Category Archives: Animation

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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