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    Animation Thingamabobs

    Thought I'd start an animation sketchbook because I like animation.

    Critique, tips, advice, etc. are welcome of course
    Last edited by samming; August 4th, 2012 at 03:13 PM.
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    Some quick 10-20 min. things in Photoshop
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    Some more quick things
    I should probably use some ref to start a good walk cycle..
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    Some junk (5-10 min. snips)
    Sorry if it looks like I'm just adding fluff
    I'm trying to get used to things
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    These are pretty good, but it seems like there aren't enough inbetweens. You should take a look at the Animator's Survival Kit, it's really helpful for anyone that wants to get into animation.

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    Some thing
    And a uppercut WIP that is way too static, just wow, now that I look at it, i guess I'll post it anyways..
    and waaay too light
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    been a while..

    these run funny in my browser, they looked better in Photoshop, I don't know if that's a thing or not
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    figured I should update with something
    also, should I move this to one of the other animation forums, or just keep this here?
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


    Sketchbook : http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=196859
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    meh..
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    trying to get a walk in
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    hope it's not annoying for me to just be posting exercises like these
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    meh
    practice and another awkward walk sans arms
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    I cannot animate to any degree currently, so take what I say with that in mind. I think something that might help alleviate the "awkwardness" of that walk is that for how long his strides are there isn't much motion being shown in the hips/torso, so it seems rather stiff.

    Man, I worded that really, really bad.

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    Been a damn long while since I updated this.
    I haven't really practiced since last time, but I recently made a peg board out of a ruler to work more traditionally.
    And I am gonna start adding animation practice to things to do this year, I swear imma get better.
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    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    Also, can a moderator move this over to the active animation forums?
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    Looks like you've got some good practice going here! I'm not 100% sure what's happening in some of the ball exercises. Looks like some gravity-defying stuff maybe? You've got a nice sense of squash and stretch in here (though I'm big on "max" s&s and some people will tell you that you pushed it too far) and I really like the drawings of the ferret up there. Will you be inbetweening that one? It's very nicely keyed.

    Good luck with it, hope to see more exercises soon! Never hurts to really nail down the good old bouncing ball. (If you need some other possibilities, here's a handy list we made.) Remember when doing a walk cycle that you're essentially falling forward over and over and catching yourself. It might help to add some weight to your movement.

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    I've seen that list before, it was actually one of my bookmarks.
    I plan on doing a majority of those exercises in the next year or two to get into animation.

    Here are some gifs of the first exercise I've tried, these are all unsuccessful in my opinion.
    That goddamn line in the second two...what the hell?
    I swear I'm going to get one good one in tomorrow and move on though.
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    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    Adding a little bit of recoil on the "splat" will help give it a lot of life, so you may want to add a frame or two of it bouncing back from the most-splat point. Also in the first test there, if you take out the frame where the ball is at the ground but not squashed it will probably adjust the timing to make it better. There's a benefit to having the frame pre-squash with contact (as you've probably seen in the A.S.K.) but here it makes for less of an impact.

    Good job keeping with these, though! You can see improvement for sure.

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    Thanks for the advice.
    Here's the ball I did today, I noticed that I let the ball stray to the right and tried to correct it, which is the second animation.
    I also thought that the ball itself looked smoother in the second animation, but maybe that's because everything around it is suddenly
    moving back and forth.
    Not very good, I think yesterday's was a little better somehow. I think the ball needs to spend more time at the top and bottom of it's path.
    I'm gonna try and revisit this exercise before the year is out and see what's up. Moving on for now.
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    A touch more time at the top, but actually less time at the bottom probably. Or, if this is on 2s, you just need to have the contact frames on 1s and it will probably work out very nicely. Try putting the frames where the ball actually touches the ground on 1s and leave the rest on 2s. The drawings are nice and smooth and I like the level of S&S you've got in there! Nicely done.

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    Actually I already have the bottom contacts on 1s and the rest are on 2s, at the bottom I included 14 and 16 between the 15th frame.
    I think maybe the 14th and 16th frames need more squash? I don't really know
    The Law of Fives states simply that: All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5
    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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    Well give it a try, shouldn't take too long to alter two frames and reshoot it.

    Right now all the time at the bottom makes the ball appear to be JUMPING instead of bouncing. As in, it has "legs" of sorts and is pushing back against the ground, instead of just hitting the ground and shooting back up. Which is totally fine, it adds some nice life, it just doesn't read as "bouncing."

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    Ugh, this bouncing ball has some weird timing thing at the peaks, and not enough bounces.
    I'll have to re-do it sometime; I've been pretty busy with other things lately.
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    The Law of Fives is never wrong.


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