Wednesday, November 18, 2009


haven't had much time to post. Still on track with thesis so that's good. interning is going really well.

heres a test render of a blocked animation - there'll be some bushes and rocks, and some textures.

early test render from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

This is a blocked animation for Zhenting's thesis.

Dancer_blocked from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

this video is a basic walk for pig

basic pig walk test from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Ballbarians

before we get started - great little doodle site for sketching!

Hi everyone. So things are getting ridiculously busy with thesis. I forgot to announce that I'm back playing intramural dodgeball. After two great seasons, the Artful Dodgers are no more, for now... Nico and I are now on the Ballbarians. We are about halfway thru the season and doing just great. This time we joined the top division in the league. Shit is serious. check out our team blog!

Heres a quick sketch I did for our team. - after we chose the name we found out what it means on urban dictionary - check it out...
Also went to Cut and Paste last friday with Nico.
This was a world design competition. split into 3 categories 3d, 2d, and motion graphics

contestants were given a theme and they had roughly 20 minutes to create an image representing the theme.

it's been a week so my desktop is effing cluttered with So You Dont Have To links.

have a field day with them:

50 browser games + 50 more

Zbrush clothes tutorial - shout out to david kang for that

sexy little color scheme maker

sweet article on a 1 man feature film

6 apps to help you remember

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double post??? - CG textures

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pixar/ luxo parody

cool Left and Right infographic

greast place for cheap cables and the sorts

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SICK digital matte paintings / photo

Sighhhh... more gobelins

15 most brutal execution methods - really tyler?

Monday, October 12, 2009

All Links, All the Time.

sadly no 'new' thesis work to post.... but my desktop - make that desktops, plural- are getting too full of good links. I scoured the internets to find the best of the best webschtuff .....


Steamboat willie - the first disney *cough* Ub Iwerks *cough* cartoon to be fully synchronized to sound.

turkey in the straw - the original tune played in steamboat willie as well as many other notable shows

stefan Sagmeister - renowned graphic designer speaks about the power of sabbatical

sweet millions spot
- sleeping pig - one of my new favorite commercials

sweet millions spot II- bunnies - how could I only show one?

sammich art!

Time Out's top 50 animated films - and no I don't agree and niether will you. 10/pg

in russia algorithm photoshops you!

95 sites you should consider bookmarking

12 Hi-Res Grunge textures. you want.

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Friday, October 2, 2009


not posting as frequently.... but here are some props. Threw on some test lights to try out some different methods on the renders too. - have 3 different ideas for the end render right now.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

a conundrum

Do I change my thesis design/render or not.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Week 1 Done, Do Week 2

Goodbye to my original Grim Skull! While thinking about blendshapes I got into a little modeling frenzy and came up with 2 new tweaks to my grim skull. here is one concept I'm going with. If blends dont work too great with it I'll try my other design.

Just finished putting together a new previz! phew. I'll try to get that up.



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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

year 6.

Too much to talk about. Mind is blown between summer's past and school's future.

gotta get back in the grind. massage some software. develop a thesis.


animatic v.5 from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


worked on this while at Framestore. Was quite fun. My 4 shots were the trainer and scorer. wish they would have let me take my gecko anim tests though. Hope to go back there. really liked the people, environment, and pipeline.

so after the hiatus of being at the beach house....I'm about to take another one and go to south east asia for 6 weeks. really cramming in finishing up my thesis character models and a near final animatic.

- T

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Animatic V. 4

New ending once again.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Up, up, and away

Kinda pissed because I thought I was being "original" (is that even possible anymore?) in my thesis giving Grim square blocky hands and what do i find after watching Up??? oh Carl Fredrickson and his cubey hands!! Curse you carl!!

For the people who care, don't care, should care, and shouldn't care here is my 2 cents about Pixar's "Up". I give it a 6/10 - where Cars would be a 3/10 and Nemo would be a 9/10.

of course it definitely needs a 2nd viewing but overall the movie wasn't anything spectacular and I have alot of beef with this movie and story. The one thing I do applaud the film is for not sticking so hollywood with it. They really pushed design, concepts, reality boundaries, and made the hero of the film a 78 yr old man ( have no idea how this made it past the suits, because if there is one thing I learned in "making an animated series" class cartoons are made based off their marketability. And I don't think many children will want a geezer for an action figure or lunch box or bed. Kevin and Dug? sure but not a senior citizen.) For a more detailed opinion of why it was not a favorite movie, be my friend and talk to me in person.

