|My Workspace- Nov 24, 2005|
Biology tells us that eye blinks occur because our eyes need to be re-moisturized. Is that the only reason we blink? Walter Murch (editor, sound designer, director and screen writer) in his book “In the Blink of an Eye” suggests that we blink for other reasons:
“The blink is either something that helps an internal separation of thought to take place, or it is an involuntary reflex accompanying the mental separation that is taking place anyway.”
Essentially we blink where a film cut would occur! It is like separating ideas with blinks. As character animators, if this is true, this can help us to determine when we should make our character’s eyes blink.
Ahh… so I received an early Christmas present this year. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes. I think it was one of the SplineDoctors that mentioned they are a great source for examples of the principles of animation. Yep, you read that right – in a comic! When you can pull that off in still images, you’re 90% of the way there. I can just feel my stomach in my throat as Calvin and Hobbes fly through the air on their little red wagon.
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If you have been following along I’m trying the elusive, to define art. I have a page for the specific purpose, but I thought I would share some definitions that I recently found in the book “The Practice & Science of Drawing” by Harold Speed. None of them really satisfy me… but here they are:
And if you don’t think that this is enough, here are some more definitions.
|Speedalope – Nov 16, 2005|
Ok, I haven’t read it, and it’s a bit dated, but hey, it’s free! It is called “The Practice & Science of Drawing” by Harold Speed. It sure starts out interestingly:
Permit me in the first place to anticipate the disappointment of any student who opens this book with the idea of finding “wrinkles” on how to draw faces, trees, clouds, or what not, short cuts to excellence in drawing, or any of the tricks so popular with the drawing masters of our grandmothers and still dearly loved by a large number of people. No good can come of such methods, for there are no short cuts to excellence. But help of a very practical kind it is the aim of the following pages to give; although it may be necessary to make a greater call upon the intelligence of the student than these Victorian methods attempted.