With home life and work, it’s been hard to find a moment to post anything here. AM has kicked off and the experience is greater than I could’ve imagined. I liken it to Facebook, except it’s much more video/web cam driven and everyone on the site is a student of animation! My Class 1 mentor is Joe Mandia. He’s currently animating online games for Sony Online entertainment, but his resume includes feature animation at Disney and Sony Imageworks. Joe is a super cool guy and it’s been great getting to know him.
As for school itself, I’m finishing up week 3. I actually have homework to finish that’s due tomorrow by 2pm central. I’ll start posting this work shortly when I find the time to gather the files, but in a nut shell, we’ve been drawing lots of human poses. This week’s assignment was to pose the CG character, Stu, in a pose that expresses “excitement.” The idea behind the assignment is to learn our to communicate attitudes through one drawing or pose.
Also, this week we have our first animation assignment: the infamous bouncing ball. With squashing or stretching the ball’s shape, we have to animate it to bounce like a basketball. Next week, we take the same CG ball and animate it to bounce like a bowling ball and a ping pong ball. The question being answered is: What is the difference between these very different balls and how do you animate them to convincingly express the differences?
Fun stuff. I love it to no end. I’ll be showing this stuff off very soon. I will also try to get picks of my new old school animation desk up on this blog later today! Yes I know, animation used to be made with graphite marks on paper. Sounds crazy, but is true.