Friday, 19 August 2016

Polar Bear Walk and Run Cycle

To continue practicing some animation basics, I decided to follow some walk and run cycle tutorials using this cartoony bear character!* I started off with the walk cycle, then created the run cycle on an override animation layer. The 'turn and reaction' was on an additive animation layer:

Through this animation exercise I feel that I have become much more familiar with the graph editor, learning how to use the infinity curves, creating nice curves but also learning where best to use linear curves, especially when creating walk cycles:

*Rigged character model created by Gary Welsh.

Friday, 18 March 2016

WIP 'Mocktails' Animation

This is my current WIP for a new piece of lip sync animation. The clip is the same one being used for the March 11 Second Club. I really liked it (probably because I am very familiar with the source of the audio clip!) and hadn't tried using the Kayla rig yet which is a Josh Sobel rig - which I think fitted well with the audio.
I modelled a cocktail glass with a straw and umbrellas to make it look like a very fancy over-the-top drink; as there needed to be reason for the young girl to doubt whether this drink was alcoholic.
I then filmed some reference footage and have starting animating and getting familiar with the rig.

Original thumbnail sketches

Stills from reference footage

Monday, 25 January 2016

Ballet Sketches

I had a recording of The Winter's Tale, performed by The Royal Ballet, from The Royal Opera House on my TV from a few Christmas's ago. Thought it was time that I watched it and decided to do some sketching from it at the same time. All the choreography was beautiful and sometimes so mesmerizing that I forgot to carry on drawing, so had to hit the rewind button a few times! I tried using a few different materials such as pencil, charcoal and pen.