Thursday, December 9, 2010


Shawn Sheeny- pop-up books
I never thought that pop-up books could be so complex. What really blew me away was the amount of time the artist took to make just one book. One of his books took 7 years to make. That's a freaking third of my life!! ....and i though animation took a long time. The artist said that the best way to learn how to make a pop-up book is to buy one and tear it apart.

The other lecture I went to was the last lecture of the year. I really enjoyed listening to this artist and I really liked his work. His concepts were very interesting. His artwork was based on commercialism and stereotypes. So, he focused on stereotypes in commercials. He himself wasn't the ordinary black man and that inspired his work.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Final continues....

So. I did it :)
I got this stinking project done. I'm sure there are still areas to fix, but it is finished and I'm ready to finish this DVD.
I have put a lot of work in this project. However this ends up, I am proud of myself and the class. So many people have worked very hard.
One thing I need to do is figure out why iI'm having trouble rendering out an MP4 movie.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Final continues....

This project is moving along but it keeps going on and on....
It's looking better and better and is almost coming to an end. I think that 2 more sessions of working on it should let me finish it. I need to rest today because I've been up for 24 hours working on this class and metals. So, after class tomorrow morning, I'm gonna eat some lunch then get back to work on the project for as long as possible. I should finish by saturday night. I need to finish this DVD over the weekend as well as prepare a paper for another class. I just need to manage my time right and it should work out. I have no doubt it will. There is always enough time. I'm kind of impressed with myself. I've never made an animation this long before and for one person to make a piece multiple minutes long in the time I've had allotted is pretty swell. I will not fail. I am so ready to get this done. I hope I receive more helpful feedback in class today. I really need to look at my calendar and update it so I can fit all I need done in my schedule.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Work in Progress

I am planning to be done animating this project by Thursday. I am ready to move on with other things. There are only minor revisions and additions needed for the project and I know I will have those done because I'm ready to be done.
Over the break, I enjoyed filming my family on Thanksgiving Day. I filmed breakfast, lunch, dessert, and the Saints game. I think it's some good footage and filming that day made me realize all the traditions my family has.
So, I will definitely meet my mark on Thursday, because I want my DVD portfolio to be exquisite.
Screenshot from my final

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rough Draft and Edit

I dedicated this whole entire past weekend to getting work done. At first I thought I was going to be behind, but I'm exactly where I want to be at right now, maybe even better. I made sure that I got plenty of rest this weekend so that I would be able to be fresh and awake while working.

I have my comps laid out in order, roughly edited and not paced out yet. It was hard to judge real time in the project file until I rendered a quicktime. The some of the animation is also rough. There are a few comps that still need to be animated, but I believe to have at least half of my animation completed for the project. The remaining animation depends on have much cut-out and hand-drawn animation I want to add. I have found the puppet tool to be very helping in this piece. It seems to me like a middle ground between the cut-out and the hand-drawn techniques and marries them together.

I believe that I can finish this project in another highly productive weekend.
I'm ready for plenty of feedback, for I'm sure there is plenty to fix.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Final Project Progress

Even before instructed to in class on Thursday, I was already working on a work schedule for finishing my final project. The process is taking me a little longer than I thought, but I should be caught up by Friday because that's when I want to start animating. Whatever the case is, I'm going to start some animation on Friday and just animate the entire weekend. Mac Lab 3 will become my home. I'm a little irritated because it's hard trying to find time to work on this final around working and studying for other classes. I was hoping to have all my assets done by this morning, but it's looking more like the end of the day. That's not too bad, but I really need to work on my BFA. Creating the assets are taking longer than I had thought. All I had do is keeping working hard during every minute of the day like I have and pray.
I'm planning to animate as much as I can from Friday the 19 through Tuesday the 23. I also need to pack Tuesday b/c early Wednesday, I'm heading home for Thanksgiving break. The break will be a good time to get other class work done so I can have more time to work on this project when I return to school.
I'm not going to worry. It is a lot, but I always get my work done.
I'll probably will need the Sunday I get beck to work on BFA stuff, but I should return to animating on Monday the 29 and I'm planning to be finished with the animation by Wednesday, December 1. Next, I'll start working on my class DVD. I really need that following weekend to work on other classes work.
The only time I wasn't working on assets yesterday was when I ate lunch, dinner, was in class and taking a shower.
I'm just gonna keep on trucking. I have the endurance to get this done.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


I really appreciate the feedback I received in class today.
I'm redoing the tree so that it resembles a crepe myrtle and I'm putting more contrast in the character outlines.
The tree needs less detail and the characters need a little bit more.
I need to focus on my points of focus and where the eye needs to be drawn.