Category Archives: Animation

Animation – week 17

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Cognitive drawing – page 56 (draw a muscle man, like you did with the first exercise)
  2. Work on final animations
  3. If you have more than one scene, export your animations and put them together in a program like Premiere

Thursday

  1. View final animations
  2. Discuss where you can go from here with regards to classes and work

Assignment

  1. Finish your animated scene

Animation – week 15

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Cognitive drawing – pages 50 and 51
  2. We’re done with the 12 principles of animation, so now your job is to focus your attention on your animation and get as much done as possible

Thursday

  1. Cognitive drawing – pages 52 and 53
  2. Work on final animations

Assignment

  1. Work on your final animation project

Animation – week 13

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Cognitive drawing – page 45
  2. 12 Principles of Animation:  11. Solid Drawing
  3. In-class exercise – draw a character using the principles of solid drawing, including using overlaps. Animate one part of that character’s body (like an arm), so it looks like a solid shape that’s moving
  4. Work on final animations

Thursday

  1. Cognitive drawing –  page 46 and 47
  2. Discuss using special effects in Harmony
  3. Work on final animation

Assignment

  1. Work on your final animation project

Animation – week 12

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Serena, Luke
  2. Cognitive drawing – page 43
  3. 12 Principles of Animation:  10. Timing
  4. In-class exercise – draw crocodile biting cat tail (or a different animal biting another animal’s tale)
  5. Work on final animations

Thursday

  1. Presentation: Scooby
  2. Cognitive drawing –  page 44
  3. Discuss using camera movements and 2.5D in Harmony
  4. Work on final animation

Assignment

  1. Work on your final animation project

Animation – week 11

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Kaileigh, Cassandra, Luis Hector
  2. Cognitive drawing – pages 41 and 42
  3. Using camera movements and 2.5D in Harmony
  4. 12 Principles of Animation:  9. Timing
  5. In-class exercise – animate a stick figure character on “ones” who is moving quickly, and a bunny rabbit who is jumping slowly on “twos”

Thursday

    1. Guest lecturer: Jon Rustad
    2. Work on final animations

Assignment

  1. Finish working on your storyboards for your final animation project
  2. Once you are done with your storyboards, begin work on your final animation project

Animation – week 10

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Kaileigh
  2. Watch this video about how a stop-motion animator does his job
  3. Work on Cognitive Drawing  use page 37 and a guide to draw page 38
  4. 12 Principles of Animation:  8. Secondary Action
  5. In-class exercise – animate a character whose main action is supported by secondary action: a kid about to open a present

Thursday

    1. Presentations: Luis Hector
    2. Check out these awesome animators’ Instagram accounts
    3. Work on Cognitive Drawing pages 39 and 40
    4. Begin work on a walk cycle animation using the walk cycle image
    5. Download ToonBoom file: walk-cycle
    6. Work on final animations

Assignment

  1. Finish working on your storyboards for your final animation project
  2. Once you are done with your storyboards, begin work on your final animation project

Animation – Week 9

Classroom

Tuesday – CLASS CANCELLED

  1. Presentation: Thomas
  2. Grades
  3. Download Cognitive Drawing exercise page 35
  4. 12 Principles of Animation: 7. Arcs
  5. Do  exercise – clowns throwing pies
  6. Work on final animation

Thursday

  1. Presentation: Daniela
  2. Check out Adobe’s Project Gemini
  3. Cognitive Drawing exercise page 36
  4. Work on final animation

Assignment

  1. Work on final animation

Animation – week 7

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Work on Cognitive Drawing download pages 27, 29
  2. Here is the Vitruvian Man
  3. 12 Principles of Animation:  5. Follow-Through and Overlapping Action
  4.  In-class exercise – animate hair on a character as a class, using the pose-to-pose animation technique. Examples of stereotypical male hair and female hair
  5. Work on storyboards

Thursday

  1. Presentations: Isaak
  2. Look at this article about how animation does a good job of communicating feelings
  3. Discuss this article about the controversial animation on The Dragon Prince
  4. Watch this short film about the history of animation
  5. Work on Cognitive Drawing download pages 30, 31
  6. Work on storyboards

Assignment

  1. Work on storyboards

Animation – week 6

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Espy, Vincent
  2. Work on Cognitive Drawing download pages 20, 21
  3. 12 Principles of Animation:  4. Straight Ahead and Pose to Pose
  4. In-class exercise – spider surprising person
  5. Work on storyboards

Thursday

  1. Presentations: Sam
  2. Work on Cognitive Drawing download pages 24, 25
  3. 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)
  4. Work on storyboards

Assignment

  1. Work on storyboards
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Animation – week 5

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentations: Josue, D’Andre
  2. Work on Cognitive Drawing download pages 15, 16, and 17
  3. 12 Principles of Animation: 3. Staging
  4. In-class exercise – staging at the circus – download this file

Thursday

  1. Presentations: Ed
  2. Work on Cognitive Drawing download pages 18, 19
  3. Introduction to Storyboard Pro
  4. Begin work on storyboards

Assignment

  1. Make sure you have a colored character and background, plot, and music/audio for your project
  2. Work on storyboards

Animation – week 4

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Presentation: Josue
  2. Work on Cognitive Drawing, download page 9
    pages 15 and 17
  3. 12 Principles of Animation: 2. Anticipation
  4. Do example animation for principle #2 – animate the “squash and stretch head” that uses anticipation
  5. Work on your backgrounds, character, and plot

Thursday

  1. Presentations: Nick
  2. Cool characters to check out (Disney Princesses as armored warriors)
  3. Work on Cognitive Drawing pages 11, 12, 13
  4. Look at coloring Wildchord background, before, after, color
  5. Adobe Audition tutorial.  For audio – download this file
  6. Point out 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)
  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 page  5 and 7
  2. Critique plot summaries and any character turnaround changes
  3. On your own time, check out the Artstation website
  4. Look at Adobe Color Wheel and Colourlovers websites, and associated features in Adobe products

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. Work on backgrounds, plot summary, and characters

Assignment

  1. Color and turn in your final character turnarounds
  2. Make suggested changes to plot and turn it in
  3. Start working on a color palette for your background and make suggested changes to background

 

Animation – Week 2

Classroom

Tuesday

  1. Look at schedule of when presentations/reports are due on forum page
  2. Look at turnaround characters assigned in previous class
  3. Take a look at these tips on character design
  4. Discuss these basic character body types (Lynda.com)
  5. Discuss character drawing issues
  6. Do a character drawing exercise (create four views of a 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. Sign last page and hand in.
  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. Talk about reports and presentations
  4. Demonstrate how to use Cintiqs and pen checkout process. 
  5. Create an account on the Dreamco website
  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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