Also, GraphicsGale has the most confusing use of transparency I think I’ve ever seen. Still, I’ll have to keep messing around with it and see what else I can make with it. Pixel art just seems like too much fun to not mess around with more often!
While on my trip to Mexico I saw this priceless gem
So that’s really the final face shape you’re going with, huh guys
Really hoping there’s as big of a disconnect between the stock art and the actual animation as the other show. I much preferred the designs in the original leak.
It’s playing in my town so we’ll make a day of it.
Oh man, this whole thing is simply unbelievable.
But seriously, I’ll give them credit for at least getting rid of the cutie mark being stuck on their face, at least in this drawing. I tried putting a cutie mark on her face in Spike the Marvel Dog to keep things even more consistent, but constantly changing the cutie mark so it would fold with her cheek (not to mention that there wasn’t even enough room on her face for it most of the time) was such a gigantic pain in the hindquarters that I just flat out got rid of it. Maybe they felt the same way with it too? Or they could have just forgot to draw it, I don’t know…
Wait, why am I still even paying attention to Equestria Girls? AAAUGH SOMEONE HELP ME
And now for something completely different: my Computer Animation 1 final project!
It’s not the most exciting or hilarious story (we had to keep it around seven shots), and the title and credit cards were an afterthought, but it’s definitely a technical achievement for me with it being my first actual CG film. I’ve done a tiny bit of work in CG before (made horrible rigs for a couple models a few years ago for a game mod I was messing around with), but this is the first time I’ve ever actually managed to tell some sort of story before in the medium or make a CG film this long, so I’m proud of it despite it’s shortcomings.
Can’t wait until next semester when I hopefully get to start messing around in Maya next, instead of Lightwave. Or maybe I’ll get to do more stuff in Flash instead, which would be even better, haha.
Don’t you just hate it when Dr. Robotnik flies into a drainage pipe? Makes those boss battles a lot more frustrating, if you ask me.
Thank you for the kind words about Chowder! I’m glad it meant something to you.
I understand the frustration of your situation. Wanting to continue following your dream but being given a roadblock is painful. But know this, not everyone’s path is the same.
Here’s the thing to remember: Going to art school doesn’t make you an artist.
Sure there are many good reasons to go to an art school. It can help refine you. You have access to great teachers, peers to learn from, and good connections afterwards.
But as someone a little (lotta) older who’s been out of school for a while, I know there are many other ways of achieving your dreams.
Let’s look at the positives of going to a regular school. You can broaden your interests in many different categories, each which can affect your art in astoundingly positive ways. Studying literature, history, mythology, science, and philosophy broadens your views on the world. And isn’t all art really just the artist’s view of their world? Expanding it with new curriculum only benefits you. I love Kate Beaton’s art because she’s such a history nerd. She humanizes historical figures and zeroes in on what’s funny about them. It feels both academic and emotional at the same time. That’s a really hard combo to achieve, but her deep knowledge and passion feeds her art in surprising and wonderful ways.
Sometimes I worry that artists spend too much time looking at other artists and not enough time looking at all the other amazing things around them. It becomes a bloated ouroboros (snake eating himself; I had to look up the spelling, so yeah I’m not as smart as I pretend to be).
Being at a regular college doesn’t mean your art dreams must die. Most colleges have some sort of art program. Take a few life drawing classes. Take some other art classes. Wherever you end up, set aside a little time each day to work on your art. And now with the “magic of the internet” (he says waving his hand and staring off into the distance), you can easily keep in touch with your art school friends. Ask them to share their project challenges with you. Look to them for feedback on your art. Use them to force you to keep it up. There’s a good chance you could find a group of like-minded art students to work with at your school as well. And maybe in couple of years, you’ll feel like it’s time to transfer to art school to take things to a new level and maybe your parents will agree. Who knows what the future holds?
I didn’t go to art school. I went to a state school and took one art class in four years. I drew a comic every day because that’s what I really wanted to do. But school let me grow and introduced me to new concepts and ideas. It let me meet other cartoonists. It fed a lot of the stuff that I did later on.
There’s no traditional path anymore. You don’t need to go to art school to keep evolving and growing as an artist. Art school is one means to get there. School isn’t even necessary. There are so many ways to get information and guidance now. Your own passion and drive are the most important thing to keep you on that path.
I wish you the best of luck out there and I hope this helps, even a little.
p.s. if anyone has extra advice to offer, please reblog this and share your experience.
I don’t know if I’m in the best position or have the knowledge to offer any extra advice, but I can definitely second this. There is no one path anymore to getting in the art field. Everyone takes their own path into it, and these days that’s even more apparent than ever. Having a passion for it is one of the biggest things that will drive you towards your goals, and if you keep at it, you will have a much better chance of getting there. I’m still just a student, but every person I’ve ever talked to that’s in the field for a profession has told me that when I asked them the same thing.
I also really love how you mentioned learning about other things besides just looking at artwork. That has become really apparent to me as well, as I am also attending a state college and have to take a variety of classes from a variety of majors, which has really expanded what I know about things beyond art. It’s something I’ve also noticed art teachers (well, the teachers I’ve had so far anyway) don’t really mention, yet it’s pretty important to check out the world and learn about new things.
I always loved this walk cycle.
It’s kind of a shame though that this grainy version of the pilot is the only way you can see it without the credits getting in the way. They made a lot of great animation for the pilot of this show too.
I helped out the folks at Sonic Paradox again by animating a really quick episode for an animated series they’ve been running, called Dr. Weirdbotnik. Which, if you’ve ever seen the Dr. Weird segments of Aqua Team Hunger Force, is exactly what it sounds like. But with more Dr. Robotnik. And, at least for the segments I’m helping with, less swearing and more weirdness to make up for that. :P
I also got to use After Effects for the ending! I can’t wait until I can find a legit install for the CS5.5 version so I can play around with using the program on my own time, instead of having to use the computer lab on campus all the time for any After Effects work.
more silly things from yonder sketchbook, an “espressowl” and some naughty mice breaking tea things.
Wonderful work! I’m loving that first image a lot; it might be the cool use of browns and blues/greens that catches my eye there.
Sonic After the Sequel - Menu Theme
THIS IS JUST A MENU THEME.
YET IT’S SO ALIVE. IT FEELS SO GOOD TO LISTEN TO.
THIS PUMPS ME UP FOR AN ADVENTURE OR SOMETHING SO FREAKING HARD I JUST AGAHDOWJAOVOSQPFSDHALASHAPXCDSHGSHGSHGSHSJUSSHEHAOCOVK/breaks
FOR EVERYTHING EVER
RIGHT FUCKING NOW
I CAN’T BELIEVE I DIDN’T KNOW WHO THIS PERSON WAS BEFORE
YET I’VE BEEN COLLECTING A LOT OF THEIR MUSIC FOR OVER A YEAR NOW AND NEVER KNEW WHO MADE IT
HELLO OTHER NEW FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST