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Astral is Doing Animation??!!

2015-05-02 02:46:13 by AstralTK

Yes I am and will be working on animation or maybe even a bit of something animated. I am very interested in animation the very thought of animating things what with all of the NG artist here whom have already posted several animated pieces or lengthy animations to boot has me so stoked!

Speaking of animtion I just so happened to come across something on Tumblr which I am going to try out it's "51 Great Animation Excercises" and I will be attempting all 51 of these said exercises in hopes of prepping myself to finally step into the animation aspect of my career as an artist.

The exciting part in all of this is that these exercises are put into levels from easy stuff to well not so easy stuff lol regardless it will be fun attempting all 51 of these.

For those of you who like me are completely taken in by the animation aspect of art or already are animating and want to begin animating or brushing up on your skill as an artist/animator you are more than welcome to join me in these excersises.

I will be posting the execises I had found here in this journal so that you all may learn with me and learn how to create step by step animations at our own pace.

Now to the good part Below you will find the exercises as well as other helpful bits of info from this Tumblr post.

( Also before you begin with these exercises I would like to again point out that I FOUND THIS ON TUMBLR IT IS NOT MINE IT BELONGS TO THESE GUYS I am merely sharing their knowledge and step by step exercises etc )

(And if you would like to follow my Progress on these animations visit this link and check em out;

[ Last note: As I finish these Exercises I will be crossing them off so you all know where I am at on these exercises incase you're interested in that kind of thing. And if any of these turn out to be a lot of fun I may end up posting some stuff on here.. Okay that's enough out of me you've read enough from my crazyself from here on out is from the guys from Enjoy ]

Some of these exercises you may have done or seen before; some maybe not. Consider doing each of them, even if you did once previously, because returning to an old exercise to see how much you’ve progressed is a very valuable experience.

Level 1 Exercises

(Do not discount their simplicity! Here you have the principals of animation, which all other animation is built on. They are worth your time and effort.)

Ball Bouncing in place, no decay (loop) [COMPLETED]
Ball Bouncing across the screen [COMPLETED]
Brick falling from a shelf onto the ground [IN PROGRESS]
Simple character head turn [COMING UP NEXT]
Character head turn with anticipation [LATER]
Character blinking [EVEN LATER]
Character thinking [tougher than it sounds!]
Flour Sack waving (loop)
Flour Sack jumping
Flour Sack falling (loop or hitting the ground)
Flour Sack kicking a ball

Level 2 Exercises

Change in Character emotion (happy to sad, sad to angry, etc.)
Character jumping over a gap
Standing up (from a chair)
Walk Cycle [oldie but goodie!]
Character on a pogo stick (loop)
Reaching for an object on a shelf overhead
Quick motion smear/blur
Taking a deep breath [also tougher than it sounds!]
A tree falling
Character being hit by something simple (ball, brick, book)
Run Cycle

Level 3 Exercises

Close up of open hand closing into fist
Close up of hand picking up a small object
Character lifting a heavy object (with purpose!)
Overlapping action (puffy hair, floppy ears, tail)
Character painting
Hammering a nail
Stirring a soup pot and tasting from a spoon
Character blowing up a balloon
Character juggling (loop)
Scared character peering around a corner
Zipping up a jacket
Licking and sealing an envelope
Standing up (from the ground)
Pressing an elevator button and waiting for it
Starting to say something but unsure of how

Level 4 Exercises

Character eating a cupcake
Object falling into a body of water
Two characters playing tug-of-war
Character dealing a deck of cards out
The full process of brushing one’s teeth
A single piece of paper dropping through the air
Run across screen with change in direction
Sleeping character startled by alarm then returning to sleepy state
Opening a cupboard and removing something inside
Putting on a pair of pants
Opening the “world’s best gift” and reacting
Any of the above exercises using a very heavy character/object next to a very light character/object. Enhance the differences the weight change makes!

Things to keep in mind:

Reading these exercises will do as much for you as reading about push-ups would do for your physical muscles: NOTHING. If you want the benefit, you must animate them. Take a deep breath and just do it.

Do not forget the famous words of Ollie Johnston: “You’re not supposed to animate drawings [3D models]. You’re supposed to animate feelings.” If a character isn’t thinking, they aren’t alive, and the animation has failed.

Keep it simple! There is no reason to over complicate any of these exercises. Going back to push-ups, would push-ups be harder if while doing them you also recited the Gettysburg Address? Yes. Would they be any more beneficial? No. Keep things nice and simple and clear.

Do your best. There is no reason to do these exercises poorly. Give it your all. You don’t have to show anyone, these are for you. You owe it to yourself to try your very best. Something not quite right? Take the time to fix it.

As always, have fun. Push ups are not fun. Animation is supposed to be. Be joyful in your work!



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