Saturday, January 31, 2009

Watch my first ballet animation!

The animation is still a bit choppy, but it's my first ballet animation. I'll add more to it and nCloth dynamics by the end of this month.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My 3d Dance Animation

Work In Progress!!!
I did a dance animation for my character animation final last spring. Since then, I've been working on adding more animation and refining the keys. Currently the tangents are splined, for the smoothest animation results, but most of the animation was done with stepped keys.
The choreography is adapted from Polina Seminova's contemporary ballet piece that is very popular among dancers. The music is by: Herbert Grönemeyer, which is also used in the dance piece that Seminova is dancing to. And special thanks to HighEnd 3d for supplying me with the Andy rig! As soon as I get the video compressed, I'll post it here! For now, a still render will do!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Switching gmail accounts and keeping the same blog is a PAIN!

I'm currently trying to set up my new gmail account as my primary blogspot email, so that I can discontinue using my original gmail account that my blog was first set up under. Huge PAIN!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Skull Cap now working in Maya Fur!

It was a relief to get the skull cap working in Maya Fur. I'm not trying to get the Renderman engine to render out both output fur descriptions (one for the body and one for the skull) together, so that I don't have to render them out in separate passes. However, I think it might make sense to render them separately and composite them later. To see the fur pass of the body, please see my older posts.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Newest Painting

Here's my third painting, which is my version of a korean tiger. I was painting this for a friend, Rob, as he was moving from Denver to L.A. It's still not brilliant, but I'm still getting used to using a paint brush.

New Production Blog!

I've started a new blog to detail the process of my new medical animation project. It is currently a rough work in progress, but it can be followed and seen at:

Please support it, and follow my new blog too!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

New 007 Painting

Here's another version of my 007 painting.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Maya Fur & Sunny the Llama

Currently, I'm working in Maya 2008 and trying to get Sunny the llama's fur working around the face. Maya Fur is a nightmare compared to Shave and a Haircut, but I'll making some progress.

I can't seem to get short hairs around the face though, and with even coverage.

Here is an image that I took with Maya Software of Sunny with 2 fur descriptions. I added a second fur description to it's head only, by using a skull cap, to hopefully gain greater density around the face.

Still working on it...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

007 Painting

Here's a painting I did tonight of James Bond while my boyfriend slept through the movie.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

And we danced all night...

A couple of days ago I had a dance reunion with a few girls I had danced with at International Ballet School, Colorado Ballet, Julia's, and other places around town. A few years ago, I had decided to take the college route instead of pursuing a career as a professional ballerina. This was an incredibly difficult decision for me, as well as incredibly easy. I had been dancing since the age of 3, and had given up my chance at a normal life to practice in the studios for hours each day. But on the other side of things, I wanted a social life, a proper college education, and to be able to eat more than vegtables and yogurts.

The picture shown is of me (burgundy leotard and black skirt) and my friend Emily Small (left) during a Pas a deux class taught by (will remember name and put in here) at Boston Ballet. We're taking class in studio 8, which is located on the top level and has observation window for parents and other students to watch us from (and from where this photo was taken from).

Now that I've been off dance for a number of years, I think I'm ready to go back. And if I can find any more pictures or videos of BB SDP 2000 and 2001 floating on the internet, I'd love to have them!