Top Favorite 'Xar movies in order:

1. Finding Nemo
2. Monsters Inc.
3. Toy story + Ratatouille + Incredibles

( yeah that's almost half their movies but what can I say they are all so good)

Been working on a new animatic - pretty happy with the ending idea. It is based off idea #57 of Pig being a machine/robot and you are going to see the storyboard for the big reveal. 

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Monday, June 1, 2009


been sick as a dog with worms for the past 4 days.

finally getting it out of my system.

E3 started today.  whether on purpose or truly leaked it is funny to see how much has been revealed before today.

honestly not too impressed with xbox's camera gimmick. doesn't seem like it acknowledges differences in speed only position.

absolute best animation was the Rock Band: The Beatles intro video

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ju Ju Juicy Juice

Ã…little sumin sumin for UP 

also a little easter egg I noticed in Up's logo is the front whiteside of the house is an "up" arrow.


Not much to report on.  Watching the National Spelling Bee. Oriflamme. wtf? Guayabera?

Had a good two nights this week with Meek and Neek. Isagoge? Sophrosyne - duh. Can't believe this girl got "menhir" wrong. 

Between brainstorming with them and some others I think I've finally broken out of the creativity cocoon and am nearing a solid ending for the thesis. Am looking to do another animatic soon. Hoping to get character models up to 95% done.


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trippin' - the actual site can play most youtube videos. fun to play with.

Monday, May 18, 2009

animatic v.3


changed ending.
edited some shots/timing
cut some corners by rehashing shots and not retiming

overall timing is a off but good enough for now.

Soundtrack is completely out of whack, but that'll be fixed when I have a finalized animatic.

we'll see if this holds up.

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Meet the Spy - TFC2 - would love to see this turn into a tv or web series

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hot Town Summer in the City

Well we are a few weeks into May and life is just settling down... or is it? spoooooky

Event Horizon:

Living on a "week to week" basis with Ashley. So far it's great and she's the bestest evvvar.

Nico's Un-21-birthdance party

Internshipping at FramestoreMiddle of reworking my thesis animatic - happy that I'm keeping up with thesis production.

The best part of this past week has been the fact that I am able to catch up with all the on demand tv shows!

My friend jordan blit showed me some animation shorts that my pig reminds him of. A bit dissapointed about some of the similarities but oh well. what can you do. It's bound to happen with everything in the world.....right?...RIGHT?!

Still have a big list to make to fully organize my summer beforeI ship off to SE Asia!!

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Demo Reel Spr. '09 !!!!!

Hey guys here's my demo reel.

Animation_Reel_050509 from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Dissapointingly I didn't put more pieces in but they are not finalized enough to justify adding it to my reel. You can still view them on Vimeo though!! take stroll through animation lane!

Even though I am foremost an animator here is some lighting and modeling i've done.

Lighting and Model Reel Spring '09 from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

And of course : SO YOU DONT HAVE TO...

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and a smorgasbord of texturing help from CGTalk

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Le Sigh

heres a new bussiness card

I don't even want to get into what my past few days have been other than horrible. Big set back in life. just need to keep swimming.

Here's one of the best characters in any animation. It is the penguin from Wallace and Grommit " The Wrong Trousers". watch it. love it. watch it again.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


heres a little hype for the new punch out coming on the wii!

