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For People Crazy About 2D Animation!

Acme Punched! is for people crazy about 2D animation. It may be enjoyed by beginners and others, but it is aimed at animators who know already something about the process of animation and the basics of character animation. In large part, it will attempt to provide a deep look into the problem solving that goes on in my head as I work out a scene, often in step-by-step posts that I will sometimes enter in "real time", without knowing in advance what the outcome will be. Mistakes and false starts will not only be included but emphasized, so that the creative process of animation will be portrayed realistically. And, while my own bias is for 2D drawn animation, many of the effects and principles discussed here can apply to CGI 3D animation as well. I hope the blog will prove useful and instructive for all.

-Jim Bradrick

Friday, February 5, 2016

No. 90, "Easy Way to Walk"

Last time, in post No. 89 ("Easy Way to Draw"),  I talked about some early inspiration in my life as an animator, which has left me with a lifelong fondness for Walter Lantz and his star character, Woody Woodpecker.

From that period I have preserved the original drawings of one of the first walk cycles I ever created. It was done when I was 12 or 13 years old.

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There is a lot wrong with this cycle, but at least I had the idea of a repeating cycle.

Then in the mid 1990s I was experimenting with an early 3D application (I don't remember what it was called, but it was neither Maya nor 3D Studio Max), and as my test project I created another Woody Woodpecker walk cycle.

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Shows some improvement over the first one, don't you think?  This time I used an earlier character design of Woody by Art Heinemann or perhaps Fred Moore which I have always thought was more elegant than the later Woody of the 1950s.

Anyway, it proves I can handle 3D animation if I want to.

3 comments:

  1. It seems there's some sort of problem, which denies me of watching the second version

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    1. Hi Rafael--Are you still having this problem? I have been away but have now reviewed this and find that the videos are both working. Perhaps it is something to do with your browser. Works well on Chrome but Firefox says that it needs a plugin to display either video. They are both .mov files.

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    2. Yes! I just saw it.
      And it looks good. And to think that it was with an early version of 3D software!

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