I've been looking around sketchbooks and have been inspired to start my own - now!
Having been long inspired by the animations and stories of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, Pendleton Ward, Julia Pott and Satoshi Kon, I am learning to animate (primarily hand-drawn animation). I'm taking baby steps from the bottom and I'm creating this sketchbook to commit myself to it - through the best and worst days. I will draw at least one sketch every day, and an animation exercise on the weekends. I will post everything that I do - most of which will probably look horrendous and crappy but hopefully I'll improve day after day. I have no formal training in animation but I'm a film major (with no animation classes, sadly) and I'm currently attending a basic animation class offered by a local animation studio. I will focus on the act of creating characters and animations, and I believe that the first and most important step in doing so is by learning to draw well. I welcome any encouragement, critique, or any morsel of wisdom about drawing and animation that you are willing to share. You can leave it here in the threads or shoot me an email.
Here we go!
I animated this yesterday. It's my first time to animate a walk and it took me a long time - but I learned a lot and I'm looking forward to doing more walks. This one here is a bit wonky notably on the arms - I'll be fixing that later today.
This time we were asked to create our own character. The first character I drew was the small old man down there, but I changed it into a girl since I want to learn how to animate a normal human form first. Then we headed to creating expressions, poses and gestures, and applying the poses to the characters we've made. (The poses drawn in red were by the instructor) I came up with a lot of expressions but I found it hard to apply it to the character. And hands! I'm still so weak with hands.
Thanks sjmarshy! I've fixed up the walk cycle and it's better now. I'll try to upload it tomorrow if I don't have any big assignment from class.
Here are my gesture drawings from today, most were done in 30 seconds and some in a minute - I lost track of it as I was literally throwing the papers around the floor upon finishing the gestures. Aside from the gestures are some sketches of a character I was trying to come up with, and a quick sketch from a reference picture of a Shaolin monk I saw here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho....php?p=1819973
I'm having a really hard time doing drawings in perspective. I must study and practice it more. After animation class - which is going to end next week - I'm going to read these to supplement to actually drawing things in perspective: Perspective Made Easy by Ernest Norling and http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/tech10.html
My dad got confined at the hospital and I visited him today. These are sketches while I was with my dad at the Emergency Room. You can see I did his left hand over and over again. Then, I did some gesture drawings when I came home, 30 seconds each (references are from http://www.lovecastle.org/draw/).