Friday, December 7, 2012

End of the year!

I made it to the end of my first sophomore semester!! SUCCESS! Here are a few final projects from the last month of torture -- I MEAN LEARNING, yes, learning and academic prowess!



With Penelope the Simple Poly Witch! For this one we had to do a jump, a walk, and a turn with a simple character (no arms) that we modelled, textured, rigged, animated.....cried over...

Simple Poly Trifecta - Penelope the Witch from Katie Knudson on Vimeo.



 Starring Fifi the daring purse dog, who is not satisfied with his life of imprisonment...

Frequent Flier from Katie Knudson on Vimeo.


The line is from 30 Rock...the voice is me...

Are you LISTENING TO MEE? from Katie Knudson on Vimeo.

Happy holidays everybody!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sophomore Semester One, BIG UPDATE

Finally have enough time to update with ALL of the stuff I've been doing in my first semester of Sophomore Year!

For more info on any of the videos, I've got them all up on vimeo with more details and whatnot!


Pantomime Project
Lipsync Character Sheet

Frog Animatic

  Rodent Animatic
Raven Animatic

The Thief Project: Three Storytelling Images for our first pitch!

My classmates chose the first one, the stewardess and the dog, so I created their character sheets:

Next, we had to do a perspective drawing of the layout for our setting!

Ball bounce project:

Primitive Theater:

PHEW! I think that's it! Back to work!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Family Portrait

Whew! Got commissioned to paint a family portrait, been working on this one for a while now. It's been fun to do, good painting practice!
16"x 20", Acrylic

Friday, June 8, 2012

Portrait Practice!

Self Portrait

Molly Hooper from BBC's Sherlock

My mum!

Portrait of a friend!

Lately I've felt the need to do a bunch of quick two hour portraits to practice speedpainting, colors and proportions! Lots of fun! :)
All done in photoshop!

Monday, May 14, 2012


Finally whipped out my contribution to the SPCA show at a local art gallery! All proceeds go to help the animals, yay! Wanted to paint a pug because THOSE WRINKLES, so fun! :)
Done in gouache in 7-8 hours.

Thursday, May 10, 2012


For a while I've wanted to try painting something (or someone) with interesting lighting, so when I was babysitting Alexa, I saw the pink light reflecting from the swing onto her and freaked out. Then I took about a gazillion photos for reference. :) 
Done in ArtRage in about.... 6 or 7 hours total over a few days.

Here's the photo ref I used!
Isn't she so cute? 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

3D Design and Figure Finals

My final for Figure Drawing was to caricature an animal from the Jungle Gardens Zoo near Ringling. I chose the crocodile. And I chose to make it fat.

For my 3D final, I had to sculpt, paint, light and photograph a character and their environment. So I made a Jellyfish Sorceress. She glows. A lot. :)

This was an awesome year, college is amazing and I can't wait for the next semester to start! I'll be working on learning things on my own and continuing to sketch all summer. But for now, I'll be drinking a crap-ton of Earl Gray tea and watching TV to make up for the stress of finals week. :) Have a good summer everybody!

Second Semester Perspective

Now that second semester has ended, I finally have all of my perspective class projects scanned and ready to post, here they all are in order! :)

First Assignment: Strangest Place You've Been

I chose a family member's basement which I had to spend the night in. It was full of porcelain dolls and gave me the creeps. Yikes!
Watercolor and Pen

Second Assignment: Architectural Study in Complementary Colors.
I went quite overboard on the saturation, it's way way to bright! Ah well.
Marker and Colored Penci

"Girl Scout Cookies"
Third Assignment: Playground Takeover, portray one group taking over the turf of another
Girl scouts are determined, old folks homes are vulnerable to cute children. 
Ink wash and colored pencil

"Ruffnut and Tuffnut"
Fourth Assignment: Invented Domicile of a Known Character
For this one we had to take characters from a tv show or movie and portray where they live based on the style and feel of the movie. I chose Ruffnut and Tuffnut, the viking twins from How to Train Your Dragon!
Acrylic Paint and pen

"Midnight Read"
Fifth Assignment: Monster in the Bedroom
For this one, I wanted to portray that feeling I got as a kid when I stayed up late reading. I always felt like when I came out from under the covers the monsters would be there to get me because I was so guilty about staying up late! :)
"Hunting Lodge"
Assignment Six: The Trojan Horse
For this project we had to come up with an interpretation of the Trojan Horse story. I decided to stick to my childhood rural surroundings and go with animals getting revenge on the hunters! :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Figure Drawing Character Studies

For our most recent Figure II project we had to take some of the 15 minute character studies we'd done in class and revise them into complete illustrations of the character! These are my three, Amelia, Dennis and Yolanda!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

3D Design

I've been taking a sculpture class this semester to learn about human anatomy and character design in 3D! These photos are of the second and third project, the Ecorche Figure (aka skin peeled off to show muscles) and the sculpture of the live model. The sad part was that we had to reuse the clay for both projects, so when I had to start sculpting the model, I had to tear away my muscle figure that I spent WEEKS on! Blargh!

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Hello! Just wanted to update with a pet portrait commission that I did for one of my mom's friends over spring break. Heading back to school tomorrow, so excited! :)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Animation and ArtRage

Hello! Just wanted to update with my final flour sack animation:

Also I just recently got the program ArtRage for my computer so I messed about with it last night and here are the results!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

History of CA Rotoscoping

Here's my History of Computer Animation midterm project! I rotoscoped (traced frame by frame) a 5 second clip of the 1968 olympics floor gymnastics competition!

Here's the original video that I used, try to spot the 5 seconds I used! 

February Figure Drawing

Figure Drawings from our Anatomical Reduction unit. We had to take the model's pose, which remained the same for the whole class, and slowly simplify it with shorter time increments, starting with a realistic 1 hour pose and continuing to a fully stylized and cartoony 5 or 10 minute pose! Fun stuff! :)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Traditional Animation January

I'm taking Traditional Animation this semester so I figured I'd upload some of my most primitive pencil tests! Enjoy!

Ball bounce #1:

Ball with tail:

Ball in Perspective:

Final Ball Bounce Project:

Flour Sack Basic Jump! (This was so much fun to make!)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Figure Drawing II and Family Portrait

Some gestures and longer poses from Figure Drawing II. Our main concentration for this course is to capture the emotion and character of the subject by exaggerating their features. Emphasis is also placed on paying close attention to the anatomy of humans.

Finally, a family portrait I painted for my mummy for christmas. Done in a couple weeks in acrylic and gouache. My dad, me, my mom, and my dog!