Animation Principles #7 – Jumping into a pool

Sorry there’s no week #6 but the project was a looping animation and I had some problems uploading it to youtube (it will all be visible in my animation principles showreel which will be coming around January time).

Anyways, here is week #7’s task, create a character and show them jumping from a diving board into a pool. The first version may seem a little choppy but that’s because unfortunately I ran out of animation paper when creating it, so I had to use what paper I had sparingly (sorry about the quality Dragonframe had a peculiar setting that I just couldn’t figure out how to fix).

The version below is the improved version I created after getting more paper, it’s still not perfect (the ears jolt around alot) but it’s certainly an improvement from the previous version. Eventually I will clean up and ink the animation which may be shown in my final showreel.


Final Storyboard Concept Art

I’m working on my final project for storyboarding class which requires me to pick 1 out of 3 scripts to work with, and then basically storyboard it. Also as there is no concept art for any of the scenery or settings I can go all out and create my own!

The script I’m working with is called: “Zoo Troop & The Lost Pirate Treasure” and is about a rag-tag gang of pirates celebrating after a successful day of looting, when a storm hits them and capsises their ship. As it’s called “Zoo Troop” I decided to make all the characters animals to fit with the theme (also because I enjoy drawing animals alot too!)

This is my design for the pirate captain who’s called, Captain Tremaine, and I decided to make him a Lion. Lion’s are seen as leaders so I thought that would be the only fitting animal. And I noticed after first drawing his design that the name “Tremaine” also works well because Lion’s have manes; a happy little coincidence.


the image above first design I did for Captain Tremaine, and the image below is his final design. Since he’s the captain I made him very “box-like” to make him appear strong and somewhat intimidating. I like to think of his design a combination of Alex from Madagascar and Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles. IMG_1155CaptainTremaine

Below are some rough designs for possible crew members. I’ll probably not include any weak animals like rabbits, deer, frogs etc. I want the crew to be a mix of strong animals, and mainly predators. (the designs are incredibly rough)



Here are some extra designs for their pirate ship which is named in the script as “The Narwhal”. I tried to make the ship look Narwhal-like by having the front beam be incredibly long, like the horn of a Narwhal, and I tried to make the ship look similar to the body shape of a Narwhal whilst still looking like a pirate ship. There is also the design for the pirate flag too. I got my inspiration for this from the anime “One Piece” which is about pirates too, and each individual pirate ship has it’s own unique flag that looks like the tradition skull and crossbones.



One Piece style flags, aka. My Inspiration

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Bradford Animation Festival 2014 (thoughts so far)

Up in Bradford for the animation festival, and three days in I’m really enjoying things. I’ve gotten to see some of the guys behind well known animation companies, such as Peter Lord from Aardman, and Mark Shapiro from Laika. There were Q&A sessions with both of them and it’s been really interesting to hear them talk about the industry, it’s ups, it’s downs, and all the sillyness inbetween. Today there was a screening for a short documentary about Claire Jennings, a big producer in the animation world, and she’s produced many films from, “The Snowman” to “Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit”. I never really considered just how important the producer was to the film until this talk, mainly because I’d never really understood what a producer did. But I have to say it got me interested in it, I don’t thing it will be a career path I’ll ever take myself but it definitely has given me a new found respect for people that do produce.

There have also been alot of screenings some by students and some by professionals. My feelings about these animated shorts are…mixed. There are a few I really like but there’s a large amount of them that I don’t really know what to say about them. I will go into a more indepth review in a later post after the festival is over, explaining my feelings about the shorts. But despite my mixed feelings, the ones that really stood out to me, REALLY stood out to me and I’ve gotten alot of inspiration from seeing the work of other people. There were some forms of animation used that I’d never even imagined, like animating the paintings on a wall, or using stop-motion timelapses of dying flowers to simulate a pulse. There were just so many different styles of animation and even if I didn’t like the videos I have to admit that most of the shorts I’ve seen were gorgeously animated.

I’ll be writing a followup to the entire festival after it’s over, and I hope to see more great animations!


Animation Principles #4 – Lifting a Weight

For one of my assignments I was supposed to show a character lifting an object with a noticeable weight. Despite me not being too keen on Flash, I really like how this turned out. The only problem I have with it is that when the character is pushing the weight into the air it looks like the character isn’t moving slowly, but is more like he’s moving in slow motion, which I don’t like.