Hey guys! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! I've been away for a bit but now I'm back and am working on a new animation. I intend on making this another one of my wip threads, rather than simply showing a finished animation. My work from yesterday/this morning can be found at http://studentpages.scad.edu/~jcofer20/illegalSquirrel.avi
I have two questions for you guys. The first one is how do you normally go about animating your characters? Do you animate a simple/generic figure and then draw the character over it once the motion is right, or do you draw the character from start to finish? I'm wondering which of those methods would be the most efficient since I've been told quite a few times that I work too slowly. I imagine it would be faster to draw the character from start to finish, but it must be annoying to have to erase all of the character's details if you have to edit/remove a frame.
My second question deals with the weight of the squirrel in the forground(sp?). I'm unsure of how quickly he should come in. When I draw the character he will be wearing a bullet-proof hat and vest so I figured they would weight him down a bit. But at the same time I dont want him to feel too heavy since he's just a small squirrel. What do you guys think about his weight so far?
Today I will work on animating his jump from the ground to the tree stump and adding the blocking for what he does after he lands. I'll be checking back here every so often so I can incorporate you guy's comments into my work. Thanks a lot everyone! :D
"Animation isn't about how well you draw, but how much to believe." -Glen Keane