Wednesday, December 20, 2006

happiness, like everything else, is subjective

In the spirit of Edward Gorey, I wish you all a happy holiday season.

Monday, December 11, 2006

rush hour

My final stop-mo project will be completed on Tuesday, so you'll just have to be satisfied with this still. I'm going in Monday night for a six-hour session to finish it up, and by "finish it up," I mean work like a rabbit with its tail on fire. That is to say, quickly. I understand that isn't the proper method for this sort of work -rather, the opposite- but I gave myself no choice with all the time I spent testing materials and experimenting.

I'm also working hard on my Advanced Animation Production piece - well, I was until I ran out of animation paper. I had planned to getting at least three more shots done by tomorrow's end-of-semester screening, but it looks like I will just have to be exposed as the procrastinator I am. Qué será, será. That is what NYU's Tisch non-final finals are for: while others study, us film/animation students apply our talents to a more worthy cause: cartoons.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

new toys

I had to buy a new printer, but decided to splurge a little and get one that scans and copies as well. So to make sure it worked okay I scanned a recent sketch, and I couldn't be happier. Then I went a little overboard and started to color. I'm not so good at coloring, so I'm trying to get in some practice.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

project catch-up

I just completed a few stop-motion projects and now here they are for the world to see. Keep in mind, these are from a beginner stop-mo course and my timing is still a little shaky.

Here are the clay face expressions (I had some issues and technical problems, but it is what it is):

Here is a piece done with cardstock puppets using the "cut-out" technique. The assignment was Alternative Locomotion, and some sort of non-conventional movement of a character was required:

Sunday, November 05, 2006

shades of chinchilla

Working on some color models for my chinchilla character. I just spit this out of Photoshop. Not that color really matters at this stage, as I'm supposed to be focusing on the rough animation. But I do what I can to avoid my unhealthy obsession with the refresh button on my yahoo mail.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

i've created a monster

This was not something I should have been working on late at night. Having this clay face stare at me in its unblinking I, Robot-esque state really gives me the heebie jeebies. It's part of a stop-motion project in which I have to animate the extreme facial expressions of a person created out of a block of clay. I may have gone overboard. I plan on deconstructing him a bit so I can concentrate more on the animation rather than sculpting. I really want to dig in and get my hands dirty for this piece to give clay exaggeration its due.

Oh God, how will I get all this clay out from under my nails...?

Right: in progress, Left: completed (still to be scheduled for demolition)

Friday, October 20, 2006

it starts

Bringing me to you. This will be a journal of my efforts and progress as I come into the world of art through animation. I'm a traditional girl, but I like to get funky with stop-motion as well. Seeing as I've started work on my advanced senior year piece, this should get interesting. My work may evolve, but my mind could (and probably will) deteriorate. I'll keep you posted with updates on this strange phenomenon.