samson & matilda – heavy lifting animation

Meet Samson and his dog, Matilda!

I designed them for a three-week assignment for a “heavy lifting” exercise. The focus was first on the thinking that takes place before lifting something heavy; then on portraying weight, then losing a grip on the heavy object. I could have just used a static object instead of a dog, but I really like the idea of a fat little dog (scroll down on that link for my favorite Pompeii dog).

This assignment was similar to last semester’s “stagger” exercise, where I animated a fishwife trying to lift a huge, heavy fish.

Since I was focusing on the broad action of the rough animation, I didn’t have a chance to add facial features…hopefully I’ll get to that someday!

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