November 02, 2009
"Anya" Animation Test from Rebecca Hayes on Vimeo.
Final piece for my 2nd year 3D Animation unit at uni. The brief was to design, develop, model, texture, rig and animate an original character in Maya. This is my first go at animating a character in 3D. If I had more time I would add some more personality to the hands. I'm still finding the animation process a bit awkward!
This semester is now officially over- time to take a nap!
October 24, 2009
Toy Trouble from Rebecca Hayes on Vimeo.
Here's my finished short! This was made for one of my animation units at university. The entire creation process from concept to completion spanned just under 3 months. For this short I tried to focus on backgrounds and compositing within After Effects, so the animation is quite limited. Animation created in Flash, backgrounds made in Photoshop, and everything composited in After Effects.
October 19, 2009
October 13, 2009
September 30, 2009
September 25, 2009
September 15, 2009
Pencil, Photoshop and a bit of watercolour. I wanted to have the water splashing out of the bowl but didn't have time. I'll be posting more interesting stuff soon, I swear!
Oh and if you haven't already, check out Pencil Test Depot, a new blog dedicated to posting new and old/rare pencil tests! Such a great idea to have them all in one place!
September 12, 2009
And here's a preview of the little guy I made for a Stop Motion project:
September 04, 2009
I'll be adding the secondary actions of the hoodie and ponytail once I lock this down.
Any critical feedback is more than welcome, I need fresh eyes on this! I'm so tired! Ack! Bed!
September 02, 2009
August 26, 2009
Still from "Toy Trouble" animatic, a work in progress. Something about this guy makes me laugh.
Hope everyone is enjoying much better weather than Melbourne :|
August 16, 2009
Started out as a tiny sketch. Watercolour and pencil.
I re-watched My Neighbour's the Yamadas the other day. It's Isao Takahata's ('Grave of the Fireflies', 'Pom Poko', 'Only Yesterday') last film, made in 1999. It's probably one of my favourite Studio Ghibli films.
The story follows the lives of the Yamada family through a series of disconnected vignettes surrounding their everyday life. It's funny. The animation, colour and simplistic design is beautiful. The structure and style are drastically different from any other Ghibli production, so I can understand why it's perhaps not one of their most popular.
It's fairly long (100 minutes?), so make sure you have a few hours to enjoy it. Unfortunately the only decent clip I could find on youtube was the ending, so I'm posting the trailer instead:
August 13, 2009
So this is an original character which I've just started to model in Maya for 3D class. This was one of my first sketches, and I just brought it into Photoshop to make it prettyyyy
August 08, 2009
Cut-out exercise for an Alternative Animation class at uni. Quite jittery in some(most) places because i kept knocking the camera and i had to get rid of some of the in betweens :S
At the moment I'm trying to draw out 2 storyboards, 4 model sheets and a character outline, so I might not have many updates until I'm finished. Gah!
Also I just recently got a twitter account (actually had one made for me against my will, but i'm starting to get used to it). So far it's been worth it just for the tips from AnimPodcast (Clay Kaytis), who runs the Animation Podcast. Anyone know any other good twitter-ers i should be following?
have a great week y'all
August 05, 2009
July 31, 2009
New character for proposed 2D project for school... more development below
observations & face studies. the three kids on the right are from this great book i found in an antique store in the US called "Who is That?". It's basically a categorised directory of head shots featuring famous actors from early cinema! Bargain.
At the moment I'm developing two 2D short films for uni. Just starting research for both of them. Some old favourites of mine:
(Thanks to Ki's Creative Studio for the link to this one!)
July 17, 2009
First stop was Disneyland (yay!!) for 3 days. I got tons of visual research done... ahem:
No, seriously. I've only been there once before when I was 10, and back then I found all the crazy-eyed parents throwing their toddlers at Mickey Mouse for a photo and the long, long lines a tad overwhelming. This time I visited on the eve of my 20th birthday was overwhelmed by the wonderful artistry, craftsmanship, set design and history that I took for granted before. I have a couple thousand photos to sort through before uploading them to Flickr, but for now some disorganised samples:
Over then next 10 days or so, I went across 3 states and visited family. I was able to scan a lot of old family photos and documents- most of which I had never seen before. One day I hope to put a book together with it all, but for now i will just be slowly uploading it all...
Unfortunately I didn't get much sketching done as I planned... however upon my return my disney movie marathon has inspired a lot of construction practice... really happy with most of these as I'm getting a lot faster:
Freehand copies, pencil
I also had the pleasure of seeing UP! while i was in Hollywood- it is an amazing movie! Such a beautiful story and the artwork & animation is phenomenal. Hands down my new favourite Pixar film. Congratulations to everyone who worked on it. I also got to attend the Encore Milt Kahl tribute presented by the Academy and hosted by Andreas Deja which was absolutely wonderful. But that recap deserves it's own post!
That's it for now,
June 26, 2009
We were each assigned a 20 second soundtrack and had to plan the entire animation using a dope sheet. During the production we weren't allowed to do tests so some of the timing is a bit fast/off.
anywho, i will be away for about 2 weeks so i guess this will be a mini hiatus for the blog. Heres hoping I'll have a ton of stuff to post by then!
June 25, 2009
June 16, 2009
Just a little sketch from last night that made me giggle. I have a few things I'm working on at the moment which I hope to post soon... but first I'm off to make some dinner.
And here's another quick painting from tonight... trying out a different painting technique in Photoshop... semi-successful methinks
June 09, 2009
Created in Photoshop & Flash, we had just under 2 months for the whole process.
Would have liked to have had some light background music but haven't found the right one yet. :)
Once my Maya scene stops rendering (third day now...will it ever?), Semester 1 will be officially over :)
June 06, 2009
June 02, 2009
May 26, 2009
May 22, 2009
Cue funeral march in the background. Another still from my 2d project, which I should probably think of title for soon...
And to brighten things up a bit, my favourite animated dance sequence:
Yay for cycles. The boy in the orange shirt... awesome
May 21, 2009
Abigale and her 8 older brothers.
Another painting for my 2D project, which we are animating in Flash. Using Flash/vector art seems very unnatural to me and is driving me crazy, so I'm trying to combine the best of both worlds , painting in Photoshop and than inking it to look more consistent with the Flash drawing tools. Everything is much easier with my shiny new tablet :D
I haven't been doing much sketching at all thanks to assignments, which are all due in a few weeks! 3D is coming along alright albeit slowly, I still can't get the lighting quite right:
I changed the bed sheets again, I think the plainer pattern works better than the bright red one I had earlier.
so, so tired. so much work to do. so much laverne and shirley to watch!
May 14, 2009
May 02, 2009
April 29, 2009
Pencil sketch & Photoshop. Dress texture from cgtextures.com
From magazines/old photographs
Men! Reference from some great scans posted at Plenty 'O' Fun. Pages and pages of (college?) football players from the mid 50's. Will be doing more of these soon...
Anddd some older ones, ref from film stills
Have spent most of the day researching for my 2D lipsync project, scouring the internet for family history/photographs from the late 1800's- mid 1900's. So expect a lot of those soon...
April 28, 2009
Eloise is Abigale's only granddaughter, her angel. While most little girls are made from sugar, spice and everything nice, Eloise missed out on some of the ingriedients and is all spice (a little brat to be precise). To put it bluntly, she doesn't earn her merit badges, she steals them.
Eloise has three basic emotions. They consist of:
April 27, 2009
I like the original sketch a lot more, I realised too late that I didn't get the smile quite right in the model sheet...
Coming soon, Eloise: