Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Shots and Updates

This is my first attempt at a quadruped walk cycle. I spent roughly 5-6 hours on this test. The Sloan rig is courtesy of Animation Mentor. Overall, I'm fairly happy with how this turned out.

I learned a great deal about quadruped animation doing this test. Just before finishing AM, my mentor, Sean Sexton, said that it would be beneficial to tackle some quadruped animation. Not only does it enhance your reel, but also it makes you think differently and try new workflows to get everything working properly. I'm definitely glad I tackled this test. If you're reading this thinking about whether or not you should attempt a quadruped animation, go for it! You'll learn a ton in the process and it will only make you stronger.

Now that I've finished this small test, I can reveal that I've started working on my next test. I'm currently in the research phase (looking for audio clips). This one will be a female acting shot. I don't have any strong female work on my reel, so I think this will help strengthen it. After I find a clip I'm compelled to animate, I'll shoot some reference, thumbnail some ideas, and start blocking. I haven't decided which rig I'll use, so it'll be just as much of a surprise to you as it is to me.

Finally, over the next couple of weeks, I'll be dedicating an hour or two each day to learning how to rig. I learned the basics of rigging in college, but I didn't feel confident about it. I feel as though a foundation in rigging will be beneficial and will mostly likely help with the job hunt. I know I have a lot to learn, but I'm up for the challenge. Hopefully it doesn't kill me ;)

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