Sunday, 31 January 2010

Introduction to Timing and Spacing

Hello everyone

After my animation was submitted under the analytical eye of my mentor, I remade my bouncing ball with his advice in mind.

I evened out the arcs of the ball and worked a bit on the timing making giving a more sudden landing on to the ball. I still find the first arc to need some improvement and the ball probably still holds itself in the air for too long on the second arc. I might remake this one of these days.

This week's assignment was to create a heavy and a light ball bounce in the same scene. I used a ping pong versus a bowling ball. I did some thumb-nailing to plan this project but I based it heavily on life footage.

It was interesting to notice that although people reacted quite well to the ping-pong ball everyone felt that the bowling ball was too bouncy even though I was quite faithful to the live footage. I concluded that animating seems to be combining what is real with what feels right and at the same time I have to correspond to peoples expectations.

Here are my thumbnails, The more I make them the more useful they seem to become. Both of these projects are by far not perfect. I received positive and sharp criticism back from them. The bowling ball fall needs a bit of a tweak when it is falling down. Also I was told how to have the right frames in the right place to improve the ease in and out. I guess I am trusting on Maya graph editor too much.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

My second AM assignment

Well this is part of last week's assignment. Here are a set of sketches of poses to express excitement. The next step would be use the AM Maya character and pose him according to one of the drawings. This was the result.

Oh yes, and lets not forget, my very first official exercise of a bouncing ball!

Exiting :)

Well that's it for last week's work. Today by 8pm (GMT time) I'll be presented with a couple of new challenges.
Speak to you guys soon!

My first post

Hello Everyone

Today is a beautiful Sunday morning in lovely Bournemouth in the UK. I woke up in a good mood, went downstairs and made myself a big bowl of cheerios. While chewing them I was going over my head about all the stuff I set myself to do during this week. Doing this blog came to my mind. I have been wanting to create a blog since I joined animation mentor so I could post some of my work and see what feedback I can get.

So I guess the next thing will be posting some material right.