The cool thing is there are now 3 new excellent animations finished for my classes, all of which look better than I thought they'd turn out.
Also, I figured out why the bob-omb animation looked so bad. Apparently I uploaded the wrong file, although the final one still has compression issues, but it looks a zillion times better.
Besides the bob-omb animation, I have the others to show as well. Here is the flag waving pencil test:
This is the flag wave animation. It took me several hours to complete, and I had to essentially start over at one point when I suddenly realized what I was doing wrong. I kept drawing the various keys and inbetweens wrong, and it suddenly clicked, and I figured out how to make it work. This is the result. It is short, but fluid.
Next up is the Screen Design Z-Dept project, or as I all it... Marble Maze:
This animation is intended to loop. The point of the exercise is to show depth in a 2D screen. There are several ways to do this including scale, overlap, perspective, and more. I originally intended to draw this out in Photoshop and then bring it into After Effects and animate it there. However, after struggling to make it look the way I wanted to, I started modeling it in Maya, and decided it turned out so well, I'd just do the entire thing in Maya, and proceeded to do just that. I used Maya 2008 (and 2012 for rendering on campus), and only used basic shapes and methods, but with very effective rendering techniques. All the lights use Ray Tracing and shadows, the wood surfaces use many layers of textures to make it work, the rendering used mental ray, and Final Gathering, in order to get such effective colors and lighting etc. It took me about 12 hours or so to render the final version (and I had to render it twice... one scene once... cause they earlier ones didn't look good), but luckily I could use multiple computers on campus, and managed the entire thing in about 4 hours.
In other news, keep your ears open for the latest episode of 7thRowCenter, where we talk about the power of cheese. These movies are so bad, they are Gouda!
Till next time,