have some process work X’D

now I just have to redraw this general idea but make it less stiff and jumpy. then put stuff like sqaush and stretch in, make the pose more clear silhouette-wise and figure out how to get the character to not look like dumpy ole me because we have a model sheet to adhere to.

I’ve kindof been chasing my own tail for two weeks. i still have no idea what I’m doing and it’s like I have no bloody sense of timing. still so frustrated.

On the plus side I sort of made peace with the reference process thanks to the VLC player - you can slow stuff down and pause things really easily.

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Week 2 Blog - Phones & The Sadz(TM)

(Long post is Long)

College Woes:

It’s week 2 and I’m starting off behind. Like. Fuck, I’m not messing about anymore/ flirting with the line or any of that crap. I’m just straight up into the amber zone.

My main problem with this walk cycle is that I am having a hard time using reference. I look at things and I see them moving, but my mind slides away like a drop of oil on water. So I’m looking, but I’m not really seeing. And then I’ve gone and wasted an hour or three basically doing nothing.

Does anyone else find it hard to filter websites? There is so much fluff that isn’t helpful at all and it’s taking way too long for me to find what I need.

Every time I go to google to look for reference I end up getting hella sidetracked. X’D I am told that having the internet as a resource basically means I have all the tools/everything I need, so why is it that I still feel like I have nothing?

There has got to be a better way! If I figure something out I will tell you, Third Person, in case you are also struggling.

I did the thing where you film yourself walking for reference, but I don’t know how to break it down and make it useful to me. I have a bunch of footage of me being a terrible actor, but now what? X’D

And flash. Oh, flash. I so very nearly have my bunny done, but symbols still just aren’t working for me. I seem to be doing everything right, I’ve started again several times and watched tutorials and been very careful with the way I set things up, and yet certain glitches keep occurring.

Symbols, man. Symbols.

Phone:

I got my phone back from repairs this week and I am glad to say I have set it up just the way I want; some app information did not restore onto the device, but I have my notes saved on the computer so I’m not too pushed because there’s a way to get it back. I’m actually thinking about having a bit of a purge now that the pen is working and I no longer have an excuse not to use the sketch apps.

If you are considering a Galaxy note 3, I will say this. They are ultra sexy and sensitive to your whims. It’s so incredibly responsive it’s like it can read your mind. I have a light touch; my fingers are like greasy butterfly kisses on the screen and I like not having to mash my finger against the surface if I want to press something. After having one, everything else is slow and frustrating. And tiny. And like pecking a bit of dead plastic and hoping something happens.

On the other hand, if you have small hands, which I do, holding the damn thing is a bit awkward and you are want to give yourself awful wrist pain from griping it or trying to use it while lying down. I have this two-hand cradle that I employ so that I don’t dislocate my thumb doing stupid things like, I don’t know, trying to swipe across the screen to get rid of something or trying to reach apps in the top-most corners. (ha) But the screen is so~oo beautiful. And so big. And so very, very nice to read with.

The Sadz(TM) & Wanting Things

This is a part of me and it may not be a part of me that gets along with other parts of me, but I adopt a kind of third-person, sardonic, I’m going to narrate my day-type writing voice and it’s about making light of things I perceive to be sucky. (wow, such elegant language)

I have this thing where I tell myself that I don’t need anyone else, and really it’s to cover up the fact that I’m so terribly needy. Except when I’m not and I really want everyone to go away please, because I need my space.

If you, like me, suffer from a contrary personality, you might understand that feeling when you’re stressed, but you’re not, but you totally are.

SO the short story is that I totally let myself feel overwhelmed again despite the fact that I know it’s okay to be honest with myself and take care of myself and listen to myself - I got bloody worked up and had another implosion.

This same thing (becoming ultra-sensitive and weepy) happened last year but I was lucky because after the first weeks I was thoroughly distracted by all the good things heaped on my undeserving ass.

Lately, the people in my household are all under various levels of ‘SO DONE WITH THIS’ and ‘I CAN’T COPE’. Unwanted, untimely as these feelings are, it’s another opportunity to deal with them and ask myself what I want. What do I want to do?

