Seriously, someone asked me today how old I’d be at my next birthday, and when “35” came out, it sounded really, really weird to me.
(Commence Aunts telling me how young I am.)
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Once I have the motion exactly how I want it, I can start to worry about filling in the details.
Ren and Stimpy animator John Kricfalusi has lots of great advice for budding animators, and makes a great argument for using simple early-1940s characters as the basis for animation practice. By then, animators had nailed down the best practices for animating, but were still tentative about moving beyond typical pear-shaped characters. So they’re perfect vehicles for a beginning animator to conceptualize how cartoons move and carry their weight, without getting thrown off by any zany stylization that later evolved.
So, after trying to animate a girl with a ponytail, I think my next twick will be the mercifully bald Elmer Fudd.
As I mentioned before, I’m doing a very short animation in which Mary Rae sees a spider, hauls off and smashes it. This here is the seeing part, and it’s pretty much the same as the Kerkel clip from last week. However, I’ve also explored moving different parts at different speeds, such as her ponytail. In fact, when I come back to this, I’m going to give her ponytail a few more frames of drag; right now it settles too quickly, I think.