Sunday, 20 May 2018

@Alan - Adding transparent images

I'm trying to add animated gifs to Maya. I've started by just adding one still .tiff file to check it looks ok before tackling the gifs, but it's not working properly. I want it to look like the top image, so transparent, but when I render it is still showing the plane. What am I doing wrong? 

In Photoshop I've tried using the same process as when I create the eyes and phonemes for the facial rigging to see if this worked but apart from changing the background of the rendered plane from black to white, it still doesn't seem to have worked. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018


Next job is to add the drawings in the background and sort out the lighting. Here are the animations for all three clips so far. Then to render and add credits!

Lions & Cows/Rabbits & Bunnies

Chihuahua Wedding

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

@Alan - circles around eyes in render

When I render my character at the moment I have circles appearing around the eyes. I'm guessing this may have something to do with the bleed and/or the eyeballs in Photoshop? I think Hannah had the same problem. How do I correct this?

Saturday, 12 May 2018

"Sometimes you can get married with a dog... in your hands..."

After a slight technical hitch where I lost my hair, I re-added the contraints and I'm now animating.

Love this bit! This is what it's all about for me. Happy.

Friday, 4 May 2018

First playblast - lip syncing

This is the first playblast of the lip-syncing for one of Alice's audios. Still work to do but I'll animate next and then tweak the lip-syncing and eyes afterwards. There are a couple of bits where her mouth & eyes aren't moving because there will be credits there instead.

Enjoying this bit. 

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

@Alan - Facial Rigging and Lip Syncing

The facial rigging of my character is now complete and working well. I'm moving onto lip syncing but am having trouble getting my audio into Maya.

It seems like a simple process - Import, change drop down to audio, find file and click Import. I'm following this to import my .wav file but it doesn't appear in the time slider. I've changed the time slider to 25 fps and increased the time slider to be 500 frames long but it still isn't working. The audio files are saved in the same place as my project is set. 

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Rigging Complete.

 Finally finished rigging my character today after losing a load of work last week. Now to complete the facial rigging and on to animating.