Body Language Exercise

Second semester has started, and a new rhythm with it. Gone are the days where every key pose and breakdown needed for a piece of animation was provided for.

We now use our own stories and create the animation from top to bottom. It feels like I have been dropped in the ocean and can barely swim. Thankfully, I do know in which order to proceed.

To animate a body language change, I first filmed myself in the act I wanted to reproduce.

My character, Count Drunkula, is trying to open a jar of eyes. A huge jar. He tries twisting it. It does not work. He tries clinging on to it to twist the top. Still does not work. He takes a step back and thinks about it.He then pushes himself all the way back to defeat this lid. Still is not working. He takes a step back again. This time, he is not happy and starts tapping his foot on the floor as a nervous rictus to try and calm himself. His arms are crossed, his brows furrowed. That’s it. He takes the jar and gets mad. He falls on the floor with it and takes it into a deadly embrace. He rolls from left to right, his arms and legs desperately crossed around the jar, grasping to open it.

However, the acting in my video was not exaggerated enough for my taste. So I to draw the key poses with the scene I had in mind. The movements are exaggerated and the scene may bit too long.

The second step will be to draw the breakdown , then the in betweens and finally clean the scene.

I ideally want to add later on another character. Grollo, Cound Drunkula’s monster pet, would arrive walking like a chameleon, sit on his bottom on the floor, pick up the jar and lift the lid easily with his tail. But this story is for later on.

4 Legged Walk and Run Research

When the first semester ended, we were left with an assignment that both excited me and scared me. Directly after finishing studying 2 legged walks, which I still struggle with, we attacked 4 legged. Twice the number, 100 times more difficult.

The thing is I made my life even more complicated when choosing the animals. I did not want to animated the standard horse or normal dog, or even stick to one animal, noon, I created my own. I started looking at animals, wondering which I would like to animate walking, which I would like to animate running. Quickly I was drawn to Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev small sculptures.

They mix animals to create all new creatures. From then on, I knew I wanted to create a derivative of some kind of rat. The story bloomed from there. I decided to create pets for my mad scientist character, Count Drunkula. Obviously, Count Drunkula would have made experiments on weird rats such as the capybaras. That was the primary shape. But then, looking at the shape, I thought it would create quite the character to have crossed with a chameleon. “Grollo”, as I later named him, will walk like a chameleon, in a circular, slow manner, and have eyes and tail like a chameleon.

I thought this pet might feel alone and weird. So I created its opposite: the cutest dog you can think of, a corgi. “Corgi” is a normal cute corgi whom wishes he was more scary, like Grollo. So Count Drunkula gave him a scary collar and googly eyes. The contrast between Grollo and Crogi makes them quite the pair.

I then drew the animals and their respective bones to know how they will move.

I have been studying their walks and habits for weeks and hope to be able to translate this, plus the character I gave them, in this small piece of animation.