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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:23 am    Post subject: A Short Animated Video Reply with quote

This was a short "flipbook" animation I did recently. I did it using the "straight ahead" method. That means you just draw frame after frame without any real plan on the action. I find this works best for train of thought type things like this. I just let it work itself out and the various transitions found me. The music is just stock added through YouTube's Audio Swap feature so it ends rather abruptly.





My next project is a more involved short about having an Asperger brain.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I likes! Smile That kind of thing always strangely appeals to me. Wish I could have it as a screensaver...

I'll be keeping an eye out for your next thing!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks much! Screensaver, huh? I hadn't thought of that. I'll have to see if that can be done.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

that is extremely imaginative and i can not fathom how you thought of every picture's development.
you are talented
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

wowowowowow!!
This is absolutely wonderful work!
Im very interested in your activities David for my future YouTube projects I want to become friend with you and even probably also subscribe to your channel.
There is so many techniques I want to try out and this is one of them. You are a professional and I like that. Can you describe more about the process, how do you make the transformations? Why is everything shaking? Can you make it without the shaking?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is awesome.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's super cool! Great job! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xalepax wrote:
wowowowowow!!
This is absolutely wonderful work!
Im very interested in your activities David for my future YouTube projects I want to become friend with you and even probably also subscribe to your channel.
There is so many techniques I want to try out and this is one of them. You are a professional and I like that. Can you describe more about the process, how do you make the transformations? Why is everything shaking? Can you make it without the shaking?


Thanks so much. I'm certainly not a professional animator. Cartoonist, yes, but not animator. The "shaky line" is due to redrawing over top of the previous drawing. Because the redrawn cel is not exact, you get was is know as "shimmer". Professional animation avoids this at all cost but I like the alive quality it gives the whole thing. It reminds me that I am watching moving drawings. Most of the time this is avoided because there is a large difference between each drawing and your mind creates the smoothness. Limited animation will "hold" a portion of a character that is not moving and only change the parts that do. For example, on a show like Family Guy, the only part that might be moving in every frame is a mouth. The mouth is on a different layer than the head so the head can be "held" or not redrawn. The mouth layer is moved to match the voice track. Watch sometimes and you will see what I mean.

I'm trying to learn several different software programs that animation is created in but am having a difficult time. Reading books or help files usually doesn't work for me. Online video tutorials tend to bore me so bad that I can't get through them.

This gives a good idea of how animation works:
Basic Bouncing Ball Tutorial
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for taking time to explain further. You are professional cartoonist for sure. If I make some effort I would be able to bring on some cartoons too so I appreaciate to learn more about this. You certainly have the skills to be able to improve your knowledges about animations!! I have never heard about "family guy" before but I understand emediately what you mean with "partly moving parts" and got it comfirmed when YouTubing it

davidbdr wrote:

I'm trying to learn several different software programs that animation is created in but am having a difficult time. Reading books or help files usually doesn't work for me. Online video tutorials tend to bore me so bad that I can't get through them.


Interesting. Then you and me are in the exact same boat. This is my worst enemy when developing my own skills, in this case with cartoons and animations. Because Im just as you when it comes to learning. Its hopeless really and very very frustrating. Many people with AS is said to be able to inhale information like a piece of cake once they focus on their special interest. But Im not among them. It doesnt matter how much interested I am, I would still also having a difficult time....

Im just in the beginning to try to learn to transfer my drawing skills into the computer, I find it easier to draw by hand and then scan it into the computer. How about you? What equipment do you use? You draw with your mouse or have a kind of digital pen or something like it? I heard someone else talked about a special thing you can use for drawing and import it emediately into the computer when you do it....
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

xalepax wrote:

Interesting. Then you and me are in the exact same boat. This is my worst enemy when developing my own skills, in this case with cartoons and animations. Because Im just as you when it comes to learning. Its hopeless really and very very frustrating. Many people with AS is said to be able to inhale information like a piece of cake once they focus on their special interest. But Im not among them. It doesnt matter how much interested I am, I would still also having a difficult time....

Im just in the beginning to try to learn to transfer my drawing skills into the computer, I find it easier to draw by hand and then scan it into the computer. How about you? What equipment do you use? You draw with your mouse or have a kind of digital pen or something like it? I heard someone else talked about a special thing you can use for drawing and import it emediately into the computer when you do it....


I can usually pick things up very quickly when someone shows me in person. Any other way is useless and only makes me feel frustrated and stupid.
Most of the time I scan in my drawings and then color them in Photoshop or something. Very seldom do I actually draw directly into the computer. I'm never satisfied with the line quality I can get. Simulated pen & ink can't compare to the real thing. I have a very inexpensive stylus and tablet that serves its purpose. I can't afford a professional one.

One animation program that is very easy to use is called Creatoon It is free and makes it very easy to do animations that look like paper cut-outs.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Vince wrote:
That is awesome.


Thank you Vince.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

b9 wrote:
that is extremely imaginative and i can not fathom how you thought of every picture's development.
you are talented


I really didn't think about it. One image just led to the next. I think there was one occasion when I was in bed and thought of something to add.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Incredible! You remind me of me when I dictate my stories into a digital voice recorder. For you to draw that and have it animated with no plan whatsoever... You, my friend, have talent--and imagination and creativity too. Keep drawing; you just made my day.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Batz wrote:
Incredible! You remind me of me when I dictate my stories into a digital voice recorder. For you to draw that and have it animated with no plan whatsoever... You, my friend, have talent--and imagination and creativity too. Keep drawing; you just made my day.


Batz, you flatter me way too much. Still, you made MY day!
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