bird walk

Walk cycles are pretty difficult to do – you’ve got arms & legs moving all over, the whole body moving up & down – lots of pieces to keep track of.  It takes at least 16 drawings to get a good cycle down. I didn’t love my first attempt at a profile walk cycle this semester – I kind of jumped into it without…

fishbunny take animation

Remember this little fishbunny character, turning its head? I’ve added a “take” to it… as in “double take”. It’s too bad I haven’t worked on sound yet, I think this little guy would like a sound effect.

pose change animation

Here’s the animation assignment from last week – I’m catching up! We had to create 3 key poses, and animate in between them. Although I spent a long time on this assignment I don’t love the result – I didn’t put much into the character design and it shows. When changing poses, it’s best to have an interesting action in between the two main…

fishwife pencil test

Oh my, I am behind again on posting. This animation was for an assignment two weeks ago – we had to demonstrate a “stagger” animation, defined as kind of a shaking motion when someone is under stress (pulling/pushing/lifting something heavy), or if they’re shivering from cold or quivering from anger. The best way to animate this is to draw a series of frames with…

head turn animation!

Sorry for the delay! This week was a little crunched for time, so the blog posting got up late. Last week’s Traditional Animation assignment was to animate two different kinds of head turns – a classical, fully-animated version and a “limited” or “stylized” animation, along the lines of UPA’s Gerald McBoingBoing .  I had a lot of fun on these – I designed a fishbunny (from…

bird & flag

Here’s the work from our third week of traditional animation classes! This goose was pretty fun to do – I spent a lot of time watching reference videos on Getty Images. The “flag blowing in the wind” was a little more frustrating, but still a great experience. Think of any kind of clothing – a skirt, open jacket, cape, etc – all of these…

cannonball v balloon

The second round of assignments in my traditional animation class had us take the same basic ball shape from our bouncing rubber ball exercise and modify the movement to show that it was something entirely different from a rubber ball – a cannonball and a balloon. Before watching my examples below, think about it – how would you move the same basic shape to…

bouncing ball – first animation assigment

Most animation books/classes start with the “bouncing ball” exercise, since it’s a great way to explore timing & spacing of the individual drawings without having to worry too much about the details of the thing you’re drawing. This is the first assignment for my traditional animation class – instead of using paper, though, I’m using my Wacom Intuous tablet and TVP Animation software. This…