Category Archives: Animation

Animation – Week 14

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: nywEy.s7
  3. Presentation
  4. Any storyboards or animatics to look at?
  5. Go over how to turn an animatic into a rough draft of an animation. Use Marco’s example.
  6. CD Day 15: Cognitive drawing  file
  7. Work on your animated scene

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your animation idea based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: Jz^tWS64
  3. Presentation
  4. CD Day 16: Do the “sleep on it” exercise from day 15, then download this file.
  5. Any storyboards or animatics to look at?
  6. Watch 12 Principles of Animation:  8. Secondary Action
  7. Do exercise for principle #8 (gestures that support the main action to add more dimension to character animation)
  8. Work on your animated scene

Assignments

  1. Continue to work on ideas for your scene
  2. Work on storyboard/animatic

Animation – Week 13

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: =d3j5qJ8
  3. Any storyboards or animatics to look at?
  4. This week you must finish your storyboard. Once it’s done, please move on to your animatic
  5. Presentation
  6. CD Day 13: Cognitive drawing  file
  7. Work on your animated scene

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your animation idea based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: 6ehY$i$2
  3. Presentation
  4. CD Day 14: Open day 13 file and do the last drawing, then download this file.
  5. Any storyboards or animatics to look at?
  6. Watch 12 Principles of Animation:  7. Arcs
  7. Do exercise for principle #7 (animate objects moving in arcs)
  8. Work on your animated scene

Assignments

  1. Continue to work on ideas for your scene
  2. Work on storyboard/animatic

Animation – Week 12

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: 3H.5RhV3
  3. Presentation
  4.  CD Day 11: Cognitive drawing new file
  5. Work on your animated scene

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your animation idea based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: Zt!N57cS
  3. Presentation
  4. CD Day 12: Download this  file
  5. Any storyboards or animatics to look at?
  6. Watch 12 Principles of Animation:  6
  7. Do exercise for principle #6
  8. Work on your animated scene

Assignments

  1. Continue to work on ideas for your scene
  2. Work on storyboard/animatic

Animation – Week 11

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: Ew6UC%PD
  3. Presentation
  4. CD Day 9: Cognitive drawing file
  5. Work on your animated scene

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your animation idea based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: .WafVZu3
  3. Presentation
  4. CD Day 10: Download this  file
  5. Any storyboards or animatics to look at?
  6. Watch 12 Principles of Animation:  5. Follow-Through and Overlapping Action
  7. Do exercise for principle #5 – create an animation where a character has some sort of appendage (hair, tail, etc.) that is demonstrating this principle
  8. Work on your animated scene

Assignments

  1. Continue to work on ideas for your scene
  2. Work on storyboard/animatic

Animation – Week 9

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: v$m@.8j@
  3. Presentation
  4. No class Thursday – I’m getting vaccinated
  5. CD Day 8: Download this  file.
  6. Watch 12 Principles of Animation:  5. Follow-Through and Overlapping Action
  7. Do exercise for principle #5 – create an animation where a character has some sort of appendage (hair, tail, etc.) that is demonstrating this principle
  8. Work on your animated scene

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your animation idea based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. TBA

Assignments

  1. Continue to work on ideas for your scene
  2. Work on background ideas

Animation – Week 8

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: Cm@1dsNB
  3. Presentation
  4. CD Day 6: Download this file
  5. Watch 12 Principles of Animation:  3. Staging
  6. Do example animation for principle #3 – create an animation where the plot is dependent on staging. For example, a mouse is on screen and a cat comes on, which forces the mouse to flee, then a dog comes on, which forces the cat to flee
  7. Work on your animated scene

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your animation idea based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: CV83bR+e
  3. Presentation
  4. CD Day 7: Cognitive drawing file
  5. Watch 12 Principles of Animation: 4. Straight Ahead and Pose-to-Pose
  6. Do example animation for principle #4 – animate a creature jumping over something – for example: a cat jumping over a couch pillow, a fox jumping over a fallen tree, etc.
  7. Work on your animated scene

Assignments

  1. Continue to work on ideas for your scene
  2. Work on background ideas

Animation – Week 7

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: 0%XvEEpp
  3. Presentation
  4. Look at any “Ghost Bride” backgrounds that were completed
  5. Next step in animation project: storyboarding:
    1. Storyboard example
    2. My storyboard example
    3. Storyboard template
  6. CD Day 5: Cognitive drawing files
  7. Watch 12 Principles of Animation:  3. Staging
  8. Do example animation for principle #3 – create an animation where the plot is dependent on staging. For example, a mouse is on screen and a cat comes on, which forces the mouse to flee, then a dog comes on, which forces the cat to flee
  9. Work on your animated scene

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your animation idea based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. No class – Rodeo Vacation

Assignments

  1. Continue to work on ideas for your scene
  2. Work on background ideas

Animation – Week 6

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: %!FP73KW
  3. Presentation
  4. CD Day 3: Download these files
  5. Discuss the Pixar Animation Process
  6. Look at examples of previous student animations
  7. Color the ghost bride house background  and pick a color palette. Look at Adobe Color Wheel and Colourlovers website

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your animation idea based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: ha?^H7ea
  3. Presentation
  4. CD Day 4: Cognitive drawing  download these  files
  5. Stuff we didn’t talk about Tuesday:
    1. Discuss the Pixar Animation Process
    2. Look at examples of previous student animation: Nerve by Marco Esquivel
    3. Color the ghost bride house background  and pick a color palette. Look at Adobe Color Wheel and Colourlovers website
  6. Watch 12 Principles of Animation:  3. Staging
  7. Do example animation for principle #3 – the “prisoner’s dilemma”
  8. Do an Anticipation animation exercise – using a face, like in the video, or create your own example that uses anticipation
  9. Work on your animated scene

