Thursday, June 01, 2006

KILT MOUSE ANIMATION PART 6 - FINAL


CLICK ON THE ABOVE IMAGE TO SEE THE FINAL PENCIL TEST!

Yay - it's done. Really happy with the ears and hat and other follow through bits. Think it has turned out well. Got a lot more work to do to get the Rod Scribner, Jim Tyer level of animation - but I think I am beginning to understand the squash and stretch and how far you can distort things and get great and exciting movement in the animation.

I will add a little more to the end with the mouth so it moves to the end of the "TRUUUUUUE" word.

Let me know what you think!

KILT MOUSE ANIMATION PART 5


CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO WATCH THE KEYFRAME MOVIE!!
Now the real fun part comes!

I get to work on the final keys, make the VERY best drawings I can and really get to see this guy come to life. All very rough, and many changes will be made, especially to the ears and hat and other draggy bits that will have a lot of follow through added at the end.

This is done in what is know as pose to pose animation. I have blocked out the key poses, I get the timing just right and then add the in-betweens. Then at the end I do what is know as a straight ahead pass. This is where I animate the ears, hat, eye balls, skirt etc. All the bits that will have drag and follow through and keep the static poses alive.

KILT MOUSE ANIMATION PART 4



So now that I have my lip sync sorted out and on the expose sheet I can move forward and do the key frames. This is where I start to really look at the arcs in the animation and work hard to get the best possible keys. I will rework this over and over until I am really happy. I re-drew this one about 4 times until it felt right and the keys were really strong.



I will post a video of the keys with the sound track next!

KILT MOUSE ANIMATION PART 3



CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO WATCH THE LIP SYNC TEST MOVIE

I don't use any software for lip-syc. Much prefer the old fashioned way of just doing it by ear. I have never bothered to use the software like magpie etc. The best animation was never done using that crap, so nor will I!

KILT MOUSE ANIMATION PART 2


So next step is for me to design the mouth shapes for the Mouse character. I always do this with generic mouths so that I can allocate a mouth to each frame. I will then put the right expression on the mouth when in the animation.

Don't really understand this new way of thinking with flash animation. They design maybe 3 different mouth libraries - happy, sad and angry. That’s it! Warners animation (real animation) the mouths would be drawn differently in EVERY scene and EVERY drawing, and it would go with the expression. Not just stock happy, stock sad, and stock angry, but every emotion. That’s why old animation is good and new animation is not.

I will try and upload a clip of the mouths to the sound track for you to see.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

KILT MOUSE ANIMATION


As mentioned in a previous post - I decided to animate the KILT MOUSE character. I have taken a small section of sound from a John K Ren & Stimpy episode to animate the dialogue to.

This is really a test for me to practice the Rod Scribner / Manny Gould animation style from the 1940's Warner Brother's cartoons. Really stretchy/squashy animation - REAL animation!

So, posted here is the first very rough poses of the animation as thumbnails. This is just one of the many options I have tried for poses. Some are working, some not at all.

Monday, May 15, 2006

GRANNY


Something I messed around with last night. Little old granny - be a lot of fun to animate a walk cycle for her. Will do so soon. Will also post a colour version as well soon!

FAT TONY


Just playing around with expressions. Let me know what you think!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

MIGHTY SUMO!


I go Japan every year for the Tokyo Game Show and for the SUMO! I love it. Always sit right up front as there is something cool about the idea that you could be squished at any moment by these guys! Will do some more of these guys soon.

ANGRY KILT MOUSE


Something I have been messing around with in my spare time. Using Alias Sketchbook and a Wacom 21UX for this. Sketchbook is great - no scanning and really nice to draw in. Animating this guy at the moment in a Rod Scribner (great Warners animator of the 40's on most of the Clampett cartoons) style of way. Will put a colour version up soon as well.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

First Post Welcome!

Hi! Welcome to my blog. Have been really excited to see the art that is now online through blogger and thought I needed to jump on the wagon. I run an animation studio in Australia and will continue to post work that I do there as well as personal art done for fun.
Enjoy!