Sunday, May 16, 2010

Animation Mentor Week 4

Getting more and more fun at Animation Mentor! This week's assignment was again a two-parter.
Part 1 was to animate both a heavy ball and a light ball bouncing. For example, a bowling ball and a beach ball, or cannonball and a ping-pong ball. The lecture and assignment were demonstrating how differences in the timing and spacing of the action influences the feeling of weight. Again i went on the interwebs and studied a bunch of footage of bouncing balls. I looked at lots of bowling balls (which by the way bounce more than you'd think!) and a bunch of beach balls and ping-pong balls. I studied the footage frame by frame, and sketched out some thumbnails of my planning process. I started this assignment by first just getting the up and down movement on both balls nailed down.

After nailing this motion down in Maya, i started playing with a few variations.

Version 1

Version 2

Version 3

I decided to go with the teeter-totter shot cuz i felt it demonstrated the principles well, and even better, it was the most fun and entertaining to watch.

The second part of the assignment was to Sketch a bunch of poses that described 'Devastation.' This one was a little more tricky. Largely because of the previously mentioned gigantic head that STU has.

Again, i did a few poses on STU, but decided to go with the one that's circled above.

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