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    The road to animation

    Well, the other day I was doodling and an idea assaulted me:

    "Hey, I suck at color, but I am not too bad getting gestures and poses". Then it stroke me: Animator. I must have been born not a fine artist, not a colourist, maybe a draftsman, but quite close to an animator.

    So, I decided to embark myself in this trip. I have signed for some art classes (starting on September), and started to fill some pages with doodles.

    I will try to show my progress here, so these are the first results (I hope I can laugh at them in some months on):
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    Some children characters for an idea I have for a music video...

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    And a small test with TVPaint Animation (looks like a nice program, but I haven't made my mind about which one to buy):

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    31/7/8

    Yesterday's exercise. Well, in fact I did many more, but not worthy taking a look...
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    Some 3 sec. sketches made in my pad at the beach... It is funny how entertaining these sketches are, though they have to be made really quick as everyone is moving constantly. Now I always carry one of these small notebooks with me.
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    hmm
    it would look a little odd in your portfolio
    line drawing
    line drawing
    line drawing
    line drawing
    line drawing
    line drawing
    line drawing
    line drawing
    line drawing
    line drawing
    etc

    i dont think you should give up on colour, animation companys will be looking for a diverse range of medias and drawings, so they see that you can do it all if need be
    other than that, you have line drawings down to a tee, now colour! XD
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    Thanks iheartmyself, you are right. In these first steps I was just trying to improve a bit observation+anatomy+movement. Maybe it is because I suck at colour that I am afraid of showing my colour stuff. But, again, you are right, I don't have to let the other parts of art slip away.

    Well, some more line art, some random stuff, Bridgman's sketches, and more character testing for the musical video. I'll try to complete the character sheet (in colour) with these last ones.

    Cheers!
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    Well, this weekend I have spent most of it copying the poses from Bridgeman's anatomy book (boy, it is really hard to follow his style and knowledge). Sometimes I felt like I didn't know what I was doing, just copying, but slowly some things started to fall in place: the ribs cage, the pelvis, the connection of the legs... I hope I will be able to learn a bit from this book. Well, in any case the 10 sheets I have covered are not worth of showing...though maybe I should also show all the crap I produce.

    Another book I have nearly finished is Shamus Culhane "Animation: from script to screen" which covers all the animation production process, but which lacks (in my humble opinion) of some deepness in how animation is really made. I guess it is made for people who already are in the industry, or at least know part of the process and want to know a bit about other parts of it.

    I have also started a portrait of my son in pencils and tempera. I am not able to put the mouth correctly, so I started to shade a bit all around, and I have a first stage nearly completed, except for the mouth. Now I must finish that @#~@ mouth, and begin to apply shadows correctly, and at last some tempera at some parts...
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    I decided to start a small picture to test a couple of things:

    * Loomis' "patterns guide on composition"
    * Bridgeman's lessons so far.

    Just the first stages of this picture. I will finish it along the week.
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    Not bad! The gestures are nice and lively.
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    BubbaGump: Thanks!

    Some quick clouds to be retouched later, and a change in the gesture, as I don't like that arm... Later more.
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    Well, some more Bridgeman's sketches for the sketches grave (aka as trash bin), and some more composition touches for the Charge picture...
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    Some more Bridgman's sketches. I think I start to understand what he tried to teach, though not too many explanations are given in his book, just pictures.

    And I retouched the clouds of the current picture. I will try to go on with my son's portrait later...
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    I couldn't work the mouth out! I'll call it done after struggling with the mouth with 60+ times...
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    I am at page 54 of Bridgman's book. At 6 pages daily of copying his sketches, I will be finished around the end of September. Well, I hope I will get something of so much time inverted.

    The charge pic: the grass is made, and started the helmet; I go really slow, but there are so many things to do at the same time: some animations to test my movement knowledge, reading books, etc... and of course "real world" work.
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