Friday, August 10, 2007

Mr. Slither Animation & John K.'s Animation Course Level 1, Lesson 1


The drawings below should pretty much illustrate how I was able to figure out each of the frames for the Bosko study. Each drawing is labeled on the bottom right.

Hey, everyone! I've brought some moving drawings for you to see!

Here's a small clip I've been slowly working on for the past couple of weeks. Sorry about the quality! It looked alot better in flash.

After working on the Slither clip I realized I needed to work faster on my animating. So through grateful fate I saw that John K. wanted us wanna-be animators to practice old rubber hose cartoons and has provided us with a really cool Bosko clip along with great information on how to animate in beats in his blog.

Uploaded by PMVR

Of course I couldn't just wing it, so I made an efficient way for me to draw each frame all together in an organized fashion. This helped me keep on track with the proportions of each drawing and made sure each frame kept consistent with one another.

I first started copying all the keys like the ones John has in his blog.

Then I started counting the in-betweens within each key frame to figure out which of the in-betweens would become break-down drawings within all key frames.

After I have all of the key frames and break-downs organized together I began doing all of the in-betweens from key frame to break-down and from break-down to key frame until they all go down to the very last key. This really helped me to not worry about how many in-betweens I had to make.

And when there were too many in-betweens within a key and a break-down I figured out which in-between would be a secondary break-down within a key and break-down.

It's good that the Bosko clip worked on beats because it kept each frame evenly balanced with one another and made it easier for me to make all the break-downs within all keys. If the frames weren't evenly organized I probably would've gone crazy!

Whew! Sounds kinda crazy, dunnit?! I thought it'd be interesting to share with you all on how I managed to do this practice. I hope it made some sense.

I'm gonna start working on the other cycles in the Bosko clip. This will definitely help me improve with all the animating I have to do for my film.


Mitch said...

Nice animation!

Thanks alot for posting this information :)

How did you figured out whitch of the in-betweens would become break-down?
Did you use a light table or something?

Ryan G. said...

Wow! Nice work Pedro! Cant wait for more Mr. Slither

Pedro Vargas said...

Mitch--Thanks, Mitch! I used a home-made light table, which really is just a piece of furniture glass with a lamp undeneath :D. I figured out the break-downs from counting the frames within the keys in the Bosko clip. Each key including the inbetweens were evenly spaced. So the frame that was in the middle of the keys were my break-downs. The light table helped me figure out the arcs between each frame.

Ryan--Thanks, man!

Gabriel said...

what's a break-down?

cartoon lad said...

yeah,like gabriel said...whats a breakdown?

CartoonSteve said...

Dittos to the above two comments. Could you show a few stills in order, labeled "this is the key" and "this is the breakdown"? You know, for us non-verbal type artists.

Nice work - like the rest of your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Pedro Vargas said...

A break-down is the frame that divides the in-betweens within two keys. If you were to have 5 frames (1, 2, 3, 4, 5) with the first and last frames being the keys (1 & 5), then you're break-down would be the 3rd frame (3). Once you draw them out you'd then finish off the other inbetweens that are left (2 & 4).

Break-downs can help you with you're timing too as well as figuring out the arcs in your animation.

This is something I've learned from experience and stuff I've learned from some teacher's at my school.

I hope this helps!

cartoonsteve--Yeah I'll put up some drawings so that you guys can see how I've done it.

Brandon said...

Nicely done Pedro. Your structure and volumes look great.

ryan said...

holy SHIT that slither animation was mother fucking GREAT dude!!! SUPER GOOD WORK!!!!

i really cant wait to see more, it was simply excellent.

Colin said...

I really admire your talent Pedro. Hope you don't mind if I try out your method. I'm trying to get this down to little avail.

cartoon lad said...

gotcha, i understand now

Von Weiggart said...

Hey Pedro, I came to your page through John K's. Thanks for telling us how you approached this Bosko clip :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Pedro! Good work! I envy your clean, precise lines, and your constant volumes. If you have the time, could you please in a future post go into some detail as to the process by which you drew each frame? What did your roughs look like? What techniques did you use to keep volume? How did you clean-up to get such a clean outline? It is these problems that are holding me back as I attempt to complete JohnK's drawing and animation lessons - I guess I am too sloppy right now! So knowing how you did it would help me very much. Thank you Pedro!

Chloe Cumming said...

Wow! I'm slightly confused but very impressed. Isn't animation magic?

benj said...

That Mr. Slither Pencil test is STUNNING!

Great WORK Pedro!

Chava said...

Thanks for writing this.

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