My Demo Reel will be posted soon. Promise. I have some minor tweeks I want to take care of before it's online.
Can not believe 18 months have gone by. My last post was in the middle of Class 1 of AnimationMentor's Character Animation Program, and now, I've completed the course. Man does time fly when you're animating!
Okay, so between the last post and this one, I've had to animate a ball going through an obstacle course, a pendulum showing overlapping action in its tail, and now we get to animate something with personality, Animation Mentor's very own Tailor!
For the rest of the term, I think we're going to be blocking out and animating a walk-cycle. One of which will be just the blocking and timing pass, the next week we'll be polishing that "vanilla" walk. The following week, we'll have to come up with a walk cycle that has personality to it. They're keeping us busy, that's for sure!
Anyway, that's what's been going on. And I'll do my best to keep ya all posted.
This week, we get to animate balls bouncing. We have to show a distinction between a light ball (racketball, tennisball, ping-pong ball, etc.) and a heavy ball (bowling ball, bocce ball, weightball, etc.).
So this will be a real good assignment for showing weight, gravity, and physics of how different balls behave when subjected to the same force, gravity.
Okay, so for our first assignment, we were to go out to some public place (park, coffee shop, bookstore, etc.) and sketch people in various poses. Then we were to take one of those poses, circle it, and take a provided character rig and position the character in that pose. Due by noon Sunday, Pacific time.
So I went down to a local park here in West Michigan and got about 10 sketches of people. I posed the provided character in the position of the person in the sketch, and posted my work on the website.
This is the pose I chose to post. I got feedback on it, made changes and this is what I have now.
I decided to pose the character doing what I would sometimes do as a kid, imagine that I was falling, but never hitting the ground. Good times!
On Monday, 3:00 pm my time, I found out who my AnimationMentor Mentor is going to be. He's a freelance animator based out of Australia! Yes, AnimationMentor is truly a global phenomenon. My mentor is in the land of Kangaroos, Koalas, and the Platypus; I'm taking classes in Michigan; I have fellow students in Spain, Germany, Australia, California, and Singapore!
My first webchat session with my mentor is tonight. That's when we get to introduce ourselves, say when we first got the bug to be animators, and why we chose to take classes at AnimationMentor. Can't wait to meet my fellow students!