2 more weeks plz

Sunday, September 10, 2006

I said I would animate something before summer's end, and I just finished uploading it to YouTube:

After the Stop Requested business, I had the idea of a character going thru some expressions as she thought over a difficult test. I started to key it, but the more I did the less I liked looking at the character and I was unsure I'd be able to finish it. So that got scrapped, and I moved to the walk cycle + short action. This new project moved a lot faster, probably because the 16 drawing cycle didn't scare me and I had help from the Survival Guide.
I also decided to scan in all my drawings to see how much better they would look. I would have liked to colour it, but cleanup is horribly boring (I drew it pretty clean anyway) and the colour part, which I have no idea how to do, seems like it would have added 2 more days.

The whole thing, from the quick character sketch to today, took 8 days. Some days I was extremely lazy and produced 2-4 drawings. It should also be noted that the design of the abandoned test girl and this french maid were inspired by Shane Glines. If you check his portfolio you'll probably spot the page that inspired my character. He's got a gift for drawing lovely, stylized ladies.

So, school tomorrow. yay!

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Fan Expo 2006

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Went last Saturday with a friend, 3rd year attending. We mainly go for the Anime, but I think it's cool that they squish comics, anime, horror, sci-fi, and gaming (though they could use more of the video gaming instead of the card games and warhammer stuff) into one massive con. This makes for a much more interesting shopping experience in the dealer's area, instead of just anime all over. I wonder if it's like that at Anime North.

Compared to previous years, I did not like the move deeper into the convention centre. It's such a long trek to the actual may be bigger this year, but I liked being able to quickly go outside for a break or to get something to eat. This year it's a trap to make you pay terrible prices for their special convention food. I got fewer pics of cool cosplayers too since they were spread out more over several floors; there didn't seem to be a definite gathering place for them. Plus: no windows = more depressing

Still a fun experience and an easy way to waste lots of money (I could have spent so much more @ The Labyrinth, but I held back). Here are my pictures: Cosplay @ Fan Expo 2006