sábado, 20 de julio de 2013

Falling Brick and more 3D

Following that schedule I wrote about the other day, here is the third excercise.

This one has to do with timming to achieve a sense of weight -I think XD
Here is my planning. I decided to give it half a rotation and make it hit hard with the edge.
I noticed that, in this case, the full movement ending suddenly adds a lot to the stiffnes of the object, but what do you think?

I also kept myself from using squash and stretch, since it is a very solid brick, it should not deform at all. BUT, perhaps I could use some kind of stretch to create more impact to the exact moment it touches the ground. 

Here is the outcome:

I also did a tiny animation with my goat dude. It was aimed to practice small movements, eyes, and some expressions.

I know he lacks his mouth hahaha but I decided the eyes were enough to tell what's going on.
I have to say I didn't made too much planning on this one, it was more like straight ahead and just from what came to my mind, trying to keep the idea as fresh as possible.


Aaand the 3D stufffs!
>>watching some kind of sports<<

Using the same character I used last time on my walkcycles, with a simple rig (no iks, no animation curves) I'm creating a scene in which the character is watching some sports broadcast, having a good time.
I'm using 3 poses to tell the idea:
1)just sitting down watching
3)reaction to goal


 In this pose I want the character to look relaxed, almost uninterested. He is sitting on a sofa, with his shoulders relaxed, hands and arms on the armrests, no tension nor stress.

I went trough some issues with this one, form the position of the soulders, to the overall tension of the body.
In the picture at left I drew some front views of the guy, looking for the way his shoulders and hips would tilt.

The doodles at the top left are the first ones I did with the idea in mind, perhaps too exagerated, they help to explore the strongest poses. I also drew some kind of timming chart to figure out the overall rythm of the scene.

This is the pose I chose in the end. It has a much more relaxed hip, shoulders tilted to the other side, and a straight head.
This sheet has some alternate version, with a very sassy pose, not what I was looking for. His shoulders have too much energy and the hips are way too high. 


Before getting into the actual interest pose I created a tiny anticipation in which the character notices something on the screen, which makes his body go up a little.
This picture shows some studies on how the guy will go from resting to stressed. I was thinking on something getting you to the edge of the seat pose, in which his hips go forward, hands go to thighs and head gets closer to the T.V. I also explored the idea of making a small gesture with his right hand, like arguing with the T.V.
In this frame the character lifts his chest a little, showing some interest on what he is watching. This happens before the entire movement takes place.
Breakdown pose from notice to interest. Arms get closer to body, torso straightens, legs get closer to sofa.

This is the extreme interest pose, in which his head is going forward, and his arms pressing his legs, just as if he is going to jump, but holding in emotion.
 The fact that this guy has no eyebrows, mouths, ears, or something that can create a face expression makes it quite difficult, but leaves the job to the entire body gesture. The pose is the subject I'm trying to get here, on how it can tell the story, even without a character blinking or saying something.

This is the 3D animation. Extremes are done, as well as some inbetweens and breakdowns.

Timming is also done, but it doesn't read as much with the long hold frames.

And that's all for today guys! No picture making this time. I did worked on some stuff, but is not dry enough to scan it... :P

Thanks for reading and see you later!! :D

miércoles, 10 de julio de 2013

WalkCycles Revisited and the 3D

I decided to make a quick review of WalkCycles, why?
Well, I noticed I was spending too much time detailing figures, instead of focusing on the movement, which is the thing I'm trying to learn after all.

That's when I noticed that Richard Williams, the guy from the Animators Survival Kit, makes use of a very simple figure, one which almost looks like a stickman.

Here is my try, basically animating one of the excercises he talks about:
It is nothing fancy, just the pure walk, legs only. I did this one pretty quickly, in photoshop.

And here is another one, which I added some arms and a dumb cushion at the up-contact, which makes it look wrong ¬¬.
But I wanted to try the forward-backward movement of the shoulders and hips, which, in a way, looks better than the past cycles where such movemen wasn't there at all.

The bad notes:
-The arms are quite boring...
-And the overall timing of the step (16f) is just slow.
The nice thing is that, again, I realized I can work on quick drawings that focus on movement, rather than wasting too much time making those fancy. That'd shall come later on.

The idea is that, if the movement is right, the animation will be, no matter it is a boring stick dude or a great designed character. 

And that makes me question: Which one is better? A bad character animated greatly, or a great character, beautifully designed and rendered, but animated terribly?

THE 3D ---
Oh my god Maya!!! Pandora's Box has been opened.

Yes, I finally decided to get into 3D, being careful not to be seduced by its averwhelming illusions and amazing ease. 
With the most traditional animation in mind, I jumped on my 3D package, willing to experience a new animation tool.
So I decided to make aaaaaanother walk cycle.

