Category Archives: Grad School

Daily life drawing. Days 1 through 3.

A post shared by John Hill (@john.t.hill) on Jan 1, 2018 at 2:00pm PST Another night of life drawing, right before bed, this time.. #sketchbook #sketches #lifedrawing #day02 A post shared by John Hill (@john.t.hill) on Jan 2, 2018 at … Continue reading

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Recent fun art and fan art.

Some recent digital painting, marker work and general original / fan art I’ve done recently. Continue reading

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Several big updates over at Hipposterous….

my courses have shifted gears towards thesis work exclusively this semester, so I’m just reblogging here so those of you who have not yet followed along over at Hipposterous or the Hipposterous tumblr are aware that I’m still producing. Alive … Continue reading

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Effects Week 10: Explosion

This could have a bit more flourish, some more emphasis on the initial “bang” and the ring of smoke that emits could curl downward and show a bit more interesting direction. Obviously, the next step would be to incorporate some … Continue reading

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Effects Week 9: Splash

This is actually the first rough practice for some of the brief water effects that are going to be in my thesis film. General notes on this very rushed assignment was to spend more time on the follow through. A … Continue reading

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Effects Week 8: Vortex

I chose a whirlpool / tornado via magical transformation for this effect idea. General notes were to add a bit of a follow-up wisps, kind of plus up the end (that’s a common kind of note this semester, but I … Continue reading

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Effects Week 7: Lightning / Electricity

Major notes were that the held frame was too long, which is true. A suggestion that the lightning should arc straight to the figure, and not have that frame where it is half way there (I totally agree) and that … Continue reading

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Effects Week 6: Billowing Smoke

General notes here were to simplify details and then to add a bit more design to the overall shape of the plume, so it is not so “straight funnel” shaped. In addition, as the lines would become simplified, there would … Continue reading

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Effects Week 5; Whispy Smoke

Intro to Effects: Week 5 Whispy Smoke from John T Hill on Vimeo. General feedback was that this was good, good shapes, very imaginative, but that another round of inbetweens for the whole lot would slow it down and make … Continue reading

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Effects; Week 4 (Wave Principle)

Rather than do another flag or something similar, I wanted to challenge myself with a much more complex shape, but also push it as cartoony as I could. The whole time I was working on this I kept thinking “Totoro, … Continue reading

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Effects; Week 3 (Raging Fire).

It didn’t turn out as nicely as I had hoped, but it was a ton of work to try and get done in a single week (week translates into about 12 -16 hours tops, considering my other classes, tasks, Hipposterous, … Continue reading

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Effects; Week 2

It’s always important to start with reference, regardless of what you’re animating. This is my sister, and I shot several takes on my phone. This footage has been compressed down a lot from the HD quality footage I looked at. … Continue reading

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The master and his craft…..

Big things on the horizon for this semester. However, being the first week, here’s a little throw away pencil test, assigned to test out our equipment so the instructor could feel confident we were all ready to move forward. This … Continue reading

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Daily third place?

Ha ha ha ha. How odd to have come full circle after more than a decade. While in college I was submitting short flash animations and winning third and fourth in the daily awards at Newgrounds, and now, after animating … Continue reading

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Don’t Invite Wolfman to Tea

Don’t Invite Wolfman to Tea from John T Hill on Vimeo. For those of you who want to see a more retro / edited version. This was a final in a Flash class. Limited animation, limited assets. If you like … Continue reading

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Submitted a recent final to Newgrounds.

An exercise in limited animation with limited assets, this is the final I did for a Flash course I just wrapped up this summer. All of these assets were created in Illustrator, so that was a learning experience and challenge. … Continue reading

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Warewelf….

I started a tradition my first semester of trying to work a Dracula and a Wolfman into at least one assignment every semester. Sometimes, I’ve missed it, but I generally squeeze one or the other in somewhere.

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Summer Semester 2013: The New Hotness.

So, I’m taking a GLA (think Gen ED, but fancier) this semester, so not a lot of artwork coming out of there. I am also taking a Flash course (ANM 628 Fundamentals of Digital Animation), which is pretty weird, since … Continue reading

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Gun Play Animatic (A live action storyboard for Advanced Storyboarding AAU, Grad School)

And here is the animatic version of the previous storyboard I posted. The synopsis is restated once more beneath the clip. Notes were that a few sequences could use more time. When he gets on the bike and rides after … Continue reading

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Gun Play: A live action storyboard (Week 8-10)

We had to come up with a live action feature synopsis, and this is an idea that popped into my head during a faculty development seminar on safety, I have no names or anything, it’s a really rough undefined idea. … Continue reading

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Week 9 and 10 Sketches

Gotta get back into swing. Finish strong in these last five weeks.

