A lightbulb suddenly appeared

 

Over the weekend Alec shared some of Pablo Gonzalez Bellozas work with me. Below is;

The house that rolled 

It reminded me of our last project based around the style of steampunk.

I pretty much fell in love with the model and style, and excitedly created mood board on Pinterest of similar work;

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I found myself sketching out different model ideas, I messaged Alec about the idea of creating something similar for my showreel! He agreed that it was a good idea, so I’m currently working on concepts for the piece. Alec suggested to also look into rendering with Renderman and shared this with me;

https://community.renderman.pixar.com/article/177/stirling-automobile-rendering-in-ris.html

I think it’s a great opportunity to learn how to use Renderman and hopefully get a awesome model and turntable for my showreel!

Update

Above is the first animation test, I tried sticking with the animation reference but ended up taking it a different direction. I think it suits the character more, after showing a few people the above playblast I got some feedback from Matthew;

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Taking his feedback on board and advancing the animation below is a playblast on how further I’ve advanced;

Matthew was also kind enough to lend me his book; How to Cheat in Maya 2014: Tools and Techniques for Character Animation by Kenny Roy. It was super useful in getting the break down of the facial animation. Danny  and Alec also helped by sharing this with me;

Again looking for more feedback on the more advanced animation playblast Aidan suggested I exaggerate her mouth more and suggested I look at Anna’s work which is really awesome;

 

Lip Sync

Starting to work on extra side projects of my own for my showreel I’ve decided to look into character animation – lip syncing.

Before starting I’ve read up on a few websites and also looked at Richard Williams Animators Survival Kit.

http://www.keithlango.com/tutorials/old/lipSync.htm

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

http://blog.digitaltutors.com/proven-tips-animating-believable-lip-sync/

http://www.creativebloq.com/10-best-animation-tips-tricks-6113065

http://www.cgchannel.com/2015/09/10-killer-tips-for-better-character-animation/

I’ve decided to use a quote out of Gillian Armstrong’s – little women. Below is my video reference for the animation.