Saturday, 7 December 2013

Life According to Slava: Update

Being a resident means i get to carry on doing life drawing for free, which is brill :)

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Observational Drawing: Update

  I'm actually not entirely sure I've ever bothered to post my observational drawing here... but i have this time! Savour it!

This stuff was mainly from Edinburgh- National Museum and the World's End... when i wasn't working.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Update Shmupdate


I've been neglecting my blog, apologies. It seems once you walk out the door of uni, move back home and get rejected or ignored by everyone you get in touch with about employment or just free labour, it kinda kills your creative spirit a little... BUT things are looking up! I'm back in Dundee: DJCAD have seen fit to employ me as a resident animator and i'm working away on my portfolio once more at the same time as gaining some mentor experience soon by the looks of it :) On the side, i'm a lowly waitress, I've gotta make money somehow!

The Residency deal means that i get access to all the university's equipment and resources, as if i were a student again and i get to work away on my own projects whatever they may be at my own pace in my own studio space.

 I'm required to help the current students in some way, and i'm filling out this side of the bargain by guiding the current 4th years in organising their fundraiser- which i headed up when i was in 4th year. When i was in charge it was called DOJ-CON, in 2014 it will be called DEE-CON and i'm working closely with the team to help them make an improvement on 2013's success. D-Con/Dee-Con/DOJ-CON is Scotland's largest free anime convention, it happens annually in Dundee, it involves people selling arts and crafts, performance, demonstration, industry presentation, gaming and cosplay, it's lots of fun and always super busy!

After Christmas

  • The department is hoping to introduce open "surgery" days when Sarah Dargie (the other animation resident) and i will make ourselves available for students to drop in and ask questions.
  • I should become the animation department's resident tweeter... god save my soul.
  • I will be in charge of the 1st year General Course Animation Option Block (Character Design and jointly Animation) At the end of General Course, 1st years must decide what subject they will specialize in for the following 3 years, to help them decide the college runs semester-long "Option Blocks" in which they get a taster of a chosen subject. They may choose 2 subjects to study in option blocks. The Animation OB has evolved a lot since i took it 4 years ago! The students can now choose between Character Design, Animation or Storyboarding.
  • I will continue to help out the team running Dee-Con 2014 possibly focussing my role more on being an artist liaison.
Personal Projects

I've got 2 on the go! No information for either online as of yet, but it's coming soon! Main project: "Fall of the Wolf"- a 2D animated short, Side project: Lip Sync- 2D digital animation.

PHEW! Ok, that's all for now folks, stay tuned for updated everything!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Work continues on Dancing Nina

I realised that i didn't copy a link to my film blog last time there was an update so here's the last few things that happened over there!

Dancer observational drawing!

scene 1 reaching completion

All the feet! (scene 3)

Friday, 29 March 2013

Another Life Drawing Dump (including last ever official :'( )

When i say last ever official, i mean that we just had our last ever timetabled life drawing class before graduation. I intend to carry on life drawing as sadly i feel that my best achievement over 4 years of university has been to learn how to draw naked folk really well. 

Also i may even squeeze in some more life drawing before the end of uni as the 2nd year animators have started offering themselves as models for more exciting poses (with guns and swords etc.)

All biro on paper


I think this fellow was my last official djcad life drawing :'(

I kind of buggered the perspective in this one and tried to fix it by drawing directly on top...

Monday, 11 March 2013

Life Drawing dump

Sorry for the lack of posts, i've been busy, but here's the pick of this semester's life drawing so far :)

Bonus! check out my dancer observational drawings from the Space, Dundee College, over on my Dancing Nina blog.