Well, what I want is not to be judged for what I want. Also, I have to admit that I don’t want things I should want. I just don’t.

I want things like icecream (not really going to change the world) and I want things like cuddles ( kind of hard when you set up barriers with others based on how you perceive yourself rather than what they think of you) and I want to animate fun things that are relevant to me and my interests like kittens and Dean Winchester and men doing sexy things like existing.

So on this episode of the Sadz(TM) I tell myself, and you, random third person, that it’s okay to want things. But it’s also okay to not know what you want.

Sometimes when I say, ‘I don’t know what I want,’ usually it’s because I know what I should want, and I know what other people might want me to want, but what I want privately is the exact opposite of that. So the two things kind of butt heads inside my solar plexus which feels gross.

A far better course of action would be to just let myself think, ‘I know what I want and it isn’t that.’ And then get on with things.

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EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.

but why

Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.



The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.

STILL NOT OKAY

ultrafacts:

aussietory:

third-way-is-best-way:

tuxedoandex:

kvotheunkvothe:

ultrafacts:

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EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.

but why

Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.

The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.

STILL NOT OKAY

(via reborngp)

lord I must have made so many wrong turns trying to get the autodesk maya installer to work. I kept losing the connection, downloaded so many partial/installation files and then couldn’t find the right location for the one that actually worked. Then it worked and I clicked on the wrong installation box and it disappeared…so FINALLY it’s installing now and I don’t know how to clean up my mess without hecking up X’D

Week One Down :D

The best part of this week for me has been settling in at my desk and reconnecting with everyone. I am developing a little traffic-light system to show when I don’t want to be disturbed when I’m concentrating and for when I’m getting into a muddle but I’m hesitant to ask for help. Two things that could make or break the year….

This week we’re starting back on walk cycles using the same model sheet of last year- the dad from Family Dog but this time we’re starting to add some performance to our walks.

I brainstormed some emotional scenarios rather than just trying to think, ‘happy!’ or ‘sad…’. Then I played with some poses to get used to drawing the character again.

So far so good, right? But I’m finding this walk tricky to approach for a couple of reasons. Last year I spent a lot of time drawing and redrawing my keys (contact, down, pas-pos, contact…) because my drawings were too stiff and I just wasn’t getting the motion right. My brain goes all overly ambitious and crazy so I’ll have a normal contact, a normal down, and then suddenly for the pass I’ll do something fucking crazy that is very unappealing and ruins everything and I have to start again.

Another issue is timing. When I go straight ahead with something I get a nice movement but then I don’t know how to inbetween it to keep that nice motion.

I’ve started surreptitiously people watching again, but it feels really weird when you make accidental eye-contact. Everything your body does is a communication and so sometimes I wish I was invisible so I could be a purely observatory creature and not have to worry about shyness or self-consciousness when I’m looking at people. It would make things easier. X’D

I’m currently nesting in the studio; gradually bringing in books and materials. I love, love the space this year. There’s a snazzy open plan which I shall take pictures of once I get my phone back from repairs. The one I am using temporarily is quite vexing. It’s a cute little thing, but vexing.

Lately I’ve been feeling gratitude toward first year and the wonderful experiences I had. At the time I was busy freaking out, but now I feel I kind of melancholy when I think about how special and unique that time was and how I wish I could go back and revisit some of it.

I’m currently looking for podcasts and things to play while I work so if anyone has any suggestions, that would be great. Nothing too intensive; I quite like putting Night Vale on in the background because I don’t have to concentrate on all the words. Cecil Baldwin’s got a hypnotic voice. I also like the animation podcast for much the same reason with the bonus that I get to reaffirm how cool animation is :P

There’s a balance to hit because I need to be able to concentrate but my mind wanders far too much when it’s silent.

So that’s what I’m up to.

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I promise I won’t keep reblogging stuff to this art account but I found some really cool stuff lately :) There should be new art soon. College starts back on Monday O3O