Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My First Go at Animation

Clara & Goose is a project I've been working away on for the last 3 months. I have no formal training in animation (yet hopefully) but this does not stop me from trying and cramming my head with animation books and software manuals. So as far as this animation goes, character design is done traditionally, using animation paper and a home made light box which came out to a fraction of the cost of a drafting/light table.

Here's a quick pencil test preview of some scenes from the short:

Clara & Goose Pencil Test from Yuliya Stone on Vimeo.

The pencil animation is 3/4 done at this point, I'm thinking ti will be about a minute long, and I'm now starting to consider how to ink/colour the short. Here are some test trials I went through before I settled on the final draft. And its time consuming, all 3.
1)Digital Inking - the really hard pen lines don't really work with the organic bouncy feel of the character, plus it takes 30 minutes to ink each frame..(I have about 400-500)But colouring is fast and effective as the paths are clean and you can just paint bucket the thing in minutes.

2)Pencil Inking - takes only 6/7 minutes a frame but scans horribly, magic wand tool picks up nothing when I try to colour as there is so much grey going on, and it blends the character with the background way too much.

3)India Ink - takes about as 4-5 minutes a frame, but about 1-2 extra minutes to fix up the drawings as I ink the rough directly and some of them are messy or unfinished. Colouring picks up alright,t here is space between colours where the line goes over, but by setting it to multiply, it isn't noticeable. And I like the look of it best. Let me know your thoughts if you have any.

More of this spam will soon come our way, enjoy!

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