Floyd Bishop

What’s up with the lack of posts?

April 20th, 2009

Gall Bladder

Drawing by friend, officemate, and fellow animator Brad Constantine

So what’s up with your posts? How come you’re not posting so often? Well, I’ve been sick.

I’ve been sick off and on since the beginning of 2009, but after several visits to the emergency room, the doctors finally figured out what my problem was and yanked my gall bladder. The surgery was nothing like the whiteboard drawing you see above.

Anyway, the point is, I’m feeling much better, and I’m getting back into posting more frequently. Posting on the blog is something I really enjoy, and as I get better, I hope to get back into daily posts again.

-Floyd Bishop

“Where do you get your ideas?”

October 26th, 2008

homer brain

After showing someone some character animation I have been working on, I was asked “Where do you get your ideas?”

My answer was “all over the place”.

Jillian Tamaki had a recent post where she talks a bit about the process she goes through in regards to idea generation. I thought it might be worthwhile to talk a bit about what goes through my head when approaching a character for the first time.

When I get a character to work on that has no animation done before hand, it’s exciting and scary all at the same time. You are defining this character, and making it appear that he/she/it is living for themselves. My process is basically the same as Ollie Johnston’s “What is the character thinking, and why does he feel that way?” Also, “Would anyone other than your mother want to watch it?”

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