Bristol Museum

Tiger copy

I visited Bristol Museum today and sketched some of the creatures there. This tiger was shot by George V in 1911, which is some sort of distinction I suppose. It was in an amazing crouched position and at first glance appeared to be ferocious. The longer I looked at it, however, the more it looked terrified. I don’t think I’ve really captured its expression so I think I shall have to go back and draw it again.

Jerboa copy 2

I’d never heard of a Lesser Egyptian Jerboa, but I feel I should have. It’s so cute!Hyena copy

This hyena eyed me with a hungry expression while I drew it, and seemed to raise one side of its mouth in a “I may look somewhat friendly, but I WILL BITE YOU” way. He reminded me very much of Elsa (my Border Collie).Parrot copyThis Ground Parrot jumped out at me because he seemed so friendly. “Hey! How are you? Let’s be friends. Want to come by for some seeds?”

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Birdy

Birdy copy

This little guy appeared while I played with Kyle T. Webster’s great gouache photoshop brushes today.

Old Drawings

Dreid_01 copy

This is one of the first sketches I did for the fire in “Dreid”, my VFS classical animation. (You can find the film in “Shorts”.) I took a picture of the sketch when I had to throw the sketchbook it was in away, and I only found the picture this weekend.Bird copyThis little bird was in the same sketchbook, but he’d been drawn for a different assignment. He looked so cheerful I had to colour him in.

Budgie

Budgie copy

Today’s quick doodle.

I want to try and get away from relying on my sketch lines. I’m finding it difficult to translate them into finished, clean lines!

Weightlift Exercise

Animation by myself, character and prop provided by Aardman.

I found Week Four’s exercise challenging not only because I lost a day through illness but because the nature of the exercise meant lots of slow, steady animation (which I find hard enough to do in 2D) which in 3D was very unfamiliar. 3D seems to become floaty and unrealistic much more easily than through other ways of animating.

Lunge and Baseball Swing Exercises

Animation by myself, characters provided by Aardman.

I’m now about to begin my fourth week on the Aardman course. This video’s made of the assignments I completed over the last two weeks.

The lunge is the first character animation I’ve done in Maya. I had lots of helpful comments on how to improve it, and after a week on the other assignment I now see other things I’d change.

We began the baseball exercise using the stepped function in Maya, something which felt familiar to me after 2D! I felt much more confident with the controls this time around. I’m really pleased with the result. (Let’s see what I think in a week … )

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