i am so happy to be done with inking and filling in skin color!
i want this short animation to feel like a painting so i am experimenting with lots of layers and messy, textural hair!
bonus, a new animation test!
fixed timing for the hair! why why why am i doing this at 7 in the morning
bangs, no bags? shoon voted for no bangs and i think i do too
looking through my older animations. beginning & end shots of DP.
i am currently watching noragami and I really love the saturated, slightly transparent spirit designs, so I decided to do something inspired by that.
work in progress!
loop is only halfway a loop but it’s getting there. INCONSISTENCIES in size all over the place!
in other words, everything shall be fixed at some point or another.
this little horse animation will be dedicated to starlock !
okay okay getting there!
missing two frames of hair but i mean…i’ll just deal with it later.
stars. can’t do it. not today.
working on a new animation!
still trying to figure out the cloth material.
fabulondarkness asked: thanks for the follow! I really like your animation work and I've been trying to teach myself some animation things in photoshop. if you have any tips or tutorials you could send my way that would be awesome. thanks!
Thank you very much! Unfortunately, the blog has been a bit dormant lately (and by lately I mean like 8 months) but I really want to start updating regularly. I just personally hate the process of making gifs.
It’s great that you are teaching yourself how to animate! I personally use photoshop just for inking and coloring flash for the animation.
About tips and tutorials!
A lot of my animation friends used this book for reference. I flipped through it and it’s really quite good.
Obviously, you do not have to buy the book, so here are some nice online videos from R Williams going through pretty much all the chapters (around 20 videos in total):
These should all be pretty helpful but in the end I think animation is about observing the world around you. The tiny details make the animation believable. (For example, the fact that you tend to blink if you move your head etc)
I have a hobby of saving animated gifs on my computer and then going through them frame by frame. I count frames like a dork and it makes me happy for no reason. But it’s very helpful because it gives me a better sense of timing.
Don’t be afraid to take out frames, even if you worked very hard on them. Sometimes I would spend a good amount of time just deciding WHICH two frames I need to take out.
When it comes to fine tuning, replay your animation every time you add a frame. Replay, replay, replay, but take a break from time to time. If you spend too much time looking at it, you won’t be able to sense the timing anymore.
This might be a bit weird, but when it comes to timing I always have a sound in my head that I associate with that movement of the animation. I play the animation test and reproduce that sound in my head. It gives me a rough idea of whether the test is too fast or too slow.
Try going through the action you want to animate with your own body. Be very conscious of what every part of your body is doing. Which hand are you using for balance? What part of your foot is touching the floor? These things make your animation feel more “grounded” and real. Reference videos are always a god idea!
I do hope this helps!
let me know how it goes and if I can help you with anything!
I hope this wasn’t too long or too weird.