First we had to sketch out some thumbnails to show our thought process.
Then we had to make it bounce in Maya. We weren't supposed to use any squash and stretch as that was going to be covered in a future lecture.
We also had to sketch out various poses that expressed 'excitement' and then pose the Stu character into one of them.
Here are my thumbnail sketches
And here is my Stu pose.
After I got my e-critique back from my mentor Scott, I went back into the assignments and made some revisions.
Here's my Stu revision. Scott wanted me to straighten out the one leg more to help with the line of action and to push the feet farther apart to give it more of a sense of dimension. I also tried to make the curve of the spine a little stronger and offset the angle of the shoulders from the hips a little more.
And here's my bouncing ball revision (it also has the Stu pose revision at the end)
I gave the ball a ground plane so that it didn't look like it was bouncing off of an invisible force field (which it totally was in the first version by the way!) And I worked on making the arcs better and more arc-ier.