Saturday, October 6, 2012

Project Yoakam Contribution -Post 1-

Week 1...

    For our second Design for Media project, we had to vote on our favorite proposed ideas and only three would be created. This wonderful idea here, was one of the three that won. Everyone for class was given the opportunity to choose which group they wanted to be in. Our group has the most students the class has ever had on one project with 25 people!
    Thursday was our first meeting and we were all assigned jobs for the project. I was chosen to be the Head of Editorial. I am the person in charge of production documentation and oversee the project's blog, credit list, and the making of movie and research of potential competitions. At least that's how the project outline describes the Head of Editorial role. 
    Anyway for this week I created a customized organization chart that had everyone and their position listed. 
   I also was asked to collect some different choices of fabric to make the puppet out of, since I have a lot of fabric at home.
Mass amount of fabric

Different fabrics

 Personally, I am extremely excited for this project and can't wait to see how it turns out! It has the potential to be an awesome video.

Also here is the projects blog, so you can see the progress of Project Yoakam. 

Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S. MESCHER

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Computer Animation: Bar Model -Post 3-

Progress...


     I worked on a few small objects, but haven't put them in the final folder. I don't have much to say just wanted to update on my progress. We got an extra week to work on the modeling portion of our environment which is great for me, because the stress is now off.

Can Crusher

TV, Beer Bottle, and Keno objects


      On a side note, our next project for Design for Media is a group project. There are 25 of us on the project!!! My job is Head of Editorial, so I'll be posting things I do with this project and the link to the project's blog in a future post.

Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S. MESCHER

Monday, October 1, 2012

Project Pipeline Proposal

Paper Tales...

      For my project proposal, I was thinking a stop motion paper animation. Done the way the first South Parks were done. I've wanted to do a paper stop-motion animation for a long while now, and I finally came up with a concept/story. 
     I want to use 6 different fairy-tales or folktales transitioning into each other. I was thinking animation tricks could be used to transition between them. Using obvious symbols like, red riding's hood to tell what story is being shown. 

    Here are some simplified storyboards for the project. I think their should be a few more storyboards to give the project more life, but I just wanted to get the idea across. Please excuse the poor coloring, I just wanted to demonstrate how I wanted to separate the stories with changing the tree colors. 



        As you can see very rough thumbnails, and I want to explain on each story, give more depth to each story. For the proposal, I just wanted to give everyone a feel for the design of the piece and how the stories would transition to each other. 

       So everyone can understand the jobs needed for this piece, and in my head this would all be done on paper so keep that in mind.
We have 5 weeks to complete this project, so here is a timeline to keep us on track! 

      As a side note, I just wanted to add that I own a Cricut, so this means creating the background will not be so hard. we may be able to have the machine cut out the shapes, if the cartridges I have will work with the design.


Thanks for Reading,
     MELANIE S. MESCHER





Sunday, September 30, 2012

Computer Animation: Bar Model -Post 2-

So many little items, so many...

     So I've been working all weekend on my environment, I want to get it done by this weekend because I need to work on my video self portrait next weekend. It is frustrating that they are due at the same time. I struggled a lot with the pool table, trying to get all the holes right. Well without further-a-due I give you my progress shots!

Bar view of liquor cabinet 

Liquor cabinet

Pool Room

Table condiments

     So, I still have a lot on my list to model, A LOT!. My current number is 23, but that does not include, door frames windows and wall detailing like wood paneling. Needless to say this is going to be a big week for me, because I have to finish modeling the bar, start and finish my Video project, and come up with a great project idea! On a side note, I'm getting really frustrated with coming up with big project idea, because all the ideas I keep coming up with are way too big and I have no idea how to do them. So, I think it is going to be a stop motion piece, but I need to come up with a concept/story for it.

Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S. MESCHER

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cell Phone

Practice may be paying off...

    In my Computer Animation class we had to model a cell-phone. Unfortunately we could not use our own cell which is a touch screen with 3 buttons. This assignment was both hard an easy. It was hard because I had to re-do it 5 times until I figured it out. When I finally did figure it out, modeling the cellphone was really easy. I learned a lot about edge flow and separating the model into different pieces. 




      I finished last week, but I kept forgetting to post it up here. I'm actually pretty proud of it, and I hope it is showing that I have promise, because this was my 4th week working with Maya. 

Thank you for reading,
   MELANIE S. MESCHER

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Computer Animation: Bar Model -Post 1-

References...