Assignments

  1. Continue to work on ideas for your scene
  2. Work on background ideas

Animation – Week 5

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Presentation
  3. Download these  Cognitive Drawing files
  4. Digitally restored Popeye Cartoons
  5. Look at examples of student animations
  6. On Thursday, February 11th, we will not have a virtual class meeting because I will be unavailable. Instead, I will give you an assignment to work on at home.
  7. Color the ghost bridge house background  and pick a color palette. Look at Adobe Color Wheel and Colourlovers website

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your animation idea based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: PYE9Ue$V
  3. Look at student work
  4. 12 Principles of animation video: 2. Anticipation
  5. Do an Anticipation animation exercise – using a face, like in the video, or create your own example that uses anticipation
  6. Work on your animated scene

Assignments

  1. Continue to work on ideas for your scene
  2. Work on background ideas

Animation – Week 4

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: s7%sRQ*5
  3. On Thursday, February 11th, we will not have a virtual class meeting because I will be unavailable. Instead, I will give you an assignment to work on at home.
  4. Do these  Cognitive Drawing files
  5. Look at any examples of plots and background drawings
  6. 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
  7. Color the ghost bridge house background  and pick a color palette. Look at Adobe Color Wheel and Colourlovers websites

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your animation idea based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: PYE9Ue$V
  3. Look at student work
  4. 12 Principles of animation video: 2. Anticipation
  5. Do an Anticipation animation exercise – using a face, like in the video, or create your own example that uses anticipation
  6. Work on your animated scene

Assignments

  1. Continue to work on ideas for your scene
  2. Work on background ideas

Animation – Week 3

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: gi8@W9!6
  3. Drawing tablets are available starting Monday, Jan. 25th in the Service Bureau (Santa Catalina building, 4th door on the right (sorry, this said “left” originally), room CG07. Mike is there Monday 10am – 12pm and Tues-Thurs. 10am-1pm)
  4. The picture on the right shows the Service Bureau
  5. We’ll start doing digital drawing and animation on Thursday, so if you plan to get a Wacom tablet from Pima, please try to get it before then
  6. Reminder of how to get Adobe Animate software from Adobe (log out after making your account and log back in again to get access to school account)
  7. A notetaker is needed in this class. The notetaker will receive a stipend of $30 per credit hour (e.g. $120 for a 4 credit hour course) for the notes taken. Notes that you typically take should be fine. The College will copy and distribute the notes for you as necessary. Who is interested? Please chat with  me after class for more information and details.
  8. Look at any more work done on characters, silhouettes
  9. Links to color sites: COLOURlovers, color.adobe.com
  10. History of Animation slideshow
  11. Check out these cool character designs
  12.  Look at the Artstation website
  13. Watch this video about drawing backgrounds, in preparation for talking about backgrounds on Thursday
  14. Look at any examples of plots and background drawings
  15. Work on your characters during class time

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your characters based on feedback you received in class

Class

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Please contact me if you would like to view video of today’s class, as it is in an unusual format
  3. Check on student work
  4. Do stuff we didn’t get to on Monday
  5. Watch 12 Principles of Animation video: 1. Squash & Stretch
  6. 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
  7. Color the ghost bridge house background  and pick a color palette. Look at Adobe Color Wheel and Colourlovers websites, and associated features in Adobe produ

Assignments

  1. Finish plot summary for your scene
  2. Work on background ideas

Animation – Week 2

Class

 Tuesday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Drawing tablets will be available starting next Monday in the Service Bureau (Santa Catalina building, 4th door on the left, room CG07. Mike is there Monday 10am – 12pm and Tues-Thurs. 10am-1pm)
  3. Show example of Brock
  4. Look at turnaround characters assigned in previous class
  5. Look at famous character silhouettes
  6. Show an example of how to make a character unique via a silhouette
  7. Take a look at these tips on character design
  8. Discuss character drawing issues
  9. Work on your characters during class time

Assignment

  1. Continue to work on your character turnaround based on feedback you received in class
  2. Also, draw your character in silhouette (one pose) and try and make them look unique. Upload the file to your Google Drive folder

Class

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Due to a technical glitch, there is no video of today’s class
  3. Class presentation schedule – please make a note of the day your presentation is due
  4. Critique changes to character turnarounds and look at any silhouettes that were created
  5. Discuss plot-writing strategies for animated scene:
    1. A protagonist has a goal and encounters obstacles to reaching that goal which they either succeed or fail to overcome.
  6. Talk about backgrounds and look at this article
  7. Watch this animation
  8. Work on your characters during class time
  9. We’ll start doing drawing/animation exercises next Thursday so maybe you can pick up your drawing tablets between Monday and Wednesday

Assignments

  1. Write a short summary of a plot for animated scene (a couple  short paragraphs or one long paragraph) and turn it in next Tuesday
  2. Think about a background for your scene, and start sketching  some ideas

Animation – Week 1

Classroom

Thursday

  1. Join class via Zoom
  2. Video of today’s class, Passcode: 79Bg7QY%
  3. Drawing tablets will not be available until to check out until Jan. 25th. We’ll talk more about this in class.
  4. Attendance. Introductions and review syllabus
  5. Talk about Adobe login.
  6. How many of you would like to check out drawing tablets?
  7. We’re going to use  Adobe Animate (Flash)
  8. Create a folder on Google Drive and share with me.
  9. Talk about presentations, i.e. “industry reports”
  10. Discuss history of animation, watch video
  11. Share 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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