Thursday, December 19, 2013

Scribble Contest

Wow,  has it been a while!

Well, brief post; I'm participating in a little fun art competition. In it, I pick a scribble, make a doodle based on it, and submit it. The competition comes from the CCAD Weeklies Blog. Look there for further details!

I chose scribble one:

To me, it looked like a poodle moth, at least a little, so I found reference (source):

And then, of course, I made a stylized drawing based off the provided scribble:

Tada! Quick fun to keep me going over winter break.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sound: trying to animate a Drama Queen

Ah, well, it's time I posted what I worked on for class. I intended to post it earlier, but grocery shopping and scheduling dentist appointments.

In animation class, we were challenged to find a sound clip less than ten seconds long and animate some characters to it, using the body language primarily to illustrate the accents in the speech.

As none of the sound clips provided really fit Benjamin, and I couldn't think of any off-hand, I decided to use Asmodeus in a clip from "The Most Popular Girls in School", the very first episode. I thought it would be fun to animate to something that was much more flamboyant, and, boy, was I right!

Anyways, here is the piece, embedded from Vimeo (for higher quality, as all my previous ones uploaded directly here were very meh)

Roughing to Sound- A Long Story Short from Tara Nester on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

How could I pass up making a post for the day or love? Ridiculous as it is, it's just simple fun to engage in some of this stuff!

So have a picture of Satan and his wife dancing yet again, and looking fancy.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Line of Action Practice

So we once again did sketches of Loony Tunes in animation. I really tried to see what made the poses of the shorts dynamic, what gave the character (Bugs) life and energy:

After warm-ups, the teacher began to critique certain works for the weight project. While he did that, I decided to practice more action-like poses; first with some ballerinas and then a baseball player. I felt like it was good practice to try to emulate the dynamics I'd been striving to copy before, but this time to try to make it on my own:

And, finally, my WIP of the weight-lifting exercise. Here, the character is supposed to pick up something light, then something heavy. Since my character, Benjamin, is a college student, I decided to make him deal with the mountains of books he needs. A lot of his backstory is still undergoing development, but so far he's a med student, which means a lot of heavy books and dictionaries.

First, hee picks up a single book, decides he doesn't need it, and tosses it back down. Then he walks over to his backpack and steels himself to pick it up, knowing all the while that it's extremely heavy:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Times are Changing!

Hello, all! So my blog has had a very simple, clean theme for some time now.

I'm getting a little tired of it.

As such, it's time to introduce something new! While I didn't make or upload any sketches of this, I've been wanting to revisit an old sci-fi themed ide of mine for some time now, and there really is no time like the present.

What in the heck does that have to do with my theme? Why everything! My new theme will be all space inspired, as space really presents such fascinating and fun color combinations that one is hard pressed to find elsewhere. On top of that, to make my blog really to feel more like it belongs wholly to me, my medium of choice will be pixel art.

On that note, it's hard to portray something as foreign and far off as the far reaches of space without reference, right? Well, I did some searching, and found two wonderful sites for inspiration; the oh so obvious NASA and the very vivid Space Palettes. NASA lets people use their images if credit is given, and I'm pretty sure Space Palettes is the same. (There is no terms of use given, but why post palettes otherwise?)

Here are some images I took from each site that I find particularly fascinating:



A lot of the contrast and vibrancy of these images really seem to call to me, and will be a challenge to replicate in pixel art.

Now, on to my concepts; I was thinking something that clearly showed or centered around my fictional planet Crezoa, the capital planet of a large and powerful empire. Sounds vague, but I kept it vague so that I could play with several possibilities.

This first one shows Crezoa to be sort of upper left to the center of the image, looking moon-shaped to indicate how sharply I would shade it, like the bright blue planet above. This one would be fun because fo the harsh light of the planet's sun. I know that the distance between star and planet or even size comparison are not the least bit realistic, but realism wasn't the intent.

Second concept, I have a centered, silhouetted view of Crezoa, with the glow of stars and distant nebuli providing lively and colorful contrast. I'd have to be very careful with this one, or the planet could be lost.

This one shows a view of some mountains on the planets surface, which would be but black shapes cutting into the starry sky above it. I'm considering adding northern ight, which is what the aimless-looking scribbles in the sky would be.

I forgot to add it, but for this one I was thinking Crezoa could actually be a moon to a larger planet, one similar to our own Saturn. This would crete many possibilities for an interesting skyline in my concepts.

These are just very basic sketches to lay out some possibilities for a future banner.  haven't even thought about background yet, or started to narrow down my colors to a more sensible palette; after all, I have a lot to choose from!

I can't wait to fully start this project, a project that's well and truly my own and for myself; classes are great and all, but I miss making art for it's own sake.

Well, anyway, I suppose that's it for now!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Photography, yeah!

So, though I'm not a photo major, I will occasionally be posting my favorite pics from that class up here.

Recently we've been learning the basics in handling the camera, and I took some photos I'm fairly fond of that I'd like to share:

Friday, February 1, 2013

Meet Benjamin!

So, in one of my previous posts, I hinted about not scanning the character designs in my sketchbook.
But now I did! Take a look!

So, who did I chose? I fell in love with contestant number three, Benjamin. Something in the round shapes in his face give him an openness that I like without relying on huge eyes to portray that. He seems like he'd be fun to animate. 

Having made my decision, I made turn-around of him and a break-down of his face:

Monday, January 28, 2013

New Semester and some Sketches

I've been very bad about updating, and I'm sorry about that. From now on, I'll try to post Monday/Wednesday. At the very least, there'll be some sketches up here.

In my animation class, our warm-ups are literally gestures of cartoons, and I'll be posting them here. I also have a few character roughs.

On the sixteenth, we did gestures of people, no cartoons, with a focus on emphasizing line of action and certain characteristics:

Due that day were some character concepts, as we would be using the same character the whole semester. Here's a sampling of what I made (Not including ones from sketchbook yet):

(If you've been here before, you probably recognize the two in the middle; thought it would be a neat exercise to break them down.)

That Monday, I believe we had a demonstration. As such, next image set is from the twenty-third, featuring gestures of Jiminy an Pinocchio from Pinocchio: 

This morning, the twenty-eighth, we did some Loony Tunes. But we spent les time on gestures this morning.

Last Friday, I did a pixel art tutorial at the Animation Student Collective.  I thought I share the sketchy piece I started to clean and the scenery piece I worked on:

And last but not least, sometime in the future I want to redo my blog, as my theme feels generic and under-personalized to me. I want to redo it all in pixel art, as it's become my thing, if you will.

That's all for now, and thanks!