Friday, 24 December 2010
Another late one. Its a busy time of year. Some time later tonight the 24th Advent illustration will be uploaded.
Its a lovely Christmas day, with snow falling down gingerly across the land and the smell of Christmas ham filling our home. It will be a holiday to remember for sure!
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
In a little while there will be another post up with today's drawing.
Sunday, 19 December 2010
blog too, its pretty good in terms of Film Theory and analysis.
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Not quite sure what this is supposed to be. Was doodling on a separate sheet of paper and came across a design looking vaguely like this. I am currently without Photoshop, so this is all drawn by hand, and I don't have any colours to use, in fact, even if I did, without Photoshop to colour correct them it wouldn't look all that great anyways.
So I leave you with this...thing enjoying its ice cream.
Friday, 17 December 2010
This one I actually enjoyed doing. After some brain storm doodling I came up with this classic relationship, and then the composition came up by itself. Didn't play around so much with the values this time, opting more for block colours.
Merry Christmas once again. We will see tomorrow whether there will be another drawing. There are solutions, but I'm not certain whether they will be properly implemented. Of to Germany in the morning, have a good one you all!
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Not too proud of this one. Is it obvious that I don't know how to use the pen tool in Photoshop? Guess its tutorial time.
Not sure how I am going to manage the drawings from the 18th onwards, since I will be without either my personal or school computer. I suppose 17 out of 24 could be manageable.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
We are continuing with story, doing exercises and trying to unlock our minds into discovering what exactly IS a story, and whats a GOOD story, and whats good storyTELLING.
Our teacher has given us interesting ways of perceiving stories, and I hope for it to stick with me.
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
We are working on stories this week, and today we did some exercises in writing stories. Heres one I wrote, with the rules that I had to include in some way:
- A lock of hair
- A cup of water
- A little stone
- Dry leaves
I take a deep breathand pull my hood back, revealing my bald head, my shame, my regret, and yet, my current self. In an attempt to lose my frustration I select a stone of the small variety and send the primitive projectile flying out to the lake with a satisfying splash.
Panting heavily with a lighter heart I walk across the leaf covered ground towards the hospital, where I take a drink of water from a cup before returning to the chemotherapy section of the hospital, a relief to all the doctors who have been frantic about my now temporary disappearance.
An interesting day to be sure, and can't wait to learn more.
Monday, 13 December 2010
Well, today was Sankta Lucia, the day where said maiden walks around Sweden with candles in her hair and gives cookies and coffee to everyone. Lovely holiday.
This week we also started with Story, and I'm paired up with a CG artist in order to together create a story that we can animate and work on together throughout the year.
Sunday, 12 December 2010
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Here is today's advent picture, this time related to what I am working with, at least in its subject. Its supposed to be a kiddified me literally cleaning up a drawing. I thought it was amusing anyways.
And below is the fruit of my labors this week. Clean Up animation is very tricky, since you have to 'fix' every drawing that the animator has made, fine tuning proportions or simply making sure that he has all the features that the character should have.
In the end I have some problems with keeping track of the volume of the character, since his limbs and body tends to shrink and grow per drawing. But I would love to try this again, because I believe it will help me be a better animator.
Clean Up Assignment from Humphrey Erm on Vimeo.
Friday, 10 December 2010
A bit late today, but thanks to my time traveling skills this image will be posted in the past!
This one didn't turn out as well as I wanted, since I had to stay up late to make it and thus my judgment wasn't at its best. In fact, there was supposed to be a rooster as well, but got too tired to add him in. Easier to clone the chickens.
The chickens definitely needed some kind of outline of sorts over them to differentiate them from one another so we can see them as separate masses. Oh well, live and learn.
Clean up was finished this week, and I had so so results. I'll upload the animation tomorrow at some point so you can see.
Thursday, 9 December 2010
The main design trick I tried here was to not have outlines on the pajamas, so you can't actually see where the sleeves and pantlegs bend. However, I hope that the posing and color will make the pose clear otherwise.
Alright, over and out, and remember: THINK PINK!
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
Not too happy with this one, since it was rushed (have to go back to class and clean up some drawings). Was doodling for quite some time frantically, trying to get an image in my mind, and I suppose that desperation is present in this piece.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Here is today's little gem. Just a little mermaid making a deposit. Went a little PowerPuff Girls on her anatomy, thinking it was cute.
In terms of school work right now I am finishing up the key drawings of the animation, having cleaned them up in non reproducible blue and then going over with a HB pencil.
For your consideration, I believe this man explains Clean-up animation best, so you get an idea of what I am doing right now:
Monday, 6 December 2010
After having just uploaded the image into the editor here, I noticed a fatal flaw. If the sun is setting where I am showing it, the darkness should be closer to the viewer. What I mean is, the hills and trees that are in the foreground, should be the darkest, not the brightest.
Oh well, I enjoy the Super Mario style hills.
Also, this week we are doing clean-up animation of a scene with the character Balto:
Not so used to drawing animals, but its working out pretty well. The tricky part is drawing the frames as clean as possible. Nothing rough at all.
Sunday, 5 December 2010
Bananas are awesome and good for you, but this one I think is a little subpar. The overall color scheme is fine I think for the banana, but the shapes just aren't doing it for me. Wish I could do better with them, but oh well, got it up in time and its got me in the mood for fruit.
Saturday, 4 December 2010
Not sure whether I should stick with Christmas themes or not, but I just saw this round shape in bubbles, and I had to make this. Of all the ones I've made so far I think this one is the most aesthetically pleasing, so I hope I can make even better by the month's end.
Director Assignment from Humphrey Erm on Vimeo.
This is the result of the last week's assignment. Due to my director's school policies I am not allowed to show the full animatic/film, but I am allowed to show what I had worked on. So in this video theres all five scenes that I animated.
The week as a whole was rather enjoyable, not learning anything new in terms of actual animation, but learning tons in terms of communicatoin, organization and hierarchy within a project. It was an interesting scenario to constantly ask the director whether he approved of your scene, and to take someone elses opinion into consideration, since its the director's vision that you are trying to portray.
The animation itself is purposefully crude. We had a motto in our group, which was "Consistently Inconsistent". That means that as long as each and every one of us animates the characters differently in terms of the drawings, it will be consistent and people won't question the characters being off model, since the characters are never on model. It was also a nice change of pace to draw something so wild compared to all the heavily constructed characters we have already done.
I'll upload today's advent later today.
Next Week: Clean Up!
Friday, 3 December 2010
Here's today's advent. Not sure if I should have left the logs alone with the airbrush effect behind them, but otherwise I think I got the warm feeling from this, beyond just the colors.
In other news, today we finished the director animation project. My group's director was very happy with the results, and I have to say, it was alot of fun to animate it, though it got a little stressful today to finish it up.
However, because of some school policies within the director's place of education, I can't upload the whole film here. I can however, upload the scenes that I animated, which I will eventually.
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
A daunting task, definitely, but I decided to use this challenge in order to try out some stuff I learned from the design week, as well as learn some color theory and usage.