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Here I am, for yet another post of wonderfully inspiring things that I’ve come across since I last stopped in here. But first, AM update!!!

I am currently in Week 5 of Class 2, and have finished my first of three shots for this week! I’m pretty happy with it, although there are a few revisions that I’m planning on doing. Nevertheless, I will share it with you today! I’m pretty proud of how far my animation has come already, and I’ve only just begun! My mentor for this class is wonderful! He always brings some wonderful little clips to class for us to watch and totally geek out over, showing us how beautiful the arcs are and how much planning goes into shots. Next week, he wants us all to bring two questions with us to our Q and A since he says he won’t have any fun clips for us. I must start thinking of some things to ask him… Any ideas?

Anyway, here is the final shot that I turned in. (Although, like I said I will be doing a few updates on it!)

Next is some really exciting news that AM came out with while at SIGGRAPH. For those of you who do not know. SIGGRAPH is an annual convention for computer graphic people to totally geek out on awesome new and exciting things in the computer graphics world, including animation! AM announced an improved version of Bishop. Bishop is AM’s flagship character that has been used by students and alumni of AM since 2005, and now Bishop 2.0 is an even BETTER version of what AM has made. It can best be described in this video:

Pretty sweet huh? Oh, and if you don’t know what 71 tredecillion is, it’s this: 71 times 10 to the 43rd power, or 710,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Wow.

I let myself take a break the other day, and I actually just sat by the pool, read, and daydreamed. It was pretty magical. While I did this, I was thinking about one of my newest most favorite books, The Art of the Disney Princess. This is a book full of tons of interpretations of Disney princesses created by Disney artists. It’s amazing. There is one in there by Eli Trinh that I especially like. It’s a very graphic piece of just Princess Aurora’s hair. Thinking about this piece got me thinking of how nice all of the princesses’ hair dos are, and I though of how cool it would be to do a graphic installation of a representation of every princess hair do from Disney. Genius. The beginning is a very good place to start, so here is the first that I did:

Can you guess which Disney Princess this is?

I’m proud of her, but I am planning to do a revision or two, and I still have to do the other girls as well…

I have a few other things to share, but I don’t want to go all sensory overload. So, that’s all for now!

Happy Animating!

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I just watched my critique from last week and my lecture for Week 4. There is always always always room for improvement. My work is seriously lacking in weight and timing. I need a LOT more practice. Ad all these animators on these lectures just make it seem so easy. Le sigh. I’ve just got to stay motivated and keep moving forward. All this talent comes from practice and experience, and really, I’m only about four months into my animation journey. These guys have been working for 10+ years. It won’t happen overnight. I just can’t get too frustrated. My first shot for this class is still going to be awesome.

My heart strings have been getting pulled more so than usual, especially in the area of Florida. Don’t ask me why. I guess after living there for five years, you sort of grow attached to a place without even realizing it. Right after waking up and having these thoughts, I realize that I’m actually going home to Orlando in just under three weeks! AND what’s even better is this article that Disney Blogs posted on Facebook right after this:

For the summer, they have NEW Mickey Key Lime Pie treats! YUMMMO!!! I can’t wait to get one of my own in a few weeks. I hope they are as yummy as they are cute! Of course this doesn’t help with me also obsessing over wanting to go back to the Florida Keys desperately…

Mickey Key Lime Pie!!

I’ve got tons of work to do this week. I’ve got to finish my first shot as well as start planning out my next shot. For now, I’m just gonna turn on some Glee and jam out whilst I get ready for work. And YOU can enjoy this terribly awesome article I found about Sharpie art!

Happy Tuesday everyone! 🙂

Lots of things to talk about. First off, a public service announcement. If you haven’t see How to Train Your Dragon, please proceed to drop EVERYTHING and go to the theatre, right now, and go see it! It was so incredible. By far, Dreamwork’s best film yet! The art direction was amazing; the story was heartwarming, funny, and had a great lesson; the animation was inspiring.

The dragons were done so well, especially Toothless. He was like a cross between a cat and a dog with a little bit of horse in him. I LOVE animated characters that don’t talk. It really just shows what animation is all about. Be able to tell a story and convey feeling and meaning without words is what all art is, so it’s really amazing seeing that in real life, especially in the medium I’ve chosen and hope to one day work in. Anyway, even if you aren’t geeking out over the animation of the dragons, or the way the water splashed up against the rocks, or the fabulous hair/fur on the vikings, this movie was still the BOMB and needs to be seen by everyone.

Next order of business: I got my first eCritique back from Thea. She liked my sketches, but she really didn’t like my pose. I’m glad she had things to say about it though. It’s how I learn. And I’ve been learning a lot from other people’s eCritiques too. I’m LOVING Animation Mentor. I am learning SO MUCH, and it’s so exciting.

Week 3 is almost done. We had to animate a bouncing ball and also sketch out a few poses showing EXCITEMENT. The bouncing ball isn’t so bad, we’re starting out very simple. The excitement poses proved a lot more difficult than you would think. Everything just seems so cliche with excitement. I will be posting all my sketches and the bouncing ball once it’s all finished, probably tomorrow.

Lastly, I am upset with Autodesk. Autodesk is the company that makes Maya which is the software that I use for AM. They have not stayed on top of their game with the new Mac OS update, and Maya doesn’t like to cooperate with Mac OS 10.6.3, but of course, I have a new awesome super computer that updates on it’s own, so now Maya is not cooperating with my computer. Bummer. If I had my CDs, I could do a completely new install (luckily there is a way for me to do this without losing the files on my computer), but my CDs are no where to be found, at least they won’t be found in the next day and a half before my next assignment is due. So, I am going to have to put Maya on my sister’s computer and do the assignment on her computer. Hence my aggravation with Autodesk right now.

I think I’ve rambled long enough, and I should probably hit the sack since I have to open in the morning (major bummer). Why are all the little sayings that mean go to bed have to do with hitting? So violent. Anyway, good night and happy animating!

It’s gross, but true. Tomorrow I’m throwing out the rest of the cake. So that will stop me from eating cake for dinner again. Tomorrow for dinner, I think I will have a salad.

In other news, I have officially submitted my first real assignment for animation mentor! Woohoo! Exciting! I was pretty excited about this assignment, and had a pretty good time sketching from life. I need to do that more often, because 1. I am so entirely out of practice, so my sketching it really sucking and 2. I enjoyed it, and it will help with my animating skills.

So we had to draw a few sketches and choose the one we liked best or thought worked best and recreate it with the STU character we got from AM (Animation Mentor). I’m going to show you guys what I did for fun. Hopefully Thea likes it. I tried to convey some sort of feeling, although I don’t know how successful it was. What do you think?

One page of my sketches. I had three 🙂

And this is the pose I did in Maya!

Well, that’s that. Also, this week at AM, I participated in a short scavenger hunt. If I got all the answers right, I’ll be put into a drawing and maybe I will get to win some cool stuff. I am desperate for an AM t-shirt.

I’ve got work at 6:30 in the mo’nin, so I had better hit the hay. Where do you think that expression came from? I guess probably back when they use to stuff mattresses with hay, although I don’t know who’s genius idea that way. It could not have been very comfortable…

Goodnight! Happy Animating!

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