Monday, April 14, 2008

Ollie Johnson 1912-2008

I just found out that the last of the infamous Nine old Men from disney, Ollie Johnston, has just passed away at the age of 95. For those few who do may not know, he was one of 9 of the original animators who were around at the very beginning at disney working on some of disney's finest and memorable movies such as Snow White, Pinoccoio, Peter Pan, and many more during his time at disney. His passing is truly the end of an era where Disney animation was at it's finest and most rewarding and he will be truely missed.

For those who wish to know more, here is a link to numerous information and videos concerning his time at disney.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Naruto fighting Venom?

This is a rough animation I did a while back. Just wanted to post up something. It's more I wanted to do with it but ran out of time. I have other projects that I want to work on and post up here and then I'll get back to this one. Alot of people want to see this finish. Let me know what ya think!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

My first Post, Sorry i'm slacking!

Hi all, Here is my first post I created the following 2 sec animation using 3DMax the program is pretty smooth and I really had no major problems with it. I edited the piece in Permiere and added audio there as well. Both the audio and the tutorials for the animation I got for free on the internet. The link is to get there, once there type in "3D animation tutorials" in the search box, you'll get tons more and for various platforms. My animation was short due to time deadlines and the fact that I only had 2 days to work on it. Well I hope to put up more than just this post in the near future. I have to give credit where credit is due, thnks Mainasha for keeping the torch burning this site is full of info I just hope people are taking advantage! If you have any questions hit me up!

April 5

I am done with this series of walk cycles. the whole post of this exersice is to show how by changing the middle extreme of a walk cycle you can get a big variety of different types of walk. On some of the passing positions I had to add a hold so you can register the change. I should have just inbetweened the poses so that I could get a smooth transition and really show how different it could be but I decided not to just for the sake of completing the exercises. Anyway you will see 5 different walk variations here.

More to come.

another one of the point made in the richard williams book was the use of squash and stretch on the figure of a fat guy walking so I took what he had and exaggerated it giving him a floppy sloppy mound of belly fat. I played with what I have learned about anticipation as well. They say you should hold a pose to the very last second before adding a drastic change in order to get good snap and to help the audience really feel the action so I had the fat rise up and hang at the top of the movement and on the down position I it all falls down. I like it. I am starting to really feel the timing of things more naturaly so that makes me happy.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

April 3 walk cycle

Here is todays walk cycle. this time with a squash in the passing position. here you can see that is takes the earlier walk cycle further in movement by accentuating the downward movement so that is snaps up into the new position. I could easily smooth these out by adding some inbetweens so that there is more fluid motion in the up and down but since these are only for the purpose of learning I am choosing not to and will just move onto the next cycle. It would probably even look cool if I added some anticipation to the head and shoulders as he rises into the upward position But oh well. Again these are coming from the Richard Williams book.

I find myself really watching people to see the different types of walks while I am on the way to work. I noticed men seem to have more of a side to side bobbing in the upper torso when they walk where as women, especially in heels, walk with a much smaller steps and less up and down. but it depends on the girl. the really girly uppity types take it much more to the extreme walking with there head high. The more relaxed chicks have a bit wider stance but still not nearly as long a stride as what men have. I also noticed some men really walk with a lot of pep in there step and have a great deal more up and down than side to side.

And then some people walk like they are just plain exhausted. But I know where they are coming from.

april 2 walk cycle

Here is another one this time with a slight change. instead of going up higher in one of the frames he goes down and it causes a nice snaping motion as he rises into the passing position. It is kind of nice cause it gives him a little pep in hie step.