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Monday, June 16, 2014

Second Semester Animatics



(Check out my Vimeo for better quality)

For the past year, I have been struggling to explain to my friends from home what an animatic is. An animatic is a compilation of storyboards that are shot, ordered, and timed. It's almost like limited animation. The goal is to represent the story visually, even if it is rough. Professional story artists frequently work rough and the story process is very time consuming. So if you're looking at these and are struck by the fear that Lauren has forgotten how to draw, fear not. 

These were my animatics from second semester. The first is about a mad scientist dreams of engineering a baby but gets intercepted by a thunderstorm and a cooking channel.

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The second is about a turtle who loves his friends and tries to engage them in a day of fun until a new friend arrives.

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 And the last is about another pair of friends. When a waterglass and a wineglass get their beverages swapped, the wineglass has to help the waterglass get to the sink before he pukes.

 
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Friday, June 6, 2014

Still Life Project

This was a project we completed midway through last semester. The Still Life project is our second big project in texturing. We learn how to paint textures, how to do glass and metal, and even how to do subsurface scattering. I chose a candlelit Parisian theme for mine.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Semester in Animation

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First up is the standard Artie exercises. Ringling gives us a basic rig, Artie, and we put him through a few exercises together called the quadfecta. 
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 Second is the Cemetary project. The camera is what's animated in this project, because mainly it's a texturing exercise. 

The third and final project is the Sit Stand project. A character has to sit and stand. That's it. But you have to have a story too. My character Scarold sits down and hears a dog bark. It's not clear what he runs off to do, but in my mind he's going to go eat that dog. 
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As you can see, there were some issues with how the shirt rendered. I was struggling a lot to fix that problem and it might have been a corrupted file. I will render a fixed version as soon as I get back to school, but I honestly jumped through a million hoops to try to fix it and it still came out broken. Technology isn't perfect. 

NOTE: I UNDERSTAND THAT THESE ARE LOW RES. IF YOU WANT TO SEE HIGH RES, I URGE YOU TO REWATCH THEM ON MY VIMEO PAGE.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Check out my Behance!

I got a Behance page and here is the link in case anyone would like to follow:

https://www.behance.net/laurenwithsuperpower

And here is a Viking in case anyone would like a Viking:


Monday, January 13, 2014

New Years Resolution 2014

I gave my new years resolution some thought and settled on this: I want to step up my class work more this year. I want to get my shit together like a real grade-A baller. I've already have pretty good time management skills, but everybody can stand to get better, right?

Here was my goal:
In a perfect world, I would be a total champ. With a checklist in hand and perfect hair, I would breeze through my schedule like a mighty eagle that was plucked and taught to walk upright like a human. 


Sadly, Ringling CA curriculum was not designed for breezing through. In fact, before I came back I stayed up some nights unable to get the worst case scenario out of my mind. What if this is the semester that wrecks me? What if I morph into some repulsive, dirty, exhausted monster version of myself?

Or maybe this year I'll strike some compromise between them like last year. Not glorious and not hideous. Manageable. 

PS. But I still want to be an eagle. Eagle time. Eagle eagle eagle...

Aliens

This was another quick character ensemble personal project. I wanted to reach outside my comfort zone, because to be honest, I've never been that interested in aliens or space travel. But I thought that with enough accessories, even I could do it. I was thinking that their society would be divided into social classes  and the royalty would watch the poorest compete in gladiator type battles. I thought that it would be fun to mix a bunch of hi-tech looking accessories with a bunch of very primitive looking ones.














Old People

Over winter break I had a little time to do a few very simple and short personal projects. I wanted to work a little on character design in ensembles. So this first concept is a group of retirement home residents. I did all of these on a 9x12 piece of paper, so the resolution on the individual ones isn't great just because they were pretty small.