Monday, May 6, 2013

Scatter Hoarding

I just remember the password for my ancient Wordpress page. The Scatter Hoarding blog. I put anything that interested my on that blog: artists, games, films, musicians, Ads, and whatever that looks cool.

It is a site I want to publish publicly but never did. Maybe I will this summer. When I can go back and finish the contents.

In freshman, I promised my professor that I will have a blog that I routinely update. At last, I did it. This Blogger blog is  my first "active" blog. I never thought I would be able to keep it up. (Cheers to Tiffany and Kye, you guys have been very supportive in the beginning and until now.) This whole thing started  out as 365 Sketches project Tiff and I came up with last summer. We looked at other people's blogs and we envied their drawings. "How are we ever going to be able to draw like them?!"  We came up with the idea of posting sketches everyday and improve our drawing skills.
We were supposed to post for 365 days. We mange to carry on the project for a month. But then school started and we got distracted. Though I'm not posing everyday anymore, I'm still sketching everyday and keeping track of the number to complete the 365 project.
Specking of that,

I drew this last week. This is number 305 (counting backward)
I'm going back to traditional oil paint next semester. Getting paints all over my hands and mix paint with my fingers gives me the illusion that I'm an experience painter.  Mixing linseed oil and turpenoid makes me feel like a chemist, makes me

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Animated .GIF

Yoohoo, it works! This is probably not new. Animated gif has being around for a long time. There's tons of .gif images online, but they are usually not very well animated.
Couple years ago I discovered a fashion photographer, Jamie Beck, who made the most amazing gif images I have ever seen.  They look like the newspaper from Harry Potter. Hum, how amazing are they? Take a look at one.

Maybe one more

Okay, last one
Aren't they amazing! The trick is to make the image into a complete cycle and loop it so it looks like a never ending scene.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Persistence of Vision

I went to watch a documentary about Richard Williams called Persistence of Vision at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The theater was not very pack, which is kind of sad. Most people in the theater were probably animators.

The documentary talks about Richard Williams' never finished animated feature film, The Thief and the Cobbler. He and all the animators in his studio spend 3 decays working on this feature. But in 1992, the project was shut down (or taken, I should say) and the 30 years of slavery like labors goes out the window. Just from looking at the bits of the tests of The Thief and the Cobbler,  I am already astound by the quality and the techniques of the animation.

The film was later finished and released by Majestic Films in 1993 as The princess and the Cobbler and Miramax in 1995 as Arabian Knight. 4 songs have been added to the released film, but in the Williams' original script, there was none. The script have been changed, scenes deleted and master piece gone.  I went on youtube to search for clips of the film and it is very obvious which scenes were done by Richard Williams and which scenes were not
I think this story of Richard Williams is a great lesson for me. I will mention one of the lesson I learn watching this film: finished the storyboard so I know the over all of the project. The documentary mention a lot about the struggles animators have to face. Time is always a big challenge for all types of animation. Deadlines deadlines deadlines.

This film actually gives me some inspiration. I will start experimenting as soon as I finished my 18 pages Human anatomy and Physiology exam. 囧