Saturday, January 23, 2016

Animation Hacks to Practice #1

      How do you become a good animator? You need to practice of course! And the best way to do that is by stretching yourself,(and no, I don't meen stretching yourself physically!). You can do this by following these simple exercises!

Excersise No. 1

Now to start our first exercise, you'll need a pencil a hard surface and some sheets of paper.
First things first, while doing this exercise be in a comfortable spot, so you won't feel like you would have to move any where to get yourself settled. If you have a lightbox or if you are a computer animator this exercise can be more helpful. Now lets start. Lets first start by sketching. This excersise will help you with your background drawings. Now first scribble all over the paper! Just scribble until the each corner has a scribble, along with the sides. Now you will smudge the scribbles until they look as gray as a dim room. Now that you've done this make some straight lines across the page or any where you want. After make some triangles, rectangles, squares, and circles. Then smudge all your shapes to look gray and dark. Finallydraw lines tracing some of the shapes you've made. Then your done! It may not look like a backround the first amount of times, but it will soon.
*If you want you could trace all the shapes you made onto tracing paper or regular paper to see if it turns out more cleaner.*

Excersise No. 2

Second exercise! Although the first excersise talked about making backgrounds, this ones main concept is about the people interacting in with the background! What you'll need: a piece of paper a pencil a hard surface and a lightbox. Now find a place where there is some(or complete)silence.
Now to begin, start by drawing you character leaning on a wall talking. Of course before you draw the guy leaning on the wall draw the wall! If you want you can make the wall the background. Now when your done drawing the guy talking. Make him jolt up and then slip onto the ground. During all of this the character is moving away from the background! Not on purpose though only because of the slipping is he moving away from the wall. This will then help you understand your character and still give you mystery to the character for your audience. This is what the audience would probably know: He fell, he was suprised, he was talking etc. What the audience probably would question: what did he slip on? Why did he slip? What caused him to jolt up? These inferences and questions can both be used for a more suspenceful experience for your audience... This will help you atract an audience that will be glued to your cartoon...

Thats all for today folks! Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your year! I don't know if you guys and girls know, but here in New York theres a pretty nice snow storm here so i'm staying home making these tips and tricks for all you viewers out there... So come back next week when i think of more animation tips!

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