ANIMATION!

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in 2012, Blog | 6 Comments

the Keeper

Well, this week I started into a new world of making pictures move. With much help and tips from excellent animator friends Scott Benson and Charles Huettner. Who in turn led me to a brilliant photoshop animation tutorial by a Mr. Alex Grigg.

Animation has been something I’ve wanted to play around with for quite some time, but my busy schedule prevented me from doing so, until recently. So, I put together a little character sketch of an old lighthouse keeper of sorts. (a character I seem to throw around in various illustrations a lot)

Even though it was more work, I really wanted to have a handful of things going on with this character. And consequently, I had to struggle with it a bit. But I really enjoy how it turned out. The animation’s a bit sloppy, but smoothness will come with practice. On the plus side, I feel I was able to gather a handful of different motions happening at once. Getting the walk cycle down in itself was a new challenge, but ultimately I enjoyed the small things like the beard bounce, lamp swing, and smoke puffs.

I knew going in that the most important thing I had to keep in mind was to not focus on a single image, as I’m used to in illustration, but the movement as a whole. I had to work loose, at first, and then refine as much as needed, but not too much. So over the course of two days I experimented with the illusion of motion and here’s what I ended up with.

Sketch

Ink

Color

6 Comments

  1. Joel Glovier
    August 22, 2012

    Wow, that’s awesome man! I love the character of that guy. Reminds me of a little wooden sailor statue I had as a kid. He had a yellow coat though.

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    • Denman Rooke
      August 22, 2012

      Thanks Joel. It was a fun character to create. I always find myself drawing some sort of version of that guy in my sketchbook. It’s kind of fun to see him come to life.

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  2. Eric Wilkerson
    August 22, 2012

    Really nice job for your first animation. Love how it all came together in the color final and the way the lantern shakes. So much good stuff going on. Inspiring. Definitely have to try out that tutorial.

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    • Denman Rooke
      August 22, 2012

      Thanks Eric. Ya it was a fun experience, you should definitely give it a try.

      Reply
  3. Dave Kapah
    August 22, 2012

    this just wonderful 🙂

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  4. matt
    August 23, 2012

    Freaking awesome. Great job with the lighting!

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