     In my computer animation our next project is to model an environment, and I chose to do my parents' Bar, The Keyhole. The link is to their website, but the pictures are not accurate at the time. Anyway, I wanted a challenge, so I thought I'd do the whole bar, where people eat. I'm not going to add the kitchen, the office, or the bathrooms. 

Here are some reference images:



I've already started modeling some of the parts of this piece. 


        I still have a lot to do, but it is coming together. I threw the bar's walls together quickly, so they probably won't stay like that, i just wanted to have an idea on what was happening.

Thanks for reading,
      MELANIE S. MESCHER

Monday, September 24, 2012

Project Hiroshi Hayakawa -Post 5-

Final...

     
      Okay, I finished the three characters I set out to do. I thought about doing another one, but I didn't have time. It was my first time using Sculpey, and I think I did a pretty good job. I really enjoyed doing this project, and I really learned a lot from it. So Enjoy.

Here are some individual shots of the pets.

Pepper

Shadow

Rudy
   Here are some shot of them with themselves. 



Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S. MESCHER


Monday, September 17, 2012

Project Hiroshi Hayakawa -Post 4-

Complete 180...

Rudy
     I completely 180'ed my project. Last week I had decided I was going to do the Victorian time idea, but I had a euphoria moment. I want to do the pet idea, but instead of drawing them in an environment I'm going to sculpt them! Personally, I love sculpting and am so excited about this project now. 
     Honestly, if I could just sculpt all day, I'd be the happiest person ever. Anyway for the project so far I only have one of the three I'm going to sculpt, finished. Of course it's Rudy, because he's my oldest dog (16) so he gets to go first. 




      Also I wanted to mention that this is my first time using Sculpey, I can see why people use it a lot. It has a lot of pros and cons. The fact that it doesn't dry is really nice, but also a curse because it messes and imprints so easily. But the post-sculpting part is so much easier than stoneware or any other kiln type clay.
Final Pallet 


Thanks for reading,
     MELANIE S. MESCHER


Thursday, September 13, 2012

First few attempts at maya.

 Scary Stuff...

   I really do not want to show these sad attempts at modeling, but I figured it would be a good practice to show where my skills set start. Maybe if I learn quickly it'll show how I quickly I can learn something and improve myself. 3D modeling is really where I want to go with my artwork. I am fascinated by the modeling I see people do, and I want to achieve that level of skill. I took ceramics a couple years ago, to understand the 3D space with my own hands. 
   Well anyway here is my modeling I have done the last 3 weeks, the first few times I have touched the program. 

This one is the most painful to look at. I created it the first class, without having any clue on what was going on.
  
After I Learned a small amount more I created this house, which is marginally better than the first. 

Here is my most recent creation, an office chair. There were many challenges with this one, but as you can see I managed to complete it.

   Currently I am working on modeling a cellphone. And I have to give coaching credit to Kevin Harkness, because without him in my class I would be drowning in Maya confusion. So thanks Kevin! 

Thanks for reading,
   MELANIE S. MESCHER

Monday, September 10, 2012

Project Hiroshi Hayakawa -Post 3-

Color Pallets

Pet Comedy

     








       For my pet idea, I created 3 different pallets that would work with all the different pets for the comedy. I tried to get it all in one pallet, but I couldn't since there are different animals. I have given some thought about what kind of "environment" the pets would be in, and I came to the conclusion between Tom & Jerry and Simon's cat. Where the pets are mean to each other in a cat and mouse way. 












Victorian Life




  





       For the Victorian life idea, I narrowed it down to two different pallets. I only want to use one, but i couldn't decided between the two. I like the top one the most personally, but I feel like the bottom one is more Victorian colors. Also I re-drew my character contracts, trying to use "my biggest brush first". 



























    I'm thinking of adding two more male characters, it would be the owl girl's father and another suitor that she prefers to the snob shown.

Thanks for reading,
   MELANIE S. MESCHER

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Boba Fett

Improving My Skills Continued...    

     As you can see I finished Boba Fett. I was thinking of keeping him in black and white. but he looks so much better in color. Also, I have to admit that I use an overlay layer to create the color. So basically I shade the whole piece in black and white, then create a new layer where I "color in" the figure and it creates this rugged dark colored look. This technique definitely would not work for a a portrait of someone, or even a happy piece, but since Boba Fett is a bad guy the look suits him. Also this is a desktop background I created for Zak, as you'll be able to see in the first progress shot.


Progress shots for Boba Fett.




Thanks for reading,
   MELANIE S. MESCHER