I’m currently attending SAE QANTM in a Bachelor of Animation, the reason why I decided to take on animation is that I’ve always found animated movies fascinating whether it’s 2D or 3D. As a child Toy Story was one of the first movies that I remember thinking “That’s what I want to do!”, on top of that as I got older I discovered that 3D character modelling was also another interest that I had.
One of my hobbies is drawing… specifically drawing turn arounds of characters, which surprise surprise also correlates with animation! In case you don’t know what turn arounds are, they are basically rough drawings of a character from all angles. This helps understanding the proportions of a character and also helps modelling a character in a 3D or 2D program. I can spend hours drawing a character, the sad thing is I never knew what to do with them once completed they just kind of sat there for no one to see. That’s until I went to a Supanova convention and found out about SAE QANTM. So once I had done my research behind animation I decided to follow my guts and follow my passion.
Here a couple of examples so you have an idea of what I’m talking about these are the drawings that I have previously mentioned as “Turn Arounds”:
All the drawings you see in the slide are drawings that were used for assessments, I will continuously upload my new sketches whether it’s for an assignment or just another one of my hobbies so keep an eye out for that.
I only have little experience with 3D however i’m starting to get the hang of it and I can already see myself spending hours modelling characters that I designed on pen and paper. I’ve been very drawn to 3D character modelling ever since I started playing a game called Overwatch, the way the characters are designed and the way they move just blows my mind continuously. Working for a company as big as Blizzard would be a dream come true, seeing what they do behind the scenes makes me want to join in and start designing the next character with them.
At first I thought I was only interested in 2D animation due to the fact that I enjoy drawing characters turnarounds. I am fairly confident with 2D as I’ve done courses related to that subject in the past, I am interested in creating 2D characters however my skill with a tablet is currently.. something I need to work on.
Since I started my Bachelor of Animation, I began to realize how much I want to be involved in this work environment and I can’t help but feel the possibilities are endless when it comes to animation. I would be more than happy to land on a job that would allow me to create or model characters for others and see it being put to use.
Anyway that’s enough about me, let me know if you have any questions regarding what I’ve said, I’m more than happy to elaborate more and help out.
– Stephen Mazza