Friday, May 31, 2013

Concept Art'ing

Usually I use this blog for finished work, but I decided to flip the script today and show some concept stuff I'm working on. Bear in mind that NOTHING here is final, but this is where I am in my current vis dev work for my second year film idea.

The characters all need some tweaking here and there and they'll eventually get a full character sheet each that'll display them a little more clearly, but this was done just to get the idea down and to begin brainstorming personalities.

The weapons are also in early stages, I'm not even sure which among these I'm going to be using, but here are some early concept sketches regardless. I doubt any of them will look like they do here once they're finalized and modeled. But hey, such is the life of concept art.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

11 Second Club

My first ever entry into an 11 second club contest. Extremely last minute entry, I only decided to do this yesterday morning. Took probably 8-10 hours to animate with this fantastic rig that has become my favorite of the free rigs I've played with thus far.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Princess Johnny

We did an assignment in story class where we picked a director and a fairy tale out of a hat and had to create a story based on the two. My group ended up with The Princess and The Pea as done by Tim Burton.

My part of the project was the do the visual development, deciding what the world would look like, and getting an overall feel for things, as well as designing the following two shots that were used directly in the boards.

I make no claim to the idea behind the peeing cherub, the ever-mature Jessica Morrison is solely responsible for that bit of classiness ;)

Survival Job


With huge thanks to the amazing Ben Cohn of for all his work in making the music for this and just generally putting up with my complete lack of knowledge of how to work with a musician.

Based on an idea I got from a sign posted around campus calling for actors to apply for what I assume must have been a play called Survival Job, but the call for actors simply said "Survival Job Auditions today at E100" or some such, and I couldn't get over how ridiculous the idea of a survival job audition would be, and the rest is history.

This is the result of all my effort and time this year at CalArts Character Animation. This was made entirely in TV Paint, and composited in a combination of Premier and Final Cut Pro. Everything was hand drawn, and I actually didn't use any tricks to save myself time or anything else, I just drew each frame by hand on a Cintiq, and corrected any perspective issues or whatever else.

This is also likely to be the last 2D animation film I'll ever do, as I'm hugely into 3D Animation and will be making the rest of my films at CalArts in that media.

Final CG Animation

So as our final animation project, our teacher had us do a simple lip sync animation to a voice recording of him saying I love you in about 5 different ways. We got to pick which version to animate to and interpret it as we will.

Thank God for Minkyu Lee's final class involving how to animate speech, otherwise I'd have been completely lost, but now I've got some idea of how it works.... And now off to 11 Second Club!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Conceptual Newt

So I'm planning a video game. It'll be a multiplayer FPS made along the lines of TF2, but with a lot of variations that I won't go into here.

Right now I'm in the planning stages, deciding what everything is going to look like, and the first step of that was modeling and texturing a really simple character design to get the idea down. Now that I know what I want the game to look like, I can go in and make the other assets, characters, etc.

This game idea will also be my second year film, so I'll also be rigging and animating these characters over the summer. Expect to see 4 more characters in this style as well as various assets, as this is what I'm planning to do with my time until school starts.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Perspective Bird House

Final homework assignment for my perspective class, a bird house in three point.

I'm getting some odd color issues with this one, on my laptop monitor it's cold as hell, but on my Cintiq and every other monitor I've used it's nice and warm as it was intended to be, and when I printed this it came out warm. Perplexing. Color gives me a headache some times...