Sunday, October 7, 2007

Stewie vs. Chopsticks

Hey Good Peoples!

First off...Gobble gobble gobble!! Its thanksgiving this weekend in Canada...So Happy Thanksgiving! Its my first Canadian Thanksgiving in 7 years. Its great to be home. :)

I just finished my first week of class 3. The objective of our assignment is to show our character go through an emotional change. For example: happy to sad, excited to get the idea. They just need to be two contrasting emotions.

After sifting through my different ideas, I decided to go with the one where Stewie will struggle with using chopsticks. So, I got my video camera, chopsticks, ice cubes (the sushi), and my recording buddy Lady Jade that many of you are familiar with if you've seen my other videos.

So here's me being a goof ball yet again. :)

Anyone want to go eat sushi with me??? Probably not after seeing that...ha ha. What ended up being great, and that I did not plan was that picking up ice cubes with chopsticks is frustrating. Especially with the ice cubes melting and getting slippery. So to be honest...some of that reference is genuine frustration because I was really having trouble picking it up. The first attempt you saw in the beginning...I had planned to actually pick up the ice cube, but seriously couldn't. So I just went it and kept trying, then completely over reacted by intensely slamming the table with my hand. All in all, it worked out pretty well.

I recently got a Wacom tablet. It is basically a digital pencil that you a pencil. Therefore its great for drawing on the computer. It takes a little getting used to though because you look at the computer screen, instead of looking at the end of the pencil in your we normally do. Just thought I would explain that for those of you that might be unfamiliar with it.

So I decided to do a quick little pencil test of my animation. I'm obviously not trying to impress you with my drawings. :) A pencil test is useful way for an animator to quickly see their idea working in a rough form, and figure out the timing.

Here you go!

Well I hope you enjoyed my little videos. I feel half bad for making you read so much every time...but I can't help it. I just have so much to say! :) If you're actually still reading this...THANK YOU!! :)



Alice Marie said...

SHELDON! Awesome. It looks like you're having a lot of fun. Also, your little reference films are always fun to watch. :)

Sheldon Kruger said...

Thank Alice! I am having so much fun. I hope people enjoy the reference videos. I like to add in little extras to give my blog an extra little something. :)

Mathias AUBRY said...

Always nice to see your video reference. Sheldon! Looking forward to watch the final animation!

Sheldon Kruger said...

Thank you Mathias! I look forward to putting up Stewie's sushi struggles for everyone to see. I have 4-5 more weeks yet before this assignment is done. :)

Sheldon Kruger said...

But I will definitely be showing the progress of the shot. =)

Anonymous said...

Are you scared of going out for sushi with Sheldon? He actually does very well with chopsticks!!! Just don't give a melting ice cube... as he has demonstrated in his video!! Thanks for lunch last week!!~ Cara

Sheldon Kruger said...

Ha ha...thanks Cara! Yeah, glad we went for sushi last week, not ice cubes. =)

Brother S =)

Alice Marie said...

Dude, you're always welcome to critique my stuff. ;) I can't wait to see the chopsticks blocked out in maya.

Anonymous said...

Hey Shel,
We love having you live at home again. We enjoy seeing your progress in Animation Mentor. You have definatley found your passion!! Good Work!
Love Mom & Dad

Anonymous said...

Cool Cool Sheldon! Very interesting to hear about and see - I never knew so much was involved. Nicole Z

Sheldon Kruger said...

Hey Nicole! Yeah its crazy what goes into it. I appreciate you checking in on my work. =)

And...Thanks Mom and Dad! See you out in the kitchen for lunch. =)

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