And here is my shot:
No IKs, no joints, no curves, no nothing. 
Just keyframes, polygons, transformation tools and timecharts, and the most important thing: animation theory (the stuff that comes in the books).

This first gif shows what may be called the blocking; keyframes that show the important positions of the character. In this case, the common parts of a walk: contact-down-passing-up-contact.

This second gif is the final animation. I inbetweened odds, that is, I keyframed as if I would be animating in 12's(twos), using autotangents at the last moment, letting the computer fill in one frame each. [1-2-3-4-5-6]

But well, it was not as bad as I imagined. in fact, it was more like stopmotion than anything. Taking one picture, then moving each tiny bit of the doll, then taking another shot, over and over again. Of course you have some advantages, like the doll doesn't move while it is manipulated, you can review your animation countless times, etc.
And that puts another question in my mind: Does stopmotion is done straightforward?

Anyways, that's all for now.
Thanks for reading! Have a nice day ^^

sábado, 6 de julio de 2013

Bouncing Balls Revisited

As the 51 excercises' list states, I'm beginning with bouncing balls. Yes, those that are very simple, easy to do.
I found that you can learn and try out a lot of things on such a simple animation! Here is what I did:

The first excercise, a simple bouncing ball, has a lot to do with timming and an interesting use of animation resources such as squash and stretch and perhaps, motion blur.
This one, hand made (in photoshop)  was the first attempt. I like the overall look, but it is moving too fast,. Doesn't look natural enough. Duuude it even looks as if it was exited! XD

This one, in 3D,  has more attention on its timming. The rotation was a last minute detail a good friend suggested ^^, and it surely ads a lot to the bounce! I really enjoy the ease-in and out of this one. The stretch just before the contact does adds to its impact :)
This one is the same bounce as the second one, in 3D too, but with MOTION BLUR added to it. I think it helps the flow of it. BUT! yes... noe that it is motion blurred, the movement seems to be just not right, at least the timming. It looks as if the ball was lazy; it's impact to the ground seems to be lost with the blur. I'd say it does not look bad,  it may be another way of looking at a bounce :P

This one adds the spacing concept, as well as the decay, to the bouncing motion. 
I decided to keep the same style as the first excercise; a rubber ball.

First attempt, hand drawn again.  Line boils way too much for the movement to look fluid.  

The 3D version! I like this one quite much ^^. It includes the rotation ideas from the simple bounce, a better timming, and decay.
The 3D version with motion blur. Again looking for more fluid motion.

Remember that bird running? 
I finished that one, colored it, and made some adjustments. It is a toon run, so don't expect a real running cycle, at least the ones runners do at the park.

It has some flickering issues... but I like the cycle, specially his feet. Perhaps the torso could work better. I guess adding a cushioning to the moment he curls could help.

As for the cloud proyect I've been working on. I finished designing the aircraft thing that will come out of the clouds. 
The Aircraft - I wanted to make something that resembled a lot of pieces fixed together, not so much of high technology, but mechanics and copper stuff.

Here is a quick screenshot on how it may look composed with the clouds. It needs some kind of atmospheric attenuation, and I think its not big enough... perhaps I'll scale it to not fit in the frame, that'll add some magnitude. 

And that's all about it. To be honest I havn't had too much time to work on this one, but the aircraft makes me eager to keep working on it. Next things to animate are going to be the clouds opening while the aircraft comes in. 
That's the fun part after all, and I'm hoping it will make the sequence more interesting ;).

Illustrations and sketches time!

I'm still working with pastels, I made this tiny tests with objects from my house, and some stills too. 
Pastels are very usefull to capture color and add light to stuff. They have this particular mark making that no other tool can achieve! 
It seems pro guys work with black papers, I'll try that in the near future, hoping to get comfortable with these and use them not just to make some real life studies, but to create quick illustrations, concept arts, and who knows what preproduction stuff for animations! 

That concept, found on the film making process, has to do with making some small colored pictures that show the mood of the frame. It has to do a lot with narrative, with what is happening in the story at that specific moment and if the color adds to the narrative. 
Yes, just like red can make people alert and suggest danger, blue can suggest a police, or who knows. 
The thing is, you can create a mood, or an atmosphere, for each part of the film/animation you are working with. 
These colorscripts are not beautiful concept arts nor still images that work for designing characters or places, they just help the director(or animator) figure out how the look will help the story. 
That said, I began working on some scripts taking my weird story creation (the one with the goat guy, which serves as my experiment).

That's all for now (I guess)
Thanks a lot for reading, and have a nice day ;)