Friday, March 11, 2011

Micro Rex Zoetrope

In case you missed my zoetrope at the Oakland Airport's Pixar Exhibit last Autumn, Trip Park was kind enough to assemble the images for a youtube clip.

Micro Rex is a character I created for the Super Big Micro Show and, despite being an installation for the Pixar exhibit, is not a Pixar-affiliated character.

It's not the greatest walk-cycle in the world, but not bad for being animated in photoshop without a pencil tester.

And now for something completely different:

Today is the last round of theatre sports for Pixar's improv troupe, The Improvibles. Our Improv-Dome tournament has been going on for quite a while. Rivalries have fostered, friendships torn asunder. Who will stand triumphant? The audience shall decide!!!

I always tell animation students that drawing (particularly observational drawing from life) is the key to growing as an animator. I'd say acting is the second most essential tool in the animator's survival kit. Improv is a great way to hone performance skills, delve into character motivations and scene structure, and gain on-the-spot brainstorming skills all while making a complete ass out of one's self.

Poster by Zombiesmith game designer and fellow dandy Jason Topolski.

37 days...


tinylittlesandra said...

Aww, love this! So cute ^.^ I dont know how anyone draws in Photoshop, let alone animates - so hats off to you.

...By the way 'Irish Rover' is the ultimate Paddy's Day drinking song... or Anyday drinking song for that matter.

Megan Nicole Dong said...

I love it!