Category Archives: Animation

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