Category Archives: Animation

Animation – week 15

Tuesday

Classroom

  1. Presentation: Chase
  2. Cognitive Drawing exercise page 45
  3. Bosco, Video: Taking Up Space
  4. Article: Flash vs. Harmony
  5. Article: Animation Software
  6. 12 Principles of Animation: 10. Exaggeration
  7. Examples of exaggeration
  8. Exaggeration exercise: exaggerate a normal activity (take it to an extreme) Show Flower animation
  9. Work on final animation

Thursday

Classroom

  1. Special Guest Presenter Annalisa Loevenguth is sick and will speak next week
  2. Cognitive Drawing pages 46 and 47
  3. Article: How to Make an Animated Web Series
  4. Article: How to Get Smooth Animation
  5. Work on final animation

Assignments

  • Finish final animation

Animation – week 14

Tuesday

  1. Presentation: Shannon, Isaiah
  2. Cognitive Drawing: 43
  3. Adobe Audition tutorial – download this file
  4. Work on final animation

Thursday

  1. Presentation: Aaliyah
  2. Cognitive Drawing: 44
  3. How to use the camera in Adobe Animate
  4. Articles:
    1. How to Make 2D Animation in After Effects
    2. Making Money with Animated Shorts
    3. How to Produce a One-Person Web Series
    4. Walking Through the Process of Creating an Animation
  5. Work on final animation

Assignment

  1. Work on your final animation

Animation – week 13

Tuesday

  1. Presentation: Arianna, Luz
  2. Cognitive Drawing: 39 and 40
  3. 12 Principles of Animation:  10. Exaggeration
  4. Do  Exaggeration exercise – animate a scene where a character has an exaggerated reaction to something that happens
  5. Adobe Audition sound fx tutorial – (this might happen next week, if we run out of time)
  6. Work on final animation

Thursday

  1. Presentation: Isaiah
  2. Cognitive Drawing: 41 and 42
  3. Work on final animation

Assignment

  1. Work on your final animation

Animation week 12

Tuesday

  1. Presentation: Joseph
  2. Cognitive Drawing: do page 36
  3. 12 Principles of Animation: 9. Timing
  4. Do Timing exercise – animate a jumping creature on ones & twos
  5. Work on final animation

Thursday

  1. Presentation: Luz
  2. How to create special effects in Harmony
  3. Cognitive Drawing: do pages 37/38
  4. Work on final animation

Assignment

  1. Work on your final animation

Animation – week 11

Tuesday

  1. Finish off your storyboards and start work on your final animation
  2. Animation talk Wednesday night
  3. Cognitive Drawing: do page 34
  4. 12 Principles of Animation: 8. Secondary Action
  5. Do Secondary Action exercise – animate a character throwing a frisbee and show all the secondary action in their face, free hand, and body
  6. Work on final animation

Thursday

  1. How to create special effects in Harmony
  2. Cognitive Drawing: do page 35
  3. Work on final animation

Assignment

  1. Move from your storyboards to your final animation

Animation – week 9

Tuesday

  1. Try to finish your storyboards this week so you can start animating your final project after spring break
  2. Cognitive Drawing: do pages 30 and 31
  3. How to use the camera in storyboard and animate
  4. 12 Principles of Animation: 7. Arcs
  5. Do Arc exercise – animate something to move in an arc, like an object being thrown or an animal leaping over something,  or use multiple arcs to animate  different parts of a character’s body
  6. Work on storyboards

Thursday

  1. How to use the camera in Animate and Storyboard Pro
  2. Cognitive Drawing: do page 32
  3. Begin work on a walk cycle animation using the walk cycle image
  4. Download ToonBoom file: walk-cycle
  5. Work on storyboards

Assignment

  1. Finish your storyboards

Animation – week 8

Tuesday

  1. Cognitive Drawing: view page 26, draw page 27
  2.  12 Principles of Animation: 6. Slow In and Slow Out
  3. Do Slow-in, Slow-out class exercise
  4. Work on storyboards

Thursday

  1. Presentation:  Latiece, Rebekah
  2. Discuss grades
  3. Cognitive Drawing: view page 28, draw page 29
  4. Download this audio file and download this thumbnail and save them both on your desktop (Note: here’s a video on how to do lip syncing)
  5. Work on storyboards

Assignment

  1. Work on your storyboards

Animation – week 7

Tuesday

  1. There is a meeting at 3:00pm Thursday, outside this classroom for the Nogales Video Project. If you want to go, but can’t attend, contact Tim at (520) 414-9978
  2. Frostiana Project: summary, video 1video 2
  3. Presentation: Liz, Jafeth, Jose
  4. Watch How “Spider-Man Into the Spider-verse” Was Animated
  5. Work on Cognitive Drawing download pages 20, 21
  6.  
  7. Work on storyboards

Thursday

  1. Presentation: Aleah
  2. Article every Oscar-winning animation short, ranked
  3. Look at this article about how animation does a good job of communicating feelings
  4. Watch this short film about the history of animation
  5. Work on Cognitive Drawing download pages 24, 25
  6. 12 Principles of Animation:  5. Follow-Through and Overlapping Action
  7.  In-class exercise – animate hair on a character as a class, using the pose-to-pose animation technique and show follow-through and overlapping action. Examples of stereotypical male hair and female hair
  8. Note: we’ll do the Lip Sync in-class exercise next week. Download this audio file and download this thumbnail and save them both on your desktop (Note: here’s a video on how to do lip syncing)
  9. Work on storyboards

