works in progress

Usually, I write when I have finished projects to show. But lately, we’ve been working on a couple of projects that won’t get done in a week.. So I thought I might as well start documenting progress, hoping that sitting down on a Sunday night to think about what I’ve been doing will help out organising/planning the week ahead. Here we go!

Right now I have 4 pending projects in hands: the animal gallop, the body acting project, the green screen exercise and a creature’s character sheet.

I’ve drawn these octopus-y looking teeth, but the exercise was to show our understanding about animal joints+movement so..cheetah
I’ve made a cheetah, shown it to Steve and got feedback that it’s looking way too stretchy. That was kind of my point but in the end, I don’t really want it to look awkward so went home and amended it. Unfortunately, I never saw Steve again so I’m waiting for tomorrow to get more feedback and hopefully finish it off with colour!cheetah2
Can you spot the differences? ;p

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This Monday we started a project on (human) body movement. The brief is to make a character react to different stimulus – ideally coming from a screen.

I spent the day trying to figure out a plot for my exercise.. Then I went home and spent the whole night drawing this background. I wasn’t too sure I wanted to use it, it was more to try out some stuff we’d learnt the previous week on photoshop. And when I spent Tuesday night finishing it, it just felt like a waste not to use it!

Regarding a plot, I went full narcissistic and decided to make a character inspired in me. She comes into the living room all happy, turns on the tv, reacts to news on tv, gets really depressed and throws herself on the floor. I’m not sure this is enough of a mood change, but will most certainly know tomorrow after showing the keys to Steve.

animaticI made a quick animatic of how I’m imagining my creature to be/react.

monstahI also have made a mask for the footage we filmed and am now working on the background (watercolour!). Hopefully will be able to get all the background bits done by tomorrow night so I can start compositing them in class Tuesday.

And the 4th thing I should be doing and haven’t even touched is a creature character sheet. I don’t know what to do about that yet. I’m pretty sure I don’t want to use the greyhound, but am still trying to decide between the cheetah or that blobby creature for the green screen project (which I am not too sure would be complex enough to work..). And now that I’m thinking about it, there’s this little square dog that I’ve drawn on the character development workshop with Rory that I’d love to draw more of.. Not sure I can do that so I’ll ask around tomorrow.

Monday tomorrow. uff

Rocket the greyhound

Last week I showed a WIP of my greyhound, it’s been a busy reentré to say the least!

When I decided to draw a greyhound for the 4 legged walk exercise (for the single reason that greyhounds are my favourites) I went into research mode. My idea was to do a realistically looking doggy, and I’d been having a bit of a fixation with scientific drawing. Let’s just say I’ve managed to fully get it out of my system!

So this was how rocket was looking some days ago:

On my mentor’s advice, I’ve tried to make it look a bit bouncier. I think he’s looking more natural. I do have to admit I could’ve lost a bit more time with the movement but was so excited to experiment with the colouring in by hand that I ended up accepting that I couldn’t do any better with the time given!


I’ve enjoyed the process but don’t think I’ll repeat such a realistically looking style. It is hard, slow, work! Each of these pencil drawings took me around 20mins. On the other hand, the thin liner pen felt really great to use – although the complexity of the drawing made it even slower to finish the frame than the pencil drawings. I think I might want to try it with simpler shapes in future projects…

Now onto making a gallop cycle!

Joni’s FINAL steps

She’s all done! yay!
Quick recap, here’s how Joni was looking the last time I posted:draftjonigif

I’ve fiddled with the arm and sent it to Margaux (my mentor) for feedback and she suggested I should make her head bounce a bit. Which I did! I didn’t want to make it feel too bouncy though.. So after watching some reference videos, I’ve slightly tweaked Joni’s head just enough that it wouldn’t look stiff but also didn’t feel like a jumping ball 🙂

And then to the fun bit!

I bought myself a cheap scanner/printer to play around and used it to scan Joni’s everchanging mad dress. I don’t usually say this but I am happy with the result! I think it totally fits within the whole 60’s counter-culture vibe, and according to one of my flatmates it reminded him of an LSD trip. I took that as a big compliment! hah!dress-draft

Joni’s cleaned up line versionline

And the final result! 🙂walk-with-background

Back to school tomorrow! Can’t wait! 🙂

walk the walk

Holidays are almost over and I’m getting anxious about the amount of stuff I still need to do to have a calm uni reentré.

I’ve painstakingly slowly worked on two walk cycles during the last couple of weeks. Working from Lisbon is seriously hard, everyone here thinks I’m on holidays and peer pressures me into stuff I shouldn’t be doing (mum included! help!).

Like this new year, both walk cycles are still in their early days of development. But unlike the new year, they’ll need to get sorted in (way way way) less than 355 days!

So here’s my Joni marching for peace:
I still need to do a lot here.
Movement wise, the arm needs a bit of adjustment and she could do with a flowier hair. Then I need to print, draw it by hand, add patterns to the dress and finally scan it and post produce the drawings.

And here’s my doggy walk cycle. His head and neck need to move/bounce, and I need to sort the tail as well. I know there are some thickness issues on his legs but then again I want to draw it by hand after I get the movement right so I’m not too worried.

I’m a bit annoyed on how slow I’m working at the moment. Thinking of how much I want to get done until Monday is already starting to stress me out. Nevertheless, I can’t help but ‘complicate’ my projects more than they’d need to. I’m back in uni to experiment and develop and if I don’t do that now it’s definitely not happening when I start working (been there done that!). So I’m starting 2017 stressed but also aware that I did need holidays, and now I just need to stop moaning and procrastinating and get things done!

Let’s do this, 2017!