Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Jellyfish postcard design

For part of our Animation futures we have to design postcards to send wit our C.V's . So I went back to the first model I was really proud off when I first started learning Maya.

Meet Jelly she's a little hippy jellyfish who just wants to be loved, she's almost a little personification of myself I made for a project called my small world. After re-creating her in this little pose for a postcard  I think I may go back over my original animation and work more on my timing. I realised today theres something special about looking back over past work. Especially improving on what you already have feels more rewarding as the ground work is already all there and your just fine tuning the details.

I'm even tempted to make little shorts with her as she is so awesome :)

Original small world: -  Click here to see Jelly in action

p.s ignore the intro and outro it was a last minute requirement so they could all be edited together

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Hot cocoa and fuzzy meeps

Hey guys it has been too long since my last post and so much stuff has happened.

~ I've been to the euro gamer convention down in fair Londinium (expect a post on this soon)

~ My Third year has started like a whirlwind, 3 animations in three weeks. I almost died

~ Only recently everyone had been catching freshers flu and I was quite proud of the fact for once my immunity and I were on the same page of "lets not get ill". All until today when the dreaded lurgy came to smack me in the face. If I'm lucky this will just be a fluey - headache sort of deal, if I'm not it will go straight to my tonsils and lay me out flat for a week.

I'm keeping positive though that I will get better and the world will keep on turning just as it was. I've been really good, drinking loads of water, no coffee or energy drinks which is usually my staple diet for uni (bad I know but hey at least I don't smoke). I've made myself a little hot chocolate to make me feel better, I always make it the way my dad does so it reminds me of home.

    Hot chocolate, Café Zéphyr, ParisImage via Wikipedia
  • 3 tsp of hot chocolate
  • half milk (microwave)
  • half boiling water (so its not too milky)

Today has been a day of storyboards and drawing, its strange how long it takes to get back into the swing of things when you spend so much time in front of a computer. The storyboard is for my individual animation based on my puppy Bodie and his love for shoes.

Here's one of my cartoon versions of Bodie, he's evolving through many different versions at this point in time but chunky legs and big nose are the way I'm feeling at the moment. I'm not sure whether he should walk like a normal dog or a more grommit style kind of walk.

And here's me as a fuzzy meep.

Well I should return to my grindstone in preparation for tomorrows presentation.  They joy!
If your looking for a new book to read I fully recommend Gail Carriger's series The Parasol Protectorate / Alexia Tarabotti Novel. Ive blasted through the first 3 like a whirlwind, telling anyone who would listen about how concerned I am for the main character. I find its an interesting take on the well over-used Vampire/Werewolf genre combining it with a Steampunk Victorian era, a biting wit and plenty of English tea :)

See you again soon :D
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