Thursday, July 28, 2005


Now that I've started, I find it a little hard to stop. This little test is a shameless rip-off from an exercise from Keith Lango. Those of you who subscribe to his VTS will undoubtedly recognize the gesture from July's installment, but that's all I'm going to say. After a few tests I'm pretty happy with how the rig is behaving and am getting excited about using him for my senior thesis here at school. The powers that be are trying to pursuade me to continue working on my short, but I am really interested in getting some good tests at the time.

But anyway, I really tried hard to concentrate on overlap (or secondary action) in the arm as it comes across the body. Let me know what you think and I promise, they'll be available for download soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Not the final resting place.

This is not where these files will ultimately rest, but until then, you can see what I've been working on. You can't download them yet, but one of my teachers has been kind enough to host them so that will be possible soon. I'm pretty happy with the outcome, but y'all (that's for the Texans) tell me what you think. Hamish McKenzie is the one responsible for the zooCST plug-in I mentioned yesterday, and he deserves more credit than my little blog can give, but the least I can do is mention that this a great tool and I hope that he will forgive me for grazing over it yesterday.


Click here to watch 'Dudley Side View'

Click here to watch 'Dudley Front View'

ps. Sorry about the wait time on these little guys. It'll be more efficient when you can download them.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Well, after many frustrating nights, Dudley is done! I've even got some animation to go with it. Special thanks to Mark Behm for letting me know about the zooCST script for character rigging and also to those guys for making one heck of a plug-in.

I'm just waiting for Google to verify my videos and they'll be up when that is done. If anyone else has any ideas about video hosting (for free) let me know.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

My doctor told me I have VTS!!!

All kidding aside, I just finished watching my first VTS from Keith Lango. Wow! I know that I'm going to an animation school and all that, but Keith has this really great way of making the concepts he is talking about very clear and concise. If you haven't checked them out, you should. And then you should do what I did and build a moat around your house and barricade yourself inside your own animation fortress so you can experiment with all of the great stuff that he had to say. (My neighbors in the condo really didn't like the moat, but what can you do, huh?)

But seriously, as I'm wallowing in the mire of shading networks and light-linking (and to be honest, really not learning anything that I plan on using once I'm done with school) it's really great to just chill for a little bit and listen to someone talk about, well, ANIMATION, for crying out loud.

On another quick note, I know I've promised some animation soon and that will happen, but I ran into a rigging problem with the character I'm doing (oh no, not a rigging problem, those never happen) and was set back a ways. But on the upside, he works now and I'm getting my tush in push gear. So once again, soon.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Well, if you're interested in seeing what industry pros do in their spare time, check out It's updated every two weeks or so with drawings and digital paintings by animators all over the place. The last assignment was Spiderman and so I thought I'd post my own little drawing of the creepy-crawler. Again, this one I'll probably paint too. Gambit is in the works but I'm being a good student and animating like I should be.

Anyway, after today, I should have a fully functional ,rigged charater and after that, I'll see if we can't get the one thing that's lacking on this here animation site and that's animation!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Me and Bobby McBeck!

So there is definitely something good happening in Texas. Despite a 13 hour drive from sunny, arid Colorado, I found myself at a hotel at 2 in the morning getting into a bed that felt like someone had just put a fire out on it. (that would be in reference to the humidity in Texas) But the Masterclass was great and Bobby had some great examples of what he was talking about. Learning about something in theory is a lot different than seeing examples of gesture and body language.

Everyone down there was really great and I got to meet some amazing animators from DNA, ReelFX, Sony, and of course, Animation Mentor. I have to say a big "Thank You" to Tom and Vince from Short Guys for taking us out with the speakers and showing us a good time. It was really great to learn that these guys are just normal people (as normal as animators get)... maybe just a little shorter. Thanks to "y'all" and maybe we can make this an annual thing. Now I've really got to get back to work because seeing all these amazing animators has made me sick to my stomach and I'm excited to get there myself.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Texas or Bust... Or Boom!

So I'm gearing up for the 12 hour drive to Texas tomorrow. I had a bit of a rough day yesterday with a scene I've been working on for too long, but I was comforted. A classmate informed me that if I feel bad now, all I have to do is wait until Friday as I'm watching one of the best in the business talk about animation. That should keep me from thinking too highly of my own work. I'll be taking good notes at the Bobby Beck Masterclass and I will be sure to share my notes from the conference as well.

In keeping with what I think will be a tradition on this site for a while at least, here's the new drawing I've been working on. The painting is almost done, but this is what I'm working from. I'm attempting to pull off something a little more stylized with the paint this time. It should look different than the last one... if my hand stops cramping up, I just grip that stylus so darn tight.