I decided to start focussing on working in Maya again. It feels strange after using 3dsMax for 3 years but I still remember most things. I really want to get into animating. Taking Simon Christen's advice I tried to take things a step back and work more on the fundamentals of animation.
Here's an animation I mide with a simple bot rig. (download here: http://www.creativecrash.com/maya/downloads/character-rigs/c/simple-bot-rig-for-maya)
I also started to learn more about animation workflow and it's really interesting. I tried to put some of the ideas in my own workflow: using step keys for blocking and later go into splining to refine things, something I really didn't do earlier. Also, anticipation, overlap and all those principles...
I can't wait to find out more about this stuff.
We went to 25 years of Pixar in Bonn with our animation class, where we saw an exhibition of awesome sketches, sculpts and other great concept art from the pixar movies.
We also went to a master class given by Simon Christen, animator at Pixar, where he presented his own history and work, and what it's like to be at Pixar. He also gave some animation examples in Maya, which was very interesting to say the least.
Afterwards me and my friends got the opportunity to show him our reels and got some very valuable feedback. Great stuff!
Me and my friend Dylan decided to go to the ArtGame weekend in Tourcoing, France.
It was a contest where we had to make an artgame (focussing on visuals/emotion/experimentation...) in less than a weekend. The first hours we shared our pitches and groups were formed. We were a group of 4 DAEers (out of 8 who came) and one French gentleman who did the sound design. Then all hell was unleashed.
We had one programmer scripting our game in Unity, he must have had a hard time implementing everything in less than 24hs, not getting any sleep basically. Luckily we managed to get even on the art side of things pretty soon, not having to discuss too much about style etc. But in the end the result was quite nice and we had a great time.