Saturday, 29 January 2011

Body acting exercise. Week 12/13 CSM

Untitled from Frankie Swan on Vimeo.

The thought of cleaning this up scares me, esp with my ever increasing list of things to do!  
For this exercise we were all given a simple activity to animate and we needed to show a change of mood or reaction through body acting. Mine was 'man see's squirrel'. The man in the animation is a builder spending his lunch break in a park. The grumpy squirrel has just had a bad time searching for nuts all day and tries to take a break on the same park bench. The macho builder becomes increasingly more camp as he sees the cute critter and tries to stroke it. But the squirrel is having none of it.  

More Character development

On the northern line, week 13 plus others

'Be relentless in searching for ways to improve your drawings' (Stanchfield, p311) 
I will!!
if you have any tips or suggestions that might help me in my quest for improvement please leave a comment/feedback.

Sunday, 23 January 2011


Was supposed to be doing work tonight, but instead I started playing around with my new wacom tablet. 

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Animal Run. Week 11 CSM

week 11 CSM from Frankie Swan on Vimeo.

Just finished my first week back to Uni after a glorious christmas holiday, took me a couple of days to adjust my sleeping pattern but i 'm settled in now and glad to back. 
Our fist assignment was to animate an animal run. Having already done an animal walk i wanted to try something different and animate a run in two point perspective. It was quite challenging trying to maintain the structure and getting the proportions correct (of near enough correct) but i think it does the job of creating the illusion of the 3rd dimension, which is definitely something i want to get to grips with over this year.
I want to clean this up and color it, but i am not sure what method i should use yet. The tail could use a bit more follow through and face needs movement in the mouth and nose which i will sort out. Do you see any thing else that needs changing?? Or have any clean up suggestions??? 
please please please leave a comment.    

On the northern line, week 11 plus other observations

Reading through Walt Stanchfield famous lecture notes in Drawn to Life has totally changed my approach to drawing. Over this term i will be trying hard to put his lessons into practice. It was also highly recommended to me by animators Timothy McCourt and Wesley Louis and so I strongly urge everyone to get this book!    

Monday, 10 January 2011

Further Developments

Still developing a character for next terms task project, not entirely happy with theses designs so i will continue with some more tonight. Please leave some feedback otherwise i can see myself dragging out this design process for a very long time. 

Monday, 3 January 2011

Warming Up

I have been way to festive over this holiday and haven't done any life studies! 
Fortunately I finally snapped out of the holiday spirit today and produced these.  

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Scrappy Sketchbook Spreads

Happy New year everyone!
Here are some early developments of a character idea that i may animate next term.