Well, that day has finally arrived. I have finished my Senior Project and the showing went pretty well tonight in the showcase. I received some nice compliments and it really felt great to finally finish this thing! Jeez, it took me forever! Over 30+GB of assets, 25 different After Effects Compositions, and over 300 layers, it feels great to finally complete it. So much work went into this little film and it somehow feels like it could be better. There are some shots that are really bugging me, but perhaps it’s just hind-sight speaking and my OCD. I will put this film in the books and put it behind me. I need something fresh and something new to work on. The future is bright! I have posted the video below, however it will only be public until May 26th for personal reasons. You will need a password to access the film afterwards.
The working title for the film was “Nowhere to Go”, however, I had always meant to change it. I settled on “Kuiper’s Sail”, because I want the focus to be on the story, rather than the lyrics of the song. It’s about this dude’s journey across the solar system to find earth and find peace. He’s flying in a ship, sailing per-say, inside the depth of the Kuiper Belt. I like to think of him as the lost explorer, perhaps Kuiper himself. Hence, Kuiper’s Sail.
With that, I begin work on my stop-motion final. It’s ironic, because at the showcase my puppet won Best Stop Motion Puppet – Foam in the show. And, I haven’t even animated that final stop motion film yet! Awesome! I’m looking forward to it, especially since it’s tangible.
Give me feedback on my senior project if you can. I’d love to know what you think!
Hey guys. Been busy, busy, busy, and so I have not been up-to-speed on my blog. I just have not been able to post what’s been going on. I’m setting up for my Senior Exhibit and getting everything prepared. Yesterday I posted my Doctor Battery Acid poster. It’s going to be printed for the gallery and it will be a decent sized print. However, it will be small compared to my main one:
I felt that I had to put her as my poster. I mean, Kolevis is my character, my muse. She’s kept me going this entire time throughout my college career. It would be silly not to. My only regret is that she never made it into a film. Because my illustrations of her were done traditionally and not of such large size, I simply threw one of my paid commissioned works of her into this. She was illustrated by my pal Kanta-Kun over on deviantART. He did it vector so I could easily resize it. Props to him! I wanted to feature this illo of her, honestly. It’s too bad it couldn’t scale:
Anyways, remember to come by the exhibit sometime between Monday and the last day of class! Of course, I only say this to those that are actually in town. Please don’t fly in from somewhere, it really just wouldn’t be worth it.
It’s my friend’s birthday. Caleb, haha, he loves Spiderman. Truth be told, I’ve never seriously attempted to draw a superhero before. Even though I read the comics, watch the movies, shows, etc, never have I truly given it a go. So here he is, as Spiderman. Commissioned by our friend Shar’Niese for his present. It was on the 19th, so I couldn’t post it until today. However, I drew it on Monday.
I used a pose reference off of Google images. Drawn with brush inks and sharpies.
Well, my team put up a good fight. We got a lot of work done! I felt privileged to direct and lead this fantastic group of individuals to getting a film done in just a weekend. Fantastic experience. While we did not get our film rendered out in time for the deadline, we did get a film out of our hard work. File management bit us in the end when we accidentally overwrote four hours of work – two, complex, fully-animated shots. We just couldn’t get caught up after the setback. But alas, it wasn’t about winning, it was about competing. Take a look at our film!
Be sure to crank up the sound! Keff worked his butt off to give it some amazing sound effects. I consider this a success and had about 20 seconds of animation that I would consider putting on my 2011 demo reel. Let me know what you think!
Finally finished cleaning this up. Started it a few weeks ago and added the plate wobble at the end after all this time. Felt like I could finally post it. Let me know what you think! Good practice for this weekend’s competition.
Hello everyone! Late post, I apologize. I have for you now my figure drawing final! I hope you enjoy it. Instead of a female I chose to draw my good friend Derek Morin. He was rather pleased with how this turned out. The final was 3 hours long and I had to use nothing other than pencils and bristol board. It was 18″x24″ in size. I was pretty impressed with myself that I was able to whip something like this out so fast! I guess I am learning something. I am not entirely happy with the face in this, but mostly the body. Funny, how I spent the least amount of time on it and mostly on the portrait. Let me know what you think!
