Friday, 26 October 2012
So after looking at references tutorials and some coffee and omelettes, i have finally finished my basset hound painting for my mums birthday it took me at least 4 hours to do from scratch by sketching into photoshop and then painting on top with base colours, shadows, highlights and everything else.
This is my fist time making a digital painting and i will say i really enjoyed this project and there are more to come. Tell me what you think?
Sorry i have not been on here for a while i have been upto my eyeballs in overtime and preparing for my internships and stuff like that.
The Basset hound walk cycle is still coming along but i just realised that it is my mums birthday on sunday so I decided to make a basset hound portrait for her as a digital painting :)
Here is a cool tutorial that shows how to do it in stages and build up from there.
Monday, 8 October 2012
SO i decided to scan in some images of what was in the section for the four legged animal walks and principles. As you can see in this description animals walk like us but with one set of legs slightly ahead of the other or slightly out of phase. Again like i said before in my basset hound section you have to focus on the type of dog like size and weight plus the speed that it is going at and whatever little things that need to be added.
As you can see here it has four sections the head the legs (that counts as 2) and the tail but we are just focusing on the two leg sections just now :D. So the back part of the legs is in the PAS POS and the pelvis is going up whilst the front legs are in the CONTACT POS and the chest is going down. Again flip it the other way on the next drawing and you have the same but opposite. This looks like the main frames I.E the extremes.
Here is another full description of a dog walking but the extremes are different from the page above us though so i think it might be different fro other four legged animals because it os obvious that the page above is a feline animal.
SO the two extremes here have the animal on frame 1 with the pelvis down and the legs seem to be in the DOWN POS and the front legs are in the PAS POS and in frame 11 same but flipped with legs.
How do we start and break it down however though which leg do we start with, the front or the back what position the CONTACT of the DOWN or even the PAS. In my theory here the keyframes are focused on the front legs and the numbers are......( 5, 7, 11, 13, 15)
Here is a breakdown of the whole thing with Richard Wiliams oppinion.
We can even break the joints on the four legged walk it we have to here is an example of it in the paws of the animal.
Because It is a basset hound we are studying we need to focus on the weight of the animal. So I placed in a section about how to get weight right.
I also threw in this section too because it shows about the action of a whip, this is for the dogs tail but when we study basset hounds movements we notice that the tail is always up and it moves a bit violently especially when they are going downstairs so this will need to be taken into consideration.
I found this video of a Basset Hound experiment of it walking underwater to show the leg movement, ofviously the skin is not showing what it naturally does but at least it gives you a slow motion of how the legs move. before the back legs CONTACT the ground the front legs are in the PAS POS. which is the same of what is in the survival kit maybe it might just be because it is underwater but i need further study of this before i cant even start to make a walk cycle up.
After searching through and through I eventually found the basset hound in the British Gas advert When you watch it you can definitely see the movement of the basset but this one is very exaggerated you cant even see the footwork because his skin is so low. This is a nice example of skin movement though on a basset. Again this is what looks to be cutout animation with the shapes layered on top and given vectors or something to help get fluid motion on the skin.
So i have finished my monster walk cycle and now I think it is time to attempt a four legged animal walk cycle. I have chosen a basset hound because I have 3 of them in my parents home so it is the best form of research to do on them just now.
I found this portrait of a basset hound online and really like how they captured the look, feel and weight of one and this is a good start to get me motivated.
I know this is not a very good photo from the net because it has a cat in the middle but if we take a look at the leg movement of the basset hound it is in the position where the back legs are on the UP position if you remember from my walk cycle page and the front legs are on the DOWN position. this is strange because in the "Animators Survival Kit" usually the extremes are the back legs are on the DOWN POS whilst the front legs are on the PASS POS however that was for a medium sized dog probably because of the bassets weight and size the legs maybe move somewhat different.
This is a perfect example of displaying the weight of a Basset Hound to start with if we take a look at the skin on this animal it obviously sags over its legs and underbelly. By just standing in this position it shows that this is the main feature of the basset hound and it will need to be taken into consideration when walking so the skin will flop not violently but in motion with its legs.
Bassets are quite heavy animals because they were originally bred for hunting and digging but now they are just lazy things that steal your couch or bed in the house. This is an example of a bassets normal weight of fat. I forgot to say but in the picture above the person holding the dogs chin is meant to show sagging skin. you can see it here on this basset. when a basset walk the underbelly drags most of the weight because of the amount of fat and it makes even the back of the bassets skin move around too when the belly sways from side to side.
This is just a funny photo to show that we could exaggerate the bassets face if we wanted to but i'm not actually going for exaggeration in this walk cycle it will be pure study of the animal for weight and the four legged cycle.
nice portrait here captures the emotion and the facial features of the basset and even when relaxed you can see a lot of weight within the animal
Im sure i saw this on the Gas advert i cant remember but i will find it and get it up here for you to show exaggeration of a basset hounds movements. Again you can see from my comments that he has taken into consideration of the skin and weight of the basset and how it drags right down to his underbelly.
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Sorry that I have not been on here for quite some time now I have just been slaving away at work haha. So today I want to show you my monster walk cycle that i tried out to see if it works or not and i think it looks pretty cool. Like i said before i wanted to try and create something different and I came up with this where you only need to move one leg and keep it going and going.
I coloured it up but the problem was lovely flash decided to cut off on me and iI couldn't load the file after that for some reason so i never managed to get a shadow in which is very annoying but hey ho thats life at least i got it done though.