Monday, April 27, 2009

1 week left

damn! it's been a week since I last posted - you know what that mean? I've been too busy with other crap - like finals, moving out, selling stuff on craigslist.

i'll post some visual stuff later tonight for the illiterate, because that's what we do here. cater to the illits.

last day of class thurs.? Big Kentucky Derby party at ashleys :)

Moving Holds are the death of me

**edit** Ok - I lied. I thought I'd update content. decided to keep working on my anim for seth.

heres some links for you kinky computer people who stalk my private interweb real estate.

break the law by hacking a soda machine - i do not promote or advise it.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Boring Text Post

Ah! phew! le sigh!

handed in my thesis dvd for lerer's class. what a relief. haven't started the hw for blit or seth though. In an even deeper hole for Hell class.

general thoughts about The Lerer Thesi - A much better turn out than expected. Only 2 people didn't hand in stuff today. It was nice to see everyone's hard work from last semester through now. See where people made changes and what stories changed. Congrats to Chris Meek with what lerer called "the best overall disc of both classes". Congrats to everyone who pulled off the disc as well! Everyone is coming along well and am excited to work with you all next year! Pro about my thesis presentation was the amount of laughs, smiles, and involvement from the audience: w00t! the con: I butchered my new ending when explaining it to the class. So now everyone is biased to it. Most people say they expect a bond between Grim and Pig and want it to end in a similar style of Grim walking away trying to get rid of the pig and pig keeps following.
So where am I with that?? I'll tell you where. back at the end of last semester. wtf.

I'm actually very proud of how I rigged Grim. There were a few errors but nothing crazy. Could have been A LOT worse what with the cloak, sleeves and what not. Did a little diddy with the neck so that when turned JNT A rot'd 50% JNT B rot'd 2/3's of JNT A and JNT C rot'd 1/3 of JNT A.

Setting up some business meetings with my thesis's unofficial Lead Modeler and Lead Rigger. As much as I wanted to be the sole provider for my thesis ( and based off my Lerer Final Disc is doable) I think it is a smarter move to exchange services, though kept at a minimum :) I will however work in hand with them during the process so as to fully understand the rig and models. Will be drafting up a "production schedule" for us soon. My thanks already goes out to them.


60 textures effects and all the good jazz

some surreal inspiration!

beautifu HDR image of times square

SHAVE AND A HAIRCUT - such a rediculous little program for 600$ >_<

Saturday, April 18, 2009

small update

The artful dodgers -my dodgeball team made it to playoffs again. This time we can't fail.

I've been deprived most of my adulthood of good cartoons. I grew up on looney tunes having seen every eps. Well now I happily have volume 1-5 ( just need 6) to be able to relive the golden age of animation ( and start getting another series. Batman + animaniacs Im looking at you)

don't know if i can put the time/work in for seth and jordans hw this week disappointingly.

gotta get this character rigged, redo previz, and dvd out the door.

sneak peak at pixars new short before Up

some photoshop brushes - one day all these brush presets will come in handy for texturing... one day.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Alpha v.1

Doing a basic rig for Grim to pass this semester. Keeping a list of everything fancy I need to add to the rig this summer.

Need to play with a SSS for Pig- I think he'll really look brilliant with it. Considering adding cheeks to his default model.

Both Grim and Pig will get a Remodel session this summer, along with a Z-brush treatment and texture.

Will also need to model, props, landscape, do some color scripts, and a new make a new previz and animatic/storybaords this summer. Oh boy!

Really happy to see Grim and Pig in their "natural" environment. So far they are looking good in the style of the all white scenery.

p.s. I forgot how much I like rigging and lighting!! JOY!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

It's that time again

I havent had much time to post, 's'nor'e' much time to do much of anything else let alone think.

Heres some WIPs

lip sync WIP from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Rough Couch Potato from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Senior Thesis Show '09

Just got back from seeing all of the senior theses

ugh wasted half my day that i planned for modeling >:o

anyways - it was good to see everyones hardwork paid off in their theses.

everyone should give themselves a pat on the back - actually a kiss- for accomplishing it

of course there were some phenominal ones and other lackluster.

A noticible difference between last year and this year's work:

Last year had a lot more pieces that were either great or just plain bad.

this year most of the pieces were all within a happy medium of success - as well as a broad amount of varying skills in all aspects with a noticeable amount of theses that spread the Love (the work ) around the department.

Congrats to all of you again - i look forward to working with some of you in the future.

Got me excited for "The Pig and The Reaper" - and I hope it has you excited too!

It has begun!

