Monday, February 3, 2014

Finally, some Animation!!

Finally, having been 4 weeks back in to officially starting my concentrated animation stream, I have something worthy to share! Whoop whoop!

All the other exercises we have been doing have been okay, nothing where I have been able to finish refining or polishing that is (or rather, nothing I have been positively pleased enough about to fix).

But lately we have been moving away from our faceless rig and been starting to work with expressions and gestures. So, here's one of the exercises I did where we practised showing a range of emotions within a certain scenario.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Storyboards, storyboards.

The past two weeks have been very hectic and very fast paced. I haven't even had time to sit and finish my commission which I am trying not to delay too much. But with so much story boarding practice going on, I've been forced to push all other things aside until my one week holiday.

Here are some of the things that I've been up to!

My first attempt and a rather comical one. Very roughly done.

Second attempt following a basic script. More refined line work.

I swear, I have not done this much story boarding in my life, and to be completely honest, I've never really forced myself to try until now. One of the great things about study is that it forces you to do the things you tend to avoid and this has been one of the cases. I've always doubted my ability to story board, shying away from job opportunities that involved it because of the potential pressure it may involve. However, I've come to realize it as a great skill set to have and that (thankfully) I adore the process of it! It really is making a career in Animation that much more appealing!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A little Inspiration...

Princess Seppuku © Karl Wills
As a note, I'd like to share the work of my pre-pro tutor, Karl Wills, NZ Illustrator, Storyboard and Comic Book Artist. His work is great, his style somewhat reminding me of old school comic book strips. Check his stuff out here and like him here!

Hitting the digital pen, literally.

Well, it was fun while it lasted but my 3 month holiday has finally come to an end. I'd like to say that it was a very productive one at that but I'd be dead lying. But now that I'm three weeks back into my new school year, productiveness is key!

This week has been utterly fast paced and exciting, our class being now onto the subject I have been yearning to start! Since I come from an illustrative background, and that my interests' lay in characters and character design, Pre-Production has naturally been of great interest to me, and has been a goal of which field I wish to partly work in.

At the very beginning I knew what my weaknesses were; composition, perspective and environments being things I tend to avoid. The task of all these things put together scare me and has been mainly the reason why my work ranges quite limitedly within characters on a white background.
In respect to environments, I think the main reason is the fact that it needs perspective, and that has always been something of a task for me, one that I seldom get right. It is this weakness that is making learning so much more exciting and motivating. The fact that I have to face these things is allowing me to step outside of my usual comfort zone. Scary, but bring it on!

I thought it would be a good time to share what I have been up to in pre-pro this week. Although not particularly complete or well done by any means, it is however related to my field and what this whole blog is about. Animation and characters.

First up, Composition. I love composition, and I'm still learning about it every time I draw. This lesson was about placement and what makes a dynamic composition. Of course I picked something heroic when it came to our daily formative, and my all time favourite has always been Pixar's 2004 film, The Incredibles.

The Incredibles © Pixar
Secondly, (and my most favourite), Character design. My absolute love! Thumbnails, silhouette and development.

© 2013 Elayne Chan

 Re-creation and re-inventing was also part of the fun! And isn't that always the case with nursery rhymes?
Mary Had a Little Lamb © 2013 Elayne Chan
The daily formative was taking re-invention to the next step! Naturally, Sailor Moon was my choice of character.
Thumbnails © 2013 Elayne Chan
And the finished product...
Image © 2013 Elayne Chan
...Modern Savior Bunny Moon!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

"The Years"

Character creation and development is the most important part when creating a story. And it is the most exciting and fun for me.

© 2013 Elayne Chan
Here is a quick conceptual 'timeline' of the main character for my short film that I am concocting. Still very rough and not finalized as I just wanted to explore the certain years of her life and set a possible look for her. Style is also possibly to change.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

And Here We Go...

As I begin these first steps into creating my own world, I am blogging with excited yet anxious enthusiasm. Having just completed my first year of 3D animation, I am pretty optimistic to try my hand in finally bringing to life all the ideas that have been bubbling inside my head.

Having come from an illustrative back ground, the transition into digital media was a huge leap, especially with media based tools (besides Photoshop and the like). It has definitely been a struggle, yet a very enjoyable one and although I have still so much more to learn (two years worth more), I am using whatever time I have to really produce something great and something which I can hopefully finish and show in the near future.
© 2013 Elayne Chan
But for now, I am still at the very start of my process so, as an opening to "TheYellowLightbulb Studio", I give you a very quick and early concept sketch to a very premature idea. The 1950's, a beautiful woman and possibly Hollywood.