Monday, January 30, 2006

Expressions

Greetings-- Well, after a week like last week i ought to be posting more often! I am kinda waiting on a job right now so until then i've continued work on my short!! This design is pretty much finaled, it's been a year in the making. I pulled out some of the first sketches i ever did of him and he was amazingly very similar to this, then i second guessed it and went in a direction that just plain had less appeal. Then i came to this...funny how your instinct tends to be best, spontaneousness is difficult to capture. I think that's why everyone loves Glen Keans stuff, very spontaneous stuff. Sorta gutteral...
I've been doing some quick expression, very rough ones that need to be refined big time but i thought it'd be fun to post'em. That muzzle is going to be a blast to play with.... real fun shapes.

Ya know, the toughest thing about this design is the ears. I like the way that they're sorta graphic but you can still turn them. They are difficult to get right though, lotsa erasing and replacing them to get they accurate angle. It's a booger when you start off a shot them in the wrong spot and you start to turn it and you realize the ear is sliding. Ohhh, it's in the wrong spot, or wrong angle. It'll be a fun challenge technically.
The design is sorta Milt Kahl/Warners/alotta me. I am just realizing how far things can be pushed. I am making it a discipline to force myself to push farther than i might instinctually go. Walt Stanchfield talked about this ALL THE TIME in getsure drawing. His work packets are gold. Jim Hull at Seward Street is going to be putting some together i think.
Ahh, and the test shot for the film you ask. It's almost done. I am just finishing the last few ties downs and inbetweens. I am very happy with it-- I'll post it once it's done. until the infamous "face tutorial" that i've gabbed about for a week enjoy these!
Willermess out!

10 comments:

Jason C said...

Nice and expressive... I know what you mean about planting the ears though.. it can be a tough thing to do..

willipino said...

cool drawings. very simple but expressive.

Matt Williames said...

thank you kindly gents-- like i said, these are quickies i did so, not really final stuff. needs some tweeking-- but thank you just the same

polymover said...

pretty cool drawings, can't wait see to see it moving, you rock dude!

Jeremy said...

Yeah, I like these alot. I'm a fan of simplicity and elegance in design like Iron Giant. The Teddy Newton and Tony Fucile team is brilliant.. kind of like Searle and Kahl. I digress though. If you need a place to host your animation files online, email me and I'll through it up on our server for you.

Matt Williames said...

Thanks to you wlad! and jeremy, thank you for the offer! Is there a difference between you and youtube? Yeah, i know, Fucile can draw like a mutha. I'm not much of a designer--the more i animate the more i realize the significance of knowing what good design is and how that applies to you posing.

J said...

Hey Matt, great site. I'm digging the drawings very much. It's great to see some people kicking the can from a different angle.

Matt Williames said...

Thanks J, very nice drawings yourself!! I miss sketching, when your working and are married sometimes it's tough to find the time for it.

Cedric said...

These are terrific! I can't wait to see the tutorial.

Victor Ens said...

Wow ! What a Blog !!!! Great stuff here, man. I just love it all. More, MORE of it.