Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Daily Sketch Group

Topic was "Sea creature dying of thirst." I wanted to have a stranded sea dinosaur that dried out before the rains had settled in, but I ended up with the above because I couldn't paint water into the scene and make it read. Also, ran out of time I set myself for the task.

1 hour and about 30 mins of ineffectually altering some stuff to make it look slightly better to no avail. From imagination. Also, the colours are a lot darker on the blog than in photoshop for some reason. Kinda a bummer, I liked it better lighter. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Byro stuff

My pencil stuff needs to be more like my ballpoints, I think.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Brush Pens

...are pretty awesome. At the very least, they seem to give me the only results I actually like.

2010 Wildscreen Stings

Over the summer, the students of the animation course were asked if we wanted to pitch an idea for the 2010 Wildscreen Festival stings. Since last year, they've been done with UWE students. Sarah May Little, Sam Walsh and I decided to have a go at it. We figured we needed to incorporate the festival's branding naturally into the sting, so we came up with the idea that fireflies would come out at night to spell out the festival's logo.

Here's some of the material from the project. The first is our initial test for the fireflies flying out and spelling the word 'Wildscreen,' done in Maya with particle simulation. This was my responsibility, since Sam and Sarah had their hands full with the flash animation.

Wildscreen Firefly Particle Effects from Chris Raadjes on Vimeo.

We wanted a more natural flock of fireflies though. The solution wasn't entirely obvious, but in the end we found out we could use goal animation to make particles go wherever we wanted. That proved to be a very nice break, as we ran through four entirely different scene set ups - none of which functioned as nicely as goal animation.

Wildscreen Firefly Particle Effects from Chris Raadjes on Vimeo.

The music for the stings was done by the awesome Samuel Bordoli. Sam was a delight to work with - he turned out the final piece of music in a single day after we gave him the rough animatic. Hearing it on Films@59 (who kindly helped us out with the sound mixing) speakers was nothing short of amazing.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Colour Studies From Imagination

Just as the title says, really - started doing some colour studies from imagination. Really simple stuff, trying to transfer what I imagine to the canvas using all the applicable theory of value, temperature and hue. Should probably have worked with design a bit more closely, but I just wanted to know if I could do it.