Found an old sketch from when I worked at Junebud and we developed the first boss in the game: The Nobrainer. I had this idea in my head that all he wanted was a tea party. But of course that’s got nothing to do with the boss’ story. I rigged and animated the Nobrainer and it was one of the funniest creatures to rig an animate in this game.
So February was in the beginning a lot about packing, planning and getting my shit together. After getting really sick one week in the end of January I had to do everything I had planned really fast. Like a machine. You know? It kind of looked like this:
Fuel. Task list will be ... EXTERMINATED!
My mom helped me moving here! I have increddible parents. I didn’t ask for any help on this since I know I can basically take the train (5-6 hour trip) from where I live in Sweden. But she insisted she’d drive me since she wanted to see Viborg! And Robe’s parents also showed a lot of interest in helping me since they were interested in seeing where I’d study. I’m lucky to have such helpful parents! We made it to the ferry with one minute to spare early in the morning.
Slight heart attack from almost missing the ferry.
When we arrived on friday the 15:th me and Robe had a nice dinner with mom at a place called Rindholm’s Kro. Very beautiful place with sweet people working there. Really good food and atmosphere.
On saturday I had to say goodbye to Robert. Even though 15 weeks will pass really fast and he will visit me once or twice, I got really really sad! It was hard to shake off!
I got in a better mood later because I met Talía and Dorte! I know them from tegakie/online and it was so nice to finally meet them in person. They are character animation students of the bachelor-programme . They showed me around the city, helped me buy heavy grocery stuff and invited me for tea, “lonely cake” and dinner! <3 Also got to meet their cute cat Tilde. Awwwwwww! Perfect way to start my stay here! I really appreciated it! Awesome, inspiring girls!
Licorice candy and lonely Cake! <3
First day at the course was really nice. The school staff took us out for lunch and showed us around the campus. Really inspiring environment with lots of creative stuff going on everywhere. First three weeks here were on introducing us all to Maya. All the students have very different background and profession (architects, tv-show-2D-animators, VFX). Some of us already know Maya fairly well but most never opened Maya before. For me, these weeks felt kind of basic since I have been using Maya all these years while working at Junebud. But I have to admit, it was really nice to get such a thorough and high paced recap of Maya. So much tools and shortcuts I had totally forgotten about. Now they are all fresh in my mind again!
I made sure to use these three weeks wisely, though. Among the other assignments and demos, everyone were asked to model their own character since it’s easier to learn the tools if you work on something you are dedicated to. I decided to make a pilot (Surprised?) and tried to push myself and learn new things about modeling and rigging. I feel like I actually learnt some new stuff. Especially about some rigging tools I forgot about – and can’t use – when making low poly game graphics these years.
Some of the inspiring stuff you'll find in the corridors.
Been exploring the city a bit by heading out for morning walks and short runs. Kind of got lost in the small beautiful alleys when I was really looking for the lake in the city – which supposedly is very nice to run around. First wekend one of my new friends Daga, from Poland, showed me around the lake and we had a good run together. From where I live, 1 lap around the lake and back is about 9.5 km so it’s a perfect run in the morning before going to class.
The second week the whole class, the teacher and the coordinators went bowling together. Team building! The Norweigian Mikkel won the competition. That guy seems to be great at everything. (Generally, that goes for everyone in this class. I am amazed. And inspired!)
Me bowling. Wonder why I cropped this picture…
Haven’t worked a lot on the comic The Din in February. But it’s as expected since I spend 8-12 hours a day at school. I did however quickly model a super cute reference for Lorentz’ van. It’s based on the Volkswagen bus, and I even found a miniature toy to use as reference when modeling the reference. (That’s funny. A reference, for a reference, for a reference, for a reference to use as a… reference… referenceception.)
So, yeah – the first three weeks here haven’t been a lot of animation yet. This was totally expected and I actually liked this approach a lot. Not only because the teacher was really good at trying to teach everyone somthing new, not only the Maya beginners. But also because this gave me time to settle a bit, get to know my class mates and explore the city. After these three weeks the assignments and classes started to pile up. More on that later in the entry about March.
The pilot I modeled in class. Look at the video for a process-turntable-thing.
Here’s a short video on the first three weeks. I only included a short animation test (The ball, sack of flour and catapult were provided by our teacher) and my 3D model since most of the other assignments were really basic “getting to know Maya” stuff. The 3D model and rig are pretty much a lovely result of marrying the stuff I learnt at Junebud with the new things I learnt here. Like how to model more high res geometry suitable for bone, blend-shape and latice deformation. And how to rig a stretchy spine, legs and arms (that makes the scene explode).
Weeee! I am going to make a new, separate process video once I finished rigging and skinning this guy. And yes, I will make a slower turntable motion.
These are some of the things I have done in February:
We had a fine dinner at Ola and Maria’s place. Have been craving to have that youghurt dessert again ever since…
I ran 10 km in 55 minutes and 10 seconds! 10 seconds away from my goal but I’m very happy about this since I ran 10 km in 64 minutes about 6 months ago. Big improvement.
