Thursday, April 17, 2014

THE LINE - Animation Podcast

My buddies over at THE LINE have been very busy recently.
Not only are they producing top quality work, but they have also been interviewing Animation Professionals as part of their PegBar & Grill resource. As well as putting up new and inspiring animation content on the site for all of us nerds, these podcasts offer an invaluable insight into the working life of those in the game.
Episode 4 features fellow Bournemouth alum, Aya Suzuki, and it's the best yet. For anyone remotely interested in how the Japanese Animation industry works, the transition between European to Japanese working methods and what it's like to work for Satoshi Kon & Hayao Miyazaki, then this is for you.

The previous episode features Ant Blades (aka BirdBox Studios) and from what I hear they've got a whole load of other interesting folk lined up, so subscribe to them on iTunes and show some love :)

'Till the Next,

Mes amis chez THE LINE a Londres font des podcasts hyper intéressant en parlant avec des gens qui bossent dans l'animation. Cette épisode ils parlent avec Aya Suzuki qui a bosser en tant qu'animateur en Europe et au Japon, pour des réals comme Sylvain Chomet, Satoshi Kon et Hayao Miyazaki. C'est en Anglais et ils ont tous des accents différents ;D mais si vous voulez oser, ça vaux le coup! Il y aura pleins d'autres épisodes avec des gens archi cool donc il faut s’inscrire sur iTunes ;P

Thursday, April 3, 2014


"I'm already born I'm already wise"

The last time I posted some Life Drawing you may have noticed I made some Gifs with the quicker poses. I liked the way one pose could lead to another, even if it wasn't in the order the model themselves proceeded (it's an occupational hazard to want to make things move :3).

I don't know about you, but I find 30 second poses quite tricky, which is why I keep them pretty small and all together on one page. Looking upon a recent sheet of 30 second poses, it was almost like I was given a catalogue of Key frames and told to make some kind of movement. I started to think, which ones could I use for a breakdown?

I love breakdowns :) I love the fact you can take two poses and go from one to the other however the hell you want. We are often told to focus on the Key poses, the storytelling poses, but how you go from A to B not only defines the style of animation - Realistic? Cartoony? - it defines the physical properties of the thing that's moving. You could have two tests with the same keys but everything will change depending on how you chose to play with lovely things like anticipation and overlap and overshoot and spacing and bla bla bla...

So case in point.
From my page of poses above, I chose two keys (RED) and a few possible breakdowns ((BLUE=standard)(YELLOW=Overly Ambitious!)).

The images on the left are simply the Keys and Breakdown, and the images on the right is how I might consider going out/in to them. They both have the same timing (even if the Gifs annoyingly become out of sync?!?! u.u)

As you can see, same keys, but completely different outcome n.n
The one below is a bit crazy - I added in an extra drawing from the page (GREY) but they don't really work together - the arms and head don't flow properly... BUT it was well worth a shot ;P

Apart from seeing breakdowns everywhere I look, I've also been trying to experiment with different mediums a little n.n
I like using ink *w*

And to finish off, these were my efforts from this weeks session. I like the method I stumbled upon towards the end (10 min poses)... a mixed media barrage of Ink, Conté with water and Ebony Pencil.... though my mark making was a little too delicate for the scanner to really pick it up...

Regular Life Drawing partners in crime, Nölwenn and Nico's work can be seen by clicking on their respective names.
But Nico hasn't created his Tumblr yet, so....
HEY NICO!! Dépêche-toi pour que je puisse mettre le lien ;P

I'll just take the opportunity to wish all you Final Year Animation students, (be it Bournemouth, Gobelins, or wherever!) the best of luck finishing off your grad films over the next couple of months!!!

'Till the Next,

P.S That's the closest thing I've done to 2d animation in 2 years :'D

Du coup, j'aime bien le fait que les poses courts, quand ils sont tous organisé sur une feuille, donnent l'impression d'etre des poses clés. J'en profite et imagine quelle pose peut être le Breakdown et.... voila ce qui se passe :3 On peut prendre les mêmes clés, mais la façon de bouger entre les deux est ce que va déterminer le style d'anim.
ET bon courage pour tous les étudiants en dernière année en ces temps très douloureux n.n

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Merci Vittel

"It's a quiet starry place"

'Till the Next,

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Deep Breath Then Dive

"I feel my heart twist and turn But I feel it beat"

(Don't ask me how her right arm was bent like that - I just drew what I saw, ok! :3 )

'Till the Next,

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Hello 2014, nice to meet you! n.n

Somewhere To Go

"Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and all good things will be yours" - Swedish proverb.
"Craignez moins, espérez plus, mangez moins, mâchez plus, gémissez moins, respirez plus, parlez moins, direz plus, détestez moins, aimez plus, et toutes les bonnes choses seront à vous" - proverbe Suédois.

