Sunday, January 31, 2010

On practicing animation...

On Friday a buddy of mine from work lent me three animation books that talked about drawing cartoons and the steps an artist goes through to get from the beginning of an idea to the end.
In just a few hours of reading (yes, this is far more interesting to me than reading about soil bearing pressure) I gained valuable knowledge and insight as to how this things are drawn and how what movement looks like.  I immediately started doing some of the exercises in the books and remarkably could see some improvement in an hour or so.  The big secret I learned is that the stuff is drawn a lot bigger than it's printed.  So if you draw things big you can always shrink them down and they look real good.  So no more index cards for story boards, we're moving to 10X12 sheets of paper (with appropriate frame for aspect ratio).Here's what I've worked on thus far.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Sculpted Heads

So over the last two nights I've been practicing my sculpting a bit more. I've also been working on the Tamalco story boards, just moving forward little by little.  What I really need is to have a drawing of my character so I can then sculpt it.  Right now I'm just sculpting blind.Trying to get something that looks, well, decent.  Here's the results

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tamalco Story Boards!

So I've started crafting the story boards for Tamalco while I was in Norway. As you can see I'm still refining the details of what the characters look like.  Gotta start somewhere!  Comments appreciated!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Norwegian Film Museum

On my recent trip to Norway I got a chance to meet with Martin Andersen from Storm Studios and we talked a little about animation and schools in Norway for animation.  When I was there, the studio had a portion of the set from Peter and the Wolf with about 4 of the armatures used.  It was really cool to see.
After meeting with Martin I went to the film museum where I saw and took pictures of Ivo Caprino's puppets from some of his movies.  The museum had restored them and had one of the actual puppets with the wiring showing how it worked.  The pics were taken on the iPhone and in low light conditions so they're not the best.  Enjoy!