Summon the Griffin Green Screen

My go at the green screen exercise. The background is a photo I took in Belfast a couple of years ago near the Giants Causeway. I kinda wish I had some sort of appropriate costume on for it but ach well. Originally I was going to be sending an army of griffins into war but I couldn’t bring myself to do that to them XD

 

Week 17

For the personal lip sync I choose a Flasheart quote from Blackadder. As I am doing a human for the set piece of lip sync I wanted to challenge myself and try a character with a muzzle for this one. Thus Gunther the coyote was born 😀

I tried to give my character a different performance to that of Rik Mayall’s in the show, but still keeping the aggressive attitude to suit the dialogue.

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I also finished my creature walk cycle this week, trying to combine the way a pigeon’s head bobs back and forth and a lion walk, with the front claws closing over when picked up from the ground. Below is the pencil test and the final coloured flash version.

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Only a week left to go until the assessment and still quite a lot to do :S  Better get cracking on! 😀

Week 16

I had a lot of fun with the facial expression assignment. In this Jetpack Tiffany gets a fright at the face that the character to the left of the screen is pulling however when she sees that the character to the left of the screen is not a threat to her she confidently pulls her trusty auto feed screwdriver out at her.

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Using the feedback from my crit last week on the body acting I made my character react after smashing the bottle. I didnt want an over the top reaction as drunk people tend to be quite oblivious to their clumsy actions, I thought having him simply watch the bottle smashing then passing out would be funnier.

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And this it it frog!!! The last time I am touching this animation before the hand in, I think Iv already wasted so much time over it. I don’t know why I had so much trouble with this, when I got the squash on impact right the tongue was all over the place, then when I fixed the tongue follow through I couldn’t get the squash to match again. I think Iv finally got a good balance of the two. Basically the story of this wee guy is that he is a baby frog that has just caught his first fly, he is so excited that he jumps up and down and the poor fly stuck on his tongue is dragged about.

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And these are some sketches from Waterloo.

Week 15

When I started to animate the body acting assignment I was using a realistically drawn character, but I hated him! He wasn’t doing what I wanted him to do and I wasn’t connecting with the character, so I really didn’t like the outcome of the line test. I decided to scrap this attempt and start from scratch with a different design. The new design is much simpler and more stylised and I think he is much more compelling. Below are the two designs.

 

This is the animation for Private View so far with my drunk character.

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Feedback for this at the crit was:

  • Have him react to the wine smashing.
  • Make sure his eyes are looking at the wine.
  • Maybe give him hands.
At today’s physical acting class I took the chance to do some gesture drawings of my class mates.
I really need a lot of practice in this area. If anyone has any tips on how to draw movement from life please share with me, Id be very grateful 🙂 I think its back to the Drawn to Life books again for me! haha.

 

 

 

Character Model Sheets

I’v finished off the model sheets for the Character Design assignment to be assessed. I tried to improve on my drawings for the final thing based on the feedback that Steve and Moira gave me for the character. I tried my best to feminise her anatomy while also trying to keep a bit of extra weight on her as oppose to the typical hour glass shapes of the way studios like Disney portrays their heroines.

I really feel like I’v gotten to  know the character now.