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lyzarts
01-24-2009, 07:16 PM
I'm a graduate animation student at AAU, and after communicating with a fellow AAU graduate, Paul Yan of "Egg Hunt," I decided to create a production blog for my thesis short film.

I'll update this thread every week with the progress I make. I already have models and simple rigs for my characters that I created last semester. However, I'd like to optimize both the models and the rigs for animation. This semester I will be doing texture & lighting, as well as rigging and some layout.

EDIT: I forgot to mention that critiques are very welcome! :D

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/M_Model02.gif

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/A_Model02.gif


http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/A_Promo.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/M_Promo.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Apollo_Design_Color.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Mimi_Design_Color.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Kitchen.jpg

The Wordpress blog is here (http://neurosisforbreakfast.wordpress.com/), for milestones completed.

Thanks for looking!

lyzarts
01-31-2009, 10:18 PM
Turnarounds for rigs:
http://www.lyzarts.com/misc/Mimi_Rig_Turnaround.mov (http://www.lyzarts.com/misc/Mimi_Rig_Turnaround.mov)

http://www.lyzarts.com/misc/Apollo_Rig_Turnaround.mov (http://www.lyzarts.com/misc/Apollo_Rig_Turnaround.mov)

Just started modeling the kitchen set for the past 2 days:
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Set01-1.jpg

lyzarts
02-06-2009, 09:09 PM
Pretty much done with kitchen set:
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Set01.jpg
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Set02.jpg

Working on fixing the weight problems with the rigs. This will take a few weeks:

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/A-Pose01.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/A-Pose03.jpg

melody2ma-earz
02-07-2009, 01:26 PM
nice character designs are you looking to make a full length feature animation?

lyzarts
02-07-2009, 11:09 PM
nice character designs are you looking to make a full length feature animation?

Thanks, this will be a short film (~3 min.)

lyzarts
02-15-2009, 08:02 PM
Been modeling the Owner and starting to set up his rig. Since you only see his legs and arms, he looks like an "interesting" character. :)

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Owner01.jpghttp://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Owner02.jpg

torresmedia
02-16-2009, 10:32 AM
Looking very nice! ^^ Sort of Tom & Jerry style to it :rolleyes: Nice work!

lyzarts
02-21-2009, 07:34 PM
Tackled some lighting tests these past few weeks. I know little about lighting and texturing, so this will be a very slow process. :)

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/NFB_light_test03.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/NFB_light_test02.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/NFB_light_test01.jpg

Also, here's a screenshot of the Owner's rig:
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Owner_Rig01.jpg

rstratton
02-26-2009, 12:23 AM
I like your style that you are creating but I had one question....is the table temporary?? It seems a little large compared to everything else and it doesn't seem to fit the style of everything else.

lyzarts
03-01-2009, 06:57 PM
I like your style that you are creating but I had one question....is the table temporary?? It seems a little large compared to everything else and it doesn't seem to fit the style of everything else.
Thanks for your reply. I'm not sure if I will keep the table. Originally there wasn't going to be anything on that side, but I thought a table and chair would be a nice addition. Not sure how well it's working, though.

lyzarts
03-01-2009, 07:20 PM
More lighting tests for this week:

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/light_test01.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/light_test03.jpg

I'm also getting introduced to the concept of gamma and how it affects the overall render brightness and contrast:

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/light_test02.jpg

Progress on the rigs has taken a hiatus, given that I'm doing the 3D Layout/Animatic and the lighting and texturing. Hopefully I will get some help in finishing the rigs so blocking can start this summer.

lyzarts
03-13-2009, 08:50 PM
Yet more lighting tests for this week. Unfortunately, I can't put up the work done for 3D layout or the animatic for creative copyright reasons.
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/test1.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/test2.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/test3.jpg

torresmedia
03-15-2009, 08:34 PM
Loving the overall look of it! ^^ Very nice! :D Keep it up!

arijitg
03-16-2009, 01:36 PM
wow!!
This looks soo kool! I love the characters! the kitchen is Great! hmm..can't wait to see few animation..really great job man!:applause:

lyzarts
04-15-2009, 04:01 AM
Haven't updated in two weeks or so, but I have more to show.

Turns out I got a friend to do the lighting for me, as I wasn't getting anywhere fast on my own. Essentially we had to start from scratch. Here's what we have so far:
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/kitchenset01.jpg

Also, I've made more progress on the Owner's rig:
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/legtest02.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/legtest01.jpg

Did a very short walk test just to see how the rig moves. I only spent 2 hours on it, so I know there are many things wrong with it. :D : http://www.lyzarts.com/misc/leg_test01.mov

lyzarts
04-26-2009, 12:40 AM
More lighting work from my friend:
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Hallway_Beauty.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Kitchen_nonFG.jpg


Another friend who agreed to do facial rigging for me has directed me towards fixing the geometry problems on my character meshes. They have come out 10x better now:
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Apollo_New_Mesh.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/Mimi_New_Mesh.jpg

lyzarts
05-09-2009, 10:23 PM
Sorry about the lack of updates. I moved to a new place and it doesn't have internet yet.

Here are a few of the beauty shots of my film:
(The floating handles have been corrected since this render took place)
http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/_s_01_00000.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/_s_02_00000.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/_s_03_00000.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/_s_04_00000.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/_s_09_00000.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/_s_21_00000.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/_s_37_00000.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/_s_47_00000.jpg

lyzarts
05-29-2009, 07:55 AM
Apologies again for not being consistent in updating the progress of this film.

Here's expression sheets of the characters. Will have test walk cycles up next time.

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/M_Expressions.jpg

http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd80/lyzarts/A_Expressions.jpg

lyzarts
06-09-2009, 07:56 PM
Finally, some animation!

The rigs are not 100% yet, but close enough for now. It's too bad this place doesn't let you embed videos...

Mimi Test:
http://vimeo.com/5064349?pg=transcoded_embed&sec=5064349

Apollo Test:
http://vimeo.com/5064418?pg=transcoded_embed&sec=5064418

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