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....Very, VERY basic animation test. :XD:

Awwww, come on, anyone who wants to animate has to animate a ball at some point in their lives, right? It's one of those baby steps you take. You know? With the stretch and squash and timing...

Ok, okay, fine. The real reason I did this is because I'm just bored, and I'm a bit too happy with the fact I have flash now. I swear, one day I'll make something with an actual story. ^^;

*stares at it* ...Weeeee~! :la:
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angelsmurf18 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ah yes... the BALL test. we werent allowed to use flash and had to draw it all and scan it in with camera-thingy. Being a first year animation student sucked! XD

anyway! back to your test! Very good use of squash and stretch. maybe next time you could make the second ball a different colour so we tell what kind of ball it be e.g. if its a cannon ball you could make it gray, if its a bowling ball you draw the holes as well :)
frisca-freak Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Ohhh, traditional animation? I've always wanted to do something traditional.. I mean, I have with the Look thingy, but tis not done yet... I think I need to buy some tracing paper. Attempting to use a tiny toy lightbox didn't really work much. 8C If you have any tips, please tell me! :la:

Thank you! And I was going to do that yes.. like, try animating different types of balls to see how each one would act like. Bowling balls don't really stretch or squash though... I think.. I mean, basketballs would, but not bowling balls, right?

...I wanna know how the hell I'm supposed to animate a ping pong ball. Do they sqush and stretch too? BSdgfds, this is confuzzling. ;_;
angelsmurf18 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, in my first year we experimented with different types of animation :)

If you want to do traditional animation i.e. drawn on paper and scanned in with clever scanners/cameras, then I suggest getting a BIG lightbox. I have a little A4 one which was okay, but its better to work on a bigger surface like A3.

more tips: Principles of Animation:[link] - learn them.

another tip: purchase "The Animators Survival Kit" book. It's amazingly useful! and if you're serious about animation, it's a must have for basic tips on walk cycles, boucing balls, facial animation etc.

Balls tests: a great test is boucing balls down stairs. A ping pong ball will have lots of little bounces, a basket ball will start of with big arcs and then get smaller and smaller bounces, which reminds me...

final tip: ALL ANIMATION [with only a few exceptions] IS IN ARCS! from boucing balls, to head movement while walking, to walk cycles - almost all animation uses arcs because even though its exaggerated, its a more natural looking movement e.g. when a character turns their head, they will move the head down first and then up again.

I should put up some sketches or something, but you'll know what I mean if you look into it XD

I hope this makes sense. If you want any more suggestions or help, let me know :)
frisca-freak Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Ohhh oki!

I can't find anything even close to a lightbox other than itty bitty toy one, which is supposed to be something for kids to use so they can trace drawings. |D

The book.. well, I think I have an idea where I might be able to find it, but I'm not sure. Thanks anyway though!
As for everything else: I LOVE YOU SO MUCH RIGHT NOW! :iconlainloveplz: XD

I have the page bookmarked and it should really come in handy when I finally decide to start working on something. Also, your own tips are amazing, I really appreciate it! It's great to know someone who has some experience in animation, and I'll definitely ask if I need anymore help! :la:
angelsmurf18 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
glad I could help in some way XD Im actually graduating this year, so technically I have the knowledge and the qualification to be a proper animator XD

well anyways, the book should be available on amazon or ebay. I got lucky and got it from a shop and they ordered it in for me :)

Don't hesistate to ask about anything! I look forward to seeing more animation from you :D
frisca-freak Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Ohhhh! That's so awesome! :la: Damn, I wish they taught animation here. ;w;

Ohhh... well, I know a bookstore that orders books for you, so I guess that might work! Otherwise I'll have to find an e-book or something, which I doubt there is.

Yay! Thanks! And hopefully we might see a few things from you as well? :meow:
angelsmurf18 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Erm, not so likely Im afraid XD

During my 2nd year of Animation, after my second mini-breakdown (my computer had crashed for the approximately the 7th time and I hadn't slept for a good few days...) I decided that I didnt want that kind of life for myself.

Did you know that a professional animator will complete 2-5 seconds of animation a day? Thats a professional. Pixar-level professional. It doesnt really matter what kind of animation it is either.

Its been a tough 3 years XD

What I fell in love with was the pre-production work; character designing, sculpting, concept work, script writing, modelling. So thats the route I plan to take.

If you want to see some of my work, I suppose I could put up some old stuff. Or I could do some sample animation tests and images, like the arcs for boucing balls so you could see what I mean. Like a tutorial or something.
I may not like to animate, but I know my stuff XD
frisca-freak Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Awww... Damn, that does sound very tiring. 8<

X3 Ohhh okay! Well, what do you plan to do exactly? Like concept work and so on?

I don't mind! I mean, tis your profile after all, so it really depends on what you'd like to upload. ^^
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babymyheartbeats4u Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
It'll be fun to see what else you can do. :)
frisca-freak Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks! :giggle:

I'm already learning so much! I can do a play and replay button now, and add backgrounds and stuff... I'm just having issues with making a loading bar. ^^;
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