso. Heh.
I've also been rigging a character that I'm preparing to start animating next year. Early days still - I decided to do a scared pose because the only eyebrow blend target I've got is up :-P. Been setting him up with the generously free advanced skeleton that the gentleman Mike Paech put me onto! Nice work! I'd totally recommend it if anyone's throwing together a rig, haven't started animated with it yet but it seems rock solid! Still have loads of work to do on this old fella but if anyone has any design concerns, I'd love to know :-).

I'll have my final pirate piece to show next week so stay tuned!