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    Dy.lanea's Animation Studies

    Hey everyone I want to learn to animate so lets get this ball rolling or bouncing? Kind of just hits the ground and doesn't do anything. Just wanted to animate a single ark today and see what happens.

    Any crits you can give ill love. Plan to focus more on the volumes and not making the ball float around tomorrow, and making it bounce yaya!

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    can't say till I see the bounce up. but the 1st part is looking fine.
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    ha cool. I wanna try animation but its a pain. I'm not sure how people can do it so well. Its amazing xD - i'm pretty good at stick animation but anything more advanced and I'm heh.
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    Thanks guys more work in progress. The plan is to study Richard Williams The Animators Survival Kit Animated very closely.

    Here is a stop motion I did with my spacing chart and then first few frames of animation



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    this is a pretty good start,

    with the last bounce (as is true of all of them) the spacing feels pretty even, if you think of the effects of gravity you'll need less drawings on the bounces or contacts and a fair few more on the ups or hangs.

    this will give you the feeling of more weight.


    stretch you key frame on the contact just as it leaves the floor, it is more felt that seen but give you more of a spring as it leaves the floor.

    try doing a ball that bounces in place just a simple up and down no forward motion so you don't have to worry about the arcs yet.

    get you weight set then you can use the centers of the ball in the up and down to produce your timing chart for the ball bounce across the screen.


    good start though I've been animating for 14 years and I still have loads to learn stuff from the ball every time i do it.
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    INNOC3NC3: Thank you very much, I'm going to finish up this bounce today and then try another one. Learning alot from this first one, many things look wierd to me so that's a good ting Ill keep everything you say in mind I want to understand this stuff well.
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    Frame your shot better. You have alot of wasted space and a tiny little ball. Zoom in so its easier to see.

    Other than that its looking good.
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    Zazerzs: Haha thanks, actually I couldn't figure out how to zoom in so i just rolled with it. I gota animate something larger this time though.

    Anyways I am done with this study onto the next one!

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    nice job on the ball.

    Having it repeat a few times in the vid would be nice, like you did in the beginning.

    Whats your next study? Walk cycle?

    oh and what program are you using?
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    Zazerzs: Yes I'm gona start working on a walk cycle soon with a simple character soon. First though I'm working on a short cut out animation. Ill post it up when it's done But I think I should keep doing the balls to until I get them right haha! Hmmm as for what I'm useing it's quite the elaborate set up... I'm useing my schools equipment haha.

    Need to fix this one up after the first contact it just looks weird. Actually its all iffy!!

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    Lol spent my day animateing today.Didnt do any studies. But I guess this is a study in its self. Didnt do any inbetweens. Just 3 keyframes, and a bunch of contacts/extremes and breakdowns.

    Had alot of problems with this, and I can't seem to render it in high quality with photoshop so just gona traditionally make it at school tommrow.
    Can't wait to figure this out more and try animateing her 2D!!!

    Here is a the narrative that I want to get across the timeing is terrible.

    A girl walks into the scene and notices a stuffed dog on the ground. Curiously she goes to pick it up when mysteriously the bear floats up and away from her by a few feet before droping to the ground. The girl is unsure about the dog now and walks off feeling disturbed.

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    Great studies! What I really like in "Ball Bounce Study" is the ball actually rolls back a little bit before it makes a stop. In my opinion, that's what made it believable. The stop motion is pretty good also. Keep in mind the 12 basic principles of animation when you animate. You can go a long way with proper use of those principles. Keep it up!
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    Armobot: Thanks. Ya gota study more of Richard Williams stuff. Skiped ahead to the second last dvd and I loved his talk on directing.

    Here is a study of a man walking from a video.

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