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Hot Fat Ninja Chick with Robot Arm.

Did you know that I was in a webcomic competition a long time ago? I was one of the sad saps suckered into the Daily Grind Webcomic Ironman Thingy Competition Thing. We were promised fame, fortune, and life long camaraderie. (We weren’t … Continue reading

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Gesture Studies: Week 5 to Week 8.

Sketching has slowed as more straight storyboarding has increased. However, here are the assigned sketches for Week 5: Action analysis My father in law hands a box to my nephew (we’re moving) A drunken Minn Wild fan (also, coincidentally, a … Continue reading

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Classic film study: Maltese Falcon

Here is a scene from the classic film noir The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre. I chose the sequence where Sam Spade (Bogart) loses a young inexperienced heavy that has been clumsily following him. It’s Chapter 8 on … Continue reading

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Final revisions to the Harris Burdick storyboards.

I got all A’s on this mofo. Aaaawwww yeah. Harris Burdick Storyboard Assignment Revision II by John Hill Harris Burdick Storyboard Assignment Revision II w dialog by John Hill

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The divine magnet at work.

This past week my Preproduction assignment and my sketching for Advanced Storyboarding coincided. So here are some gestures taken from a hippo video I took @ the San Diego Zoo, some years back, and then a couple from my hippo … Continue reading

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Gesture Drawings week 3.

Another trip to Opry Mills.

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Gesture Drawings week 2.

I did these at the Preds vs Ducks game. Definitely my favorite of the first three weeks work.

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cont. Gesture Drawings week 1

And these are the ones I did at Centennial Park and Opry Mills.

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Gesture drawings from Week 1.

Five pages of “from life” gesture drawing is a welcome requirement in our Advanced Storyboarding course. My drawing skills had really started to atrophy. And even with a course like Character Design I found it really difficult to start drawing … Continue reading

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Harris Burdick Advanced Storyboarding Assignment: Revision 1

The instructor gave me some specific notes, but in general this pass was just punching up some additional background details, clarifying some backgrounds and actions during the fight, and then I also elaborated the fight a bit more, to add … Continue reading

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Harris Burdick Advanced Storyboarding Assignment: Rough V1

Our assignment for the next three weeks is to storyboard a short sequence from a longer story of our own creation. The story we are creating hinges on the Chris Van Allsburg Illustration book “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick”. If … Continue reading

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Grad School Semester Six: Semester Harder!

I’m taking two courses this time: Preproduction, which is a course that prepares us for our thesis pitch. They call the thesis pitch “Midpoint Review”, which is just a fancy way of saying “convince us you have an idea for … Continue reading

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Summer Semester, final update.

With just a few days left before the Winter Semester begins, I’m going to just throw out these remaining drawings that constituted my final in character design. I got a B on the final assignment. I was greatly disappointed to … Continue reading

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Grad School Fall 2012 wrap up: Post 3.

Here was the final assignment in Layout. The final visual assignment. There were some “animated” camera moves over previous layouts we did (Not going to post those, though they were good and got high marks, but are boring and bandwidth … Continue reading

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Grad School Fall 2012 wrap up: Post 1.

Week 13 of the 15 Week semester, and as far as I’m concerned, kind of where the wheels fell off. This is the first in a short series of posts (3 probably) documenting the last few assignments of last semester. Multiple … Continue reading

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I’m ready for this semester to be over.

Different style concepts for Character Design course, all of my detective character, Fred Farroway. In a Mignola, Madureira, and Juanjo Guarnido. Instructor gave me a B+ on the colored version. Heralded my clothes and proportions, etc, but said she couldn’t figure out … Continue reading

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Grad School: Fan Art addition.

This week’s assignment was to pick three artist or style genres (out of like, nine possible) and to design some characters emulating their style. A lot of students created a different character for each style, whereas I picked a character … Continue reading

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Grad School Week 10: Character Design, Non-stereotypical hero.

B+ here as well, but there were no drawover notes. The major criticism is that this version of Fred Farroway (the retired super hero turned detective from the Graphic Novel my wife and I think we’re writing) is that he … Continue reading

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Grad School Week 9: Layout, Take Concept to layout.

B+ on this one. Major notes were on the drawover below, good notes as well. Obviously, everything is seperated into layers for depth, organization, etc. All in a big .psd. Based on the concept from the previous week.  

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Grad School Week 8: Layout, Develop a Concept, Jungle

We were given 8 or so simple prompts to inspire us for a small 5FLD concept sketch. That’s a pretty small layout drawing, which was good, because concepts should be small. We did thumbs and then larger thumbs and then … Continue reading

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Hippo.

  This is probably (barring any unforeseen calamity) one of the two primary characters in my thesis project. She’ll have wings, and she’s actually quite tiny, smaller than a real pygmy hippo, for that project, but I just wanted to … Continue reading

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Double Wattled Cassowary Greaser…

Week 8 was all about animal caricatures. We could pick from dogs (and I guess cats, cause some students did cats, though they weren’t on the list), aquatic animals (of any kind apparently), flying animals, small rodents, and reptiles. I … Continue reading

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Character Design: Week 6 and Week 7.

Week 6 we drew portraits. Well, head studies I guess, but when you only draw one or two heads and you shade them and focus on likenesses it’s a portrait to me. I was really down on this assignment. Didn’t … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween 2012.

Here are some layout thumbnails, practicing different design principles. I self imposed a Halloween / Universal Monsters theme on mine, because otherwise I was a little too bored to come up with anything I wanted to draw. Here you’ll see … Continue reading

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Character Design, Week 5.

As much as I appreciate life drawing, and it’s importance, I expected to get into “character design” a bit earlier in my graduate school level character design course. Week 4’s assignment felt like we were on that track, and week … Continue reading

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Grad School: Layout “Old West Town”

Most of the course (we’re in week 5 now) has been spent going over technical skills, like creating graticules and field guides from scratch, producing technical and free hand perspective grids, etc. This is our first real layout assignment, and … Continue reading

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Character Design Week 4.

Meh. I don’t know. I felt good about this assignment, because I enjoy the idea of this kind of assignment.We were required to stay very close to the original shapes, which is interesting, but I really wanted to go more … Continue reading

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Something witty, something you like….

Week 3 of Grad School is upon me, in that it just finished, and I’m starting week 4. I also have teaching starting again tomorrow morning, and I’m still in the middle of that never ending job I can’t talk … Continue reading

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Traditional Animation 2 Final: Daffy Duck and Yosemite Sam.

I had been waiting on a final, thorough review of this before I posted it, but I haven’t yet received it. I have gotten a grade (A), and I can tell you some of the ongoing notes the instructor and … Continue reading

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A tale of pygmy flying hippos…

or a storyboard final based loosely on the loose idea I have kicking around for a thesis. Character designs not finalized. Below you have my rough presentation sketches, presentation board pitches, presentation board revisions with color, production board first pitch and revised … Continue reading

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The Drug Deal: A live action storyboard exercise.

I’m notoriously bad about marking up my storyboards with dialog, shot descriptions, and notes. Notorious in that I don’t ever do it. So the script we were provided is below: FADE IN: INT. SUBWAY TUNNEL — NIGHT ZIPPY, 22, leans … Continue reading

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Final Batman Storyboard

Here is the final version of the Batman storyboards. I got an A on this revised version. Feel free to let me know which versions you like best.

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Dunna-Dunna-Dunna-Dunna-Dunna-

…Batman storyboards! Way back when I was in highschool, or in college getting my BFA, this was kind of a dream job for me. A lot of other people were into “teh animes” and Toonami and all that, but I was really … Continue reading

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Heavy Lifting…

Here is a project that was spread over three weeks, and was pretty hectic. There was a lot of action before, where the character walks in and sets up the scene. It was quickly eliminated because the instructor and I … Continue reading

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Quick little storyboard….

Another smaller storyboard exercise. We’ve finally started working from scripts, but this is from an assignment just before then. The premise was “Two characters are traveling down a road or path and something falls from the sky. You must use … Continue reading

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The. Thick. Of. It.

