Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
If you ask me why i like animation? I reply that its because its fun from the beginning and the fun never ends.
The major advantage in doing your own animation is that it gives you power to create an new character and introduce him/her to this world. ( Yes You are promoted to ” CREATOR ” ). You can make him tell a story or act in the story or make a brand out of a character. Once people like your cartoon character, thats it you did a good job.
How can i say that? because your work not only satisfies you but also entertains and inspires every others.
Anyone can start his own animation, like practicing music, dance as hobbies. Thanks to free blogs and video upload sites, you can now present your ” Show ” to the world from wherever and whenever you can.
U may realise that its a new world and its your own world, create your own ( this and that ) character.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Then i realized was i was not only the person who dream t like that. I am not alone and not the only one. Every person working for an animated movie or a promotional ad in 2d or 3d animation will have his/her own responsibility i.e a specific plot of work is allotted.
The making of an animated movie involves many people and seniors and juniors in the industry. Usually the job is split into various part ( small works - even it is a big work ) and everyone who specializes in that part will be assigned his role.
The studios usually have recruited director(s) , storyboard artist(s) , animation director(s) , senior animators , animators , keying animators , clean up guys , background artists and more.
When learning animation ( i am still learning) the exposure to actual animation production is very less. But when we breakdrown the total animated movie into seconds or even milliseconds, we may realise how much work has benn done in each and every frame in the movie.
Guess the production process of " The princess of the Egypt " , " The lion king " , " Alladin "
Take a breath! More later! Comments are Welcome!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Can anybody remember the names of the cartoon character and/ or count how many of them were seen on TV , Movies, posters, books etc. Even if we cant name or count the exact number, we are sure there are lots and lots. They are like human being and much better than them. how can we say that?
Ya we always dream about becoming ” Superman ” one day. The cartoons have their own special features and skills which are absent in human beings. thats why there are always entertaining to us and are heroes! right.
But in the mean time we will stop dreaming and start doing things! Let start from the basics and look into how they are actually made. We have seen them, we have enjoyed them, we are grown with them. Do we create them or do we create our own character ( inside ) and make him / her act in a film or make them entertain others. Now thats a great idea!.
In my blog i would present some of my works and tips on making animation.
In my later posts almost all the steps to create a complete animation will be covered.
Lets go on to step (1) Its dreaming! lets dream about a character which we want ot create and introduce to this world. Dreaming tickles your creativity and gives an outline ( technically called ” Brainstorming ” ).
Remember the step one is Dreaming.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
What's his attitude? How to react to situations?
The face study is a vital part in animation, i'm here mentioning only the importance of each steps and not the step by step procedure as it will be presented later. Try to draw maximum face reactions that your character will make and how he / she reacts to any given situation.
Expressions can be achieved by moving eyes , eye brows , mouth mostly. Each part of a face should be handled with key interest and importance so as to achieve a natural act.
for example if the situation is like " everybody likes me " , then the eyes will be bigger and eyebrows high up and mouth with a smile. these concepts are an easier to visualise or can be studied from a real persion.
Animating the facial expresssions giving finer details will make the animation really interesting! .
Dont forget the bacics exaggeration, anticipation, follow through etc.
Mostly i use these softwares
Adobe Flash , Adobe Photoshop , Adobe Illustrator , Toon boom.
There are plenty of software there to start and experiment with, from low end to high end to create mind blowing animation & special effects.
Even a decent and professional results can be achieved using Adobe Flash software. Many of the studios developing TV / web series or web animation highly depend on this Great software.
In later posts the cartoon series production using flash ( mostly a video training ) will be uploaded for more exposure in real time production.
There will be always worth waiting!.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
There are of course many steps in 2d animation ( don't look at me like that ). I'm just mentioned about animating the character (i.e) making it him/her act from drawing. We may wonder people saying that its a longer process and takes more time and human resources. Yes it is!.
But break down only the animation process.. Let me make it clear for you.
Here it is !
1) drawing your character on paper ( from your mind ).
2) tracing the character ( again and again) to make the character intimate for you so that u can imagine the character actions ( easier to imagine = easier to draw = easier to act ).
3) completing character turn around. ( drawing the character in various rotation angles, usually front, 3/4 front , side, back , 3/4 back )
4) Scanning the character to flash software.
5) Breakdown of character into symbols in flash software.
after that is the process of making the character act according to your command.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Animation is really an exciting world isn't it? From our childhood to adulthood there will be very only a little amount of people who haven't been exposed to animation or cartoons. Luckily we are. But when it comes to the making it is really quite tough for beginner and easy for people with experience ( Means a lot of patience and practice ).
The above pic shows a quick demonstration of the cartoon character being developed at different levels.
(1) the rough sketch (2) cleanup (3) Keycleanup, traced again (4) scanned for animation (5) color filled ( usually called inking in traditional animation ).
Hope this post is interesting to you. Do come again for more fun.
Comments are welcome!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
After lots of scribbling and rough sketch, the character on mind is drawn on paper. Yet its only a starting point in animation. The character drawing has to be fine tuned again and again using lightbox and traced for final version.
The final version contains the outlines cleaned up and presented as thick and thin lines so to add more beauty and depth to the character.
From here the life of the character is turned on and his / her new world is opened from paper to digital media.
Ya drawing for animation is not easy and it will not come in a day or two.But if u learn to scribble on paper, now that's easy. So start scribbling something.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I am posting my works here in my blog and it would be easy for u guys to share and comment your ideas.
I am trying to share some reference and inspirational websites and materials.