I can upload to my website again! That means I can share some of my work with you guys.
My mentor for class 3 was Scott Lemmer who worked on Jimmy Nuetron and Ant Bully at DNA and just recently started working at Pixar. Scott was a really cool guy with an amazing passion for animation. He had a great eye for seeing the big idea of a shot and helping me improve my work. Looking back at my work from class 3 I can really see a noticable improvement from my first assignment to my last assignment. Scott helped me a bunch with my transitions from pose to pose. If you take a look at my first assignment my transitions are stiff and a little robotic like. But in my second assignment my transitions are broken up a bit better and they are much smoother. This is still something I need to work on but I am making progress.
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I just got a new computer that is going to be a huge time saver. I can now watch my animations play in real time in Maya! I also have been spending some time studying the masters. I have been going through the Illusion of Life and The Animators Survival Kit and copying some of the examples. I'll copy it in Plastic Animation Paper and then sometimes I'll do some more inbetweens. You can't learn anthing about timing from this but I'm learning a lot how those great animators think. This isn't something that is required by AM but it has been really fun and educational. Here's some samples of what I've done.
This Pluto recation is from the Illusion of Life pg50-51 and was animated Norm Ferguson. None of the subtlety is there and the timing is mine but I still learned from it.
This one is also from IOF on page 61 and was animated by Ham Luske.