So busy lately. Sleep deprivation. Mood swings. Exhaustion. Poor diet. I found myself weaping profusely at 2am one night, watching some rap video on youtube, scrawling grad school assignments that I’m dreadfully lucky are all seeming to work out. That’s not … Continue reading

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Revisions and additions: Goose Sneak and Zip Out Edition

So this was two assignments combined, and will probably be the only one I do in color this semester. It’s too time consuming, and the benefits are nill when you have to rush the ink and color. Plus, I like … Continue reading

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Standing from sit, walking from stand…

There are two versions of this, mainly just so I can show it to students as an example of coming up with something, not testing it appropriately, and then realizing when you’re done that it’s kind of garbagey. The first … Continue reading

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Storyboarding Exercise….

I know, this blog has become a real window to the soul huh? This is an exercise I am definitely going to steal for my students. I’ve thought about a similar one before, if not for the simple exercise of … Continue reading

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Critique! Improvements! Animation! Joy!

I rushed back to the studio to add two frames, and a little tie follow through to my project before the deadline midnight tonight. The frames were suggested by the teacher, he totally agreed that the standing after the antic … Continue reading

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Hhhrrrmmpphhhffttt…

Week 1 in Traditional Animation II consisted of doing a character design and a five point turn. I got a B. I’m not entirely sure why, but that’s okay. It is definitely B work. You can see that I messed around … Continue reading

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Sometimes, I update…

and sometimes you read it. So I’m in Storyboarding and Traditional Animation II this quarter in Grad School. It’s a little weird, because unbeknownst to everyone else involved, I am teaching a storyboarding course simultaneously. So far I am a little … Continue reading

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An animation with love and kisses.

This is my final for Grad Level Traditional Animation 1 at the Academy of Art University. There are some timing and spacing things I would like to adjust, I just want the acting to be more subtle, but that is something I … Continue reading

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Hey guys, they are some drawings.

So here is my final for Drawing from Imagination, and the constructions, cause you know, students might see this. There are of course, a ton more bits of construction, but that would look like a mess to show you. I … Continue reading

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Cthulhu and the half-naked unwilling sacrifice.

Luckily it’s a light week of Grad School, and we had the big fat holiday, but I’m going to start next week more exhausted then I left the last one. I’m spent, and my body seems to think it can … Continue reading

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Final Project Animatic…

Going ahead and putting this up so I can discuss it with the students in my 2D Animation Principles course. Not sure what the grade will be on it (turned it in with 15 minutes to spare on the deadline), … Continue reading

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My brains is broken from drawerings.

I have until midnight Pacific time to finish a storyboard / animatic for class. I predict a late submission. I’m going to space out a couple of art posts here, so that it feels like I have a vibrant and … Continue reading

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Hippo Walk Cycle…

This one hasn’t been graded yet. I just finished it. Well, I finished it a few hours ago really, but some technical problems in trying to assemble this presentation version held things up. It’s not perfect, but I had a … Continue reading

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I want to win, I just want to win…

There comes a time in every man’s life when he takes that Illustration course he’s not really enjoying much by the throat and squeezes it real hard in his hands till the “A-” pops out and writhes on the floor. … Continue reading

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3/4 Double Bounce Walk

This week I had to produce a 3/4 front view walk cycle. It’s something I’ve had to do once or twice professionally, but it’s not that common to see in the Flash / mid-budget TV, Video Game, Interactive animation world. … Continue reading

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Naked woman stabs crazed naked man…

I’m really trying to entice the search engines with that title. This was last week’s Illustration class assignment. I will be putting clothes on them, and then putting them in an environment over the next two weeks. I’ve actually already … Continue reading

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Rough Double Bounce Walk

I’ve always been intimidated by the double bounce walk. It has a lot to do with a general lack of understanding. I’ve attempted them a couple of times, and done a few professionally, but I’ve always just dove right in … Continue reading

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Naked people @ weird angles.

3 figures in different perspectives (reclinig 2pt, sitting 3pt, walking 2pt vertical). We were allowed to use photographs for anatomy reference, but not allowed to draw from actual poses. I used more reference on the 2pt reclining then the others, … Continue reading

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Cartoon Takes….

I’m a big fan of takes. Especially the takes of Tex Avery and Bob Clampett. In my professional life I have done a few takes, but frankly a take in Flash for the kind of productions I’ve worked on, and … Continue reading

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Interesting exercise…

            not particularly pleased with the grade, but we can have a longer, more personal discussion about my impressions of the course at a later date. Yes? The assignment itself was very interesting. Take photographic … Continue reading

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I Slept on it…

After some further thought, I think I need to clarify some things about the last post and the grad school submission attached. It’s not a terrible bit of animation. It’s just trying to do too much in too litle time. … Continue reading

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Acting: How not to do it.

