Posts Tagged “Bret Bays”

No, I’m not expecting, nor did I have a kid. Someday, but not today, no.

See, I’ve been doing a lot of freelance as of late, and unfortunately, in that line of work, I often never see the final product. The other issue, is that if you’re working a lot on say Commercials, your name NEVER gets shown on TV really, so I mean it’s cool to see it online, but you have no way to prove someone wrong if they call bullshit.

However, today I found out the game I did some animation on for React! Games has been released. Not only can my resume be updated from “For an upcoming RPG” to “For Helam: A Stripling Warrior Quest”.

If you go to you can see a trailer for the game which looks pretty sweet(reminds me of Crash Bandicoot from a look standpoint). Anyway, If you go about 40-45 seconds in, you’ll see a monkey do this jump attack. I did all the animations for the Monkey as well as a Bat character not seen in the trailer.

So I downloaded the demo to check it out and it looks pretty slick. I saw I could go to the credits from the Demo, so I checked it out, and there it was…my name…

helamcredits I even got top billing! ;)

Nothing is as satisfying as seeing something like that. I’ve never been more proud(career wise, but maybe all time) than I was when I saw that. Just made my day.

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Couple of quick things. Sorry I haven’t been posting, just been sorta busy. My Daily Sketching Idea has failed as I have not drawn in days, doh!. It’s ok, I would rather draw occassionally and really sit and focus on making it good than just sketching something quick to keep my daily quota.

So, on Sunday was my friend Josh Batt’s Pre-Deployment BBQ. Josh will be going to Iraq quite soon for 7 months, so we all got together and it was very nice to see a lot of people I haven’t seen in a while. I’ll be praying for Josh’s safe return.

Last night I did a quick Impramtura layer for 2 panels. They are tinted quite yellow now, one more than the other as I was running out of paint on the second one haha. I found a great website demonstrating the 7 layer flemish technique at The Free Pink Rose tutorial is great. That’s how I want to paint, so I will try doing it that way…Now to just think of what I want to paint haha. So many ideas, not enough preparation for any of them, but I have such a drive to paint right now. I suppose I could have a go at a still life…we will see. I hope to maybe get started on Thursday as I did a very thin impramtura so I believe it will dry very quickly.

Lastly, The next video for the Biped Rigging Series on Cineversity is up. This video is on Mirroring the Taquito Rig. I hope you enjoy it. I’ve been working on the weighting tutorial today and it’s tough. I’m not great at weighting myself, and the model is fairly low poly and a simple rig which makes weighting somewhat problematic. i just hope the tips I present are useful, helpful, and that you learn something.  After this one get finished and uploaded there will be 1 more video to conclude the series, and then I will move on to some other things…I only have 1 tutorial planned for after this series but I don’t know what I will do when I run out of ideas :)

Lastly(for real this time), Last night was my last Q&A for my first class at Animation Mentor. Many thanks to my classmates, and to Joe Mandia my mentor for everything. It was cool, everyone was real cool, hope to see you all  around the campus next class :)

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Some new posts. Hope everyone had a good St. Patty’s Day, I didn’t get to have a drop of the craythur at all, sadly. Oh well. Onto new news…


I know it’s been a while for some of you folks enjoying my Biped Rigging Series on Cineversity, things fell through and I ended up having to do the Priorities video myself which required my own learning of priorities in order to try and explain them. Anywho, it is now available for viewing at Cineversity so go enjoy that one.

Below are some sketches I’ve been doing. The first two are from the last two days, a couple doodles for this week’s Stu Pose at AM.



Below is a sketch I took a bit further because I liked the idea of it. I stopped before going too far. I may return to it sometime.


Last night I got to talk to my friend Karli and it was nice to tell her all the crazy painting ideas I have because she is interested in it and thinks they are cool. Almost motivates me to get cracking on some of them, except I’m just really FN tired lately, haha. Maybe tonight I will start one…that’d be cool.

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So…let’s see. It’s week 8 at Animation Mentor. We begin walks which is exciting. Last week I animated Tailor, and it definitely kicked my ass.