Race! Lol. BTW, I based one of my 3D model refs
on this vehicle + the old Damier car.
In december I decided I’d attend to the 3D Character Animation course in Viborg, Denmark 2013. My initial plan was to start working at a company again this spring. I have been to some really exciting interviews and have been very positive about finally starting to work at an office again instead of home. Don’t get me wrong, I loooove working from home, grind tutorials and I love planning my days so that I’ll have more time for my personal projects – but I really miss going to an office and make awesome things with awesome people. You learn so much from it and you can share your victories and defeats with someone!
The 3D reference for Sixten’s car of The Din.
Postponing work/contracts meant a lot of worries about losing my opportunities of work but after some phone calls and talking to my close ones I decided to attend the course first. It’s only 3.5 months – no opportunities are lost! I have always been curious about this school. Besides, I kind of planned to go on a temporary leave to attend to this course while working at Junebud. But since Junebud doesn’t exist anymore and I can’t move to potential new job yet (Don’t want to pay double rent for 6 months!) – the timing couldn’t be more perfect to attend this course. Between jobs! If I’m ever to study there, this is my one opportunity. Only draw back is that I have to pay for it myself, but since I’ve been saving for courses and adventures like these, there is no problem whatsoever.
So what is the race in all this? Well, since I planned on starting to work in march-april I had a lot of work planned out until then. And the course starts in February. This meant I had to grind this work all through January.
New years’ eve!
But I managed to finish most of the things I had planned! Most of it.
Anyway, this is a summary of January!
Celebrated new years eve with my dear Agz and our booooooooooys
Wrapped up work
Drew and Modeled 2D & 3D reference for Chapter 1 of The Din
Drawn 23 pages of Chapter 1 of The Din (I planned 30 – but got sick. The rest of the 7 pages are finished now – but in february) (For sake of future stats – The 23 pages were grinded during this period: 7:th-24:th)
So what happens next? In a few days I am moving to Denmark. It’s going to be a few months of adventure, animating, drawing, meeting awesome people and try to run as much as I can. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to participate in the Half Marathon anylonger, since it’s a bit of a hazzle to get to Gothenburg from Viborg – but I’ll do the best I can to stick to my training schedule in case I find a way to go to Gothenburg!
Biggest bun ever! (Birthday)
And here’s a photo of me on a rented snowboard from late December. We celebrated christmas in my home town in Dalecarlia. One of the christmas gifts we got this year was to go snowboarding/skiing. I haven’t done this in years! Even though I prefer my own snowboard (couldn’t bring it on the train!) this was a whole lot of fun and brought back a lot of good memories. It was Robe’s first time in the slope, though – I don’t think he had a lot of fun but he was very patient when I had my fun and dad tried to teach him how to ski.
Now that it’s official I can finally share the reason why I have been so absent as of late!
The company I have been working for since 2008 has filed bankruptcy. This company has been like a second family to me. It was partially my company after all! I was there from the beginning when it was all late Skype meetings and ideas to an organisation in an office. From 5 people to 20+. It’s indeed really something incredible to have experienced this early in my career! I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
It’s been a long and bumpy road with lots of up and downs. We have faced many hardships like these and been able to put our heads together, work really hard and overcome them but this time we did not succeed.
I’m going to be alright but I am very sad about the fate of this company. So many talented people who put their hearts, lives and so much effort into our products. But due to some unfortunate events the company is coming to an end.
I’ve learnt so much these 4 years and I have had a lot of fun. But the last months have been very difficult. These years I’ve dealt with 90h+ weeks of crunches tons of times without any problem because it’s been fun, I’ve been doing it with awesome people, with friends, in the same boat. But to see so many people go, the people you admire wear out, the company slowly going into nothingness and at the same time do 3 people’s worth of work in attempt to keep the company alive have been so draining. This has been going on for some months. I am not lying to you when I say I’ve been doing nothing but sit in my sofa and stare into nothingness when I have been off work (aside from working out – because that is my one and only stress relief these days! Haha!). I’m glad that the waiting for answer about the company’s future is over but I’m very sad about the result.
There is still some work left to do in the aftermath of the bankruptcy but when that’s done next step for me is to update my portfolio and put together all of my best pieces from these years into a new show reel! My portfolio is soooo very old and dusty right now.
I’ll be up and running before you know it!
I’m really optimistic about where I might end up. It’s scary but sooo exciting!
Thanks for everyone’s support through these years, friends and family! Esp. thanks to my Robe and to Kichisu & Monni for being there for me this year when I’ve been stressed out about the future! <3 <3
There, now that I have written this on tumblr, I think I have shared it on all channels. Now I can move on! And maybe start posting more interesting stuff. Sooon!
The comic was updated on saturday with a cover for a new chapter.
It’s a short prologue and I hope to finish drawing it in a few weeks!
Right now I have drawn more than 50% of it so it’s all looking good!