Friday, October 22, 2010


Hey, so I recently got a better capture of the clown animation and realized I haven't updated the blog on that rope climb animation. Here's how those stand right now.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Baby's First Wish

Baby's First Wish from Marty Walker on Vimeo.

So we finally finished this!

There's a few things I'm going to tweak over the next couple months, but for now...this is it...enjoy...

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Rope Climb Progress

Speaking of the new capture station, here's something I just shot. The rough keys extremes and breakdowns for the rope climb animation. I really like the method of planning I did for this (the bottom three videos on this post). By doing that straight ahead pass, and the "pendulum pass", I completely figured everything out before doing the real animation. The pendulum pass was especially great. It's like, "Do this animation using only the timing and spacing, while still having it read."

Capture Station 2.0

So, I'm staying at a friend's house. I didn't feel like taking the foam-core construction that is my home capture station so I rigged up a new, more portable one. This time instead of building a box, I just taped my webcam to my tripod.

There's the basic setup. This one both works better, and was easier to make than the last. Now I can adjust the height and have better access to the camera's focus ring.

There's really no instructions...I just taped it to that arm....

I'm almost disappointed I didn't think of this earlier.

Captures about as well as the last one.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

What am I doing with my life?

So, I've been doing a lot lately and haven't been posting it here. Silly me!

I started my Independant study in animation a couple weeks ago. Here's the first project. Three weeks of work. I'm somewhat happy with it. I'm a little worried about the readability, but overall I like it. When I went to capture it I had left the actual ball animation at home, so I just did it quickly in Photoshop afterwards.

Oh! And the 2D Studio Tem project is coming along fairly well. We're about half way done with the animation. Here's the progress version.

Now then. I just started on my second animation for the independent study and have decided to document my entire process. Mainly so I can really see the flaws and benefits of it. I've decided to start off a little differently. I'm doing my thumbnails full size on crappy paper so I can really see the relationship of the drawings right off the bat. I just did a straight ahead pass on 2's 3's 4's 8's and 12's really fast to see how I'd tackle it naturally, before thinking about what the Keys, Extremes and Breakdowns are. It was pretty fun, and I kind of like how it came out.

After running it by some professors I edited the first pass. Then I did this quick pendulum pass to really plot out the arc and spacing of the head.

Now to start keying stuff out for real

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Clowns and Cats

Finally finished tying down the clown animation. Just gotta run it by a few people then it's off to clean up.


And another shot from the genie animation!

Oh, and here's the animatic as it stands.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Marty Learns to draw cats 1

What's one thing I learned at the workshop this weekend?
I suck at drawing big cats.

In light of this, today I pulled out every animal anatomy book I could and studied large cat skeletons and muscles in hopes that the mystery of their faces would slowly unravel.

They're starting to!

I couldn't get to the zoo, so I drew these from a video. That's a little better than photos, right?
I'll be going to the natural history museum tomorrow, and the zoo sometime next week to get some real life drawing done.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Animal Workshop

As Promised, here are some of the drawings I got from the animal drawing workshop I went to this past weekend.

Hopefully over the break I'll be able to make it to the zoo/museums to do more studies.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Dog Lightning!

Just a little update on the clown. Fleshed out all of the rough inbetweens and I'm running it by everyone I can find before I tie it down. Should be done soon!

Another test for the genie animation. I'm pretty proud of that lightning.

So, I went to an animal drawing workshop in New York this weekend (taught by Joe Weatherly). It was pretty awesome, I got a lot out of it. I'll probably be posting some of the sketches up here soon.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Animation Weekend!

So, I guess I'll be update frequently with all of the animations I'm working on. This weekend was nice because all I really had to do was animate. Got a bit done, too!

I made the throw more clear in the clown animation. I still haven't inbetweened that part, so it's a bit choppy. Just wanted to make sure it read. I also tweaked some stuff in the other parts. Made the run in faster, and made his legs scramble at the end. Overall I like how it's coming.

I finished the puppet tests for that genie animation. pretty excited about how flexible they turned out to be. There are parts where it's a little obvious that they're symbols, but overall there's chance for more life than one would think.

I also got a chance to do more of that sprite animation. It's for the credit sequence of a 3D short some friends and I have been working on. I'll be sure to post it up once that's done

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Spritely Clowns

Hey guys

Just figured I'd update with a little side project I've been playing with to keep my head on. It's still in it's beginning stages and there's a lot I need to fix (he throws a pie in the middle there...people don't seem to read that, so I'll need to make it clearer), but overall I'm happy with how it's coming out.

On another note, we just wrapped up animation on this one short, and we're in the middle of rendering and special effects now. It's looking pretty cool. I'll let you know when it's done. But here's a taste for now:

While this is all happening I'm in pre-production for another short that should be finished by the end of September. It's a flash animation about a genie who's master is a toddler, and he has to figure out what the baby wants so he can go grant the wishes and go on vacation. Here's a sneak peak at that:

it's not a lot, but it's really just a test to see if the flash puppet for the genie is working properly.

I'll probably be updating more as next quarter progresses.

Best wishes,

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Animation galore!

So, here's the project I was working on. There were a LOT of changes made since I last blogged about it. Most noticeably the switch from hand drawn to symbol animation. I'm not a fan of symbol animation, but we had to scrap it half way through and I ended up doing all the character animation myself in 5 days. Do I want a cookie? Sure.

So, my friend Fenia and I are planning to do a stop-motion piece this summer. I've been playing around with it, trying to get a good workflow, and used to the medium in general. This was my first attempt.

Note: Duct-taping the camera to the table does NOT keep it steady....

Funny story. Originally at the end something was going to fall on the coil and kill it (as seen in the next one). My camera decided not to take the last couple pictures and stopped right after the crawl. It didn't ruin it as a study, but it did take away all of the entertainment value. The camera stole my punchline!

I then ordered a tripod. Which Came today!

Here's my second stop-motion experiment. I was testing out a way to use props and remove them in post. It didn't work out that great because the focus was different from picture to picture. Gotta find a way around that.

Anyway, next time I'll probably show some CG animation.

Till then