What's up gang? I treat these logs as an opportunity to share my work and connect with you guys as well as to review my direction on projects a little more removed from the action. Hope you dig!
The Little Red Riding Hood
Something you might recognize from the previous sketchblog as further designs based on "The Little Red Riding Hood". I've been exploring the concept in more detail towards a story app for children.Technical speak ahoy:
The app involves puppet animation which uses different parts of a character (such as limbs and accessories) to animate them. The advantage of using puppet animation compared to traditional hand-drawn frames is that puppets enable more responsive character movement and interactivity with the player. Frame by frame can look pleasing while the animation is in action, but transitions between animations as well as how they respond to abrupt player input is where traditional frames aren't as effective. Aside from animation cycles themselves, transitions can be visually abrupt, less responsive and repetitive. Puppet animation handles responsive controls very well but oftentimes the animation itself can suffer.
My approach to animating Red is to use animation techniques that span from both traditional and puppet techniques (rather than one or the other). I'm developing the character in the same way as I would as if intending to animate traditionally to really flesh out the design. Ultimately, I'll be using key frames from the traditional technique but for the puppets - where the key frames for each action are broken down into individual parts so that the puppet can benefit from a large range of poses. This way, we can use frame by frame animation but with the added puppet functionality to help make transitions more seamless and responsive.
To pull off well, the design demands intricate and strategic planning and I've been problem solving more than creating actual assets so far.
You didn't expect to leave without seeing some
boob circle cover-uppers did you?
The type of mark making that I always strive for demands a loose, fluid tool to make the marks and so I'm normally pretty animated at the desk getting my whole body involved - being pretty much this:
Lol. Onwards to the drawings:
I don't really see the next bunch as drawings but instead visual notes to remind me of what to draw when I draw it. I can hear you now, "SHAP AND FINISH SOMETHING"
There is much to be said for working smart
as well as hard, and time management in general.
Much to be said indeed. I'mamess.
A bit older stuffs
Hey, I also found these from last year. Take them with you on your journey as well, humans.
MAGIC VOMIT ATTACK IT'S SUPER EFFECTIVE.
YO GIMME YOUR CHICKEN.
THAT IS A WRAP PALS
In closing, I have something to address to my watchers. Firstly, thanks a bunch of super ripe bananas that are delicious in your mouth. I cannot articulate the gratitude I have for your support - as you just read. But know that it's immense and I don't take it for granted.
My active presence online comes phases at the moment due to personal commitments as well as personal demons which I contend with on a daily basis. The specifics on this is probably best left for another journal to indulge you properly in the things like my circumstances away from working, how my de/re-activation came about, why I'm not finishing stuff, the total number of rubber duckies that are alive today and much more will all be a relief for me to finally share and talk about with you guys when the time is a little more right.
So, for right now, I send my huge thanks to you all. <3
PS. Commissioners - I haven't forgotten you, I'll be in touch soon.