Doug's Intro

Animator/Illustrator/Student Director

A drawing is an idea. As an animator, I turn ideas into stories.
I am currently a junior at the Kansas City Art Institute. It's been a blessing and privilege to be a student there after earning my AFA at the Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, IL. I keep this as a journal of my latest projects and explorations in animation.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

"La Seine"

You NEED To Watch This, nuf said.
This is not the final background, but I used this to test the final rendering process for my animation. Everything seems to be working well together. I have roughly 12-15 seconds of animation still needing to be colored.

Pencil Test Depot
I blame this website for the loss of all my free time. I just can never get enough of watching these. To know the finished product and then see the drawings; I suppose this is how astronomers feel when looking at nebulae. You know the beauty that is clear and present to everyone else, but you gain a totally different understanding of it when you see its birthmother.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


My apologies for the Madonna reference. I really enjoyed working with a rig in Maya to throw down some emotion key poses. Feast Your Eyes!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

New Online Location

I'm putting together a website. Nothing special. Just a more cohesive place to put up my stuff online.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Putting Things In Motion

Here are a few successful weight tests animated in Maya. I resolved the exporting issues I was having with playblast, yeah. Now all the videos are in a nice, consistent aspect ratio for easier viewing.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bouncing Ball - Acting in MAYA

The following exercises are to communicate different forms of movement using the graph editor and key frame animation in MAYA. Sorry, the exercises are short and I'm still finding exporting from MAYA to be tricky.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Collaborative Animation: Progress Report

Last week I began pre-production with Amanda Freeman on a collaborative short animation involving our two characters, Madison & Rico.
Storyboards are all roughed out.

And here are some color tests for possible background color schemes.

Here's another pitch that was considered, but we ended up moving to another idea for the sake of time and wanting to bring the project to completion. There's continuity errors and screen direction flaws, but hey, it's a first pitch.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Maya: Reboot

Didn't want to you all to think I've completely given up on Maya. So, here's what I've produced over the past month in that fantastic (yet relentlessly challenging software).
Here are a few camera shots from the small set that I built (still in progress as far as I'm concerned)

I also have a video (below) of my first successful animation in MAYA. Excitement has begun, oh yes.