Animation Project: Scribble Animation Storyboard and Tests

To help come up with some ideas and to test out my animation techniques I devised some storyboards which helped me plan what more to do.

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These are very quick and rough, but they have a basic narrative. I scribble on a piece of paper then the scribble then becomes “alive”. It runs across the desk and up my hand, then I flick it away. I like this idea because it fits my theme for a “bête noire” and the concept is quite short and simple. It also means I have a reason to play around with overlaying 3D motion capture onto film. I don’t think the basics of it should be hard to do, modelling a scribble should be quite easy, but making sure the camera is mapped properly might be quite hard.

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Here’s some tests of different scribble designs I did. Although it seems quite pointless, you can really get a different sense of emotion from the different strokes and volumes of the scribbles.

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I decided to test out animating the scribble using stop motion and drawing it on different  layers of paper then hiding them. I think it has worked really well, and the scribble really looks like it is alive. Although one thing I would change is I would use a tripod next time. As I took these pictures on my phone the camera is quite shaky and this does hinder the illusion quite a bit.

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Another thing I tried out is drawing whilst taking  pictures in order to speed up the process and have shots of my hand. However I soon realised that taking pictures one handed is not a smart idea and I failed to get much out of this test.

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As the scribble test was quite sucessful, I tried out some walk and run cycles using the scribble fox design. Hopefully this should work really well using these techniques I have just tested and I could use Flash or Photoshop to digitally over the drawn fox onto my hand.

The next thing to try is getting some videos of my hand and me drawing as I think this would be easier to do than if I were to do it using stop motion.  I would also like to try creating a 3D scribble and animating it on my hand. I would love to also animate a 3d scribble fox but I realise that I probably won’t have time to do that within the scope of this project.

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Animation Project: Flip book Animation Walk Cycle

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After sketching and inking the frames I took photographs and put them together into a gif to make a 12 frame animation.

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Here’s the final product, I am quite happy with the movement of the head and the legs which was one of the main areas I was focusing on. I find the movement of the ears and tail also very effective as they add a lot of character to the animation. However if I were to do this again I would definitely use a light box and peg, or even a flip book as some of the drawings are not aligned properly, especially one particular frame, causing the animation to “jump”. This is very distracting to view and annoying as only one or two frames are causing the problem.

To develop this work further I would like to explore telling a short narrative through animation. An interesting area would be mixing the photography assignment with drawn animation to create animated sentences. A story could be told through these as well as through the action on screen.

Animation Project: More Hand Drawn Animation

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I decided to further my hand drawn animation work by making a walk cycle animation of the dog wearing headphones. I experimented with changing the character style in order to make the character more dog like. I also made it more cartoony in order to emphasise the movement of the limbs and the squash and stretch of the body. I chose not to use colour for these animations as I wanted to concentrate on the movement of the limbs of the character and colour would distract from the qualities of the form. I used larger paper as one of the main challenges of the spinner scope project was the small surface area to draw on which made me more inaccurate with my line and colouring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5GvEmn_wB4

For inspiration I looked at this guide to help me figure out the order of the movement of the legs and the rhythm of the bounce of the shoulders. Although the video is on horse locomotion, the principles still stand for dogs. Studying the motion of this video helped me greatly in drawing the guide lines for my frames.

DarkmanetheWerewolf. 2011. 4-Legged walk cycle guide , Available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5GvEmn_wB4 [Accessed 1.3.2014]