Have a good one y'all!!! Hopefully you, me and 2014 can have some good times together! ;)
Bonne année tout le monde!!! J'espère que toi, moi et 2014 vont avoir des bon moments ensemble! ;)

'Till the Next,

Thursday, December 12, 2013

5, 25, 5 min

Still trying to find 'it'.
Toujours à la recherche.

'Till the Next,

Sunday, December 8, 2013

By Any Other Name

A Rose

Someone once told me there is no such thing as talent, only hard work. While I disagree with this statement, it is true that hard work can trump talent... but when all is said and done, it's Lady Luck that has the final say.
Quelqu'un m'a dit, il n'y a pas du talent, que du travail acharné. Je suis pas d’accord, mais je pense que des fois, travail acharné peut l'emporter sur le talent... mais a la fin de la journée, c'est Lady Luck qui a le dernier mot.

In this case, the youngest MVP in NBA history, a player oozing with raw athleticism and potential, injures his knee and misses an entire season, to come back a season later after months of hard work, sweat and determination, to the elation of fans everywhere (including myself), only to injure his other knee and now be out for another season.
"Derrick Rose is finished", "He'll never be the same again", "Without his athleticism, he's nothing", are phrases that I've heard and seen dotted around. I hope he proves these people wrong.
Dans ce cas, le plus jeune MVP de l'histoire de la NBA, un mec avec l'athlétisme et le potentiel d'ouf, s'est blessé et raté une saison en entier, pour revenir une saison plus tard après des mois du travail archarné, juste pour blesser son autre genou et rate encore une autre saison. Les gens n'ont pas confiance qu'il va revenir si fort après ça... j'espère ils ont tort.

But chance is a funny thing, as is choice.
Some scientists believe there is a parallel Universe for every conceivable outcome of a choice or action (a crazy concept indeed! :D). Somewhere, there is a world with a version of you that passed that exam... a version of you that didn't eat the fish, that decided to walk the long way home, that said yes, that slipped on the curb, that didn't hit the car infront, that won the lottery, that had the courage to go say hello, that stayed, that didn't get sick, that never met her, ...
A version of Derrick Rose who didn't make that decisive wrong move and tear his ACL, who won championships and MVP awards...
Mais le hasard est un truc drôle, comme le choix. Certains scientifiques croient qu'il ya un univers parallèle pour chaque résultat envisageable d'un choix ou d'une action (un concept de de fifou : D). Quelque part, il y a un monde avec une version de toi qui a réussi le concours... une version de toi qui n'a pas mangé le poisson, qui a décidé de prendre le chemin le plus long pour rentrer, qui a dit oui, qui a glissé sur le trottoir, qui n'a pas frappé la voiture devant, qui a gagné le lotto, qui a eu le courage d'aller dire bonjour, qui est resté, qui n'a pas été malade, qui ne l'a jamais rencontré...
Une version de Derrick Rose qui n'a pas déchiré son ACL, qui a remporté des championnats et des MVPs ...

And a version of me that didn't write this post and a version of you that didn't read it :P
Et une version de moi qui n'a pas écrit ce post et une version de toi qui l'a pas lu :P

'Till the Next,

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Corsican Clementine

"It's a hell of a long way to fall just to learn to get up"

5, 5, 5, 10, 5, 25 mins

'Till the Next,

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Broken Nose

I said once before that any day that has Life Drawing and basketball in it, is a good day. I'd like to add a disclaimer to this statement;
"unless you get hit with a flying elbow to the face and spend 3 hours waiting in ER just to be sent home with some scotch tape and cotton pads and told no basketball for 2 months when you already missed 3 months due to a knee injury which you were just getting over" :3

For now, some sketchbook work!! ^^

Mlle Roberts

Cesc and Marie

I recently just finished my latest carnet after 6 months..... which was the longest lasting one I've had since I started keeping sketchbooks just over 3 years ago. I guess I was all sketched out after my 2-in-1-month effort in the States, that upon my return, I just lost interest in drawing.

Well after a very embarrassing attempt at a drawing I did for a friend's birthday, and upon spending time with Bournemouth folk who's passion for animation was infectious, a certain fire inside of me was rekindled.
Now where would one go with this rekindled'ness? LGC of course! ;P

As for the rest of that fateful day, all I can say is that the most rowdy Muay Thai crowd would have paid big money to see that flying elbow to the face and the trail of blood splatter I left across the court (It was an accident btw :D ).

Hopefully my drawing habits as well as my nose, will click back into their rightful place imminently n.n

45, 25, 25, 5, 5, 5 minutes

'Till the Next,

En bref...
J'ai prit un coup coude dans le nez - cassé :( Pas de basket pendant 2 mois (pourtant j'ai déjà raté 3 mois a cause d'un blessure au genou, dont j'étais presque guéri!)
J’ai envie de dessiner plus après quelques petits déclenches.