So that is taken care of. Last night I went to Howl at the Moon at City Walk for my friend Libby’s Birthday. It was an interesting experience. I don’t know if I handle crowded environments with a lot of alcohol being consumed and limited space. I’m a big guy so it’s not fun maneuvering around when you’re 6’3″ 250 pounds(hopefully by April I’ll be 225 or 235). But overall it was fun. We left Howl to go to Saddle Ranch, but that was way too crowded, so Kai, Amanda, Josiah, and I walked around lookin for some food. We found Wetzel’s Pretzels. They have this like…Pepperoni Pizza Pretzel…so awesome. We we got some pretzels and we were just chilling outside the store at like 1 AM or so. Then they were closing and one of the guys comes out and says “You guys want some free pretzels?” and we were like “Hell yeah!” so we got like 5-6 free pretzels. So good.


This is the final version of Allison’s Painting. Well I should say the Painting of Allison. I think I am going to move back to the painting of Josh and Brittaney’s Wedding. I’ve been sitting on that for the last…8 months or so, so I think it’s about time to get it wrapped up. Anyway, That’s about it for now. I bought 2 new Panels that I hope to Gesso next weekend and maybe work on some other things. I still need to get all of my art pictures up as well. Oy Vey.

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Dear Friends,

Sorry for the lack of Updates. Stop
I am working on this, I promise. Stop
I need to take a pic of the Allison Painting. Stop.


That is my week 6 public review so far. Stop.
I did it all in Cinema 4D. Stop
Today my car rolled over 100,000. Stop.
I have been listening to The Vandals all week. Can’t Stop.

Happy Birthday to My brother, Drake, and Rick at work too. Stop.
I love my niece and nephew very very much. Stop.
Three day weekend. Heck yeah! Stop.

Sincerely yours,
“The Australian Dynamo” Bernie Bays

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Hey everyone, sorry I haven’t been posting too much, but hey, shit happens right? Anyway, what’s new…what’s new…uhhh Well, I have been back to working out again. I don’t know if I ever made it public, but I was planning on losing 30-40 pounds by April. I started back in late December(like a week before Christmas.) I think in 1 month I lost about 8 pounds which is decent, but I can do better. It’s just been tough because…I am a lazy man. So I had been slacking on my gym time. I hope to change that. I’ve started to crash Rugby Practices at CLU to get some extra cardio on my off days from the Gym. Today was my first time and it went all right. It makes me miss playing.

Speaking of things I miss, wrestling. See, I was once a Professional Wrestler. I believe it was 2005 when my friends and I began training at the School of Hard Knocks with Jesse Hernandez in San Bernadino. I loved it. Jesse is a great guy and I have a lot of respect from him. I learned a lot as well. I trained with him for about 2 years straight. It was quite a committment. I would have to get up at 6:45 AM on Saturdays to meet my friends at the mall to drive 2 hours to San Bernadino. Then we would train for 4 hours and then drive back. Training was a toll which left me not wanting to do anything the rest of the day. And needing to get up early meant not doing much on Friday. So I could say it killed my social life, but in reality I didn’t have one…but it sort of, maybe prevented one, who knows. Anyway, I had a lot of fun and then in the Summer of 07 I studied in London for 6 weeks. It was a break from Wrestling. When I got back, I wrestled in…I believe 1, maybe 2 matches before I stopped. I don’t know how good of terms I left off with. Red, who is like the…Well I don’t know what I’d call him…He was in charge of booking I think and was like an overseer I suppose, he got mad at me for something I hadn’t done, but like a man, he talked to me about it and we hammered it out, and I told him I was burnt out and that he should leave me off shows and the website. I respected him for wanting the truth and coming to me to hear it. So we left it at that, and I haven’t spoken to him since. I’d like it to be clear I have no beef with Red. That’s not the tone I want to convey here. It’s just that was it. It was August 2008 when I wrestled last. Since then I’ve kept in contact with Jesse via Mysapce a little bit, wishing him Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, etc. I respect both him and Red, and I miss working for them. I just don’t know if I am ready to commit again. I don’t think I have the time with work and school. Perhaps in the future. However, I bequeath to you all, the one piece of video evidence of my Professional Wrestling Career on the Internet.  This is a clip on Youtube you can find by typing in Red Bull Bash. This was for the Red Bull Grand Prix and Party in June or July of 06. We traveled up to Monterey and got paid 100 bucks to do a match in front of about 500 people which was a good crowd. They were hammered and they cheered and booed when necessary.

