Monday, September 13, 2010

KCAI ANIM: Incremental #1

Drawing from the model was both an enjoyable and beneficial experience. Simple, gestural figures are usually my strongest drawings; drawing without concern for excessive detail is something I find particularly relaxing. A series of overlapping increments on one page, like this one (as opposed to a separate sheet for each individual image), can become crowded and confusing, but also strongly indicates the path of the motion in a singular and visible way, making for a useful visual tool.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Incremental Sample

Yeeesss it's a pokeyman. L-leave me alone, I swear I have other interests. D:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

KCAI ANIM: Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis Project from Ann Mendenhall on Vimeo.

I struggled with the animation when dealing with the “moving through space” portion, mostly because 1) it felt very prescribed, as I failed to do enough to personalize it and 2) environments are a weakness of mine. Once I’d made it through the first part, however, the more experimental steps proved to be a lot of fun. Since I love characters, I found myself pretty stuck on the fish, trying to see what were the best ways to make him move and what sorts of things I could make him do before running out of time and notecards. I ended up regretting my decision to incorporate so much dark area into the last frame of the original flipbook, since as a result, I had to deal with it extensively to create a smooth(ish) transition away from the fish’s antics and into my apartment’s hallway; graphite is smeared all over my kitchen table and lightbox, now. There are some obvious mistakes, but I’m still happy with the result.