I animated the character we're working on doing a transition from a run to a roll and then back to a run. Reminded me of a 3rd year project we had to animate. We had to animate a run cycle for a character, transition him into a jump and then back into the run cycle. Gave us 2 weeks. I had to do this in a day.
All day I kept going over and over the mechanics of the roll trying to make it look believable, fast and fun. Back and forth, back and forth. Does it look believable? Does he have weight? Is the secondary working? Does he have personality?
After a while it gets very zen.
Animate the character, playblast to see how the motion looks in real time... (always important. It might look okay when you scrub through but it can look awfully awkward and poppy when played at proper speed.)
While animating I listen to various podcasts. Here are a few:
Riding with Robots (it's my brother in law's podcast and it's awesome! He interviews NASA people and everything!)
Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me
This American Life
A Way With Words
The Glenn and Helen Show
Any others podcasts, you, dear reader, think I should be catching?
I had lunch at Wendy's with my friend John today. He has not seen me since the company Christmas party. He looked at me and said "WOW!" John gets bonus points for THAT particular comment. :) We both got a Santa Fe salad. W00t.
Karate tonight was BRU-TAL.
Sensei Evans had his Krav Maga instructor work with us tonight and he is a hard, hard taskmaster.
One part that was pretty cool though for the warm up was shadowboxing. We faced the mirror and he put on this CD where this guy called out various combos which we'd have to quickly execute. To make it even more of a workout we finished each combo with a knee. Between sets (every 3 or 4 minutes) we had to drop to the ground and crank out 10 pushups and 10 crunches. I want to get a copy of the CD. That sounds like an awesome way to greet the morning.
So, remember that roll that I was animating this morning? I was more than a little amused when we practiced our front rolls and then quickly getting into fighting position out of the roll. This is where my animation prowess exceeds my physical ability. Still, it was fun and I got better at the end.
We also did an exercise where you're on your back (didja notice how I correctly used both `you're' and `your'?) and your attacker is circling around you. We learned how to pivot around on your back and keeping one leg up as a defence. It's GRUELING. We played a game where one person is on their back and the other person tries to touch them on the head. It's tough but it's fun. My partner almost got me and I surprised both of us by doing a backwards roll out of the way. I was more than a little delighted.
My partner tonight (who has a black belt) said "We need to give you a little more training and get you a little more fit and wow, would you be a competitor!"
I'm not sure I want to enter in any competitions just yet...but it was nice to hear. I'm going to start taking the sparring classes on Monday and Friday. I fully expect to be knocked silly. :)
I need an animating icon as well as a karate icon.