Thursday, July 24, 2008

Syd Mead interview on BoingBoing!

If you don't know who this guy is...;)

If you're going to watch one of em, watch the last one where he talks about blade runner. All of them are pretty good though.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Short interview with Angus MacLane

It's not a very long interview, but he does say something that I try to keep in my mind whenever animating...

"It's funny, people say it's 3D animation but really it's just 2D animation in a 3D medium."

And here's an interview with a story artist from Pixar, including some boards:

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Always helps to have a goal, right?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Post #151....

Yep. I totally missed that last post was number 150.

It's pretty amazing to me that I've been able to keep this thing going. I originally started it to my folks could keep up on the things I was studying in school. But now I realize it's a great way to see how far I've come in my animation and my drawing.

To celebrate, my revised reel!

Graham Ross_Reel_7-1-08 from Graham Ross on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Glasses Redux...

This exercise always bothered me, so I decided to go back to it. Tings I was thinking about were simplicity and figuring out how to avoid giving him "pivot butt" by keeping him locked in the seat.

Recently I've started to try simplifying the number and frequency of keys I have in my animation until I hit the polish phase. I think it's pretty easy to get caught up in the details while you're in IP (in progress phase of animating). However, like drawing, if you don't have good structure to begin with, you're not going to have much of anything in the end.

Something else interesting. The "before polish" was at the beginning of m Pixar 2 class. The "after" is now, after having taken the whole class.

Please note I dont think this version is completely finished. There still needs to be some breaking up of the body, but overall I'm happier with how I solved it.


Glasses_withPolish from Graham Ross on Vimeo.


Glasses_noPolish from Graham Ross on Vimeo.