Archive for November, 2008

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Appleseed

November 21, 2008

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Now I started to come away from the mainstream anime such as Bleach and Naruto for about a year now, and its really opened my eyes to a lot of other anime’s out there, I have watched them before, but Ive begun to appreciate them more than I should of done.

Appleseed is a classic that everyone should watch at least once, especially if you are an animator anyway. Its a film that was written by Haruka Handa and Tsutomu Kamishiro, and directed by Shinji Aramaki. Its the first out of the two movies, the second being called Appleseed EX Machina, and all the characters are based on the manga series characters originally created by Masamune Shirow the all time creator and father to the Ghost in The Shell series.

If you like CG and the anime style then you should definatly consider watching this as its a great film. Again if theres not a copy available in the library then just ask me for my copy to borrow.

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Versus

November 21, 2008

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I’m quite into Asian film so I could go on forever and list some really good movies but, Im just going to pick a few of the ones I really like. I watched Versus for the first time about a year ago and thought it was a great film. Versus was written by Ryuhei Kitamura and released in 2000, its classed as a Japanese action/horror film. The things I really liked about it was because it was different. The story was different, the characters had a wide mixture of personalities and the scene is very unlikely.

I think there is also a wide variety of camera shots and motions used so If your interested in that you should definitely take a look to see what I mean. I don’t want to say too much just to not give it away but, if your into both Asian cinema/martial arts then you should definitely take a look into it. Its kind of hard to get a decent cheap copy today, I had to go up to HMV in London Piccadilly to get mine after ordering it from them and never getting a copy, so if you want to take a look just ask to borrow it from me, though I thing the library has a copy on VHS.

Theres no good quality youtube links to the trailer so heres the one on IMDB http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi199295257/

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Character Design – Life Drawings

November 21, 2008

Here a few drawings from life drawing. These are just a basic few but the idea was to try an capture motion within the drawing itself, it helps animate because thats what the animator has to convey. I found it quite hard not having done a lot of life drawing in the past but I feel it something I should definiatly focus on a lot more.

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Drawings – Locations and Pinecones – Storyboards

November 21, 2008

These are a few sketches from my drawing sessions where I was asked to go outside and start drawing different things framed. These where helped to create the idea’s and principles of a storyboard. After that we where then asked to put the frames in a sort of order that could tell a story board if it had been in a storyboard.

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Characters Studies Continued – Silhouettes

November 21, 2008

This was an excersise we were asked to do with I though was quite useful, I think it helped focus less on detail and more on getting the rough outline right to make it proportional to the amount of space the character took up. I was asked to put my character specifically into different situations doing different things.

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Characters Studies

November 21, 2008

Here are abstract forms of certian thing, like for instance you can see the top left one is a human and directly blow that is a monkey. These are the ideas of shapes I came up with to represent these thing. It was quite a interesting excersise and I think the idea of it was to inspire creativity.

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Here these are going about the same ideas, but instead they’re characterised by a certain situation.

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The Star & Chain – Text

November 21, 2008

Heres a typed copy of the text I am working on for this project,

Star and Chain

In 1961, during a visit to Provincetown, Massachusetts, I
bought a hand-crafted one-of-a-kind Star of David on a
chain. I wore it all the time. In 1981 the chain broke while I
was swimming in the ocean off Atlantic city, and I lost it in
the surf. In 1991, during Christmas vacation, my fifteen-year-
old son and I were poking around in an antique shop in Lake
Placid, New York, when a piece of jewelery caught his eye. He
called me over to take a look. It was the Star of David that
had been swallowed up by the ocean ten years before.

Steve Lacheen, Philadelphia Pennsylvania

I feel its quite a heartfelt piece which even though written like a story, has all the meaning of a poem included in it as well. Some bits are almost a little too bit vague on the details but its a nice little story because you can kind of relate to it in a way, if not exactly then emotionally at least you had those feelings.

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Character Development

November 20, 2008

These are the first sets of characters development drawings that I started on a friday drawing session with Lewis. My initial idea was to make a character that was’nt particulary human so I had something a little more flexiable to work with, and then I just came up with the idea of a scarecrow. Below are a few preliminary drawings I had of him to begin with.

