Monday, October 31, 2005

Plugging my friends

Not as bad as it sounds. But if you have time, check out my friend Ajay's website. The Illustrated Thesaurus is great and check out the butter knife animation. Have fun and buy a "Tummy Hole" t-shirt.

ps. Image copyright of AJ Young.


Update: The link works now, sorry Brian.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Eric Goldberg Notes


I got these from Tim Hodge. Thanks alot, Tim. If you remember, Keith posted some thoughts on timing a little while ago and Tim found the notes that he was referring to in his comment. I offered to post them here, so here they are. Yes, I understand that these are traditional notes (notice how I didn't say "2D?") but there is still a lot to be learned from what these guys had to say. For instance, in the CG world, we (at least I) try to set up my keys so that the computer can understand it, but there are some instances when the only way to get it to work is to leave less for the computer. The idea of thinking like a comic strip artist was really appealing to me since that was my first love. I suggest that every animator should have at least one Calvin and Hobbes book in their collection. Just like comic artists, if we were a little more conservative with keeping the fluff out and being direct to the point, a lot of frustration would be eliminated. Be clear and play to those strong drawings. Anyway, thanks again, Tim and I really hope that you all enjoy this stuff. It really gave me a different perspective. Oh, and thanks to everyone for their feedback on my little ol' bee. As soon as I get back to work on it, I'll bee *snicker snicker* looking at it differently.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Refined Animation

It's just the front view of the bee, but I added some more stuff. Not just for the sake of adding stuff, mind you, but it is a character introduction. Thanks to Keith for the crit and encouragement. Seriously, even if you don't subscribe to his VTS, you need to. Even if it's just to hear about the pervert boys who look at women's underwear and how that could possibly relate to animation. Anyway, let me know what you think.


Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Thanks to Jason Schleifer for Grease Pencil 4. It's really a great tool. I had heard about it from a bunch of people on the web and finally got it going. What a difference! I really don't know how I got by without it until now. I just finished blocking out a scene in about half the time it would take to reference my thumbnails if they were on paper. I love to draw and that is the one thing I have missed since "goin' 3D." Anyway, download it and give it a try.