Baby steps to big dreams

Working on my weight animation over the past few days has (hopefully) paid off. I decided to to animate the Casey rig getting up from a sitting down position and being a baby she would obviously have to be a little wobbly.

Not knowing any younger children I hit youtube to see if there were any home videos of kids taking their first steps;

this being my main reference and some other’s I looked at;

Below is a playblast from the first steps of animating;

Always looking for feedback I asked some fellow animators, teachers and more importantly honest friends;

Not being able to see things until they are pointed out sucks but like I’ve said having people you trust to give you constructed  help, helps a lot! Taking the feedback onboard my second animation test;

again going back and refining things, below was the final outcome;

 

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Showing weight

For the final part of the animating task in the creative development project we have to show weight. Researching first before diving into animating;

http://www.anamie.com/weight-in-animation/

 

http://blog.fjasmin.net/2010/12/tools-for-weight-in-animation-first.html

http://tonychauzer.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/weight.html

http://blog.digitaltutors.com/emphasizing-animation-timing-to-convey-weight-and-force/

and looking into what other beginners and animators have done online;

Run cycle

Now my walk cycle is finished I’m moving on to the next thing!

A run cycle!!

Again straight into research and seeing what other’s have done and how they done it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although I’m not doing animals this is pretty cool;

 

http://themichaelmacrae.deviantart.com/art/Run-Cycle-339178200

The link above is where I got this breakdown from by themichaelmcrae on Devinart.

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And of course Richard Williams will be helping me through this;

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I think acting this animation out first will be the best approach!

Finally!

Working on the arms, I decided to give her more character like suggested;

Looking into more about walk cycles I found these websites which are pretty cool and suggest to check it out;

http://www.fjasmin.net/walk_cycle_tutorial/index.html

http://minyos.its.rmit.edu.au/aim/a_notes/04_walkcycle_project.html

http://www.angryanimator.com/word/2010/11/26/tutorial-2-walk-cycle/

Taking on board the research and more feedback this time from my group I tried to make her less stompy like Ryan had said also, and here is the final rendered outcome – Sassy Stella;

Back at it!

 

 

Taking feedback on board from last weekend I was given the chance to have a class dedicated to walk cycles with Conánn. Going through things in class made things much more clearer where I was going wrong! I hopefully achieved the changes people recommended. Now for the arms which I think will be a struggle but I guess everything is a learning curve!

 

Animating Week 1

The next project we were given is;

a modelling project – which we have to base off a piece of concept art.

a animating project – different animations such as a walk cycle, running,                                              getting up and off a seat and possibly facial.

and a chosen project which I picked compositing!

Here I’ll be posting my progress in the animation part of this project.

Looking into walk cycles to begin with, I started to look at how others had animated this;

And also at other random animation tests;

Although never animating a walk cycle I knew I wouldn’t achieve the same level of animating as the video’s above!

I looked at break down images of walk cycles for help

-such as Richard Williams break down;

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I know his book The Animators Survival Kit will come in handy for this task!

So I then tried to make my first ever walk cycle, seen above!

Constantly looking for feedback per usual to improve it, I posted in our degree page and got the following feedback;

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Taking friends and teachers feedback onboard hopefully I’ll be able to improve her!