Week 7: The week after spring break

As the title suggests, I’m back from my week off. Between you and me, I didn’t go to a beach or anything like that, I stayed home and continued to make art.

After recently finishing the ‘100 Day Challenge’, I felt recharged and renewed. I decided to tackle something I wanted to do for a while but just didn’t do…make my first 2D animation in Blender 2.8.

A couple of week back I played around with the grease pencil (see Week 4) but I didn’t feel I was ready to make a short animation. I’m ready now.

The first thing I needed to do was pick what I wanted my short animation to be. I decided to go to one of my favorite websites, Bodies in Motion, to pick a motion.

Screen shot of the Bodies in Motion website.

Screen shot of the Bodies in Motion website.

Screen shot of the Bodies in Motion website.

Screen shot of the Bodies in Motion website.

Screen shot of the Bodies in Motion website.

Screen shot of the Bodies in Motion website.

The Bodies in Motion website features a lot of great sources for artists including: motions, 3D scans, expression studies, Muybridge and so much more!

For my first short animation, I decided to chose the Wushu 9 motion. Wushu, or Chinese Kungfu, is a martial art.

Screen shot of the motion I decided to choose.

Screen shot of the motion I decided to choose.

The motion consists of 31 frames that I draw out each individually. Now that the reference image of the animation is chosen, I am going to go into Blender 2.8 Beta and start drawing each frame with my grease pencil.

Screenshot of my workspace in Blender 2.8 Beta.

Screenshot of my workspace in Blender 2.8 Beta.

At this current moment, I have finished the rough draft of my short animation, that can be seen below.

My to-do list this week includes: inking each frame, cleaning up the unnecessary lines and adding color.

*Fingers crossed I get it all done.*

JJ signing out.

Until next time.