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.