Monday, 15 November 2010

Observational Drawing.

This pretty much sums up my Sunday sketch group experience... 

Friday, 12 November 2010

Life Drawing.

I've never posted any of my life drawing on my blog... So here's some sketches from the past couple of weeks fired onto one handy image. I'd be happy to hear what you think, it's something I really should focus on a lot more because practice does make perfect... and I don't practice nearly as much as I should. 

Also, inspiring quote du jour:

"The core of a man's spirit comes form new experiences"
- Christopher McCandless

Thursday, 4 November 2010

When I grow up, I want to be a pirate...

I'm trying to get into drawing more often, it's something I really need to work on... so here's a bunch of us out at Halloween! I'm sorry if you're not in the picture, there were originally twice as many characters but my drawing skills weren't quite up to scratch to do you all you beautiful people justice. 

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Go go gadget compositing breakdown!

Today we had a pretty interesting drop-in session with the one and only Pat Imrie on showreels, and it got me thinking about mine, and what kind of career I'd gear it towards.

I've always been interested in compositing, editing and visual effects. I really love seeing the process of bringing hundreds of separate elements, beautifully crafted by talented artists, and stitching them together in an epic tapestry of explosions, particles and motion blur. I enjoy the freedom you can get with compositing and post production, you can change the mood or tone of an entire shot. It's powerful stuff!

I'm not sure whether I'd like to do it as a career or not, because I really love the animation and more creative side of things too. Regardless, Pat's talk inspired me to have a whack at a breakdown of a shot. The only shot I've got fully composited for our project is the opening scene (sans title) from the previous blog post. The entire 6s shot has about 30 separate layers throughout, I picked the frame with the most elements for the breakdown (18). Hope you find it interesting!


Lava - Compositing Breakdown from Kieran Duncan on Vimeo.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Volcanoes, explosions and lens flare oh my!

It's been a hectic month since my last update, amidst a fray of general animator debauchery  and alcohol consumption we've been very busy working on the project. You can check out our blog here!

I've been having some fun with compositing this weekend on our opening shot which you can check out below! It's not finalised, I've still got some tweaking to do... but it should give you a good insight into the kind of look we're going for. I'd recommend watching it full size.

So uni wise everything is coming together pretty well... Long ways to go yet but we know what we're doing (for the most part).

Also, hats off to the Dundee Uni website who linked me on their animation page! Hello prospective students.

Finally, inspiring quote du jour:

"When I get sad, I stop being sad, and be awesome instead..."
Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson