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So my best friend at school is really pushing people to switch to the 3D stream next year, rather than traditional. She's pretty insistent about it, pushing employment, how fun her brother says it is, etc. But honestly, I'm not sold and I probably won't be switching. Not that I think there's a problem with the program, but I have two main reasons for staying with Traditional.

  1. I need the drawing experience. I'll be honest, at this point I'm really not that good. And I need to get a lot better. The best, in fact the only way to do that is by doing a lot of drawing. As they say, "if you're having trouble drawing feet, draw a lot more feet". In Traditional, I'll get that, but in 3D I wouldn't. My friend's brother, who's in the program already, admits that the program doesn't have a lot of drawing in it other than life drawing. So it doesn't fit my needs.
  2. This one's just personal opinion, but I don't find 3D animation nearly as appealing as traditional/2D. Paper or Flash/Harmony, I find I like animation way better if it looks like someone actually drew it, and I won't get that in 3D. To me, stuff like Wakfu or Ponyo feel a lot...warmer than stuff like Toy Story and Horton Hears a Who, as well made as those two movies are.

I'm guessing a good deal of my friend's point is, like her brother, to get away from the guy who runs the second year program. And that's fair, since she really hates the guy. But me, I haven't had those problems, so I don't have much reason to complain. I've worked for WAY worse than this guy, and I'm sure I will again once I'm in the industry. So why should I worry about it?

Speaking of developing my drawing, a couple new pages of Bridgeman studies up at my sketch blog, check 'em out.


Nov. 7th, 2009 06:26 pm
nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
Here's a trailer I found today for a proposed French TV series that's looking for funding. Apparently they got a really positive response (and I can see why) at the Annancy festival, so it's likely they'll find it. Wakfu, A Town Called Panic, and now this, what are they putting in the water over in France, anyway? This stuff really makes the creative poverty of stuff like Zemeckis' latest trip into the Uncanny Valley to shame.

I really, really hope this gets made.

BAIDIR from slimane aniss on Vimeo.

nezchan: Me at my desk, gettin' busy (working)
Day two, and I got a bit ambitious today and did two half-hour sessions instead of one. This is the sort of thing I should be doing a lot more of, just sitting and drawing like mad in my idle time. Not that it's supposed to be idle time, I actually should be busting my ass on this animation assignment I've got due on the 16th, but I ran into distraction after distraction today and got very little done. Which means during the three hours between getting ready tomorrow and leaving for school, I'm gonna have to bust mine buns to get enough done so Cory won't shoot me.

In any case, here's some studies done from the Bridgeman books:

nezchan: Me at my desk, gettin' busy (busy)
So the past few weeks I've been getting so frustrated in life drawing class that I could GNAW MY OWN FACE OFF! Mostly due to the difficulty in applying Andrew Loomis style mannikin construction to real-life models. Not nearly as easy as it looks, let me tell you!

So in any case, I don't want to be someone who bemoans their fate and never gets off their butt to do something about it, so I've devised a plan to make me better at body construction.

For the rest of this month, I plan to spend at least 1/2 hour each day doing studies from George Bridgeman's Constructive Anatomy and Complete Guide to Drawing From Life. Both have a great emphasis on body construction, and I find the style a bit more accessible than Loomis'. Clearly there's a chance I'll miss the occasional day, but I'll try to stick with it as much as possible and see where it takes me. Certainly it won't do me any harm.

So here's the first day's attempts. A bit rough, but what do you expect on the first day?

(cross-posted from the blog; more sketches at my ConceptArt sketchbook)
nezchan: Me at my desk, gettin' busy (working)
In case anyone I know from waaaay back happens across this journal, yes I am the same Nezchan that used to be active on LiveJournal, and a vetran of the Final Fantasy VII Yaoi Brigade. Boy, that name brings back memories. So yeah, just thought I'd mention it.
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Well well, is it that time already? Check it out, here's my SECOND-ever animation, entirely created at home. Shot on my scanner and using MonkeyJam line test software (for the first time). Turned out pretty good, here's hoping I'll exceed the mark from my previous attempt.

nezchan: Navis at breakfast (gun)
Seriously, this is one of the most awesome horror movies I've ever seen. Too cool.

nezchan: Navis at breakfast (Default)
So I dunno, I'm new to this community although I guess I'm a vetran of LiveJournal before I got tired of it. I'm interested in getting connected here, whether it's to people from the Old Days, or interesting stuff I should be following now.

