November 02, 2009

Anya in 3D... finished!

"Anya" Animation Test from Rebecca Hayes on Vimeo.

Final piece for my 2nd year 3D Animation unit at uni. The brief was to design, develop, model, texture, rig and animate an original character in Maya. This is my first go at animating a character in 3D. If I had more time I would add some more personality to the hands. I'm still finding the animation process a bit awkward!

This semester is now officially over- time to take a nap!

October 24, 2009

Toy Trouble

Toy Trouble from Rebecca Hayes on Vimeo.

Here's my finished short! This was made for one of my animation units at university. The entire creation process from concept to completion spanned just under 3 months. For this short I tried to focus on backgrounds and compositing within After Effects, so the animation is quite limited. Animation created in Flash, backgrounds made in Photoshop, and everything composited in After Effects.

October 19, 2009

Almost there...

Another quick update. One more shot to animate and then I'll finally be finished with this short! Then on to finish 2D and 3D projects. Then... sleep.

October 13, 2009

Food court sketches

Been really busy with uni lately, so just a quick post!

September 30, 2009

More 'Toy Trouble'

A sample of the backgrounds I'm developing for a mini-project, "Toy Trouble". So far, 10/13 finished... I should probably get on to the animation :|

September 25, 2009

Anya- 3D model

Completed model for 3D class... now onto texturing (ack!).

September 15, 2009

Finished walk cycle!

Character Walk cycle from Rebecca Hayes on Vimeo.

Pencil, Photoshop and a bit of watercolour. I wanted to have the water splashing out of the bowl but didn't have time. I'll be posting more interesting stuff soon, I swear!

Oh and if you haven't already, check out Pencil Test Depot, a new blog dedicated to posting new and old/rare pencil tests! Such a great idea to have them all in one place!

September 12, 2009

Walk cycle- clean up

Pencil on paper. Assignment for my 2D animation class- the brief was to create an "unusual" walk cycle. Pretty happy with how this has turned out so far. Now to begin the colouring process...

And here's a preview of the little guy I made for a Stop Motion project:

September 04, 2009

Walk cycle progress...

So this is my first rough pencil test of the walk cycle I'm working on. My second time animating with pencil and paper. I've started with the first step, and duplicated it for now. It's quite jittery in places like the hair, coat and eyes, will need to fix on the second pass. At the moment I think the blink is a few frames too early, so I'll try and move that aswell.

I'll be adding the secondary actions of the hoodie and ponytail once I lock this down.

Any critical feedback is more than welcome, I need fresh eyes on this! I'm so tired! Ack! Bed!


September 02, 2009


Just a few new ones-

My walk cycle is hitting 35 frames... Back to the lightbox!

August 26, 2009

Tappa Tappa Tappa!

Some more development snippets from my two animation projects:

Still from "Toy Trouble" animatic, a work in progress. Something about this guy makes me laugh.

Hope everyone is enjoying much better weather than Melbourne :|

August 16, 2009


Still no name for her!

Started out as a tiny sketch. Watercolour and pencil.

I re-watched My Neighbour's the Yamadas the other day. It's Isao Takahata's ('Grave of the Fireflies', 'Pom Poko', 'Only Yesterday') last film, made in 1999. It's probably one of my favourite Studio Ghibli films.

The story follows the lives of the Yamada family through a series of disconnected vignettes surrounding their everyday life. It's funny. The animation, colour and simplistic design is beautiful. The structure and style are drastically different from any other Ghibli production, so I can understand why it's perhaps not one of their most popular.

It's fairly long (100 minutes?), so make sure you have a few hours to enjoy it. Unfortunately the only decent clip I could find on youtube was the ending, so I'm posting the trailer instead:

August 13, 2009

Anya... coming soon in 3D!

So this is an original character which I've just started to model in Maya for 3D class. This was one of my first sketches, and I just brought it into Photoshop to make it prettyyyy

August 08, 2009

New things!

Cut-out exercise for an Alternative Animation class at uni. Quite jittery in some(most) places because i kept knocking the camera and i had to get rid of some of the in betweens :S

Aaaannnd a bunch of sketches i put together from recent train/tram trips:

At the moment I'm trying to draw out 2 storyboards, 4 model sheets and a character outline, so I might not have many updates until I'm finished. Gah!

Also I just recently got a twitter account (actually had one made for me against my will, but i'm starting to get used to it). So far it's been worth it just for the tips from AnimPodcast (Clay Kaytis), who runs the Animation Podcast. Anyone know any other good twitter-ers i should be following?

have a great week y'all

August 05, 2009

In progress

Visual development, Completed in Photoshop.

More soon!

July 31, 2009

New stuff + research

Okie dokie, so I have been quite the busy bee as of late, hence the delay in posts. Nevertheless, some recent character doodles/sketchbook scans:

New character for proposed 2D project for school... more development below

observations & face studies. the three kids on the right are from this great book i found in an antique store in the US called "Who is That?". It's basically a categorised directory of head shots featuring famous actors from early cinema! Bargain.

At the moment I'm developing two 2D short films for uni. Just starting research for both of them. Some old favourites of mine:

(Thanks to Ki's Creative Studio for the link to this one!)

July 17, 2009

i'm back! + disneymania

Well I'm back from a really really quick trip to the States for a family/research/disneyland visit! Despite being back for about 4 days now, I'm still too jet lagged (18 hour flight) to write anything of substance so on to some the images!

