Archive for November, 2007

Sketches

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

I just want to post some random sketches that I did during my last meeting with the ConceptArt Sketchgroup. I met an old member of the group, Jimmy, a concept artist at Rainmaker Animation. He is going to Singapore for holiday/sketch tour. I gave him some tips and recommendation on where to go to sketch and places to eat. Coincidentally, most of the sketchgroup members are Asian. I find it kind of ironic since we are in Canada !! Anyway, enough crap.

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More Harlan Ellison Interview

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

After watching the interview with Harlan Ellison in the previous post, I became intriqued by him and went to watch his other interview. He is one smart guy. He is brutal with his words but they all make sense. I won’t totally agree with his points on God ( I see it in another point of view but we shall not go there now) but i do agree on his insistence on keeping your mind alert and open. Never close your mind to new information and ideas. We are human because our mind is open to new idea and we are learning every second of our life. The moment we stop observing the surrounding, the moment we stop to think, we are mentally dead. We became just drone in this world, working our way til our eventual death.

The link is here. There are 3 part to the interview. Watch them all. I find them invaluable. As usual with him, harsh words.

Working for free…

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Here is a interview by this person called Harlan Ellison. I am not too familiar with him but apparently he is quite a famous writer. Here is his take on freelancer working for free. I personally have done free work before but I try to avoid them unless they are really interesting and they are not commercial product. I do agree with what the person say in the interview that doing free work undercut the working professional and give employers the impression that they can always get work done for free and make them demand more free stuff from us. *Warning* harsh words.

Crossroads once again

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

I am once again at the crossroad between sticking with pure art work and technical work. In our 3D animation class, we started learning rigging and my technical side just sort of lit up to the challenge. Our teacher (He is a awesome teacher btw. His name is called Magic.. OMG) asked us to do a basic biped rig. We are creating a unicorn for our 3D modeling class (Not completed yet. Will post more pic of it later) so I thought, what the heck, I do a quadruped rig. 

There is in fact not alot of info on quadruped rigging and after much searching in forums and thoughts, I thought of how to rig the leg. Since horses actually walk on their toe, a simplified reverse foot rig actually suffice. You don't even have to do the foot and toe curl like for normal human rig. But anyway, I have fun researching on how to set up the reverse foot rig and once again I am thinking whether I should delve more into rigging which is a very technical aspect of computer animation. We shall see what I decide in the end. :P

Update in 3D gallery

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

After I ported my website to wordpress, I havent add in my previous animation into the gallery. This weekend, I finally did so after my weeks of busy schedule. If you are interested, pop in to take a look. They are quite amateurish and are my first few tries at 3D animation and visual effects. Hope you enjoy watching them!

Anime Recommendation - Last Exile

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

last_exile.jpg I just finish watching the Last Exile anime and i highly recommend it to every anime lover. The setting for this anime is a blend between industrial age and futuristic space age. The story begin with two orphans Claus and Ravey who are vanship pilot. Vanship is a steam age type looking airplane which actually run on some claudia liquid. How it works isnt explained in the story but i guess it is some sort of fuel. The story develops when they are involved in a war between Anatoure and Deusis. The plot evolved to many layer of complexity and is highly intriguing. I will not give out any spoilers here. The style of the anime is really interesting and there is a refreshing blend between the low tech and high tech. The designs of the characters by Range Murata are gorgeous. Another good point of the anime is its soundtrack. The ost is aptly scored, and its sometimes electronic style and sometimes irish style really add to the feeling of the anime. There are some point where i feel the music is not really suitable but i would say the OST is really good. The ending is kind of vague and scenes and images just pass to fast for me to take it in. Only after i visited some site and rewatched the last episode then I can understand the story. I would ask everyone to slowly watch through the last 10 mins to fully appreciate the show. 

First classical animation !!

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

A few weeks ago, I did my first classical animation practice, the famous bouncing ball practice. I have to say it is quite a challenge. Each frame has to be drawn individually. Thankfully we are doing in twos, meaning each frame is repeated twice so each second is only 12 frame. Now I can totally appreciate the amount of effort put into making all the old classically animated film (eg the old disney film, Don Bluth's animation etc.) We have a history of animation class and the teacher show us some really awesome animation done using classical animation. Some of the water effect is unbelievable. Imagine drawing droplet by droplet. My respect for the old animators just increase tremendously. 

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Past Works

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

I am going to start my blog rolling by posting some of my works which i did in the last few months. Basically, they are sketches of people from photo references, anatomy books. One book that is particularly helpful is Andrew Loomis’s Figure drawing for all its worth. The figure in perspective is drawn from his book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about learning how to draw the human figure.
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