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

Monday, June 10, 2013

No. 41, Drawing Problem 1: The Eccentric Breakdown Drawing (Part 3)

My Own Solution

Back in April I challenged my readers to create their own eccentric breakdown drawing  to go between two of my extremes.  [Here is the link.] I had one entry, and it was a good one.  Now I want to show you what my own breakdown looks like, as I have finally finished animating that part of the scene.

Here is the pencil test:

To begin with, I have to admit I changed one of the extremes--but it was only the head.  Testing an eary version of the pencils, I felt that the woman came too quickly out of her long hold and into action.  There is always the risk that it will not look good when all of a characters' parts begin moving at one time.  Also, I decided it would be good if she smiled before she moved, so that the smile will be noticed; remember that rule?  One thing at a time, if you want each thing to be noticed.  This little movement also ends with a moving hold of the head only.

So, she lowers her head and smiles, then goes into her pose, then ducks out of the way as the man brings the fox past her head.  Finally, she moves in to examine the fox closely.

If you were following the Drawing Challenge mentioned above, you may be interested to see  my version of drawing 65, the breakdown drawing:

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