Monday, January 14, 2013

Animation Practice

I wanted to animate something today, something to just do a little practice. So I animated a little flag waving in the breeze. Its not completely done yet, but my hand started to hurt, so I'm taking a little break. Here it is so far:

I plan on making it flag for a few seconds then making it stop. Maybe I'll add some clouds or a little background.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Victorian sketch

I'm trying to get used to sketching on a tablet and photoshop. I usually draw in my sketch book, but since I don't have a scanner available to me right now I figure this is a good time to try and work on my photoshop skills. (Or at least getting comfortable drawing in it).

Yesterday while browsing, I saw an article on flirting techniques in the Victorian Era. It was really complicated but also very interesting, but what really caught my eye was this picture:

It was the first time I saw a black woman dressed like that during the Victorian era, not to mention her dress. I just thought it was really beautiful and ornate. I drew it much like she's posed in my sketch book but decided to have a little more fun in photoshop:

I took a few creative liberties with her pose, I started just drawing a female body just in the pose and just started to make the dress later. I really sort of like this, I think I'll try to do something with this in photoshop or maybe illustrator. Either way I'll take the opportunity to learn a few new techniques.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Character Color wip part1

I took some time to do the color for the female character sketch I posted a little while ago. I like to start with the head first and the body second. At first I tried making this head:

After a while of messing around with it, I got this:

I didn't like it as much as I thought I would, so I decided to try something different. On the sketch there was a different face I drew:

I didn't like it as much, but I gave it a try, and after a while of trying out a few different things I got this:

I think it looks much better to me. It still needs work until it looks like I want it to, but its a nice start.
I'm trying to keep things sort of simple so if I animate her it won't be too difficult to color her. I'll probably keep the eyes are symbols though. I'll have to do something different with her hair. It works in the sketch, but its already proving to be difficult to recreate.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Flour Sack Animation Practice

I've been getting back into animating. I'm taking it slow and starting out simple so I won't get overwhelmed. My first project is animating a flour sack, and so far I've animated it doing a little jump:

I really want to work on my timing and anticipation this year, so please tell me what you think!