Tuesday, 26 August 2008

LifeDrawing - biting the bullet

I post these examples in the hope that it will motivate me to attend more classes, and be able to look back on these and acknoledge my growth. wish me luck, 'cause I freaking need it.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Primal Fear

I loved this photo in the newspaper. Such a good example of a person in the climax of fear. I found a better quality image on the net. I really like how the one guys has that really classic fear pose with his hands up near his face, not coving his face but more like cowering. Like a mouse. Or is that just because I'm surrounded by mice at work?

Friday, 8 August 2008

Breaking Joints

OK we're back by popular demand (yeah right, Paul)

I've found my niche! Some people upload high quality pics from expensive books, I'm gonna do the opposite. I'm going to upload dodgey photos from poor quality tabliods (eg london lite).
At least then I'm garanteed that no-one else has this cr&p on their blogs, and Whallah! Instant originality. I seem to keep finding the odd interesting pic in the paper, and because after a while, the pages get all brown and old, I actually contemplated buying a laminator just for paper clipings. Then I realised the blogoshpere is just as good a place as any to imortalise these images.
You see I've been thinking, and I've learnt so much from blogs latley it''s time to give a little back. But I don't always like reading alot, so I'm gonna assume you are the same, and focus on adding more pics than text.

So here goes, an interesting example of the 'breaking' of joints in a perfectly real human being. I've been trying to bend my arm this way, can you do it?
Don't ask me why I have a building collection of africans throwing things, I can't afford a psychologist to find out.

But it's interesting how far back his arm goes, don't you think? Give me your thoughts.
On an off note, it's gkinsa funny how that fire/smoke ball seems to eminate from his hand

More to come: some interesting notes and lo-res tabloid pics on walks, and a few pics of people under extreme pressure

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Andrew Gordon Character Animation Masterclass

Happened 10th and 11th July.It was awesome! And it was great to meet Andrew, and thank him personally for all the great splinecasts and animation observations. If you havent read and listened to EVERYTHING on the splinedoctors website, go there now! Splinedoctors

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Whats Up Doc?

It's been too long. And i've seen such kick-ass blogs that inspire me to use this tool to push a little harder, and get more content out. have you guys been to melmade.blogspot.com? What an inspiration this guy is. Such a talented artist, finding his way into the realm of 3d, whilst still having a rewarding family life, and time to draw and blog.

As for me, I've been working at the Framestore, working on thier new movie Despereaux. The trailer will be out in a few days, I'll post the link. It looks great. I am really chuffed to be a part of it all.

I have worked on some of my old animations, and hope to load 'em soon. Thanks again for all of your critiques! Keep it real, maties!


Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Skateboarder walk Cycle

Hi Guys.... what do you think? it seems it's been a while since I've animated, what with all the job interviews, so it feels weird. Your thoughts?

Skateboarder_walk15 from sneakysquirrel on Vimeo.

Friday, 28 March 2008

Two new WIP pieces (again???..)

Hi Guys...for your comments.......
Monkey: Hands/fingers not done, ears not done, most lipsynch done
Moom: blocking still

Proud Monkey from sneakysquirrel on Vimeo.

Moom Mistake from sneakysquirrel on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

WIP Showreel March 08

hello, hello. here is what I've compiled so far...really short and sweet. The Martial Arts piece is still in progress (horrible spine) so please point out any distractions... I really feel I need a new lip-synch piece, it's just going to take time...and i've lost interest in the 'dumd and dumber' piece I was working on. he he.
The Polar Bear stuff belongs to the Framestore CFC, and New Line Cinema, and is animation I did for the Golden Compass Movie

I'm still working on the Walkball soccer shot, and a new Moom performance piece...check out the new Moom 4.o rig on highend3d, its awesome.

To Play the Reel, please type in the password: David
This was to prevent it been shown publicly on Vimeo until the Golden COmpass is released on DVD on 28 April

David Beer Animation Reel March 2008 from sneakysquirrel on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Great talent

In the last few weeks, I've been exposed to some great talent... without even always realising it. Also, many of these people are just 'passing through' where I work, so I've made a mission to collect links to their great work, and I've added them on the right side of my blog. please take the time to browse through thier reels, they are all pretty much based in London

Monday, 18 February 2008


I'd been thinking about a 'throw' pose for a few days, and i kept drawing little stick men...so I started pulling out pics in the newspaper...I had these two pics sitting beside each other on my desk...n it occured to me that it was quite an interesting contrast....and kinda amusing... the motivations are so different, the energy, the intention ...yet in some way they compliment each other too....

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Some Wip pieces

Here are 2 of the pices I've been working on lately.... It's been quite hard to focus on these, what with the job during the week.... I've also started watching far too much tv on the weekends.... it's like I plug myself back into the machine to re-charge for the week ahead! But theres still hope...... yeah?
Keep in mind they are still in the blocking phase, I just made some curves linear to make sure the rotations are working out.

WIP Acting piece Jan 08 from sneakysquirrel on Vimeo.

Sphere of Fear Football from sneakysquirrel on Vimeo.

Walkball footie WIP from sneakysquirrel on Vimeo.

Friday, 25 January 2008

Out of Tune project re-rendered

I spent the holidays re-rendering this short film for the Aardman Talent showcase. Beofre, it had just been playblasted in maya, which does not look good as a final product, but was sufficient for Animation critique purposes.
I'm glad I've given it a bit more of an edge...that was an amazing time in my life

Out of Tune by David Beer (re - rendered) from sneakysquirrel on Vimeo.
London Animation School final film ‘Out of Tune’ available on the London National Gallery website, the film needed to be inspired by a painting in the London National gallery.