layout building – "big city" theme

For my Layout design class, I had to create a simple layout using a number of layers including background, overlays, underlays & character level. Here’s what the final piece looked like, plus smaller versions of the individual layers.   If I had the time to work on this some more, I would make the sky part a solid block with a light gradient, rather than…

demo reel 2012

Have you heard about TED-Ed?  The non-profit group TED.com has been providing access to “Ideas Worth Spreading” for years by hosting conferences & posting talks by remarkable people in technology, entertainment & design. Last month, they launched a new initiative to pair great educators with animators to create short lessons about lots of fascinating topics. They have a handful posted up already on the…

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…

sneaky goose walk

This assignment took WAY longer than I originally thought it would! We were given 4 key frames (major drawings showing the most important positions) plus a chart for spacing all the drawings, all from Richard William’s “Animator’s Survival Kit” book.  Usually desiging/picking a character & determining those main poses takes me a huge amount of time, so I thought “Awesome! This will be so…

mabel moves

This video is a combo of two assignments for my Traditional Animation 2 class – getting up out of a chair and “easing in” to a walk. In order to smoothly start or stop any action in animation, you have to carefully space the drawings so that the motion doesn’t start awkwardly or end too abruptly. Keep in mind this is just a simple…

meet mabel!

So, it’s happened once again – I missed my weekly posting! Not for a lack of material, though  – my new classes are very challenging and I am already learning so much. In first week of classes, our Traditional Animation 2 assignment was to create a a five-point turnaround model sheet. Last fall I played around with some basic character design but hadn’t done…

beryl & rawrg – character sketches

Here are some never-before-seen character sketches I did while designing Beryl & Rawrg last fall! For the main part where we first see both of them together, I tried to give her a skeptical, static stance to contrast with his crazy, over-the-top antics.

beryl & rawrg – animation final project!

Here’s the final project for my first official animation class! I’m pleased with how it turned out – lots of in-between drawings and great feedback from my instructor throughout the process, and I even managed to get it done before the deadline despite a bout of pneumonia at the end of the semester. This was pretty fun to do; I’m looking forward to next…

animatic for final animation project

I’m happy to show you the animatic for my final project – it’s a basic layout for the timing and key frames of a project. The assignment was to create an animation between 10 & 20 seconds long, employing the principles of animation we’ve learned throughout the semester. I am already slated to go over that running time, but hopefully will be able to…

pompeii dog animation

I was nervous about approaching a 4-legged walk for my animation class – the 2-legged cycles seemed like enough! But I think I like 4 legs better – with an upright walk you still have the same number of appendages, but a 4-legged walk everything’s closer together and easier to sync up than swinging arms. I knew from the moment I saw this little…