Alpha Version 0.1

Monday, April 6, 2009

Another quiet post

great little thing I found on another site and you tube. I know the majority of disneys work is original but it's funny to see them recycle and rehash some of their work.

funny little site you can use on people who don't know what you're talking about. - google it for them

some incredible drawings taken into a 4th dimension!

for those people who like to discount shop online

This is why you're fat - just go.

nice little site to know - when i need to make an actual website

couldn't stop watching this trailer all week - " that's such a samantha thing to say"

ever wonder what inmates on death row get for a final meal??

Friday, April 3, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Last month

April. Last month of "junior" year. Last month before summer. Last month before I work 100% on my thesis.

Heres me and jack acting out some movements for our motion capture class at curious pictures's studio.

you feel invincible in the suit and just want to constantly be moving.

Mo Cappin' at Curious Pictures from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Heres is my latest most up to date animatic - I redid every drawing

animatic for thesis from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

heres my hw for blit today - still in stepped mode.

Rough Change of thought - adv. Blocking from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

picked up more looney tunes dvds from the school library-Need to get more blank dvds too - you can make of that what you will.

Hell class was cancelled today but didnt find out until i was at class.

Napped from 130 - 5. hadnt gone to bed the night before.

jason Osipia's book " stop staring" is awesome.

Ashley got me "the illusion of life" book for my bday - sooooo good too.

we were supposed to do the 11secondclub for Jordan blit's final but we think they played an april fools and posted a sound byte with no vocals. so I don't know if we are still doing that or not. hopefully they changed the sound clip tomorrow. april 2.

asked jordan for some ideas how to go about animating the "marvin the martian" scurry for Grim - he suggested making an alternate rig that has 4-6 legs.

also posted the question at the forums on - hopefully get some good feedback there.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009


So i am redoing my entire storyboard, making a few changes to it, and redoing my animatic. heres how far im rendering the shots. ( this guy is coming out from behind a tree)
also made my first business card - a bit sloppy but had to get it out the door so I could get a class
heres the pose from this week and geuss what - stunnah t won this week. that's 2 now.

heres last week's gollub gesture pose.

Rough Fan and Box stack - Blocked from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Rough Change of Thought - Blocking from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

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Monday, March 23, 2009


worked on grim a bit. really just redid his teeth, made him a nose ( which is a placeholder right now), and messed with his cloak/body proportions.

Registered for next year. My senior year. Finally. after next year it will have been a total of 6 years in college. 2 diff school, 2 diff majors, too many good times.

Next year I am signed up for Lerer's thesis class and am looking to grab a signature to do an independent study.

I found this great video of charles manson. You may ask why it's great. Well from an animators pt of view he goes through so many extreme and wild emotions, it's perfect for reference material. enjoy the laugh.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009


So rather than spending my whole day working on Seth's incredibly long assignment ( though i did for an hr), I have been getting myself so worked up an excited for thesis!

in my dirty diaper full of excitment I went buck wild and started putting my cloud concept art into 3d. Granted I really only roughed out "educatedly"-yet-random clicked away at vertices.

The best part is they were extremely simple to create. So with more time and planning I have no worries about making my cloud props. if only the same could be said about the trees.

back to modeling

Now that I rushed to get the animation exercise done for Lerer I can spend time modeling my thesis and redoing storyboards. Because people came in with barely any work on their anim exercise I don't have to worry about fixing it up for a bit and can get back to the bigger more important picture. Thesis.

Still rough models but I reworked the body shape, gave him a bit of an underbelly, changed up the nose a bit, gave him an eyebrow, added some tails, and fixed his legs. What makes me happy is that for the most part I would call it an improvement and that's just magical.

Also with some diggin' I found an AWESOME expression sheet for wallace and gromit who are inspirations for pig. It's pure goodness. Like a Mr. Goodbar. Aw man I loved those wrapped in yellow - the ones with peanuts.

and for the moment you've all been waiting/scrolling for- this post's .....


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

3D on the mind!

going to create another blog solely for contact info and my work.

here's great links!




Has it honestly been that long since I posted last? sheesh - some people.