Assignment

  1. Work on your storyboards

Animation – week 5

Tuesday

  1. Cool animation
  2. Work on Cognitive Drawing, download pages 15, 16, and 17
  3. 12 Principles of Animation:  3. Staging
  4. Do example animation for principle #3 – “The Prisoner’s Dilemma”
  5. Finish coloring your background and character. If you’re done with that, let me know and I’ll show you how to start on storyboards

Thursday

  1. Adobe Audition tutorial.  For audio – download this file
  2. Look at Ben’s Sound website and Flashkit
  3. Introduction to Storyboard Pro – start your storyboards

Assignment

  1. Pick a color palette at one of the websites I showed you last week or design your own color palette and color your background(s) and character
  2. Find some music and sound effects to use in your animation from some of the copyright-free websites I pointed out
  3. Start working on your storyboards

Animation – Week 4

Tuesday

  1. Presentation dates have been posted here
  2. Work on Cognitive Drawing, download page 9
    pages 15 and 17
  3. Watch video about creating a fox for animation
  4. 12 Principles of Animation: 2. Anticipation
  5. Do example animation for principle #2 – animate a head that uses anticipation
  6. Work on your background, character, and plot

Thursday

  1. Cool characters to check out (Disney Princesses as armored warriors)
  2. Work on Cognitive Drawing pages 11, 12, 13
  3. Look at coloring Wildchord background, before, after, color
  4. Adobe Audition tutorial.  For audio – download this file
  5. Look at Ben’s Sound website and Flashkit
    Demonstrate different ways to do a walk cycle, to create a “attitude walk,” including: adding “accoutrements” and changing the number of frames each pose is held (watch changing weight video)

Assignment

  1. Pick a color palette at one of the websites I showed you last week or design your own color palette and color your background(s) and character
  2. Find some music and sound effects to use in your animation from some of the copyright-free websites I pointed out

Animation – week 3

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Do Cognitive Drawing – first exercise – together. Download pages  5 and 7
  2. Discuss story summaries and character turnarounds we haven’t seen yet
  3.  On your own time, check out the Artstation website
  4. Look at this video about drawing backgrounds. Do a background together and pick a color palette. Look at Adobe Color Wheel and Colourlovers websites, and associated features in Adobe product
  5. Work on backgrounds, plot summary

Thursday

  1. Check out these cool character designs
  2. Discuss how 3D Printing has changed stop-motion animation
  3. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 1. Squash & Stretch
  4. Introduction to software: ToonBoom Harmony Advanced – do ball animation
  5. Look at how to do perspective (formally) and how gray scale and color are added to backgrounds
    1. How to do 1, 2, and 3-point perspective
    2. Animation background layout
    3. Using gray scale to paint backgrounds as a way to determine lighting
    4. Hand-painted animation backgrounds
  6. Work on backgrounds, plot summary

Assignments

  1. Finalize plot summary and background

Animation – Week 2

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Look at turnaround characters assigned in previous class
  2. Look at famous character silhouettes 
  3. Take a look at these tips on character design
  4. Discuss character drawing issues
  5. Do a character drawing exercise (create four views of a new character from scratch, using guide lines)

Assignment

  1. Work on updates to your character turnaround. The final character is due Thursday. Upload it to your Google Drive folder

Thursday

  1. Discuss the software we’ll be using (Harmony Advanced & Storyboard Pro), plus online resources (http://www.toonboom.com)
  2. Here’s where you can get the Harmony animation program for $9/month
  3. Critique final character turnarounds (for those who have made significant changes).
  4. Discuss plot-writing strategies for animated scene and how to use the 12 principles of animation to build your story
  5. Talk about backgrounds and look at this article
  6. Do background drawing exercise
  7. Watch this animation while you work

Assignments

  1. Upload final character turnaround file to Google Drive
  2. Write a short summary of the plot of your animated scene (a couple paragraphs) and turn it in on Tuesday
  3. Start sketching out a background for your scene

Animation – Week 1

Classroom

  1. Attendance. Introductions and review syllabus
  2. Here’s where you can get a  monthly subscription to the animation software we’re using for $9/month https://store.toonboom.com/students
  3. Create a folder on Google Drive and share with me.
  4. Talk about presentations
  5. Demonstrate how to use Cintiqs and pen checkout process. 
  6. Discuss the long-range view of the projects this semester – start planning now for the final project.
  7. Discuss history of animation, watch video
  8. Share physical and virtual examples of Zoetrope, 3D Zoetrope & Flipbook (Pixar), Thaumatrope, Praxinoscope

Assignment

  1. Sketch the turnaround view of a character that you want to animate this semester. It can be black and white or color. Here’s a video of how to do it. Scan it in or take a digital picture of it that we can share with everyone during the next class. Upload it to your Google Drive folder. Due next class.
  2. Example below (click to enlarge):

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