Thursday, September 30, 2010

Incremental #2

Punch sequence - 4 through 8. I liked how these came out and this was my favorite of the sequential movements.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Bouncing Ball

Bouncing Ball from Mike Kelly on Vimeo.

My bouncing ball sequence, it has some issues that I can now see (while posting this) and will go back into to correct.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday, September 17, 2010

Incremental #1

The incremental drawings came naturally since I had done this before in Sajovic's figure drawing. I know this is essential in the study of animation in the real world and felt more "in tune" since I had studied the figure and tried to take as many figure drawing classes I could get my hands on. I hope we do more of these in the future; the static figure is not that fun.


Pendulum from Mike Kelly on Vimeo.

This assignment was a real eye opener in terms of how we interpret movement. I found certain, almost obvious, principles in movement of the object we perceive in the real world. I found that motion blur was almost/is the idea of stretch in animation, noticing that minutia in movement, for me, gives it an almost naturalistic movement.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Incremental Study #1

A study of Muybridge's cat locomotion, I added a few simple lines to show some sort of framework from this sequence.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Metamorphosis from Mike Kelly on Vimeo.

I jumped into the metamorphosis with a tabula rasa, I didn't wish to plan anything prior to animating the sequence. I did notice the importance for variance in the movement and flow of the subjects, whether that be "ease in/out" or some sort of stretch or bend. I have no prior experience in making animation as far as making a short or film, so I almost felt crazy when I saw the short, I kept thinking ", I made this..." I did show my friend Justin, and all that I got was "...huh, that's cool..." The hardest task in the project, for me, was the transition between the meta- and the "local" sequences. I found that some sort of outline of the "local" was imperative to complete the transition without it looking too off or guessed. I think I'll study the Survival Book a few more times on timing and next time I'll vary my movements in more ways than one.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hunt and Gather: Animation Sophomore Year Week One, Part Two

It's a two-fer... This is the playground of my elementary school as drawn from memory. I found this place as a sort of refuge from the usual mantra of "get it right, okay, don't, like I care...", a gathering of kids who would all grow up to out-do each other in high school (covers mainly in Facebook friends and Twitter followers, failing at life is an option under No Child, apparently...). It seems innocent now, looking back on this angled and plastic forest, you get thirty minutes to run around, rarely supervised (theory tested, don't go over the fences...). I kind of miss it, it was where your earliest friendships were made and cemented, four-square, tether ball (actually, just a chain...) and walk around. I hope this nation gets a turn around and lets its kids go, let them explore, run, climb, hurt themselves and learn life lessons in the process (don't lose your balance on top of the monkey bars, unless you like cedar chips embedded in your gums...). The playground is important, keep it.

Hunt and Gather: Animation Sophomore Year Week One

This trail leads to the tar-paved road, can you smell the sun-burnt ankles? A.K.A. my starting point.
First post, here we go... So, I live near this nature preserve known as Burr Oaks; one of the only things in Blue Springs that is worth its weight in nickels. I've always enjoyed this quiet side of the woods (puns are for a-holes...) and for me, it has always preserved its purpose, a place to smoke in private.  Filled with all the splendor of local flora and fauna (while drawing this scene, I got spooked by a deer, Cervidae, the adorable joke...). It seems like the perfect place, granite trails (ash trays), wildlife (four-legged burden), insects (WOAH! IT GOT NEAR MY EAR THAT TIME!!!), and all those cross-country runners from the two local high schools (no, I don't have any more to bum you, sweat bands...), I can always rely on some sort of sight to entertain the soul and mind.
 Before my habit got a hold of my lungs, I walked here as a kid. It was always there and never worried itself to run out of public funding (can't say the same for the overall condition of the city's streets, electricity, public image...), it was the absolute de-rez zone for the child of a master-plan-white-majority-suburban neigborhood. I can't say I always enjoyed the tame nature (sorry spider family, I just wish you were less terrifying and legged) but it was always everyone's litter yard. It invites you too.