Heres a video of some hw for seth's class.

disappointingly i don't have an image from his week's gesture pose contest. now rather than emotions seth is giving us "moments" to act out - this week was a spectator right before his team is about to score.

Once the 5 minutes were up , we walked around the class observing everyones, and as soon as we were sitting back down, I knew he had won it and I told him. He went on to win.

If i'm correct that brings the count to:

Tyler- 1
Nico- 2
Nicole- 2
Deborah- 1

I could tell nico and I had the same idea but he executed the legs and mouth much better than mine expressed. Schweet Stunnah N!

Rough Close Up from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Dodgeball Life:

The Artful Dodgers lost terribly in their playoff game
The Artful Dodgers season 2 began picking up Stunnah S(ven) and a new girl
The Artful Dodgers lost the first 4 games.
The Artful Dodgers won the next 4 games.
The Artful Dodgers play their "Krazy Hat Game" at 5 pm Saturday March 21st, on 53rd st and 9th ave. All are welcome.
The Artful Dodgers play crazy flip cup at 6 pm. All are welcome.

Personal Life:

I turned 23.
I see Elysse tomorrow.
I went to Florida for a week to visit Teddy.
I booked my big summer trip.
I have a ton of thesis to do.
I quit facebook - i think that was awhile ago though.
I came up with a new play.
Theres a bunch of wii game I want to get.
Ashley bought me the illusion of life!!!!


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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

what a fucking week

no details.

stress of life and work is overwhelming.

heres stuff to look at.

Rough penny from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Rough Jump from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Rough Waiting from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

rough basic walk from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

rough ball obstacle from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

rough pitch from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Rough push from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

S. Gollub gesture pose Round 4

Oh yes it's past that day of the week where I can upload a gesture pose.

word was grumpy. I don't think my pose for grumpy is that great really. It doesn't speak grumpy....just cranky old man. Nicole Marino won this week. No one's was really exceptional. her char was sitting down with an aarm across the lap i think and arm covering the spot nex tto her so it seemed you couldnt sit down. and the char was stand offish i guess. This was the first pose I am actually 100% dissatisfied with. I def think i could have made it stronger and more impact less old man. Oh well till next tues...

Heres an updated Ball w/ personality >>>>>>

Updated ball w/ personality from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Heres my blocking for couple interaction hw assignment >>>>

couple interaction blocking poses from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

Heres my expression change assignment ( of course i plan to go in an revise, like every hw, after the fact )>>>>

expression change hw from Tyler Heckman on Vimeo.

interview with patrick smith > i like to think of him as next gen plympton.

best type of 2009

rediculous paintings/illustrations

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Cat, Mouse, and Soda Popinsky

Hewo you digital nomads.

Here is a garbage picture i made for you to be amused by for 3.8 seconds.

it also acts as my lead in to one of Jordan Blits hws for the week.

Take a ball..... with a tail... add personality to it. Rwaaaaar!

On a personal note - The ArtfulDodgers - my intramural dodgeball team made playoffs.

be happy for us.


Friday, February 20, 2009

Animate Expression Change

For my change of expression animation exercise I decided to write myself a letter so I could record myself reading off it. please take a look at the letter I wrote. Check it out!

No. I didn't make that.

But it is the best reference I can find for square hands.
I wish I could make better video footage for animation purposes. It's such as hassle recording on my little digital camera. I'll post a video soon of the footage I made for Lerer's chair pull soon.

Lerer Animation Exercise ( plain walk to door, open door, walk approx 5 steps to desk, pull out chair, sit in chair, study ball on desk): Splined up through the door. basic blocked steps to desk. I feel this is my worst walk I've done. I can't quite put my finger on what it wrong. It's something about the legs either they are too wide, or short. I'm happy with the door opening and stepping through. content with it's timing. Though I feel it lacks much character Lerer said don't add much until you do it right the first time.

Seth HW ( animate a character expressing a change between 2 different emotions) : going to thumbnail, block, and hopefully get to splining it all tomorrrow.

Jordan HW 1 ( animate personality into a ball with a tail) : thinking of ideas

Jordan HW 2 ( animate 2 characters interacting with eachother - they must touch) : thinking of ideas


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