April 2020
Eleven Rig by Eleven Second Club Community
Responsible for: Animation and rendering in Autodesk Maya
An animation exercise for my ANIM 303 [3-D Character Animation: Performance Essentials] class at SCAD. The main task for this assignment was to animate a prop interaction. I tried animating a writing sequence as well on top of that, which has some room for improvement. I also try to imbue some comedy into my work to have that lighthearted feel.
Here's a  quick progression reel just to show how I used my video reference as a guide for my animation.
This breakdown shows how my video reference provides a believable and natural sense of timing for each action. I added subtle movements to my character to breathe more life and personality to him. 
I also added the cup-nudging sequence to add imperfection to the character's action. This also helps to indicate the weight of the cup being light due to its empty state. The following is a more in-depth breakdown from my blocking stage in steps, first and second passes in spline, and my final animation.
Through this assignemnt, I learned how to use parenting and constraints to animate a prop interaction sequence. I also understand the importance of having a clear context or situation in which my character is in. By thinking about what he is writing and creating some little backstory in mind, I was able to create a believable character with a fleshed-out personality.