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Hey everyone. How is it going? You know what’s silly, I don’t even remember what I wrote about last. So let’s just move on forward, shall we? So, what’s going on lately? Well it’s Week 3 of Animation Mentor whoo hoo. This week’s assignment is to Sketch bouncing ball, Animate a bouncing basketball or soccerball, sketch a pose of Excitement, and then make a pose of excitement. I’ve done all of the sketching, but I’m finding excitement a tough pose to do without being cliche, something mentioned in the lesson this week. It’s mainly due to the limitations of the character we have.

Stu has no facial features, no shoulders, and no individual fingers besides a thumb and a mit. So it becomes a bit tough to do some exciement poses. Like take the below image for example:


You know those hands and that face would be tough. Oh well. Oh, haha, I just realized I posted my sketches for this week’s assignment haha. Well then I’ll just move onward. So I’ve been working on my Bouncing Ball Animation. I’ve come up with using a soccer ball and have two different animations.  One is a pretty standard animation, and the other is a bit more…playful I guess.

I’m having trouble uploading a Movies so I will not show that until I can get it on youtube(which wont let me upload yet.)

Otherwise, I have been painting just a little bit. Below is where I’m at with my painting of Allison. The eyes and a little bit of the hair were what I did. The eyes are a little too bright so I’m going to need to tone them down a little bit. The face still needs work. It’s mostly the whites of the eyes that are the problem. The pupils and stuff came out pretty good so far. Still gotta sit down and work some more on some of my fine art stuff.


Well I’m pretty tired and Lazy, so I don’t feel like writing too much more. I’ll try to a better and more in depth post tomorrow sometime.  Otherwise, Have a good day, and Listen to plenty of Andrew W.K.

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So Week 3 at Animation Mentor has started. We’re about to animate now. We have 3 assignments for this week. The first is to animate a ball bouncing in 50-100 frames. The ball is supposed to be like a basketball or soccer ball. Then we’re supposed to Thumbnail that animation, Sketch some poses for “Excitement”, and then to pose Stu to match the sketch, or at least based off the sketch, and still showing “Excitement”.


This is my Stu Thumbnails. You can see me get better as I kept going haha. Drawing requires some warm ups. I need to be drawing every day.

Bouncing Ball

And my bouncing ball drawings…which are shit. However, a bouncing ball requires some physics….well it doesn’t REQUIRE it, but man I dig physics. I did some tests with a basketball. I found that the ball can bounce anywhere from 7-11 times in under 5 seconds. The first fall took .4 seconds. Then the time from that fall to the next fall is .9 seconds…which means that the second contact occurs at 1.3 seconds.

Now the thing I hope fellow students realise is that Horizontal Motion is independent of vertical motion. Also, that a ball should take the same amount to fall that it took to rise.

Yeah, I’m a physics geek, it happens. But I mean…as a guy, how am I NOT supposed to be interested in throwing, smashing, and breaking things? It’s like Physics is meant for me.

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