Top Pixar animators Carlos Baena and Victor Navone have written invaluable information about how the eyebrows are useful in conveying what a character is thinking and feeling. They discuss different brow shapes and uses, and give several examples of visual reference from drawings and acting clips. These are great resources for animating faces... check them out and book mark it for the future.
I made some revisions for last week's assignments and finally have them ready to post! The first one is a ball traveling through an obstacle course. I used squash and stretch in the first few frames to show anticipation as the ball leaps into the course.
The second part of the assignment was to pose our Stu character as if he were devastated. Take a look: Here are the drawings I created to plan out the pose:
"The core skill of innovators is error recovery, not failure avoidance." - Randy Nelson (Taken from Learning and Working in the Collaborative Age: A New Model for the Workplace)Someone at Animation Mentor recently showed me this video clip of Pixar University's dean, Randy Nelson, giving a brief 10-minute talk to an audience. In it, he discusses new hiring methods and team collaborative tactics that are currently being used at innovative companies like Pixar. With numerous awards and worldwide respect from animators and audiences alike, Pixar's unconventional take on the workplace has garnered attention. At Pixar, the people behind the ideas are far more important than the ideas themselves.
"We've made the leap from an idea-centered business to a people-centered business. Instead of developing ideas, we develop people. Instead of investing in ideas, we invest in people." -Randy Nelson (Taken from the article "How Pixar Adds a New School of Thought to Disney")
Pixar has designed a culture of innovation in order to provide their employees with the opportunity to learn and grow as creative thinkers. At Pixar University, employees can improve their skill sets by taking classes on drawing, filmmaking, and even business management. A vital part of this learning process is being able to take risks, make mistakes, and trust that constructive feedback and collaborative teamwork will help to solve the challenges.
Here's one of my latest assignments from animation class, where we studied spacing and timing through the use of two balls with contrasting weights. I tried to depict a bowling ball and a ping pong ball.