Friday, March 31, 2006

Have been very busy recently experimenting with various methods of Blinks character setup. Here are a few pics demonstrating what he's looking like.

Alongside this there are also some pics of a character that blink is going to be interacting with.

Will give a more indepth update of what I've actually been doing but I'm very tired right now, and I really need to get to.......


Sunday, March 12, 2006

Couple more story boards

These are both individual shorts.

they are also just rough thumbnails so nothing is fully fleshed out yet but I'm working on that!

In the first one Blink is upstaged by a ball, he kicks it away and thinks it's gone for good. It bounces back and enrages Blink. As he sets up to kick it away again, a bigger ball stomps and hustles the apologetic Blink out of shot. "THUMP!" The big ball and small ball bounce back and happily bounce away. Blink stumbles back with a black eyes and abirds swirling around his head!

The second one still requires more work but is simple, Blink finds a tunnel wanders in... a few moments go by... then all of a we hear a loud horn followed by Blink running manically out of the tunnel with a train ricketing behind.

Blink Expressions

Hello all

I did this page of sketches to give myself an idea of how Blink is going to look and feel.

Preliminary Storyboard

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

toon shader test

What's going on?

Suffering from uni fatigue...

Okay so I took my ideas in to Carol and Jane last week-Bang I came out feeling pissed off! not completley their fault but either way I think communications got a bit messed up, they didn't seem to grasp the fact that I was still trying to refine my ideas. And considering that I'd received an e-mail that week from Jane telling us that we didn't have to do any presentations last thursday, I hadn't really finalised my ideas hence they came across as a bit flakey thus confusing eveyone into thinking I didn't know what I was doing! Which left me very angry and grizzly for the whole weekend.

Anyway I've also been struggling to see things objectively at the moment! Maybe the pressure of the final semester or not having a big enough break between semesters...who knows?

Anywhoot Having shown Jane some of my characters last week (which she actually liked) I've decided t go oober simple. Using all my 3d powers, I'm in the process of creating a character that feels as much like a cartoon as I can make possible within the next 10 or so weeks!

What I am intending on is to produce a number of simple shorts with Blink the character in the previous post!

The aim is to go very iconc with the style and hopefully produce an animation that I might be satisfied with.

There's still a long way to go, I still want to produce a few animation tests to see how well my ideas might work. Test are necessary especially because the animation I am going to attempt will be somwhere inbetween stopframe and 3d. I want to use a style of animation known as replacement animation, where the mouth jumps through expressions unlike in traditional 3d where morph targets are used.

One thing I really need to test is how this replacement style could work with the rest of the character being a more traditional 3d character.

Anyhow I must go and experiment with sleep, struggling with that a lot too!(maybe I'll ust watch Back to the future 2)

New pics new character new style!