Hi, I thought I might post this up on my blog.
Up to recently, like most students I thought I would get better animation if I kept on churning out animation and then wonder why wasn't improving.
You may ask "why?" wasn't I doing the right thing? You must get some results, right?
One day it hit me, why weren't I improving? simple answer.
I was rushing my animation, simple fact. As students we rush to the point it looks like animation then rush to to the end and then step back and wonder why it looks crap.
You need to get nice poses, but nice poses don't work without nice timing and spacing, and then it looks only half alive without secondary action, overlap and drag etc.
You also have to give each of those time, don't rush it since if you slack out on even one of these the whole thing crumbles to dust.Coupled with attention with detail your animations should look better for it.
Give animation the attention it deserves and you will get results.
"I spent about 100 hours planning, sketching, blocking, refining and polishing this shot." michalmach.com
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