Wednesday, January 27, 2010

AM week 503

Munich is all snowy again! Wohooo, it just looks so nice getting up in the morning, looking out the window and finding everything white.

Here is my final dialogue assignment with refined lipsync and face animation. One can keep working on those details forever, but I'll leave it like this for now and move on to the next shot. I wouldn't have that much time for a shot in an actual production environment anyways.

As always, feedback is much appreciated :)

This week's featured artbook is "The Disney Villain" by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, which I only got recently. It's been out of print for a while and it's full of great info about villainous characters in Disney movies, and contains tons of sketches and artwork. Within the 230 pages there is also information about many animators who dealt with villains, like Glen Keane, Andreas Deja or Milt Kahl. If you can find it for an acceptable price (and in good condition), it's really worth it!!
There is even an edition that is signed by the authors :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

AM Class 5

Hey guys,

I hope you all had a good start into 2010 and a happy Christmas!
I took some time off from animation and the computer, and the trip to Vienna was really nice :)
On January 4th the new term started and I'll finish the dialogue assignment and add facial animation and lipsync.

The next assignment after this one will involve 2 characters and it'll be a sequence of several shots. I still need to find a good audio clip for that.

My mentor this term is Dana Boadway, and the first two Q&As have been really awesome. Dana works as a freelance animator and has been involved in many different projects. She animated on feature films such as "The Wild" or "Everyone's Hero", television shows and computer games such as "Halo 3". She has been teaching at Animation Mentor since 2007 and has a backround in acting and dance, which is awesome.
If you want to get a glimpse of her teaching check out her e-critique on the 11secondclub! This is very much like the critiques we get every week, however they are usually between 5 and 15 minutes long.

Assignment week 501 - Face Blocking

Planning - Dialogue Analysis

Planning - Emotions

Since I'm a big fan of Artbooks and Animation Books, I thought I'd mention a few of my favorites here on the blog...

Featured Artbook:
A few days ago I received a copy of the amazing Disney Artbook "Paper Dreams - The Art and Artists of Disney Storyboards" by John Canemaker, and it is one beautiful book! It's been out of print but you can still get it through Amazon Marketplace or ebay, I was lucky to get a mint copy for a crazy cheap price.

It contains tons of artwork, storyboard panels or development sketches from early cartoons of the 30's, later Disney features up until more recent Disney and Pixar films. But beware, it is a pretty large book :)

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