|One of the drawings in the cycle, cleaned up and ready for inking.|
In post number 95, we looked at five stages in the development of this walk cycle of an Old Man dragging his trunk through an airport.
Since then I have finished and cleaned up the animation, adding and refining things, and I want to show you the result.
First, here are versions 1 and 5 from the earlier post, so you can see how far it has come.
Version 1Link to version 1
Nothing is right here but the legs, which will remain virtually unchanged right to the end. But it is a good place to start, and the uneven leg rhythm suggests complementary movements of the torso, left arm and head. I can see clearly what needs to be done.
Version 5Link to version 5
By this time I have gotten the arm figured out to my satisfaction, but there are many other things I still want to add. That left arm now has acquired a hypnotic over-importance only because, unlike everything else here, it is detailed and finished looking, like a sharply focused element in a picture that is otherwise blurred. That is just what rough drawings are: unfocused images.
Version 6Link to version 6
Now, everything is in focus, and the left arm is no longer the only thing one wants to look at. I have added in such things as the thrust and turn of the head, the sleeve of his right arm sliding up and down the wrist, the movement of the tail of the jacket and the swinging motion of the necktie. Still, the original movement of the legs that is apparent in version one remains unchanged.
The Old Man in Color
|How my character of the Old Man may look in the film Carry On.|
I spent a day working in Animate Pro, inking this drawing and testing color palettes and learning how to do textures, until I came up with this image, which is close to how I want to see the Old Man in the final film. Having a color concept like this will help me as I continue to storyboard the rest of the film.
Next: A Review of the Second Oldest--and possibly Worst--Animation Instruction Book ever published.