Sunday, March 28, 2010

What I've been working on at this hour...

The entire room is deserted. So very peaceful up in here. Just wish my music was with me. I just finished animating the bouncing ball. All 74 frames of it. or 27 drawings. I had some from my previous session. Doing the rest, along with making some changes to the previous drawings took me about one and a half hour tonight. This time I uploaded the video on youtube and am embedding that here because youtube gives you the option of seeing it bigger.

I removed one frame from before the first hit to make the ball seem like it was coming down faster and not sticking to the ground. I tried applying the same idea to the second bounce, and changed the frames 21(22) and 23(24) to be a little higher. I suppose this drawing will help explain some things.
 All critiques welcome.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Bouncing Tennis Ball Test01

Here is the result of about 45 minutes of planning/roughing/thumbnailing and animating. My first bouncing ball assignment. Done solely on the observation of a tennis ball bouncing and the few guidelines on spacing and timing given to us by Professor Troy Gustafson
I noticed that the ball lingers around the ground a little too long on the first bounce. I will fix it so that it immediately zooms back up. There's also more bounces to be animated. All that should be done this Sunday.

As for life drawings, I have been doodling in class and will scan them as and when I get the time.

Monday, March 22, 2010

I think I found my Favourite black pencil!

This is a page of studies done from Stephen Silver's Passion for life sketchbook. Stephen Silver has a style of deforming the human figure which appeals to me a lot! But as I tried to loosely copy the drawings, I lost track of the structure and thus my studies look like absolute crap!

But on the bright side, I was workin in black pencil, which i rarely do lately. But this was a new pencil I got as a sample from a workshop at SCAD last quarter. And despite my very loose light hand, the marks came out very dark. And I like that about it. Bolder marks have something of a commitment and confidence to them. Anyways, That's all for now. Off to my Drawing for Storyboarding class with Benjamin Phillips!

Digital form space and lighting class

The second one is a render from a work in progress stage. The final renders are in a tif format and I cannot convert them to jpeg just yet. Consider this as a teaser and wait for the final images sometime this week.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Finally got time to post some more

Yay! The quarter ended! These are from a few weeks ago. But I promise more recent stuff is coming soon.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Bohemian Bullshit

"You gotta learn to bullshit; Talk like a bohemian." he said.

The more I read, the more I am convinced I have no talent whatsoever with words, sentences and narratives. So I cannot, try as I might, make this any more interesting as it already is. Let me just give you some background.

The 'wise guy' who proclaimed the above is in my Survey of western art 2 class. We finally got our grades today. I always just thought to myself in that class, "I don't see it", "I don't get it" or sometimes even I don't agree. I constantly tried to analyze everything we read, watched and heard. Which would lead to me being overwhelmed by just how complex it all is. So much more involved than just memorizing dates and names like we did in survey 1. Thus, my final grade came as a complete surprise to me.

Walking out of the classroom, I casually asked him how he did in the class, and then remarked with a "good job!" when he started:

"Well, I was getting a C in this class, and I was scared I might go down to a D."
"But you know, you just gotta know how to bullshit. Learn to talk like a bohemian." he said while making grand gesture with his arm...
"uh... sure..."
I had, at that point, stopped paying attention.

Ever since 10th grade board exams, we have been told stuff like "Just make it look like you wrote a lot, nobody reads those essays anyways." or "Just throw big words in there". There were also tales of those who wrote plots of movies in their math papers and still passed. (I personally cannot verify that last one was true.) However, I considered that very unfair and never ever attempted such a thing. That is why finding a place where teachers actually take the time to read and remark on your college level papers with all their incoherence and grammatical errors was a reason for much joy.

I don't think I would have scored 100% on this class by bullshitting on the papers. I think it was my critical thinking and judging and analyzing that got me this mark. I am extremely happy about this.

I wish I could have been a little bit of a jerk that one time and told it to him to his face. Oh well, that's what I get for being a nice guy.