Archive for January, 2008

Open Figure Drawing Workshop - NEW BARGUE - 022 Updates

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

20080127_01.jpg  More bargue updates. I can only do this once a week. I brought it to my weekly sketch at Waves Cafe and slaved on it the whole afternoon. Well here it is at this moment. The deadline is 25 of feb. I guess i can finish by then. Forgive the crappy quality. i dont have a scanner and I am using a camera to take it. It seem to produce some decoloration or wat not.

Open Figure Drawing Workshop - NEW BARGUE - 022

Sunday, January 20th, 2008

20080120_01.jpg This is my first time participating in an activity in cgtalk. This workshop is for people to engage in drawing based on a set theme. This one is brague drawing. For those who dont know, brague drawings are an academic drawing training created by this person called Charles Brague many decades ago. It is basically a set of drawing whereby the students have to replicate exactly and it is a invaluable way to train the setting down of the correct tone and values. It allow the students to observe how light affect the tone and how tone give the drawing its volume. One drawing can take several weeks and the accuracy of the replication is paramount. Anyway, this version of brague is of cos with a twist. Instead of drawing from the usual brague drawings, we get to choose many 3d renders and we have to reproduce it. So here below is my one. I am rather slow and have only done the contours. Will be updating more when i finish more of it.

Updated Photography Section

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

After so long, I finally uploaded my photos from my Yunnan Trip last year. The trip is really good. The views and scenery in China is astonishing and breathtaking. The grandeur of the mountain and the sweeping plains is really something to behold. On the other hand, I witness the really poor region of china where people still engage in agricultural economy. The children there do not have proper education and spend their life in the fields. Even for those that do go to school, they probably have to walk a few hours a day to get to the nearest school. It is a interesting experience I had in that trip. Anyway, as usual, I ramble too much. Enjoy the photos :)

Start of the New Term

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

The new term has started !! We will have more 3D this term and less 2D classes. Probably the only 2d classes are classical animation and life drawing. I would actually miss doing composition which i quite like. I will miss doing 2D stuff as we dive deeper into 3D but oh well, I will still be doing drawing on my own in my free time.

Anyway, we will be learning more modeling, animation and texturing. In addition, we will be touching on lighting at the later part of the term. For modeling we probably have learn all the tools necessary for it and we just need to keep modeling to increase our speed of modeling and quality of output. Our lecturer Nigel say the chief requirement of a modeler is to be able to translate 2d design into 3d design so our sense of form and volume must be strong. We are doing speed modeling in class where within 3 hours we will try to model something based on a design given to us by Nigel.

At the moment, I am actually thinking everyday about my demo reel. I should be heading towards a technical director role, maybe character TD or effects TD, depending on which one i will enjoy more. I will be meeting my animation teacher, Magic next week to discuss on it and I hope I can start as soon as possible before even term 3. This will give me more time to start focusing on what skills and technique I need to learn and really make a good demo reel which will ensure my a good job in the future.

Next week will be an interesting week. On tuesday, we will be going to the aquarium on a research field trip for an animation shot. We will be animating a beluga swimming and we are supposed to go to the aquarium to observe them. This will be interesting and I will be posting pictures next week :)

Anyway here is the  speed modeling practice. It is sort of a mutant chicken design… :P


Bridgman Sketches

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

I meant to post this before the end of December but my ISP is giving me so problems. My internet connection is like a tortoise. I finally found the answer to my problem. My ISP’s DNS server is garbage and I have to use a external DNS server called OpenDNS. If you are a telus user and you find you are getting ridiculously slow speed, try using OpenDNS’s servers.

Okie, all the fine now :) I am continuing my practice of anatomy by drawing from Bridgman’s Life Drawing Book. In case you don’t know who George Bridgman is, he is the teacher of Frank Reilly who is regarded as one of the best art teacher in America during his time. Well Bridgman’s books has been recommended and used by many artist since his time til now in the 21st century. To cut things short, if you want to learn life drawing, get his books !!

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