Now, what else… Let’s see. School is going good. We’re on Week 4 which means class one is 1/3rd of the way done. This weeks assignment is to animate 2 bouncing balls of different weights. This week has been interesting because there has been a lot of talk about timing and a lot of physics principles. And Me and Physics are pals. I love Kinetics and Motion with Physics. So we have been talking about Inertia and stuff, but it’s interesting to see their take on it. I think they arn’t explaining it right but whatever. If I see these problems on peoples work I talk about it. Like for example, two objects falling should hit simultaneously regardless of their mass/weight. Unless its something like a Beach ball which the wind resistance would cause different landings. Anyway, I’ll take off my nerd hat for now.  Below is my current take on this weeks assignment.

Lastly…I haven’t done ANY painting in a while. I would like to change that. I also would like to do more drawing. Maybe I will try to do like a sketch a day or something…That could be fun. It’ll keep my skills in check and maybe boost some creativity. Anyway, this weekend, I want to try to get some painting done on Saturday. Anyway, it is late, so adios!

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Hey there! So, I am back from my trip to San Francisco, and man what a Blast! Definitely the way to seize 2009.  I’ve never been to SF so it was very cool to go there and see some of the sights. So after work on Friday I finished my assignment and went to Carp to get Justin. After a quick stop to Rudy’s for some Mexican food, we left for San Francisco at 7:30 at night.

During the drive, around…10PM we began playing “The Name Game”. Which consists of saying the name of a famous person(Author, Comedian, Actor, Athlete, Composer etc.) like Robin WIlliams for example. Then the Next person has to think of a person whos first name begins with the first letter of the guy’s last name. So if Justin said Robin Williams, I would say something like Wynnona Ryder.  So that started at 10…and we didn’t finish until around 9PM on SUNDAY!…yeah, over 48 hours of playing haha. What did I learn?…well, first of all, this was a fun and addicting game. So much that Michelle and Laurie joined in as well. Secondly, While Y’s may be the hardest letter to solve for (well unless you can think of an X I suppose), not a whole lot of people END with Y….The hardest Letter is probably F, G, or H I would say. Because SO MANY people end in those letters, but it’s hard to think of them.

Anyway, after 3 hours, we managed to make it to SF. Michelle had decided to go out and was planning on making it back in time…but she failed haha. THANKFULLY Laurie was home and let us in. The name game continued for about an  hour before going to bed. Michelle came in a wee bit intoxicated looking for her pj’s. It was an odd night. Apparently she had to walk over 3 miles drunk back to her house, ha!

So the next day we began by heading downtown and walking around. We stopped by Union Square, and then a couple shops. We met up with Laurie who got off work early and headed over to the Wharf. By this time Michelle had joined in the Name Game. We took a street car to the wharf and even though we were at near opposite ends of the packed car, we were still playing haha.

We went to the wharf and saw some Seals and stuff before heading down to some place to find some clam chowder. PS-Mission Accomplished! So we relaxed for a little while before heading out en route to Chinatown. We walked through little Italy and found the food part of China Town…Some WEIRD shit there man….WEIRD shit…It must be something about seeing Meat carried in a cardboard box without any sort of covering haha. We went down one street and suddenly THAT was where all the cool shit was happening. Chinese New Year is today I just remembered. So it was some sort of New Years Party. But there were all kinds of cool little knick knack shops. I ended up buying 3 Swords and a stand for 24 dollars. They are of poor quality…more of that later…

We just kept on moving and eventually decided to cook some dinner(and I posted the suggestion of havin some brews). So we(read, Justin) cooked some pasta and lived the Miller High Life. I must mention the High Life….Miller Makes a fantastic beer with the High Life. Not only does it go down smooth, you get a large quantity for under 2 dollars(32 ounces which is almost 3 beers). So when you have about 3 of those, you’re feelin PRETTY damn good. Now, Justin is a small guy and he had 2 of those. Needless to say he was drunk, but he was HILARIOUS! I’ve looked at some pictures and videos of that night and I just laugh. There are videos…but I won’t post them because he’s got “frollegues” who don’t need to see it haha.

The next day, we got up, a skosh hungover, and we went for a walk along a path. Michelle and Laurie live in the outer part of the city, and so it’s very quiet and much more relaxed. We walked a path to get a good look at the Golden Gate Bridge. I got some nice pictures. Then we drove over the bridge to the vista point for some more pictures, and then around 3PM we were off…and yes still playing the Name Game.

And then….by like….9 we were home(and we stopped at Carl’s Jr. for 40-50 minutes). All in all, it was a great trip, lots of fun, and a lot of memories. Below are some choice photos from the trip.

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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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