Saturday, December 06, 2008

A new approach - Speed Animation

I have been playing around with how to approach a scene. I did all this animation *about 15 seconds* in an hour and 1/2 hour as a challenge to myself. This is how I approached it.

1. make coffee - i wanted to be awake for straight ahead animation.

2. Use a design - i wanted a character i was familiar with.

3. Audio - Listen to the audio about 15 times in a row, really thinking about it in my head and understanding what i wanted to do. This was the new part for me and I think it really helped.

4. Do it straight ahead on 1's in flash. Don't even listen to the audio cause you know whats going to happen. concentrate on the drawing.

5. Just draw the big shapes. Don't stop and go back to clean up drawings. If he goes off model keep going! screw it! you might find he changes for the better. Its so lose when you clean it up you can make it right.

6. after finishing the drawing go back and retime it and fix camera moves. I was drawing him way off the frame but didn't care cause its so easy to fix in flash.

Well it was a fun experiment. Some parts of how i approached it arn't the best way to do animation. This scene could of worked well doing pose to pose for the walk cycle and cycle the animation... I like how the ending turned out though. When I do this again I would defiantly work on 2's instead of 1's. I thought might capture more energy on 1's but it really slowed me down and I had to delete a lot of drawings. I found that sitting down and REALLY concentrating on the music was helpful.

Let me know what you thought? I plan on cleaning him up and refining the animation.
any suggestions would be great.


Kristina Bustamante said...

Oh, my God! Sexy, sexy, SEXY ANIMATION!!!! The part where he slinks past the ambiguous female figure, and his face nearly pressed against the screen, singing "Never turn your back..." - AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!! FAVORITE PARTS!

Dude, and I think you've gotten me hot for Judas Priest. Evil, wicked animator man!

Bob said...

super cool, man. great poses/dynamics. cleaned up i think it would look great.

Matthew M. said...

man for an hour and a half that looks pretty good! It definitely gets batter toward the end, but I think the whole thing is cool.