Class hours: 9:40am – 2:05pm
- Hello fellow kids! Welcome to a short Week 8. We have class Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. You get a 4 day weekend.
- This morning (for those that read the day before) I have a meeting until about 8:30 AM today, so 7:30 to 8:30ish have a place to be.
- No quiz this week, no vocab this week.
- Students that are not here this afternoon will need your sketchbook and character design Tuesday afternoon. If you bring it home, you are going to be designing from memory.
9:40 Attendance and Article
9:45 Design Homework 8 | Free Sketch
As always on longer breaks, I like to give free sketches for your Design Homework. DH8 is going to be a free sketch, where you can design anything.
- A piece of art for that college you are applying to – Harold something for your Game Design?
- Something for your game you are building to get into Champlain College.
- Some concept art for a video game you want to make.
- A toothbrush.
- Something abstract.
- Something literal.
Regardless, sign and date, and have ready one week from today when we meet.
9:50 Site Maintenance
- First, get rid of the missing assignments by turning late work in. If you are missing work you are required to stay Wednesday for Homework Club. If you don’t, you fail that weeks worker traits grade (and the work still isn’t done). You must stay current in Cawd if you wish to survive academically.
- Work with your partner – remember that you and your partner both need to have the animation on your shared drives.
- No quiz! No vocab to study!
10:45 Break (15 Minutes)
11:00 English with Mr. Bisson
- Be back at 11am sharp for attendance.
- Give your attention to Mr. Bisson who is our Cawd English teacher.
12:10 Lunch (30 Minutes)
12:40 Attendance and Article
12:45 Monday / Tuesday Afternoon Character Design Exercise: Character Card
Today and Tuesday afternoons we are going to be bringing your character to life digitally in Illustrator. I feel the art tools Illustrator are just a little more precise than Animate. Going back and forth between design software in the Adobe suite (Illustrator / Animate / Photoshop) is common practice in our industry, you have to decide on your tool for each project. As a young designer, you are going to have to decide on what is the right tool for the job almost daily in industry.
You are going to start by creating a new document in Illustrator 8.5 inches wide, and 11 inches in height. This is typical “portrait” orientation.
I have gone back and forth on this all weekend, and I am going to say that most likely THIS version of your character will not be animated. Why? A couple reasons.
If we were 100% going to animate your character, it would be better to set up in a traditional animation T pose inspired by “Vitruvian Man” by Leanardo da Vinci.
This would make rigging much easier.
This issue is that this takes away from the design style of the character card, which may look much closer to this image. Notice how we have a more dynamic pose.
So we are going to go for a dynamic pose, likely what you have (maybe) on your character card.
- Main elements on their own layer so we can on the future pull from this file to create our animated character if we wish.
- These elements separate will allow us to grab different elements to create nested animations with.
- Include text at the top / bottom of your digital character card with the name of your character. Try to have it match up with your characters theme. Nobody should be using Times font, or Arial, or god forbid.
- Frame around the outside optional. Something like this from Magic cards is what I was thinking about.
Save as “characterCronin.jpg” and upload to your “week_8” folder. Save the .ai file on your own drive so you can reference later.
Some will have 1 afternoon for this, some will have 2. Regardless the goal is Tuesday afternoon these are complete. (Yes, I am not grading until next Wednesday at 3, so if you have Illustrator at home you can work over the long weekend.)
Here is a character that I am going to be doing with you guys. His name is “Cherry Bomb”. He was a character I created in the 80’s when on vacation at Club Maeva in Manzanillo, Mexico. I drew all sorts of sketches in a blue spiral bound notebook, which I no longer have. Save your sketchbooks!
- He is rather disagreeable.
- He has a tendency to blow-up, when he gets angry, and also can do it on the fly. A little like Malfunctioning Eddie, but more angry and purposeful, and less because he is scared.
- He is built with assorted fire / match / fuse elements.