Author Archives: Ryan

Walk Cycle Assignment

Our assignment last week was a walk cycle. These didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped, but they were fun. I tried to do something besides a standard walk, but I think that’s where I went wrong. I should have regular walking down pat before I start to screw with it. The rotating head in the center was just to see how it would look.

These are my practice frames. I animated straight through instead of doing keyframes. It’s interesting most of the time, it feels more natural, but I realize now that it doesn’t work for loops because your final drawings don’t look much like the drawing you started out with.

So this weekend I want to see if I can do some more walk-cycles, get more weight to them, have them feel more natural. I plan to have MANY more things rotating in space if I can as well, it’s really satisfying to see if it’s done well.

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And all the rest

I’m really starting to see the benefits of a blog. Right now I’m going through all these pictures I’ve scanned but had no place to put until now. Above is a drawing of the mancoon I made a few months ago. I really like the mancoon, it was some gibberish word my friend Isadora said once a few years ago that stuck in my mind. However, while my intention was simply to draw a racoon-man hybrid, Katie thinks I’m treading on some weird ground with the name mancoon attached to a figure that kind of looks like a nasty redneck. I still like the drawing though, so it’s going on the blog. And below are 2 home-made light tables I made for about 35 dollars a few weeks ago. A single, cheap light-table (without registration pegs) is about $50, so I win!

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New One Hour Stop-motion

We had an hour under the Oxberry to imbue an inanimate object with emotion. Weirdly enough there were two other projects that had a similar dynamic, little thing irritating a big thing.
Then for a different class we had to take our 1 hour animation and modify it with the computer:

I kind of broke my cardinal rule here. I tossed this project aside like homework because we only had 1 hour to work on it, but Katie liked it and told me to post it. She was the voice actor too.

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Old Site Dump

I’m in the process of turning my old website into this new site with the blog upfront. I’ve got all the video pages transferred over, and some time this week hopefully I’ll move over all of my 2D work. There has been a great culling of portfolio images during the move, most of the drawings on this site are almost 2 years old and gotta come down. But, since I have a blog now, just because something isn’t going in the online portfolio doesn’t mean it can’t go online! So here are all sketches and video that aren’t making it to the new portfolio:

An audio/visual collage using found and recorded footage.
I worked backwards for this one, creating the sound first
and setting the video to its cues.

Eyja Atoll
The first animation using the rotograph to simulate

This was my first attempt with the rotograph. It’s pretty crude, but it got me excited enough to make a more elaborate version.

My first try at simulating parallax, based on a series of
drawings I was doing at the time.

Queequeg’s Playhouse
Color drawing assignment where we were had to respond
to music. I made this box that rotated three rolls of acetate
in alternating directions in response to Queequeg’s playhouse
by Man Man.

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Some Scratch on film

We’ve had to animated directly onto film twice in the past 2 weeks. Week 1 one clear leader, week 2 was black leader. Neither of my end products were super exciting, but I like them when they’re together, and modified to look like microscope slides:

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