Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Going on a break!

Well, this semester of animation mentor is over...so I'll be back here posting on January 10th. Next term we are going to be doing animation thats a bit more exciting, so stay tuned! Merry Christmas everyone.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Personality Walk_Refining

Im begining to take my animation out of blocking and starting to smooth it out.  My mentor gave me alot of great tips on my blocking to help give the walk more weight.  This seems to be the hardest part of character animation so far...to make the animation smooth but not floaty.  I have just began refining, here's where Im at.  

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Character Design; ChubbyNerd


Im still trying to keep up on modeling, and designing, while Im studying animation.  Here's a character design I've been working on; He doesnt have a name yet, but he's a timid chubby guy..the type of character that thinks about the "cool thing to say," but never conjures up enough courage to actually say it, ha. Generally I like his shape right now...I wanted him to have short stalky legs, but perhaps they are too short right now. 



Thursday, November 26, 2009

Walk Cycle- FINAL

Here's my final walk cycle that I'm turning in this week.  I was suprised how difficult animating a normal walk is; My teachers told us to think about it as "A series of calculated falls."  Kind of true..before you stick your foot out catch your next step, all of your momentum is fallling toward the ground.  As simple as a walk seems to be, its extremely hard to animate; Animators say that what makes it difficult is the fact that everybody knows how a walk is supposed to look...so when any detail is left out, it becomes noticable.  Here's my attempt

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Squirrel overlap animation

Heres my finished animation of "Tailor."  The goal of this assignment was to practice overlapping action with the tail, alongside squash and stretch in the body.  I also practiced showing anticipation to reveal character.  Its interesting how rythym and timing alone can help define character in animation...here's my attempt.


Overlap from Erik Fernando on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

overlapping action: UPDATED NOV 9

I just turned in my final overlapping action to my mentor yesterday.  I got tons of fixes to make, which is good; Im glad to have a pro tell me where my assignments can be better.  Heres what I turned in...
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Here is my rough rough blocking for this weeks assignment.  Just starting to get the timing laid down to get a better idea.  I will update this tomorrow or the next day.  

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Here is a pose that Im working on that is supposed to express Devastation.





Thursday, October 29, 2009

Squash and stretch through obstacle course

This weeks assignment is to animate a ball that squashes and stretches as it moves through an obstacle course.  Heres where I'm at.  

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

AnimationMentor Assignments. Week 3-4


I just started Animation Mentor and it's been a great experience so far.  Right now I'm learning the basics of timing and spacing; These are important concepts for expressing weight and life in any animation.  
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Friday, October 23, 2009

More Gestures and Drawings



Gestures and Drawings..First Post!

Hi everyone.  Here are a few of my sketches from last month.