Morphing Workshops

I led more high school-age animation workshops this year, expanding on the morphing workshop from last year. This time everyone who took part was in complete control of their own piece of animation between their character and the next person’s. Whether the character melts, explodes, shatters, or morphs, this was planned out in thumbnails beforeContinue reading “Morphing Workshops”

Animation Workshops

Recently I taught some animation workshops for groups of mainly high school aged children and youth. This is the first time I’ve taught animation in any depth, though I ran one workshop on pixelation a few years ago. My main goal was to give a basic framework for people to think about animation in aContinue reading “Animation Workshops”

Create

I’ve been going along to several events at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this week. As part of the EIFF’s Youth Hub events I took part in a filmmaking competition. Each entry had to be made in under a week, and include the dialogue “young and the wild” and the prop of a mobile phone.Continue reading “Create”

New Portfolio and Showreel

I thought it was time for an update of my portfolio and showreel! Here’s a peek: click on the image to view the full portfolio. My latest animation showreel, featuring Maya and paper animation: Music: “Dial Up” by Kris Oliver http://www.krisoliver.com Paper Animation (Photoshop / ToonBoom): All character, background and colour design by myself. MayaContinue reading “New Portfolio and Showreel”

Deer

I cleaned up and inbetweened the deer over the last couple of weeks. At first the movement appeared very even, so I removed some of the inbetweens and rejigged some of the remaining drawings to get back to the feeling I wanted. Once I was happy, I coloured it, added a little more to the background,Continue reading “Deer”

Deer Background and Breakdowns

I returned to my deer animation today, changing quite a lot of the ending and adding more breakdowns and inbetweens. I’m planning to clean it up in Photoshop, something like the deer shown below: quite loose and free, hopefully keeping some of the rough nature of the original.Here’s one of my favourite breakdowns from today:

Rude Awakening

Character (Morpheus) from here: http://www.joshburton.com/projects/morpheus.asp Chair prop provided by Aardman All sound effects from http://www.freesfx.co.uk This is a short animation I created while a Trainee Animator at Aardman. I wanted to push my animation and go for a more cartoony style. For reference I watched a lot of Tex Avery takes! However I still struggledContinue reading “Rude Awakening”

Animating a Horse III

Polishing Previous posts: Posing and Breakdowns. This is actually the hardest stage to describe, I think; there are so many small things that I do it’s hard to summarise them. But I’ll give it a shot! I normally don’t use the graph editor all that much before the polishing pass as I know I’ll haveContinue reading “Animating a Horse III”

Animating a Horse II

Breakdowns Find parts I and III here: Posing and Polishing. What with Christmas, applying for jobs, and so on, it’s taken me longer than I hoped to do some more work with my horse animation. Today I’ve had the chance to do so! To find my first post about this animation, click here. I beganContinue reading “Animating a Horse II”

Animating a Horse

Posing Find Parts II and III here: Breakdowns and Polishing. One thing I’m determined to do is to keep animating in 2D and 3D. There are lots of free 3D rigs available online, so I downloaded Tomasz Jurczyk and Carlos Contreras’ horse rig from here. I want to add variety into my reel with some four-leggedContinue reading “Animating a Horse”

Short Animation Idea

I have an idea for a short 2D animation, drawn and painted in my rough sketchy style. I drew this test one morning last week – it was great to sit down at an animation desk and draw. As I don’t have an easy way to linetest traditional animation at home, I just went forContinue reading “Short Animation Idea”

Update

I’ve now finished the Aardman / NFTS Character Animation course … twelve weeks over already! You can find my updated showreel (with lots of animation from the course) here and my new portfolio here. And now for something a little different … we had some free time at the very end of the course so I triedContinue reading “Update”

Animation Referencing

I’ve wanted to post a little about how I’m animating in Maya, but when I began to look at what I’d done I realised that there was more I wanted to say. So I’m beginning here, and we’ll see how it goes! Referencing This is, by far, the most important thing I’ve learnt while I’veContinue reading “Animation Referencing”

Walk and Run Assignments

Character provided by Aardman, animation by myself. The last few weeks have taught me a lot. There have been a few difficult days when I’ve really doubted my ability: “I’ll never be an animator!” Somehow those dark moments were followed by days where everything worked beautifully. I wanted to show a little of the referencingContinue reading “Walk and Run Assignments”