My next step is to focus on the tone of this scene. So I first collected some reference images and curated a mood board on pinterest, you can have look at it here if you like. I then made a collection of swatches and started colouring in my scene until I found a pleasing balance of tone and colour. Here is where I am at the moment, I still feel it need some tinkering though.
Okay, so I lied in my previous post, 3D animators do get to draw sometimes, but certainly not as much as old fashioned animators. So we relish it when we get the chance! Here is a quick concept design for my new project – a quaint little treehouse nestled in a oak tree. It is going to be a seven second project to upload on Vine. More to follow…
I work as an animator. When I tell people this they usually get quite excited “Wow, that must be a great job!” they say “So what kind of things do you draw?”. “Well…” I explain “I don’t really draw anything, I am a 3D animator”. “Oh…” they sigh as their eyes glaze over with disappointment.
You see most people outside the industry don’t really know what modern animators do. Without tangible hand drawn lines people find it hard to discern where the human ends and the computer begins. Many assume there is just a big magic button that does everything for us. There is no magic button!
So that’s what I intend to do with this blog – demystify the process of computer based animation by taking you through the process of making an animated project. And hopefully convince you a long the way that we are just as artistic and disciplined as our ink based ancestors.