I have decided I am going to obtain Corel Painter 11 or whatever version it's on now. My awesome dad just bought a Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet and it came with Corel Painter Essentials 4 which I have been having a blast with while visiting for the holidays. Yes, it is similar to Adobe Photoshop in that it is digital painting, but Corel actually makes it FEEL like painting, the strokes you make LOOK like pencil marks, and it is just satisfying as a whole.

Corel Doodle funness!!!


Last 2D assignments of the semester

Previously just a pose test, this animation was a ton of fun to animate. It would have been even MORE fun if I hadn't put it off until tonight. I don't mean to procrastinate, honestly! Ok, sometimes I do, but I actually have an excuse this week. My computer pretty much died from some strange virus. I had to reformat it, losing all my wonderful stuff. Thank goodness I had an external hard drive full of my important files already! So yeah...anyway...I spent 3 days with practically no sleep trying to remedy my computer and install all the programs I need back onto it. One of the three days was very emotional because I continually got the blue screen of death, even after reformatting the darn machine. It was no fun. But, alas, after the battle of girl and machine, I won out....at least for now. I'm still paranoid my computer will crap out again just to spite me, ha. Silly technology. We share a complicated love/hate relationship.

Anyway, back to the animation stuff. Here is the animated "lifting groceries" assignment that I promised a week or two ago. Sorry for the delay!

And here, my friends, is the very last 2D assignment of the semester for me. It is a walk cycle. The character is a hunchback werewolf kind of dude. I like it very much, but there are a few things I'm sure the teacher will say need to change. Feedback is good even when it doesn't make me happy at the time. I need to improve.


Awesome Life Drawing Resource

Today I discovered a wonderful resource for practicing life drawing, warming-up before getting into a project, of even studying different animals. (Thank you Gerald_Chong for the links!)

Seriously, check it out! You decide how long you want a picture to remain on screen before going to a new one 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 2 minutes, 10 minutes...there are lots of options. I am totally in love with it and I think you will be too (if you like to draw and improve that is).

Humans: http://pixelovely.com/tools/gesture.html
(warning: there are nude images)

Animals: http://pixelovely.com/tools/animalgesture.html

Here are some of the sketches I did from these sites. I tried 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds, and 2 minutes. 30 seconds was my favorite overall, but when I came to a great pose or picture I wished I had it on the 2 minute setting.