Now quite literally back in the swing of things, I have been working on a few simple dance cycles, to the timing of my showreel track. I sincerely hope the LAVs I had to 'perform' for these dances NEVER see the light of day, but it had to be done!
Again, keyed out by Richard Williams, I have inbetweened this walk and experimented with different timings to make it slightly more unique. I have animated this partly on 1's, and partly on 2's, and am relatively happy with the outcome.
To get myself back into the swing of things and the animation mindset, I re-read Richard Williams 'Animators Survival Kit' cover to cover (and then again), just to remind myself of the animation fundamentals and to ease myself back in. Here is a simple line test of a bulldog keyed out by Richard Williams, to get the animator thinking about the possibilites of secondary motion. I may develop this a lot further (drool, bigger cheeks) and include this in my showreel, but for the time being, its just to get me back in the swing...
I worked for 6 months, had some amazing laughs, but in the back of my mind was my craving to animate. Instead of travelling, I have decided to take a chunk of my savings and put that towards not working for a few months, shutting myself away in my room, and bringing my showreel up to the best possible standard it can be. Bit of a risk, I know, no income, no job, but Ive been animating for 4 weeks now, and after a slow start (I have been out of the game for 6 months remember), I am absolutely loving it :)