Category Archives: Animation

Animation – week 14

Classroom

Monday

  1. Presentations
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  3. Look at any finished personality walks, story write ups, and storyboards Note: if you haven’t finished your storyboard, it’s time to move on to working on the final animation
  4. Continue working on your animated scene

Wednesday

  1. Presentations
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  3. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video:  11. Solid Drawing
  4. Do a solid drawing exercise 
  5. Continue working on your animated scene

Assignment

  1. Continue working on your animated scene

 

 

Animation – week 13

Classroom

Monday

No class

Wednesday

  1. Presentations
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  3. Look at any finished personality walks, story write ups, and storyboards
  4. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video:  10. Exaggeration
  5. Do an exaggeration exercise 
  6. Continue working on a storyboard for your animated scene

Assignment

  1. Work on storyboard for your scene. Once done, start animating. your scene

 

 

Animation – week 12

Classroom

Monday

  1. Presentations
  2. Check out all the cool new stuff announced at Adobe Max
  3. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  4. Look at any finished personality walks, story write ups, and storyboards

Wednesday

  1. Presentations
  2. There is no class next Monday (Veterans’ Day)
  3. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  4. Look at any finished personality walks, story write ups, and storyboards
  5. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 9. Timing
  6. Do a timing animation exercise 
  7. Continue working on a storyboard for your animated scene

Assignment

  1. Work on storyboard for your scene. Once done, start animating. your scene

 

 

Animation – week 11

Classroom

Monday

  1. Presentations
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  3. Look at any finished personality walks, story write ups, and storyboards
  4. Using gray scale to paint backgrounds as a way to determine lighting
  5. Consider your background as a character in your story, with a set personality. Look at these hand-painted animation backgrounds
  6. On your own time, check out the Artstation website
  7. Look at Adobe Color Wheel and Colourlovers websites, and associated features in Adobe Illustrator (Color Themes palette)
  8. Show Pixar color book from my Kindle account
  9. Pick a color palette for this background

Wednesday

  1. Presentations
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  3. Look at this video about drawing backgrounds
  4. Demo Adobe Animate’s easing tools
  5. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video:  8. Secondary Action
  6. Do an exercise – animate a character who’s secondary action reinforces their primary action
  7. Look at any finished personality walks, story write ups, and storyboards
  8. Continue working on a storyboard for you animated scene

Assignment

  1. Work on storyboard for your scene. Once done, start animating. your scene

 

 

Animation – week 10

Classroom

Monday

  1. Presentations
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  3. Look at any finished personality walks, story write ups, and storyboards
  4. Discuss foreground, mid-ground, and background
  5. How to do 1, 2, and 3-point perspective, and here’s a video about 1, 2, and 3 point perspective
  6. Animation background layout
  7. Using gray scale to paint backgrounds as a way to determine lighting
  8. Hand-painted animation backgrounds
  9. On your own time, check out the Artstation website
  10. Look at this video about drawing backgrounds. Do a background together and pick a color palette.
  11. Look at Adobe Color Wheel and Colourlovers websites, and associated features in Adobe productLook at how to do perspective (formally) and how gray scale and color are added to backgrounds

Wednesday

  1. Presentations
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise look here and here
  3. Demo Adobe Animate’s easing tools
  4. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video:  8. Secondary Action
  5. Do an exercise – animate a character who’s secondary action reinforces their primary action
  6. Look at any finished personality walks, story write ups, and storyboards
  7. Continue working on a storyboard for you animated scene

Assignment

  1. Work on storyboard for your scene

 

 

Animation – week 9

Classroom

Monday

  1. Presentations
  2. Check out this article
  3. And here’s another one about Flash
  4. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  5. Introduce Storyboard Pro
  6. New assignment: write up a simple scene where some action occurs, which includes a background, a character, and audio

Wednesday

  1. Presentations
  2. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  3. Look at any personality walks that are finished
  4. Use Amelia Baca’s character to demonstrate adding sound fx and score to walk cycle in Adobe Animate
  5. Demo Adobe Animate’s easing tools
  6. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 7. Arcs
  7. Do an exercise – have a character move in such a way that you can trace the arcs of their body parts
  8. Continue working on a storyboard for you animated scene

