Animation Principles #3 – Hand Turn

For this exercise in animation class we were given the first and last keyframes of an animation along with a dope sheet and our mission was to create the inbetweens whilst also following the Dope sheet. I’ve never followed a dope sheet before and I only found out what they were when I started this course, but I have to say that was alot easier than just blindly creating inbetweens until you get what you think looks good. I’ve always liked inbetweening because I feel like that’s the part of the animation process that really makes these still images come to life, so I really enjoyed this exercise and I’d love to do something like it again some time!

(animation is looped)


Storyboarding exercise – Speed and Direction

One of our tasks for this week was to create simple storyboard with no less than 7 frames, and no more than 20 frames, that showed two objects/people/animals etc moving at different speeds from different directions, and these two objects would eventually meet. I chose to have my characters be a tortoise and a rabbit because tortoises are known for being slow, and hares are known for being fast, it only seemed fitting.

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I tried to show how slow the tortoise was moving by making every frame he’s in be exactly the same, with him only advancing a few paces each time, and I tried to show how fast the rabbit was moving by giving him a giant dust cloud, and making the backgrounds blur as he runs past them.


Enjoying History & Theory?!

I’m not going to lie, I’ve never really been too keen on doing written work, especially when it comes to a creative subject like art or animation. “Why can’t I just make things, art is about expression not writing essays?!” is what I used to say back when I was naive and when it came to writing things it would always be the part of the lessons where I switched off. However, I can safely say that there hasn’t been a single lecture session that I’ve been bored in on this course. Maybe it’s because I’m finally doing something I love, or maybe it’s simply because the stuff I’m learning about is genuinely interesting and for the first time in a very long time, I really want to push myself and learn more about my craft! In one of today’s History and Theory sessions we analysed the criminal subtexts found in the first few minute of ‘The Incredibles’. Only in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine having a class where I’d be doing something like this.

I really love this course, and it I really hope it just keeps getting better!


Animation Principles #2 – Jumping from A to B

One of my animation assignments this week was to animate a Jumping animation using only simple shapes instead of a real figure, which means that all the movement has to be shown through the personality you give to the shapes. The people that were familiar with flash had to animate traditionally, and the people that didn’t understand flash (like me) had to animate in Flash. Also this was my first time using an Intuos tablet and I found it quite difficult because the tablet I currently use at home isn’t as sensitive, so when I was using the intuos my hand was very shaky. Fortunately Flash has a smoothing tool so my linework doesn’t look shaky.

I recorded myself jumping, and then used that as reference for my keyframes. And even though I like the animation, I think that when the shape figure is in the air it moves alot slower than my real jump and I should probably have referenced the jump recording more than I did.

Like the bouncing ball animation I will most likely redo this in a few weeks.


2013 Animation Reel

This is the animation reel I used during my interview for Falmouth University (this was before my name change so I’m still listed a Philippa Brown). These are very old animations from 2013 and it feels kinda weird looking at them as I’ve improved  so much since then, It’s strange to think that at the time these were my magnum opus!

I’ll be posting a 2014 animation reel very soon, showcasing my animation work from the beginning of 2014 to the start of University.