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    Bird by Bird - Journey in Learning to Animate

    Hi everyone!

    I've been looking around sketchbooks and have been inspired to start my own - now!

    Having been long inspired by the animations and stories of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, Pendleton Ward, Julia Pott and Satoshi Kon, I am learning to animate (primarily hand-drawn animation). I'm taking baby steps from the bottom and I'm creating this sketchbook to commit myself to it - through the best and worst days. I will draw at least one sketch every day, and an animation exercise on the weekends. I will post everything that I do - most of which will probably look horrendous and crappy but hopefully I'll improve day after day. I have no formal training in animation but I'm a film major (with no animation classes, sadly) and I'm currently attending a basic animation class offered by a local animation studio. I will focus on the act of creating characters and animations, and I believe that the first and most important step in doing so is by learning to draw well. I welcome any encouragement, critique, or any morsel of wisdom about drawing and animation that you are willing to share. You can leave it here in the threads or shoot me an email.

    Here we go!

    http://vimeo.com/41199163
    I animated this yesterday. It's my first time to animate a walk and it took me a long time - but I learned a lot and I'm looking forward to doing more walks. This one here is a bit wonky notably on the arms - I'll be fixing that later today.

    From my sketchbook:
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    Drawings from animation class:

    We were studying proportion and construction and were asked to copy model sheets accurately.
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    More drawings from animation class:

    This time we were asked to create our own character. The first character I drew was the small old man down there, but I changed it into a girl since I want to learn how to animate a normal human form first. Then we headed to creating expressions, poses and gestures, and applying the poses to the characters we've made. (The poses drawn in red were by the instructor) I came up with a lot of expressions but I found it hard to apply it to the character. And hands! I'm still so weak with hands.
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    Studies from Preston Blair's book (I took the idea from John Kricfalusi's Animation School Lessons: http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2006/...ruction.html):
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    April 29 2012

    Dialogue animation: did thumbnails first and coded the words and the phrasing, then headed to laying down rough keys
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    April 30 2012

    Gesture drawings (photo references from The Drawing Script: http://www.lovecastle.org/draw/)
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    liking that walk cycle! I'll be interested to see more of your stuff mate, keep it up
    Have a look at my sketchbook.
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    May 1, 2012

    Thanks sjmarshy! I've fixed up the walk cycle and it's better now. I'll try to upload it tomorrow if I don't have any big assignment from class.

    Here are my gesture drawings from today, most were done in 30 seconds and some in a minute - I lost track of it as I was literally throwing the papers around the floor upon finishing the gestures. Aside from the gestures are some sketches of a character I was trying to come up with, and a quick sketch from a reference picture of a Shaolin monk I saw here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho....php?p=1819973
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    May 2, 2012

    1) Sketches of my right hand, a foot I saw from far away, a head, eyes, and some running poses in preparation for the topic in our animation class for today.

    2) Studies from Preston Blair's book.

    3) A frame from the running cycle that we've been making in class. I find that I drew faster today but my animation poses still seem stiff.
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    May 3, 2012

    Sketches and some scenes from our storyboarding assignment.
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    May 4, 2012

    Drawings from my sketchbook today.
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    May 5, 2012: Perspective and Pencil Tests

    I'm having a really hard time doing drawings in perspective. I must study and practice it more. After animation class - which is going to end next week - I'm going to read these to supplement to actually drawing things in perspective: Perspective Made Easy by Ernest Norling and http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/tech10.html

    Pencil tests from this week:

    Dialogue animation (very rough) - https://vimeo.com/41614327

    Walk cycle - https://vimeo.com/41614328 - an improved version of the previous walk cycle I posted days ago (but see how the character's features get squashed - very horrible)

    Fast run cycle - https://vimeo.com/41614329
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    May 6, 2012

    Life Drawings (references from http://www.lovecastle.org/draw/)
    A portrait of someone
    Sketches of girls
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