My mom has always said allergy season makes me cranky. Well, it’s allergy season, and boy howdy!
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I drew this in a new iPad app called Paper, which may be one of the first drawing apps to approach the ease of sketching on paper. There’s no zooming allowed, but the translation between your brain and finger remains surprisingly intact–but as you can see, it also adds its own style to your scribbles.
These model sheets will be mostly about achieving consistency, rather than a complete overhaul of the characters. However, I’ve decided to make a slight modification to Mary Rae’s hair; that pulled-back look was a pain to draw in the comic strip, let alone animation. Now I can indicate her hair in just a few strokes.
Well golly, this is still in a sloppy state, in so many ways, but I really need to move on to my next bit of practice (or maybe the 11-second contest if the April sound file appeals to me). I think I was fairly happy with the movement early on, but for me the hard part was keeping Mary looking consistent from frame to frame. I didn’t design her for animation, and if I really wanted to use her, I should have drawn a model sheet in advance, and really nailed down how she’s supposed to look from different angles.
Here’s an example of a model sheet, of that fish-lady from the Little Mermaid:
Obviously, as I get better at drawing, and better at planning, I’ll be better at animating relatively complicated characters like Mary Rae, but whatever I do next will definitely be more along the lines of Elmer Fudd, as I mentioned before.