Thursday, January 19, 2012

aftermath of tonight...

I had my second class in Game Art Assets, and I found I was able to keep up. One thing I changed was to make sure I got on the front row. I didn't get my usual seat, but the next one over.

It still is lonely. Not just the drive, but being there. It isn't as "strange" as last semester. The faces are becoming more familiar. But I carpooled a year ago, and in truth, I really miss riding with my friend.

This time of year also brings out the "dragon," so I'm having a lot of "this all really does seem pointless" to contend with.

Tomorrow(Friday) the Animation Association will be having their weekly meeting. I think I'll go.

In putting some summaries to 2011 and the beginning of this year, 2011 taught me how to hate. I'm thinking 2012 will teach me to sever. Some things and people need to be excised from my life. I have a post in draft form, which goes more in depth with this, about severing and those who have shown themselves to be "true friends" in my life. My thoughts need more refining on it before posting.

And I need to get back to doing art. Posting warm-up sketches and such. Just some pain to still work through. Maybe the homework waiting for me to complete before Monday will help.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

...the end, the beginning...

Today marked the first day of classes at college for me for this semester. And it also ended the month long lag between semesters that is the "holiday break." Honestly, I find most holiday times a bit boring. I really do need to find some kind of "umph" to be at my drawing table. It would help with the boredom.

One thing I DID do was get some books on programs I would need to learn, such as Mudbox and ZBrush. I've also been working out of a book on AfterEffects to get some proficiency with it. I'm seeing more potential with AfterEffect now that I'm not so confused by the interface.

My first class was "Game Art Assets." Working up some concept art for games may be a way to go for me. We'll see. Tonight I have my other class, "Character Animation in 3D." It will be with an instructor I'm unfamiliar with. But I think I'll be fine. I hope to have some new sketches to post. I see 2012 as a bit of a "recovery" year, in more ways than one. Although the only recovery I'm really interested in is getting my swagger back.

Toodles!

Friday, December 16, 2011

...and it ended up really, Really, REALLY big...

The animatic is done! And very late! So if I end up getting an "F" for lateness, it's the best looking "fail" I'll have. I turned it in today, and did get the look of "...went a bit overboard, didn't ya'?" But I learned a lot about Adobe AfterEffects, and no longer have my fear of that program.

The assignment was to do storyboards to either "Mayhem at Prom," or "Dogs and Cats Fight." I chose to do both...somehow. As I stated earlier, two of my favorite things to draw are chicks and monsters, so the idea popped into my head that prom night would be at high school for "cat people." Couple that somehow with werewolves, and I would accomplish both scenarios.

To begin with a main character was the first hurdle. While I like the "Disney princess" look, I wanted somethings a bit more angular, maybe a little more Bruce Timm. In designing the first character here's what came out of my pencil...

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I thought she looked a lot like my friend, Taryn, so I began there.

The play on the joke was the idea of the "first time," or losing one's virginity on prom night. I wanted to play up that angle, having a bit of sexual tension. But the "first time" for a student at Simone Simon High School was to get their "first kill!" So the girls in question(that includes the ginger cat) had located dates from out of country--two foreign exchange from Wales. This idea came from 2 foreign exchange students I worked with this past summer. They were from Slovakia, and I waffled in nicknaming them either "Boris" and "Igor," or "Count Dracula" and "Baron Frankenstein." Their real names are "Michel" and "David." Unbeknownst to the girls, their dates were actually werewolves and were trying to score their first kills, as well. Although the one would like to score before he kills. But I blather on way too much.

For some reason, Blogspot cuts off part of the scene. To see it entirely, double click it, and it will take you to Photobucket, where you can see the proper aspect ratio. And, yes, it's a really big file. Here's the final outcome...



It still has some tweaking, and could use more scenes. But for the class I got it turned in. We'll see what happens Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

mo' pluggin' away...

Still assembling scenes. This one is scene 10...



It's when they get the first look at their prom dates. And while it comes off as a bet ominous, they will be in awe of their "luck" at getting two beauties.

If you've viewed storyboard 23, you'll see some gropidge going on. This is the reaction shot. Still working on the timing.



Enjoy!

startin' to come to a screechin' halt...

This has been the bane of my existance these past weeks. We were to render a product in Maya--or should I say, model, texture, light, render, and animate in Maya!

There are some things not done on it, and some things I couldn't figure out, like the decals. UV mapping is still a mystery to me. But here it is, and it's "done" and turned in. You may need to double click it to see the entire thing...

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

back to the drawing board...

My love affair/honeymoon with AfterEffects may be over, or at least getting rocky. Not sure what happened, but I may need to re-do the thing. Probably punishment for me for including a reference to kicking my instructor in the cajones. Hopefully, he would find it funny. But it wouldn't be the first time I've been hated by a teacher...Mrs. Mansfield, Clara Painter, Lonnie Wieland...maybe a few in college, too. But I'm older, now, and find my "give a rat's ass" pretty much malfunctioning. I find it funny. But ball shots are, along with pie fights, stuttering, prat falls, and wardrobe malfunctions.

Enough, already! Here it is...



Leilah Tov!

Monday, November 28, 2011

...on a roll...kinda...

Chicks and monsters are 2 of my favorite things, if not my favorite things, to draw. Here's another scene. I'll probably get dinged for using the puppet tool too much. But how am I going to learn movement without doing some experimenting. Half of discovery is failure. Anyhoo, here's another scene. You may have to double click on it to get the full view. Can't quite get the hang of this blogspot format...