Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Animation Mentor - class 2 - second assignment

video

This is a little animation exercise I did in Blender for my course at animation mentor. I used Nathan Vegdahl's excellent biped rig.

The exercise was to have a character walk in the wind. Instead of doing the cliche of having the character walking into a headwind, I had him jogging with the wind coming from the side.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Class 1 Progress Reel

Here's my progress reel from class 1 of Animation Mentor.

video


I passed, and now I'm onto "The Psychology of Body Mechanics"...

Here are some of the poses I did...


"Balance"


"Strength"


"Devastated"


"Excited"

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Animation Mentor - Class 1, Week 7

I was happy with this one and decided to add some lighting...

video

Baby Steps

Bouncing balls and pendulums, these are my first few assignments for animation mentor...
So far it's all been done in Blender, but I'm slowly learning Maya too.

video

video


video

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Okay, here's my go at a blog...

First up, here's an animation I finished about a year ago.
It was basically a learning exercise I used to get up to speed with Blender (the 3d program, not the appliance). While it got a good response from people (2008 Suzanne award nominee and judges' choice finalist for iiNet's Get Animated competition), there are many problems with the animation.
As a result of spending so much time on it, and still seeing so many problems, I decided to hit the books and went and enrolled in Animation Mentor.
I'll post progress here as I, um, progress...

A Sad, Sad Song from Beorn Leonard on Vimeo.

Music

While I don't consider myself a "professional" musician, I've been playing in bands for years, most recently in a band called "Oscar". Sometimes it was an attempt to become professional, but most of the time it was to have fun and try to make music that nobody had heard before.


<a href="http://oscartheband.bandcamp.com/album/lost-in-the-mud-2">A Hot Vat of Yak Fat by Oscar the Band</a>
This was our last "album". It was recorded over the course of about five years in various studios (both home and professional) and completed in 2007.

<a href="http://oscartheband.bandcamp.com/album/oscar-fudge-303">On Any Given Day by Oscar the Band</a>
As part of our one show "Don't Stop 'till ya Flop" world tour, Oscar played an "Overblown Concept Gig" at bar 303 (in Melbourne, Australia) on Saturday the 22nd of November 2003. Fortunately someone was foolhardy enough to record the proceedings and this seventeen track album was the result.

<a href="http://oscartheband.bandcamp.com/album/the-deafening-quack">Nga Nga by Oscar the Band</a>
This actually a compilation of Oscar's early music, with music from some of its previous incarnations - "Jester" and the "Sensory Motor Project"