Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Video games and the Twelve Principles of Animation

Today I read this amazing article about  the Twelve Principles of Animation applied to video games animation. For the ones who don't know, the 12 principles of animation are pretty much the 10 (+2) commandments for animators.
The article talks about Darkstalkers (1994), a 2D game that followed up Street Fighter II and it's full of beautiful animated examples that perfectly display each principle and how they were be applied to drastically improve the quality of the game.



Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cintiq alternative (part 2)

Due to the overpriced monopoly of Wacom on the tablets market I decided to take a leap of faith and buy an alternative brand to Cintiq. It's called P-Active, I've been having that for less than two weeks and it's time to share a quick review. These are the pros and cons I've found so far:

- less than half the price of the Cintiq eqivalent (19' Vs 21' though)
- no back order (it took me less than 2 weeks to have it delivered from US to Canada, and in the US it's free shipping)
- the screen quality is really good. Sharp crisp and very bright (of course can be toned down)

- Jittering and offsets close to the edges
- a very narrow angle of view. You pretty much have to look directly straight on the LCD
- when working with multiple monitors you get an offsets when you move to the second screen (wich is really quick to fix though, all it takes is a click once the mouse and the pen are on the same screen)

Verdict? I'm super satisfied with the purchase!

If you're interested this is where you can check it out:

This is what I've done wit it in a couple of days of spare time, my first official fully digital illustrations!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Surreal O' Reilly's short

Reading the last issue of "Animation Magazine" I found an article about O' Reilly's latest short, a story about a boy learning the piano in a surreal world. I found it really entertaining and quite funny overall so I thought it worth sharing.

The External World from David OReilly on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Black and white drawings

Ok, lately I've been experimenting a bit balck and whyte drawings, here are a couple of them.

Cintiqs alternatives

I recently tried the Cintiq tablets (if you don't know it's a professional display you can directly draw on) from a friend concept artist at work and I loved them! Too bad they're also ridiculously expensive (the 21' is over 2000$!), so I started looking around for cheaper alternatives. I found a brand called p-active, their prices are much more affordable and since I just had my birthday I think I'll give it a try to see if it's worth it!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Recent drawings

This weekend I felt like doodling randomly, with an eye for mith creatures. Here's the results!