Tuesday, October 16, 2007

John's pose

For those of you that missed class last night due to the pixar lecture, not a problem...that's a legal excused absense and I'll post and crit your work over the next day or so. I'm also extending out this assignment later into the syllabus because everyone is so far behind in this assignment. I know it can feel like you aren't getting to the animation by spending a lot of time in the planning stage, but I guarantee you'll produce better animation and be faster by making big decisions sooner.
John was the only one who delivered a pose this week. Everyone else should do include last week's pose with the upcoming week. Poses will count for half of a letter grade for each week just to reiterate their importance. On to John's pose. John has some great things happening in his blocking and some really good poses. They can, however be strengthened. I did some very crude sketching over his pose submission. What's working in the pose right now is the overall sense of the upright position of it - it's readable that he's a little anxious about looking at the stick. What I'd encourage you to do is to go deeper into the pose...if he's anxious, maybe hold himself more upright..his hands feel like they could show off some tension...standing on his knuckles would make him feel more apelike. Having one hand protecting himself might convey anxiety..there's a lot of acting choices you could do here to strengthen the pose. Graphically, there's a lot of even things happening. His shoulders are parallel with his hips. His legs are at similar angles with his feet both pointing forwards. the arms have a similar bend to them. The hands don't feel fully posed and if they were splayed, or if the weight were more on the fingers, it would read as being more tense, or at least intentful.

I drew some quick stick figure guys (very crude and awful drawings) just to show some ideas about pushing some of the angles a bit.

On our syllabus is the book Manwatching, by Desmond Morris. It's a bit dry in parts, but it's one of those great books that allows you more insight into human mannerisms. I'd browse through one of the chapters on social cues and then go back and rethink your pose.

So, in my long winded way, good work, but push it further! It will help your prop piece.

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