March 24, 2014

iAnimate workshop, only two weeks left...

For the past 12 weeks I've been taking an iAnimate workshop. I've got 2 weeks left to go. The focus is body mechanics. At this point I am much more comfortable animating in Maya. I'm far braver manipulating the graph editor. I find it difficult to get all the assignments to a satisfactory point of polish while also working a full time job. I'll get there, just not when the official deadline comes around. It's fun though and challenging. Like animation bootcamp. I would suggest this course to anyone looking to dig into a great 3D animation course.

It's actually pretty fantastic to learn how to animate with 3D because you can move the camera around and see exactly what is right and wrong with a shot. Tweaking the curves in the graph editor is an education. I still think learning with 2D hand drawn animation is absolutely very helpful, but it seems to me that practising your animation skills in both mediums is quite beneficial.

Here's a screenshot of my walk to run assignment in progress:

As soon as this course ends I'm going to hop into another animation course, this time with Animsquad. It looks like a great workshop. I signed up for the Intermediate course and I think the amount of work and level of intensity is going to be even higher than I'm experiencing with iAnimate. I'm scared and excited about that.

March 23, 2014

A new digital hand drawn animation package!

This new digital hand drawn animation software looks cool and promising... It's called Animation Paper. If you sign up for their newsletter before the end of March you will be offered an early bird price when the software is finished! There's no pressure to buy but at least the discount will be yours if you want it. Here is a link to an article about the software on Cartoon Brew.

I hope the onion skinning feature is decent... That aspect of digital software is often very frustrating. The creator, Niels Krogh Mortensen wishes to create "the world's most responsive, intuitive and powerful software for doing one thing, and one thing only: hand drawn animation." That sounds awesome. It will be available for Windows, Mac OS X and iPad. A responsive program with great pen sensitivity and brushes would be fantastic to have.

Man, I miss drawing.

Video of Animation Paper in use:

Take a Deep Breath...

Here is a small taste of a big scene I've been working on! It's been so addictive to work on this. I hate doing a bunch of work and ...