Saturday, April 30, 2016

45 Minute Mandala on Sunday

Fiddling with the symmetry thing again- not sure why.....
annoyingly it doesn't seem to recognise cut and paste- only when you are drawing does it update symmetrically.

Not sure what drawing is about- I guess interior and exterior.

Just starting to bumble about with Harmony and its sound/lip synch thing.
(Need to get to the main event tutorial wise with it because my trial time is running out.)

Also notice the Photoshop CC layers in it video timeline are quite similar to the look of Storyboard Pro- I wonder how much coincidence it is.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Piano Stool Space Opera

craptastic space opera from Lachlan Creagh on Vimeo.

Mucking around this Saturday afternoon for an hour or two.

No planning,- just grabbed some stuff from the kids toy cupboard .
Just put it on  and started .
Probably inadvisable but was channeling my childhood.
Some bits worked, other bits I forgot to animate both/everything in the scene/check feet placement....
ie when white man jumps out etc

Anyway a bit of fun.
Interesting though- although its craptastically filmed and on a piano stool etc- once things start you get involved watching and sort of forget......
 As yoda would say-
"A long  way from the uncanny valley we are."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

One of Us

Well I finally joined creative cloud.
 I feel a little violated. Instead of sticking it out I became "One of Us".

And you know if there's a revolution the first guys against the(my)  wall will be the adobe 'evangelists'- they occupy the same  annoying otherworldly space as people in stock business images.
An otherworld we can do without.

Pros- there is a bunch of useful stuff in the latest softwares
and I've wanted Indesign for a while so I can mock up or do my own books.
Cons- annoying interface remodelling- it feels like that joke about Stevie Wonders parents punishing him by rearranging the furniture.

I'm picking it up fairly quick but head spinning a little because I'm trying to  mainline about 6 dfferent new or updated software packages at once.
(After a blissfully ignorant  period of mainly photoshop cs5 and watercolour ).

More refamiliarising with Max 2017 - still a bit to go over - renderers, materials- look at current rigs.
Need to look at Vray.
Initially newer Max icons looked like they're in Thai script to me- again with the Stevie wonder punishment.
(Has passed after a day and a half of fumbling for where things used to be.)

More time on After effects and illustrator going through things.

Looking at Indesign it's still really very much the same as Pagemaker/Quark express ever was.  Whats pagemaker or quarkexpress daddy?-
 Its software dad used to use in the 90's (and earlier when he was at uni doing the QUT (QIT) student newspaper,- back when people with IBMs still had to park their hard drives.)
So that's being assimilated fairly fast.

And a bit more life drawing....and a bit of time on Magic Word Book,
Life drawing still not there/not back yet but feel at end of Thurs night sculptors session that  I was starting to focus and see properly again.
Sadly I think I need glasses soon or now- that would probably help with the details.

Faces and heads are still dodgy in 2nd week  back
but once I regain the ability to be focussed  and steady hand while drawing with pad on knee it'll be good.
Trouble is when you're tired you're telling yourself "focus!Pay attention when you draw the line!
After all that time spent just fixin it in your head!"
and the other bit of brain is going "Awww why doncha just leave me alone- they've got wine over there"

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sock Puppet monkey does Lewis Carroll

Trying out the track read in Dragonframe.
(Sockmonkey phoneme pictures courtesy of Dragonframe. )
Trying out Soundbooth.

from Lachlan Creagh on Vimeo.

Looking at Max2017  today- (unrelated)

Sock monkey might need a couple more visemes,
I might need to learn to use Soundbooth a bit better or record clips that don't clip out- or buy an actual microphone.

 Tried just doing a pass on the face shapes -
then started on the phoneme/dialogue-
and it comes through on the dope sheet easy.
Dragonframe you rock-
I like how I can bumble through its functionality  without too many video tuts etc. I think that means good design.
Now I just need a character I can try it on properly    :/

Did try out a couple of rough tests in Dragonframe again.
But it was late and things didn't work out- here is a small paperclay summary-
faarkoff from Lachlan Creagh on Vimeo.

paperclayman from Lachlan Creagh on Vimeo.
Interesting that even though the different heads are pretty different-
it still reads in a craptastic way. Its funny how the brain works.
The reason the blob does those simple curvy moves in and out is- I was going back over the interface and decided to make paths with ticks to follow just as an exercise.
plus he aint got legs.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Symmetry update

Sketchbbook pro had a symmetry update

 so did a few  rough things to play around with it.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Back to the drawing board

Well back to life drawing for the first time in.. it 2 years?   too long.
Managed to make it to QLD sculptors life drawing at 'the shed' which has always been my favourite and what I think is the model for life drawing (they get their wine,nibbles on between poses).
Was very weary and semi dreading how bad I'd be since I hadn't done it in so long-
but went anyway-
and it was very nice.
And really, really  nice people
Bought a big solid graphite pencil thing to try- but hadn't worn a bit flat for shading, and forgot bulldog clips so it was drawing pad on the knee once more.
 Ok I guess for first time back - hopefully I'll remember the rhythm and process properly next time.

+ A bit more time spent looking at storyboard pro.. still looks good.

Managed to trip on a metal grate thing last night (not at life drawing)  and nearly lost a toe- so after getting it stitched this morning spent a lot of today in swimming or running for a couple of weeks :(

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Tool Man

Well its been a bit of a blur . Bathrooms in the house are being renovated so a few days spent demolishing things.
Hadn't got back onto Magic word book idea properly  :(

And more days spent looking at software.
Time spent looking at After effects CC at Radium (I just have CS5).
I think I like reading manuals (first) more than watching tutorial videos. Wonder why they chose Cinema 4d to integrate?- I guess it was a cheaper deal and in the short space I was looking at Cinema 4d lite I guess the interface is more modern with easy looking icons (than 3ds max/Maya/etc).
 Further at ease/remembering with the animation stuff .
A few sections to go back over still, and I'll probably have to go over illustrator as well.
I'd avoided illustrator because I like to see humanity and evidence of me in my illustrations- which is why I like pencil, watercolour and other painting software:- whereas to me illustrator always seemed mechanical and soulless- 'corporate'- a place where you create 'products'. But with the animation thing, and you need it to make the most of after effects,  and because I like(feel like) trying different styles I'll dive in .

Renewed a 3ds Max Subscription. More to catch up on-
on one hand I feel I need to re-render old animations like game stuff with nice new renderers so I've something to show, on the other hand I feel like pressing on with new stuff altogether.
I just want to focus on animation really....( but having activated a licence again opens the door to noodling with  Unity again- which I need to refresh.)

Bought Storyboard Pro subscription.
Opened it up- and well pleased, excited.
Just what I need.
Not too far into the Harmony tuts but immediately the similar interface/tools are good but the immediate sensation was "this really is a production tool for getting stuff done"-specifically presenting stories .
whereas Photoshop feels like "does a  whole bunch of stuff- no particular purpose- if you want some specific task you're gonna have  to create actions etc to make it easier".
Story boards- or working on presenting my own stories is still a thing I'd want to focus on.
Need to try a sequence or two.