Assignment

  1. Write up. the ideas for your simple scene
  2. Start working on storyboard for the scene

 

 

Animation – week 8

Classroom

Monday

  1. Presentations
  2. Grades
  3. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  4. Do Lip Sync in-class exercise. 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. More about Toon Boom Harmony

Wednesday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  2. More about Toon Boom Harmony
  3. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 6. Slow In and Slow Out
  4. Do an easing exercise – have a character ease in, accelerate to a steady speed, then ease out of a scene – do it manually and then with Adobe Animate easing tools

Assignment

  1. Finish up your “personality walk”
  2. Do a Lip Sync animation with your character

 

 

Animation – week 7

Classroom

Monday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  2. Then do the work here
  3. Demo how to use bone tool again (we’re going to hold off on using this tool for now)
  4. More info on how to use “bones”
    1. Straightforward example
    2. Information from Adobe
  5. Introduce Toon Boom Harmony

Wednesday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise look here
  2. Do the work here
  3. More about Toon Boom Harmony
  4. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 5. Follow-through and Overlapping Action
  5. Do a  follow-through/overlapping exercise with a character who has some appendage that can be used for this (long ears, long hair, antennae, tail, etc.)

Assignment

  1. Work on “personality walk”

 

 

Animation – Week 6

Classroom

Monday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise here
  2. Look at any new walk or “personality” cycles people have animated
  3. Bones tutorial video download this file
  4. More info on how to use “bones”
    1. Straightforward example
    2. Information from Adobe

Wednesday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise here
  2. I’m moving the next “bones” demo to next week, so we can do the exercise below
  3. Toon Boom is working!
  4. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 4.Straight Ahead and Pose-to-Pose
  5. Do a straight ahead and pose-to-pose exercise, using example of a guy being surprised by a spider

Assignment

  1. Work on “personality walk” and making a walk cycle using “bones”

 

 

Animation – week 5

Classroom

Monday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise here
  2. Look at walk cycles people have animated
  3. Other ways to do a walk cycle – download and extract this file

Wednesday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise here
  2. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 3. Staging
  3. Do a staging exercise, using circus files which I will pass around on a flash drive (circus2.ai)

Assignment

  1. Work on character “personality” walk cycle (add elements that make the character unique)

 

 

Animation – week 4

Classroom

Monday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise
  2. Do Adobe Audition tutorial – download this file
  3. Look at squash and stretch heads people have animated (you may save your files as .fla files to upload to Google Drive)
  4. Share class presentation schedule
  5. Demo  creating a walk cycle using this image

Wednesday

  1. Cognitive drawing exercise
  2. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 2. Anticipation
  3. Do an anticipation exercise in Adobe Animate – animate a character anticipating an action
  4. Work on creating a walk cycle for your character

Assignment

  1. Do a walk cycle with your character, use this image as a guide

 

 

Animation – week 3

Classroom

Wednesday

  1. Talk about history of animation: Pixar
  2. Look at changes to character turnarounds
  3. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 1. Squash and Stretch
  4. Do a squash and stretch exercise in Adobe Animate – first with a ball, then with a character’s head, as if they are walking
  5. Cognitive drawing
  6. Talk about tweening animation vs. frame by frame animation and demonstrate
  7. Share class presentation schedule – end of class

Assignment

  1. Do an animation where your character’s head is squashing and stretching, as it would during a walk cycle. Use this image as a guide to how it will squash and stretch (it will squash at the lowest point in the walk cycle, and stretch at the highest point

 

 

Animation – Week 2

Classroom

Monday

  1. Attendance. Introductions and review syllabus
  2. Talk about Adobe login
  3. Here’s where you can get a  monthly subscription to the animation software we’re using for $9/month https://store.toonboom.com/students
  4. Create a folder on Google Drive and share with me.
  5. Talk about presentations
  6. Demonstrate how to use Cintiqs and pen checkout process. 
  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):

kumaclone

Wednesday

  1. Look at character turnarounds
  2. Look at Harmony program

Assignment

  • Work on improvements to turnarounds. We’ll look at them next week