“The Heart’s Cry” from Riverdance. Animated.

Here’s an exercise that I just finished for my 3D animation class at BYU. It was done in Maya and uses a clip of audio from the song “The Heart’s Cry” from Riverdance. I used blend shapes for the face and a simple rig for the neck and head movement. I also fully modeled, shaded and lit the scene.

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Head study

Had a good time tonight in my figure drawing class. We are focusing on the head and so tonight was a 3 hour long pose. I’m pretty happy with it and so I thought I’d share.


Oh, and by the way, I entered the drawing that I did a couple weeks ago (below) in a student figure drawing show and won third place!


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Figure Drawings

I’m currently taking Advanced Figure drawing and I’m really loving it. Even though I may not doing much life drawing for my career, I want to keep practicing. It’s still a dream of mine to have a dedicated art studio in whatever house we end up in.

Anyway. Here are some recent drawings. The last one is the most recent.



My instructor for this class is David McClellan. His art is terrific, check it out at http://davemcclellan.blogspot.com/

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Early Animation and Vaudeville: Imitation is the Most Sincere Form of Flattery

[The following article was was co-written with Nick Thacker, a fellow BYU student and film major.]

Before the technology for moving pictures on film was invented, audiences were fascinated by the illusion of life created by devices like the Zoetrope and the Praxinoscope which displayed sequences of drawings in rapid succession to make it look like they are moving. Although such animations rarely told any kind of story, it was a glimpse at what would soon be a new means of entertainment. (Myrent 193)

Examples of a Zoetrope and a Praxinoscope

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Tale as old as time—in three dimensions: A review of Beauty and the Beast 3D

iconWith all of the excitement over the new 3D movie technology and the ability to convert traditional movies into 3D, many studios are understandably reviewing their archives for previous hits that might play well as a 3D movie. One example is the upcoming 3D converted release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Disney has also ventured into the world of converting previous releases with their 3D versions of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, The Lion King and the upcoming 3D release of Finding Nemo. The latest 3D-converted release by Disney is their 1991 classic, Beauty and the Beast, and after my experience viewing it, I believe that there are some things that are better left 2D. Continue reading “Tale as old as time—in three dimensions: A review of Beauty and the Beast 3D” »

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