Friday, September 25, 2009

September Dump - Click to Play

[Dec 2011 Edit: Removed Concept III work; Re-linked CA Projects]

Silhouette project - Click to Play
My emotions: Cheerful -> Confused -> Gloomy

Waiting with an object - Click to Play

Push Pull Character Design - Click to embiggen

This year's been very fruitful, I feel like I've come a long way and grown a lot. Particularly in concept, while my drawings can still use work and my staging might not always be the best I know there's no way I could have managed to keep up with this last year- A 15 second animatic over the course of a month or so made me really consider if I wanted to be here at Ringling. Now I'm about to finish up a 45 second animatic in 2 weeks and I'm having a long of fun with it. It's very gratifying to put an idea in motion so other people can actually see what you're thinking- it's hard to describe, but it's what brought me to animation.

I am still struggling a lot with Drawing For Animation. It's very difficult for me to invest myself in something that isn't yielding very satisfying results. On the bright side, I think my Push Pull character is the first character I've ever created that I really like. I can't wait to get him in Maya and get some textures on him. So, I can't say I'm at a total loss with DFA. My hope is that I can get to the point that I draw without feeling embarrassed by my drawings. I don't want to be drawing just to get by DFA, concept and prepro, I want to enjoy it like I enjoy animatics and story and just about every aspect of computer animation.


Avner Geller said...

Hey Rob!indeed this push pull guy (does he have a name yet??) is very appealing. it's usually really hard to translate these simple shapes to 3D and in your case I think the 3D version actually cranked up the appeal even more. can't wait to see what you will come up with when we get to texturing/lighting. and about drawing... nothing to be embarrassed about. you came such a long way from last year, both in drawing and animation. we all have stuff that we are not proud of, but it's all building blocks I guess. trust the process :)

Wayne Parker said...

Hey Rob, the triathlon animation looks great. Don't worry about DFA, you'll do fine. No one said you have to be DaVinci - just creative. Can't wait to see what you'll do next year. Avner is right on the money with his advice. Take care man.

yezix said...

Hey! You should post your witness story, it's so cute!

Amalia said...

Your animations are amazing Rob!!! The waiting one is so awesome! Your self caricature was great too.