Back To Basics

Posted: October 1, 2011 in animations

I’ve been very busy with the start of the new quarter and my involvement in organizations, but its been worth it! I was recently placed on the Board of The Animation Lodge, DePaul’s official animation student organization. We’ve been working very hard to get it rocking, and I am proud to be an active part of it. I am also taking part in the Sketchbook Project, a traveling exhibition of artwork that will eventually be permanently added to the collection of The Brooklyn Art Library.

As far as class goes, I’ve actually ended up in an odd one for me right now. Due to the new requirements for my Masters, I’m in a course that actually goes back to the “basics” of  animation, i.e. squash and stretch, anticipation, follow through and so on. It’s a bit of a switch since I already have a BA in animation and I got used to more advanced classes. But I do agree that you can never have too much practice in these principles, so I’m getting into it. The weird thing is that we doing everything HAND drawn in Flash, which requires some adjustment. I haven’t quite got a feeling for the line quality yet, but I’m working on it.

The standard bouncing ball you’ve probably seen a million times over. 😉 This was an effort to show two balls made of different materials.
This is a rotating, irregular object, in this case a hammer. The arc could use work, but I think I got the rotation pretty well.
A jump that could use more inbetweens. It’s more of a “long” jump and doesn’t have cartoony squash and stretch, but we weren’t using that just yet. Someone told me that it looked like a Muybridge reference, and I suppose it somewhat does.

This one came out rather nice. It is an exercise in fluid motion/follow through with the squirrel’s tail. I used Preston Blair’s book for reference – and observation of the MANY squirrels hanging out around my apartment.
Lastly we have a whip. Or rather, someone cracking a whip. I played a little bit with the figure on this one, even though the assignment was just to get the action of the whip right. He kind of looks like he’s beating someone with a wet noodle, if I do say so myself. 🙂
Well, that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll be posting more of these little animations, so I hope you enjoyed them!

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