First stop was Disneyland (yay!!) for 3 days. I got tons of visual research done... ahem:

No, seriously. I've only been there once before when I was 10, and back then I found all the crazy-eyed parents throwing their toddlers at Mickey Mouse for a photo and the long, long lines a tad overwhelming. This time I visited on the eve of my 20th birthday was overwhelmed by the wonderful artistry, craftsmanship, set design and history that I took for granted before. I have a couple thousand photos to sort through before uploading them to Flickr, but for now some disorganised samples:

Over then next 10 days or so, I went across 3 states and visited family. I was able to scan a lot of old family photos and documents- most of which I had never seen before. One day I hope to put a book together with it all, but for now i will just be slowly uploading it all...

Unfortunately I didn't get much sketching done as I planned... however upon my return my disney movie marathon has inspired a lot of construction practice... really happy with most of these as I'm getting a lot faster:

Freehand copies, pencil

I also had the pleasure of seeing UP! while i was in Hollywood- it is an amazing movie! Such a beautiful story and the artwork & animation is phenomenal. Hands down my new favourite Pixar film. Congratulations to everyone who worked on it. I also got to attend the Encore Milt Kahl tribute presented by the Academy and hosted by Andreas Deja which was absolutely wonderful. But that recap deserves it's own post!

That's it for now,

June 26, 2009

Something Old

So this is something I made at the beginning of the year and forgot to post... my first pencil test. Probably one of my favourite assignments so far:

We were each assigned a 20 second soundtrack and had to plan the entire animation using a dope sheet. During the production we weren't allowed to do tests so some of the timing is a bit fast/off.

anywho, i will be away for about 2 weeks so i guess this will be a mini hiatus for the blog. Heres hoping I'll have a ton of stuff to post by then!


June 25, 2009

Train/cafe sketches

gee it really shows when you stop sketching regularly. Trying to ease back into it again, the results were kind of disappointing but here are some of them:


June 16, 2009

Sketch + more

Just a little sketch from last night that made me giggle. I have a few things I'm working on at the moment which I hope to post soon... but first I'm off to make some dinner.


And here's another quick painting from tonight... trying out a different painting technique in Photoshop... semi-successful methinks

June 09, 2009

An Afternoon with Abigale

Or, "Everybody Hates Eloise".

Created in Photoshop & Flash, we had just under 2 months for the whole process.

Would have liked to have had some light background music but haven't found the right one yet. :)

Once my Maya scene stops rendering (third day now...will it ever?), Semester 1 will be officially over :)

June 06, 2009

Another uni update

2 assignments finished, 2 to go. It's all I seem to be able to do lately -_-.

Short Film- "Turn Around"

Turn Around from Rebecca Hayes on Vimeo.

Another still from 2D, which is moving extremely slowly...

But Maya is moving even slower :)

June 02, 2009

More on 'Turn Around'

Post-production- check. A bunch of screen caps from the short film I'm working on- which is 98% finished! Too bad I don't quite know how to export it...

May 26, 2009

Bye bye Booleans

Finished modelling! Hurrah! Would be lovely if Maya would stop crashing.

Now on to the animation....

Less than 2 weeks left of uni... THINGS ARE GETTING STRESSFUL

May 22, 2009

Progress at last

Cue funeral march in the background. Another still from my 2d project, which I should probably think of title for soon...

And to brighten things up a bit, my favourite animated dance sequence:

Yay for cycles. The boy in the orange shirt... awesome

May 21, 2009

Abigale +8

Abigale and her 8 older brothers.

Another painting for my 2D project, which we are animating in Flash. Using Flash/vector art seems very unnatural to me and is driving me crazy, so I'm trying to combine the best of both worlds , painting in Photoshop and than inking it to look more consistent with the Flash drawing tools. Everything is much easier with my shiny new tablet :D

I haven't been doing much sketching at all thanks to assignments, which are all due in a few weeks! 3D is coming along alright albeit slowly, I still can't get the lighting quite right:

I changed the bed sheets again, I think the plainer pattern works better than the bright red one I had earlier.

so, so tired. so much work to do. so much laverne and shirley to watch!

May 14, 2009

Quick post

With some colour tests/backgrounds I've been workin on for 2D.

There's not enough hours in the day to get this all done!! The top one is still a WIP...

May 02, 2009

The Winslows

More developmental work for the 2D project I'm working on at the moment...

It's the Winslow's! Abigale & family circa. 1960's

April 29, 2009

Drawin's and whatnot

Pencil sketch & Photoshop. Dress texture from

From magazines/old photographs

Men! Reference from some great scans posted at Plenty 'O' Fun. Pages and pages of (college?) football players from the mid 50's. Will be doing more of these soon...

Anddd some older ones, ref from film stills

Have spent most of the day researching for my 2D lipsync project, scouring the internet for family history/photographs from the late 1800's- mid 1900's. So expect a lot of those soon...

April 28, 2009

Everybody hates Eloise...

And here she is, the girl guide you never wanted to meet:

Eloise is Abigale's only granddaughter, her angel. While most little girls are made from sugar, spice and everything nice, Eloise missed out on some of the ingriedients and is all spice (a little brat to be precise). To put it bluntly, she doesn't earn her merit badges, she steals them.


Eloise has three basic emotions. They consist of:

Developmental sketches

April 27, 2009


So here's introducing one of my character's for the 2D project, Abigale Winslow. Or, more commonly known as Nan.

I like the original sketch a lot more, I realised too late that I didn't get the smile quite right in the model sheet...

Coming soon, Eloise: