Friday, September 26, 2008

The school quarter is over

Wow, I've been so busy with things this quarter. Ending relationships, portfolios, animations all over the place. But here now I want to update you on some things that have happened

September 9th, 2008, my 8th quarter portfolio review. I had to throw together all of my best stuff.

I thought that mixing everything up would make for the most interesting portfolio, because then it wouldn't be like here's 6 examples of animation, then 6 of drawing, then 6 of Photoshop, then 6 of modeling. Which seems boring to me, but my instructors disagreed. They also told me to throw out that illustrator piece, which I admit is a really bad piece in retrospect.

They did tell me that my animation is my strongest point. I have Randolf to thank for that mostly. His Acting for Animators class really helped me grow in that sense. Kevin told me that most of my traditional stuff was lacking in things like core shadows, and he went on this spiel about drawing, which really inspired me to start drawing again. I should always be happy to draw but I was so stressed out by this project most of the time that I had no time to draw.

The project I am referring to

For the past 15 weeks I had been slaving over this project. Trying to balance life, work, school, girlfriend, other classes, and this. One of the aforementioned things left me which made it easier to focus on. But with the completion of this project, I am incredibly happy, and stress free. And when I finished the clean up stage of this project, I started drawing again. All that was left was the composting stage, which went over very well. I threw it all together in after effects, a program which I had shallow experience in (Normally I had only used it to compile my renders). It was surprising to me how intuitive it was.

While giving me my final critique, my instructor, Ken, told me that I had made great strides in my story telling abilities. Which I myself have noticed, I'm definitely at least 10 times better than I was at showing anything than I was when I started school. But I do need to work on my basic drawing skills more, and I'm coming along with those pretty well. Ken also told me that for the most part, my composition and shot selection was really strong. He gave me a few suggestions to make it better, for example, having actual contacts scroll instead of scribbles, and cleaning up the scanner thing better in that scene. Reworking the over the shoulder shots to have a better composition and put the girl in a better position, and giving more time to the jaw dropping to better show that emotion that he should be displaying.

All in all, I'm really happy with what I've accomplished this quarter. I've also learned recently that Photoshops brush tools are quite excellent and comparable to painters. However I still don't know if I can throw out painter yet. Things like glow brush are too great to get rid of (see my rotoscoping example in my portfolio).

Here's a modeling assignment I did, I just rendered a quick 3/4 to 3/4 view rotation of my face, yes, that's right, my face.

All in all, I'm very pleased with how this quarter has gone. I'm a much better artist, a much better animator, a much better modeler, and most importantly, a better person.

I just checked on my grades, and I know if you're reading this you will want to know what they are, well without further adieu:

Sociology : A-
Acting and Movement : A
Hard Surface and Organic Modeling : A
Advanced Traditional Animation : A
Character Animation : B-

Not bad huh? Its not showing my GPA so I'm gonna shoot Jon an email in a little bit.

That's all for now. Maybe I'll post of some of the drawings I've been doing some time. (but don't hold your breath on that)

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