Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ringling Year2 Semester 1 done

Here are some of my final projects. The last assignment in CA1 was to design a simple biped character with no arms and do a series of excercises. I made a ricefarmer guy who pretends he's a ninja. Special thanks to Scott Mcwhinnie and John Gulledge for animation crits and painting weights advice. I got A-'s on the animation part of the grades so thats pretty sweet. It also seems that the Sorenson codec from Adobe Premiere makes all of my CA videos have a green tint...

The final animatic we had to do was the "thief". Someone wants a bite of your food. And finally are some more sketches.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Ringling Year 2 Semester 1: Last Week

We have about a week left and 3 major projects left to do. It will be painful :D Here are some sketches and a 15 minute pose and 1 minute figure gestures. I've been trying to think more about shapes and simplifying into the idea of straights against curves in my sketching... I'll update with more work over the Christmas holidays!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

RinglingYear2 Semester1:Thanksgiving Break

Thank goodness for the thanksgiving holidays. Here are my model sheets, animations and animatics that I've done so far this semester. My traditional animation needs tweaking before I can update it.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ringling Year2 Week8

Here is my Weaving Contest Animatic and my Pantomime. For concept, we were given a Scene from a greek myth called "The Weaving Contest". We had to design the characters, storyboard, and create a 30 second animatic. For Traditional Animation we had to animate a character showing emotions through primarily body language.

Weaving Contest from klu on Vimeo.


Friday, September 24, 2010

Ringling Year2 Week5

Here are some CA and TA projects I've been working on. In ca we just finished the ball bounce assignment. I've gotten pretty interested in lighting.Here is my normal quadraped walk. In concept we're still on our 4th pass of the animatic assignment so stay tuned. Next up in CA and TA are Primitive theater and Pantomime.

edit:BBounce Updated

Dog Walk from klu on Vimeo.

I've been trying out brushpen for my gestures. Its pretty punishing because every line you put down clearly shows in the final image. But I think its good for practicing line economy. Anyways I just keep this quote in mind... "Draw with pen, do not be afraid of failure"- Walt Stanchfield.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ringling Sophomore Year

Sophomore year started off with a fun orientation week, going to the beach, and meeting old friends and making new ones. I love my new CA and Concept classes so far! Most Sophomore CA projects are long term and time consuming so updates won't be as constant...but they'll come!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Summer Sketches

Summer is almost over! This summer has been a busy one! In the beginning of summer, I was really excited to be able to finally have time to work on finished pieces for the portfolio. To my surprise, it didn't quite happen exactly as I expected. I made a list of goals and eventually knocked out maybe a third of what I wanted to get done. While working at my job, i was able to finish a couple of summer classes and get my license! Also, i did a bit of reading,sketching,studying and maya learning.

Instead of trying to tackle a lot of color or value I decided to get better at drawing form,pushing my sillhouette/poses, inventing anatomy from my head, thinking about movement, caricature, and try to figure out what makes a good character design.Instead of mindlessly drawing, I tried to think about what i wanted to achieve before I started to draw. My major inspirations this summer came from Walt Stanchfield, Glenn Villpu, Tom Bancroft, and character design blog.

Lastly I've been trying to learn a bit of Maya. There are tons of tools and buttons! I'm super excited for CA next semester and I can't wait to be around motivated people. Going to my local university was a great experience and a big eye opener. There are many people that work just as hard in their major and many people who just try to slide by or are just naive. I've learned better study habits through experiencing my psychology class.My psychology class was more challenging that any liberal arts I've taken at Ringling but it helped me realize many concepts that are important to art, education, and life.

Some of my goals for next semester is to do the best I can in my major classes, participate in more clubs,contests, and work on improving my line quality, value and color. I hope everyone updates their blogs with their summer work and I'll see all my buddies in a few days!

Here are some of my more favorite sketches from June-August. In May, 90 percent of my drawing were anatomy studies and invented anatomy sketches. So here are some imagination gestures

Experimentive/animatable/nonanimatable Character Drawings

Drawings inspired from Life

Drawings From Life

And some anatomy studies...

To end the post here is an interesting read about a stripper/artist/Art Institute Ft. Lauterdale graduate.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Ringling Last Day: Freshman year

Well Ringling freshman year is over. Second semester definitely picked up especially since I overloaded. I even worked till the last day for traditional animation. Here are my final projects in Communication design, Observational Color,Animation, and Figure. For my final com design project I designed Chinese zodiac animals. Tried to practice my lighting and color. Then in color class we did 1 hour paintings from life. I also have my last 2 walk cycles from animation and 10 pages from my final figure figure portfolio.

Thibodeaux Walk from Kevin Lu on Vimeo.

Heavy Sack walk from Kevin Lu on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

More schoolwork! My naughty mardi-gras flashing character jump animation, observational color still lives, hatching drawing from drawing last semester,and my maze game for communication design.
One day i will post something that is not school work.

Mardi Gras Character Jump from klu on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ringling Spring 01 Week 11

First is a picture of my birthday surprise. I have some of their blogs linked to the side. Be sure to check out their awesomeness! Thanks everyone! Then I have a still life of a loaf of bread. Painting neutral colors was really tough. And finally, are some gestures. 1-10 mins.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ringling Spring 01 Week 10

Last week I had the most amazing spring break. To start it off, I saw Alice in wonderland,rode with 13 people in a truck,went to an arcade,ate chinese food,went to the beach a couple of times, sketch crawled downtown with friends, volunteered at habitat for humanity,got to be on television,and enjoyed the hot tub at someone's apartment. To end the week, Stevie took a group of us out to eat Korean food! I definitely had fun in Florida. This past week has been pretty busy and yesterday was my birthday! Too bad I only got 2 hours of sleep and had classes from 8 am to 6 pm.

I have my TA character design, and an Alice in Wonderland themed digital gray-scale painting. I might add color to the Alice in wonderland painting later in the future.

So here is Thibodeaux (ti-buh-doe) the lizard. He is based off of the goofy archtype and he is from a Cajun Louisianian background. He is friendly, usually cheerful, but a bit slow sometimes when it comes to thinking.I must say, designing my lizard character was really challenging for me. Not only did it have to be simple, it had to be designed to where it could have good poses,silhouettes,look like a lizard, simple and be animatable so i could draw it 200 times. Special thanks to my traditional animation teacher, Gordon, Adam and Stevie for giving me a lot of character designing tips.