Note to self: When the assignment asks for a short performance where a character goes through THREE pose / emotions, do not lose your brain and do something like an idiot. An important lesson you hear a lot in schools, … Continue reading

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Curvy Princess (<--- should get some search hits, right?)

Last week the lesson in Traditional Animation was mastering the timing for a stagger. I envisioned a little storytelling scene with a nontraditional princess prying open the jaws of a huge slain dragon, freeing her cowering and pathetic Prince Charming … Continue reading

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Week 5: 1/3 of the way.

I’ve got a stagger demonstration animation I’m pretty excited about, but he gave me some minor timing tweaks that I want to implement before I put it up. Here’s another perspective monstrosity.

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Who dat smooth operator knocking down dem’ Traditional Animation A’s?

It’s me baby. This first one got some timing notes, but I haven’t had a chance to revise it. It still merited the A. Unfortunately, it was pretty difficult. Our assignment was to do two head turns. One in full … Continue reading

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All B’s.

So I’ve finally gotten up to date grades from my Drawing from Imagination course, including the assignment that was due last night. The shading quality (visually, level of contrast, interest, etc.) on this is mediocre at best, but the shading … Continue reading

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One more week off, and then it’s back to teaching…

The time off from teaching has not been nearly as fruitful and relaxing as I had hoped. The “perspective” course I’m taking in Grad School is incredibly time-consuming. Both courses are challenging, but I don’t find myself feeling as rewarded … Continue reading

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A cannon ball, and a balloon…

I’m familiar with the concepts behind both of these, but it was nice to sit down and work my way through them, revising and tweaking until I really got what I, and my instructor, wanted. I may come back and … Continue reading

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Grad School Semester 2: Week 1

Geeze, what a week. So I’m taking two courses, and so far, one of them is already busting my ass. Try to guess which one. Drawing from Imagination: Our instructor was (that’s important for later) an established comic book and … Continue reading

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Final Assignments: First Semester of Grad School.

First: The Final Drawing and References: I took a ton more photos than this. It was actually really fun doing this shoot, which has gotten me thinking about trying to start a local Drawing Club, but I really don’t have … Continue reading

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A little extra credit experiment…

Based on a common Paris Hilton photograph. Use Google Image search if you’re that interested. This one was about understanding how to make your model look the way you want them to look, even if they don’t. So I made … Continue reading

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Emphasis on hands and face to tell a story.

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Two figure composition: Telling a story…

Originally I was going to have a friend pose for at least one of the characters in this, but the plan fell through. I had some thumbnails with a woman, but I pretty much had this idea from the start … Continue reading

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Self Portraits.

Not bad, not bad. Really cut it close on the deadline this time. Big research paper was due, held me up quite a bit.

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Foreshortening Extreme!

I’m pretty impressed with both of these, which is saying a lot considering how little sleep I’ve had.

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Fairy Study, Folds emphasis.

These were all completed yesterday. My wife was a real trooper (though I think she enjoyed it quite a bit) for letting me dress her up in silly outfits and take her photo / draw her. The first one is … Continue reading

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Class is focusing on value now…

Spent the evening drawing my lovely wife. Really like how all this turned out, from the roughs to the finished ones.

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I drew the hell out of some feets and hands.

Feet, feety feety feety feet! (Also hands and shoes)

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Things are going smoothly with classes so far.

… but I start teaching again tomorrow. We’ll see how well I juggle this schedule. Here are some drawings I did in my sketchbook during Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro yesterday, and then some ear and head studies for … Continue reading

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Weak Post…

           

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Broke through the “A” hole…

Finally got an A on one of the Clothed Figure Drawing assignments. A- on the one of my friend in the luchadore mask.

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Happy Fourth every one…

Spent the morning watching Tex Avery cartoons (and other MGM work) in bed with my wife and son. For my History of Cartoons class, though we do that kind of thing sometimes anyway. Spent last night on some drawings for … Continue reading

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Grad School Update #1

Buh! I had hoped to be updating on a much regular basis, but things have been remarkably busy during the first week and a half of the three week break from teaching. Grad school is in full swing, and because it’s … Continue reading

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