Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The Return of Cubey -_-

Yes, this week we met Mr cubey for the first time in his digital form :O

Again facing off with the mixed blessing of Maya, we did battle, and it was long and hard... and at the end... not really worth it. The animation isn't bad as such... it's just... inadequate feeling. Especially when i saw some of the amazing things other people had been doing with their cubies D: Blimey, some people had been able to animate entire scenes and scenarios, but i apparently stuck too closely to the breif of 'make Mr Cubey jump' ... and did so.

It was not a good one... and when i told Maya that i wanted to animate his antennae using the control it promptly responded with the computer language for: 'AHAHAHA YOU WANT TO DO WHAT?!' *crash*
Gritting my teeth and trying again i got the same response, and a third time too. By this point i was ready to put the computer through the window and so decided that it would be unwise to continue with this in this way... and left the animation as it was.

Myself and Maya... are not getting along.

Oh and those who might be wondering... why have i got a rat in my title image/thing....? Well... it's my Fabian. Everyone needs something to give their life a little bit of sunshine... for some it's other people... posessions... money... etc... for me it is my pets.
Three rats, a mouse and a hamster... kinda like my inspirations ^_^

Monday, 19 October 2009

The Next Steps.

Well, second week ^_^ Scary stuff now we're facing Maya, something i've never even heard of before this course, let alone had experience with.

But before i go off on that subject, i thought perhaps i should work to back up my earlier claims of being an artist ^_^ So, i shall put a few examples in here.

Those are all characters of my creation or commissioned peices.

Some cute little... rat... adoptables i was one commissioned for:

A collaborative effort to create this lovely beastie... Alphonse.

He comes in many colours and markings and is part of an ongoing project XD

Some of my tribal creatures:

You know what XD Go to http://kimerawolf.deviantart.com/ for about a ton more of my old art XD

Anyhow, that out of the way and moving on.

Maya >______> it feels like a best friend and a worst enemy at the same time... one that schizophrenically speaks the same language as me one moment and then the next it's shouting foreign at me whilst beating me with a pool cue.
However, bouncing balls on it was apparently within my ability ^_^ here:
Heavy Bouncy.

Light Bouncy.

Nothing special or interesting... and i do kinda wish we'd been allowed to play with making them pretty colours, but oh well ^_^ I'm sure there'll be more than enough of that to come.

Now the 2d one was a terrible letdown this week. I was most displeased with the way it worked out, with it's lodgic defying bounce powah... -_- But we make mistakes to learn from them... so here we are:

Unfortunately, gravity defying bounce powah was also the curse of the Mr Cubey assignment.

More mistakes to learn from and make new mistakes instead of XD

Anyhow. That's about all i got for this week, onward to week 3 :D

Monday, 12 October 2009

The Start of the Road.

Well, here is it... University. A big step, well, not so much for me. I've already been here two years... Film Studies is what i came to do but when i didn't get to get my hands into the actual filmmaking a change was needed.

In everything i have done i have been a practical person rather than a theorist... an artist, a writer, an amateur photographer. For a couple of examples on that one you can see a few photos here: http://arianwyn.deviantart.com/ It gets updated from time to time.
Anyhow, back on topic. Practical things, creating things, making things happen, has always been my love, and studying films with hollow words and theories felt dull and not what i had hoped for. It was an amazing step to move over to animation, and a huge step towards what i want to do.

Ever since i was young i have adored film, wanting to be able to create like that, to tell stories and teach people in the most amazing medium yet created by mankind. Even as a small part of a filmmaking process, it was what i knew i wanted to do. It became something of a goal for me, though it did change and develop a lot, eventually deciding on a focus, something i wanted to be in the industry. But that doesn't matter at this point. I am at the start with a fresh new course and fresh new coursemates.

The first impressions of the course are great! And we've already gotten well into our animation practicing in only the first official week, a pencil drawn 2d circle morph! Actually this proved to be interesting and educational for me... i'd never used a lightbox before, and all my previous animations had been on the computer, despite being a traditional pencil artist.

It came out... not quite as planned or expected... given it's less than perfect but it shows what it is... i'm slightly proud of it as a first attempt but i'd go no further than that.
Let's see if i can embed it shall i:

If that worked you should be able to see the animation ^_^ I hope it did.

I guess with introductions over and the first week's work shown... i can only move on and end this first installment ^_^