A Student at TAW

Hello there, people. I am a Character Animation student at The Animation Workshop.

After finishing school I went to The Drawing Academy to gain knowledge of/and skills in classical drawing techniques. I then applied for the The Animation Workshop for the second time and struck gold! This blog sums up what I've done and is doing now, both in school and for personal fun...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Dialogue Animation

Characters chosen are Gerald McBoingBoing and 'the cat who hated people' (no name given).

I chose this sound clip because it had a lot of energy to work with. This taught me a great deal about how to move a character in a fast way, using smears and rapid settling, over-shoots etc.
Lip-syncing was surprisingly easy; hadn't expected that.

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The backstory for this scene is that Gerald has some anger issues - he doesn't take well to being told what he can or can't do... He's a child, so he throws a fit.

I really enjoyed having Mike Polvani as teacher. Swell guy, I'll miss him.

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Also, here are some sketches of the day...

Monday, March 7, 2011

AfterEffects 2 final compositions

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1 week course in Adobe AfterEffects for compositing. Used the bird flight-cycle from our previous TVPaint class and threw it all together. The plane near the end is a mood-killer, teacher and I agree, but it was part of the assignment to have a plane in there... I chose the creepy, rainy evil caste mood.

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The final, "close-encounter" assignment... put onto a screen and played with camera-movement. This assignment basically involved a UFO flying around a background element like the tower here and to abduct/or beam down an animated character (animated using AfterEffects, here the Pin Tool)

This was so much fun, and very useful in our future projects...