Last Minute Warm-ups!

Getting into the really gritty bits of animating my final so I decided to take a break and do something fun and quick in photoshop.  Just a basic walk-cycle for practice since Pollo’s anatomy is so wacky!

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Also a little sketch practice with Prof. Alexander.
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Anansi

Just some character designs I did based on the West African God, Anansi (the spider). I really wanted to design one of the tricksters, but pop culture has already kind of ran with Loki and Hermes, and Anansi is probably my favorite of them anyway!
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And here I’ve done a few more sketches based on some stories we read, along with a couple extra characters and Anansi’s spider form. Lots of fun!
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Character Revisions!

It’s amazing how much my style can change in a few months.  I’ve been tackling one of last semester’s projects again and hop to have a nice storyboard done in the next few weeks!

Before I started the official storyboards I wanted to make sure I was totally happy with the character designs, so that lead to more practice and revisions.  Both Biscuit and Fish got the treatment (even though Fish only has a cameo in this particular plotline but ssshh).

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For the storyboards I basically ended up combining the top left with the original design, keeping him cute, simple and expressive.
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and a couple selected storyboards (in no particular order) I’ve gotten done this week.
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Expect more soon!

[Animation IV] I: Characters

My first blog post on my animation for this semester (and possibly next)!  Since I’m thinking the full video will run about 1.5 to 2 minutes, my goal is to at least have really well-done, fully animated roughs by the end of this year. I’m excited!

These are some of the neater concept sketches for my main characters, the first being some sort of cat/lizard/experiment thingy, named Pollo (spanish for chicken)!

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I asked my friends via Twitter and Facebook which their favorites were and it was pretty much a tie between 4 and 6, which prompted this guy.

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Moves like a chameleon, acts like a very annoying (i.e. MY) cat. Woo! Haven’t completely decided on colors yet but I’m liking the siamese cat look on the top right.

And for the straight character we have _________ The Scientist. Be quiet, I don’t know yet. Generally a nice guy, very invested in his work, but with a short fuse for nosey catmeleon experiments.

SSSSScreen Shot 2013-09-03 at 10.26.03 AMScreen shot 2013-08-28 at 9.36.12 PMMy thumbnails for the storyboard are all drawn up and I’m working on the animatic now! It’ll be up soon!