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And even further below is my attempt at the different angles of a full body shot of him.

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Star and Chain Ideas & Drawings

November 20, 2008

After looking at the poem as a group and individually having our own ideas about the story, we each decided to go away and draw up sketches and ideas of what the story might look like. My first idea was to start setting the scene and start drawing a few ideas of what the surroundings might look like and what the shop and beaches would look like as well.

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Here I took completed a few drawings and notes to what ideas I had during the time.

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The reason why I chose the life of an animator

November 18, 2008

Well he’s me trying to get all sentimental I guess. Well, why I chose animation? There are lots of explanations to why we do things I reckon, sometimes they can be called dreams, reality’s, motives or even excuses. I’m not sure really where I lye on that aspect of things, but I have a line that I need to draw called life, and I guess I haven’t finished yet, so no excuse there.

Anyways enough chit chat, I began to like animation quite young as most people I know do. Cartoon Network was one of the first animation channels I used to watch. I remember back then it wasn’t as popular as it was now, and I think even shut off to show black and white movies after 10pm or some late hour. The first animation series that I truly got into had to be Dragon Ball Z (ignoring Pokemon) and that was at the age of 9-10. I still think of the times spent running round the playground rein-acting yesterdays episode, mind you, if we had done it properly, the right way would of been to stand there screaming at each other for the 30Min’s, just like the characters on TV did. That wasnt the first animation I used to watch though, it was more like the Looney Toons stuff I was into. Before more animations where aired on Cartoon Network all I used to watch was this. I was quite young at the time.

Then eventually after the many years of CN, I started to watch the anime series Tenchi Muyo. This was the first short series anime that I watched before going into secondary school . I used to spend many late night recording it so I could watch it the next day. Once I got into secondary school one of my friends there got me watching Naruto. Now before you start to throw pointy or heavy objects at me, I was one of the first to start watching the series before it became popular here in the west, before the heavy and might I add, weird fanbase showed up on the scene. I will never understand the true meaning of fanart, the disturbing fanart anyways.

After the many years of anime that followed until I reached sixth form, I found a convention called the London MCM (movie comic media) Expo held in the Excel Centre at the Victoria Dockyards. You might want to check it out because the first few times I went it had a lot of neat and interesting stuff, for example famous actors and also voice actors of the sort. The first time I went I was able to get a poster signed from Richard Epcar, the voice actor that play Batou from Ghost In The Shell. Ive been about 8 times to the london expo in total so far, but after a while though, I was getting annoyed by the sheer size of the people turning up and the amount of merchandisers which is all you could really see. I might like to note that I have also cosplayed at the london expo, if you dont understand what I mean by that then maybe you will if I said masquerade instead.

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After a while I became really into Japanese culture, and worked on it alot with my art at the time. When I was asked to focus on something else though, I just sat and research Van Gogh who was also influenced by Japanese culture too. Another thing within modern day Japanese culture I got myself interested in, is the Otaku sub-culture which if you dont know what means, heres the wiki page (sorry Jim). In the western anime community its used in the sense your quite into anime in the same way in Japan, in Japan though they have a much more in-depth community surrounding Otakus. Some non-otakus even look down on them because they see them as different, wierd and even dirty people. I picked up an interesting piece of research from the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami who focus’s a lot of his artwork on this. Maybe in another post I will go into alot more detail. Heres the link the interview explaining better what I mean and his site.

I guess I have been quite influenced by Japan and Anime over the years but after beginning my year at UCA Maidstone, Ive begun to realise and open much more to what animation really is. Dont get me wrong, I wasnt expecting to go to UCA and make anime because I knew thats not what animation is, its only a small part of it. I think my start here has really inspired me but given me a lot to take in as well. I have to confess I was really douting myself when I was on my way to beginning the academic year but Ive realised this is what I want to do with myself, and I really want to get the skill and know how to become an animator. I cant explain how but I can feel myself starting to become even more passionate about it. Its going to be tough but I actually know what I want to do now, which is a good step in the right direction XP.

Anyways, now thats finished, I guess its time to upload some work, wait…. organise then upload, or will uploading help me organise?

Till next time I guess