Monthly Archives: February 2016

Sonnet 27 + personal choice Lip-sync

We were asked to animate a character acting Shakespeare’s sonnet and this is the bit I was assigned to.

At the beginning I was thinking of portraying an old skinny man but since the voice recorded as a deep tone I switched to this beefy old man.

These are few concept sketches for the face and the motion


Similar task for next week we had to animate a lip-sync of any quote from movies or songs we like.

I chose V for vendetta, because I was fond of “V”, the main character, at the time the film was released. The mask of Guy Fawkes which he wears in the movie has now become famous thanks to movement such as Anonymous, and I guess is associated to ideas of anarchism and rebellion against oppressive powers.

I used After Effect to try to animate the beginning of “The fifth of November” a poem quoted in the movie, having the stylised version of the mask itself acting.

Facial expression exercise

Being my best attempt to draw a Joaquin Phoenix suitable for animation quite not looking like him..

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the task was to animate some character reaction to something in a box using facial expressions. I decided to try animating straight ahead. ( no keyframes and inbetweens )

I took me 2 or 3 hours and this is what I came up with:

I am going to do a second attempt before the assessment day.. if I have time to.



Facial expression week

This week was dedicated to facial expressions in animation.


I believe it is something that needs a lot of study to transfer some face acting into drawings, so I choose to analyze a movie that I thought could be easy because of its structure and the many closeups: Her.


Her tells the story of a lonely, introverted man, in what it seems a not so distant future, falling in love with a cybernetic consciousness after a difficult divorce. Theodore’s job consists in writing letters to customers, personating their passed-away beloved ones.

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Said so, he is supposed to have a wide knowledge about feelings and such, but seems unable to deal with his own. Quite all his actions and expressions look depressed and very self-controlled until he starts the love relationship with Samantha (artificial intelligence).

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Even though the design of Theodore may look simple it is really difficult for me to draw main character’s (Joaquin Phoenix) features in a way that could fit animation and even more be able to have a continuity between poses. So I believe I can say facial expressions week’s positive outcome is that helped me spot another skill I need to quickly develop.

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