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Axioms for animators

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Drawing by Preston Blair

  1. Work rough when laying out your animation. Feel out the basic construction of the drawings of a scene, and then add the details.
  2. It is always a good idea to anticipate an action. When animating a character from one place to another, always go in the opposite direction first—just as a baseball player draws back and cocks his arm before he throws.
  3. To help accent a pose or character, go slightly past the post when animating the pose. For example, in a quick point, make the finger go out fast, and then, just for an instant, pass the position it will finally stop at.
  4. Create overlapping action whenever you can. When animating a character from one point to another, don’t go there with all parts of the character at once—arrive at different times.

Preston Blair, Animation

Written by nevalalee

September 7, 2015 at 7:26 am

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