Wednesday, September 30, 2015

for Lesson 3: Video Example "A Bubble Floats" -- Working with Basic Shapes-The Sphere

Lesson Five. We just worked with straight lines falling under gravity with various weights. Now we will work with curved lines also moving under gravity with various weights.

The first is a sphere shape in the form of a light soap bubble floating up from a soap bottle until it pops! This exercise also uses the animation principle of 1. timing 2. overlap  and now we will add 3. squash & stretch.

The bubble will float upwards, but the animator does not have to be as super accurate drawing a loose, wiggly bubble as he or she did in drawing the straight lines and shapes: a plastic straw or chop stick, a metal pipe, & a pencil. Squash & stretch in the movement adds life to it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

for Lesson 4: Video Example "Faucet Drip" -- Working with Curves

Faucet Drip. Animation drawn by Tony Claar c.2014.

Another example of using curves to create "weight" and characteristics of the object/water/stuff/thing that you're animating.

Friday, September 11, 2015

for Lesson 1: Charts for Timing Animation


Notes: The charts showing  how timing works, how it is measured, the correct "spacing" to create the best timing. Examples here have 3 contrasting weights: Light, medium, & heavy.  They are a straw, a pencil, & a pipe. The straw needs only 6 drawings, the pencil 8 drawings,& the pipe needs 10.  Each starts as a straight line and it falls due to the force of gravity, but at varied, different rates of speed. 

"Spacing creates timing" and "Timing is everything". Grim Natwick, who created Betty Boop, said , "It's all in the timing and spacing". 

Thursday, January 1, 2015


We can also take a screen shot of the website layout and draw instructions on top of that to
show where items are i.s thought bubble pointing to lesson plan 

Hello and welcome to the class. this quick page will show you where things are and how to get to them.

 fill this area with any instructions you would like to give about the site, for example the bar across the top featuring tabs.

and here is the basic layout

add small gif animation cycles.

Along the right side of the screen you will find the lessons for each week -------->

all lessons are also listed directly below this post and are structured from the first week on.