Monday, February 27, 2012

Continuing on..

Just another update of water particles as I'm sure you are desperate to see it...

What do you think? Haven't tried out the suggestions from my last blog post yet but I will be doing that soon. Of course there will be clothes and foam also in the washing machine so look forward to being bombarded with that in the future...

JB out

Scene 06 Girl Layer Rough Keys

Like the post says, yo, here be the rough keys for scene 06!  BOOM!  Hating this girl's hair a wee bit.  I'm still not totally happy with how it looks at the back, but I can't keep going back and forth and designing and redesigning so I've just settled for it looking the way it does.

These bad boys still be rough, tbh I'm only putting them up 'cause I needs my boy Jamie Bell to have a looksie at them.  Comment me up JB!


x L

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wishy Washy

Boo to particles!

Still trying to get particles to look watery.. Getting closer...?

I still need to get a decent texture that doesn't look like ghost water and it is still a work in progress but I feel like I am getting somewhere... It's a lot more difficult than I thought. Still have a few tricks up my sleeve but I'll just have to keep soldiering on. Any suggestions would be more than welcome!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Quest for Particle Perfection

I have been fiddling around with maya nParticles to try and get a good effect for the water in the washing machine but this was all I could come up with....

Not great, I know.. I think the way it behaves works well and I'm pleased with that :) However it looks nothing like water yet! The liquid is waay too blobby, which I have tried numerous times to fix by fiddling with the settings, increasing the number of particles and decreasing particles sizes but still couldn't get a realistic looking effect.. Buuuut, with a little help from a friend (Pat Imrie FTW) I think I may have a solution which I am off to experiment with now! Updates soon to follow :D

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ball Bounce

More faffing about with masks. Just slammed in a few to see how they look creating an ink splat on the ground. Overall, the technique needs much improvement but I think the basics are there. Close up it looks better, I swear! haha. I also animated masks as the ball makes contact with the ground, to convey the movement of ink from the ball into the atmosphere. Lots of work still to be done...

Playing with Text

Just messing about with text ideas and masks... all about the masking. mask mask masks.
Besides the masks I've also used a 3d camera, ramps and Easy it all about. Played with Blur and Added animators and Fractal Noise. Many many layers...

Pink Wave

Pink... this time with an end width of 50... just more tests. Not a fan of this one though.

Ink Flow 02.

Same as previous, simply a longer lifespan and lower velocity. Just messin' aboot.

Inky Wave

Previous tests came across more like a fabric moving around, rather than the inky texture we're aiming for.  I've played about with some coding and inserted a slider to control the opacity as it moves and I feel that this test is moving in the right direction.  The bold outline of the wave has been radically reduced and the tail-off is more blurred to give a paint-like texture.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Ink flow

STRESSING beyond belief, the fear has finally set in and hit me hard! Today I made this ink flow movement by manipulating yet again an abundance of masks [I could do it all in my sleep now], radio waves and merging compositions. Also a cheeky bit of coding in there too!  Massive thanks to Jack for taking the time to translate tutorials for me today! 

Annnnnywho... feast yer eyes.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Finished Background...Hurrah!

Today I completed a background yay! Hopefully Bambi will be able to change the opacity of the grey, so it looks like it is getting whiter throughout the film :) Cant wait to see the characters in this scene.

Red Line Test

Quick test to display the outline in red. This is not what the final outcome will look like, there will be bare minimum detail in the scene until the pink gushes in, highlighting the detail on the trees, etc. I will upload an example in a sec!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Scene 04 and Clean-Up Test


Been far too long since I last blogged.  Since November I've been having a lot of health issues, so getting better has been a big priority of late, and things such as my blog, and unfortunately the film, have had to take a step back.  I'm still currently "under investigation" at the doctors, and on waiting lists for this treatment and the next, so I am back at uni as much as I can muster and learning to cope with permo-lightheadedness.  

I have managed to finalise a full scene!  Here I present to you Scene 04:

The one where the Boy jumps into the bush.  It is being inbetweened as we speak.  Spent this morning looking at what we plan on doing for clean-up.  I worked on a film last summer for Masters student Mark Haldane and he used ink in his clean-up process, which I have decided to go on and copy, with wonderful results (short test so best played on loop):

Everything's very tense in the studio just now, everyone's feeling The Fear.  It'll be an interesting couple of months in the lead up to final hand-in (30th April).

More soon!

x L

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Playpark Props

Suba here! Today I have been working on completing the design of the props . And  I think it has turned out pretty successful. I have decided to have block colour for all solid objects and then have all organic props have shading and pattern on them.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Colour Scripts Part 1

I finally got round to doing a colour script. Yay! I just did rough little sketches on Photoshop to show the colour scheme of the whole animation. This is the first one completed today :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

A dash of red

Purple socks?


Some more very basic and rough colour tests.

After a discussion we had the the studio we thought we should experiement with different colours, just to see y'know. Needless to say I'm still most happy with the red and pink because it's strong and conveys the idea of a red sock in the wash... can't really say I've ever ruined my washing with a yellow sock...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Scene 04 Rough Keys

It;s about time I got some keys up here don'tcha think??  I've personally been not-so-great on the whole health front of late and so the animation has suffered a minor setback these last two months.  Finally got the semblance of a scene done today so I thought I would share my first ROUGH set of keys with you.

Remember ROUGH, and I am ILL.  Be nice.  There's still arms to be added and a key or two, here and there, but you get the jist of where this scene be going.  I am loving follow-through just now.  The Boy's hair is so much fun to play with!  I also really enjoyed doing the jump sequence, mega fun to draw.

The main thing I'm not 100% sure of with this scene is the Boy's hands, are they too small?  Kids have small hands, right?  I'm totally not sure and have started contemplating making them bigger.  Just a thought.  Think I'll run it past the ol' Director tomorrow.

Anyhoo, enjoy!  More to follow!

 x L

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Town (final one...I promise)

Ball & Ink

More grief = more work.

Here's a very, very basic ink test for the ink splats from the ball. I really feel this sequence is way too fast and therefore it's difficult to put in detailed ink moevement.

Flythrough scene

I am blog illiterate.

Recently I have been working on modelling the flythrough scene that Susan is going to rotoscope as well as trying to figure out particle physics to imitate a washing machine, modelling and texturing the 3D environment for our animation and helping out with rigging for other projects (as if that wasn't enough, I thought I would take up French this year...nice one Jamie, nice one).

This is the result of the flythrough scene for the beginning of the animation. I tried my best to follow the backgrounds that Susan gave me for reference and this was the result :-

I am looking forward to seeing the end result with Suba's terrific backgrounds. (Also, the floating ball will be a bird at some point)

I hope to have some successful attempts of the washing machine and environment up soon too.

Ink Bleed

Sooo, I've been testing loads of colours and after constant badgering from Mr.Bell I've finally got round to uploading something. There's a variety of colours to stick up but here's a rough one just now. The masking technique has come in very useful for out ink effects and after many, oh sooo many different attempts we've finally come back to the very first one I tried! typical.