As for the previous class, I thought I had a pretty good final drawing in it. It was our longest drawing yet with a live model coming in at 45 minutes! I found the pose to be exciting and it had some good lighting and shadows to work with! I apologize for the crappy photos. The quality isn’t as good as my scans, but I don’t know how else to capture these large images other than my cell’s 5MP camera. Here it is!
I have a Toon-Boom animation that I’m working on. I’m cleaning up just a little bit of it to give it that “icing on the cake”, but it should be ready for upload soon. I really want to show it and do more of them! Hopefully I’ll have it tomorrow!
Here, have a fox this morning. May he bring you joy. This was a quick sketch I did on Saturday morning this past weekend. Trying my hand at animals for once. I did it with a 0.5mm fineliner and used a photo reference. I think he turned out pretty well! This was after I spent the morning watching the 3D animated film “Igor”. It was a great movie! I really, really liked it. The thing that bugged me was that a lot of the film was blatantly exploited. I see Megamind and Despicable Me stealing directly from it and it makes me a little irked that it’s so obvious. John Cusack was amazing, as always. It’s really too bad that a great film like this was so unpopular. I never heard anything about other than like one newspaper article a few years ago. Oh well. However, the movie obviously inspired me and I had to draw something while I watched it. So I drew this slightly cartoony angler fish with the same fineliner:
I kind of miss just drawing on an open canvas and just seeing where it goes. This is an example of doing just that. It was a fun little doodle, I guess. The even cooler part about it was that this drawing was featured on Shadowness’s Daily Inspiration for Sunday! It’s always exciting to get featured on an art site. This weekend was a weekend of drawing. All of Sunday was spent in my sketchbook. I don’t know when I’ll get around to uploading them, but I’ll do my best to get them sooner rather than later.
Back to animating.
Hey everyone! I finally have some more stop motion assignments to show. First I have my 2nd 10-Second Club assignment, “Vehicular Play”. This was just an interaction between our molded characters and a wooden vehicle prop. Since my character is a flyer, I chose to have it interact with a plane. I have my guy taunt it, circling around it, and that’s it. It was during this shoot that I came down with a killer fever and couldn’t even stand up any longer. I called it quits and never got back to it, sadly. I wanted to have my character chase the plane back onto stage and then literally expand (since it’s clay), wrap around the plane and completely consume it. Breakfast of champions? Here it is:
My second little film to show is my 3rd assignment. In this we had created “trainer puppets” in order to walk cycles more easily and effectively than using a clay character. I just finished this tonight. In it, we had to include a walk cycle with our new trainer puppet and then have it interact with our molded characters. Again, I chose to incorporate flight. This was better as I had the assistance of my friend, Keff Beasley. He assisted me in making a new fly rig involving a shield of popsicle sticks, two strings instead of one, and puppet grip. It was my own idea, but it would be nearly impossible to assemble it with out a second set of hands. I used fishing line this time and so the rig barely shows up! Nice! So, I hope you enjoy this COMPLETED project:
Time to sleep!
My partner in crime, Christian Washington and I did this in-class assignment today. I think it turned out alright. While I took ownership of the animation, he built the flame rigs and did tech with camera and lighting. I like stop motion, because it’s pretty fun to see the result, it goes by quick, and it always ends with a laugh. However, I’m not really impressed with this stop-mo stuff. I’m really itchin’ to draw. So here it is! Please play the video in 720p HD so that it plays all the frames in the animation.
However, YouTube still adds that pixelation in the beginning of the vid. I tried like six different exports to try to make it go away, but YouTube doesn’t like me today.
So, it was inevitable that I would dish out some work this school year. It’s funny, because this feels like the first real/new assignment I’ve worked on since August. Truth be told, it is. So after making a mold for this little clay figure of mine, I did my first 10-second Club animation of the semester. We had to introduce our characters from a ball of nothingness. It was basically a morphing assignment and so we had to animate the whole thing backwards…something I’ve never done in my life. This means I had the character fully sculpted, fresh out of my mold (which felt like a project in and of itself), and animated him end-to-beginning. As it plays through, just remember that. Needless to say, it was tough and didn’t turn out so great. I didn’t feel like painting out the acrylic cubes, so don’t even bother about them.
This week will yield another 10-second animation involving cars. I will most certainly post it when it’s complete. As for my figure drawing works, we’ll see what happens. No promises! I love the drawings I’ve been doing, but it simply is so much work to scan everything or photograph it and then edit them. I need my own scanner…sigh.