So if anyone's reading this (big assumption, actually), any recommendations? I've lost touch with a lot of the journal-friends I had a few years back, and it'd be nice to have some sort of connections here.
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I've got H1N1. Roomie's starting to come out the other side right now, after a few days of fever and the like, and I'm following the same early symptoms. Every single case of flu CHEO has gotten so far has been H1N1 and none of seasonal flu, so I might as well call it now.

Still gotta work on my homework though, so it's a good thing I downloaded some free line test software. It's pretty decent so far, the biggest complaint I have is you can add frames but not remove them. Or maybe you can, and I'm just not seeing it somehow. In any case, it means not only can I do my assignment work here much more efficiently (I can even use the scanner), but I can use it to work on DIY animation projects once break rolls around. Good stuff!
nezchan: Me at my desk, gettin' busy (busy)
Well, not so much on the Scarry side of things as much as I love his books, but the busy side is there. Let's see what we have.

  • Third draft of the kitchen layout for Design class. Can't remember if it's due Wednesday, or if we're just going for a second round of critiques. Either way, I wanna get it as done as I can.
  • All keys, inbetweens and background for Animation class, also on Wednesday. Fortunately, there's only 17 drawings for the animation and I can recycle a bunch of frames, and it's a cube so I can rely on perspective for most of it, but I wanna make this tight. My goal is to exceed the 74% I got on the last assignment, even if it's only by a couple of points, and that's gonna take work.
  • First draft of the general store layout for Enviro class on Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately, it's not due until the 3rd, but I at least want to have something to work with. Need to re-do the floor grid, at the very least, the one I have is kinda crap.
  • Bottling wine tomorrow afternoon, so that's at least 2-3 hours out of my day. The nice part is, I'll have a decent stock of good quality wine to enjoy on the weekends. The last batch (a French merlot) is about 3 1/2 months old now, and an absolute joy to drink. I've set a few bottles aside to try when they're a year old, and I'll be doing the same with this batch. Cheaper wine, far better quality, and the enjoyable experience of bottling it myself? Sold!
  • The usual sorts of little chores, laundry, etc. that take up a weekend. Schoolwork takes priority, though.

Pretty sure I can get through all that without much trouble. Add to that my intention to watch one quality live-action movie a week (this week, Kurosawa's Ran) and one animated movie (Iron Giant), and you've pretty much got a weekend planned. Mostly at the drawing desk.

I tell you, at this rate if I'm not ten times the artist in April that I was in September, I'll be very surprised.
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Swiping the idea from [personal profile] synecdochic, I think this is as good a day as any to say something good about what I've accomplished in the past week. Thursday is my day for working at home (i.e., no classes), so it works out pretty nicely.

This past week I attended and volunteered at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, saw a lot of great films and got to know some lovely people and a few directors. Later in the week I got my marks back on my very first animation, and I came in at the top of the class, much to my surprise. Seriously, I did not expect that. And today I finished the second draft of a kitchen layout for my Design class. I also signed up here and got in contact with a good friend I've been out of contact with for many years, which I'd say is a seriously good thing all by itself.

I don't guarantee I'll remember to do this every week, but I'll try.

Edit: Looks like I misunderstood her post. It was for posting good things in the comments over there. But what the hell, I'm proud of all this stuff anyway, so there.


Oct. 22nd, 2009 10:52 pm
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Just a quick note to show that I'm alive over here. I've already got a blog here, a sketchbook here and an online portfolio here, but that's no reason not to post here as well. I'll probably cross-post from the blog a lot, but I'll do some original posts here too.

That's it for now, time to get back to homework.

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