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!


Also a little sketch practice with Prof. Alexander.



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!

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!

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).


For the storyboards I basically ended up combining the top left with the original design, keeping him cute, simple and expressive.

and a couple selected storyboards (in no particular order) I’ve gotten done this week.

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.


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!