#1 09-10-2017 4:51 pm

shamarla1242
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New Animation Student: Please critique my bouncing ball!

Hey, guys! So I'm going to a nonart university that has an animation program, which is okay. However, they are really lacking in critiquing (I guess to avoid hurting peoples feelings etc.), so please tell me truthfully what could be worked on.

This assignment was to focus specifically on spacing and timing -not squashing yet.

Thanks in advance! smile

https://vimeo.com/233205962?activityReferer=1

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#2 09-11-2017 1:21 pm

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Re: New Animation Student: Please critique my bouncing ball!

Hi, it seems a little slow. I think its in the air for a little too long. the first 2 bounces are much better timing wise than the last 2. Well done! try different weights of balls i.e a ping pong ball, a tennis ball, a bowling ball all different and really fun to try and animate the differences.

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#3 09-11-2017 1:32 pm

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Re: New Animation Student: Please critique my bouncing ball!

Definitely agree with northybaby.

Have you used ref? Drop from same height and use same surface. Calculate the average time of each drop, til it settles. It is ''just'' a ball bounce, but important to see it happening for real and having that discovery. To understand the mechanics behind the bounce, i highly recommend the animationphysics website.

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#4 09-12-2017 12:46 am

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Re: New Animation Student: Please critique my bouncing ball!

northybaby wrote:

Hi, it seems a little slow. I think its in the air for a little too long. the first 2 bounces are much better timing wise than the last 2. Well done! try different weights of balls i.e a ping pong ball, a tennis ball, a bowling ball all different and really fun to try and animate the differences.

Thanks so much for the input! Yeah, I definitely did hear that (too long in the air thing) from my brother who is not an artist whatsoever, so I had discarded that info, but I'm glad you confirmed it. I think my next assignment is squash and stretch, which is definitely a bit harder.

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#5 09-12-2017 12:48 am

shamarla1242
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Re: New Animation Student: Please critique my bouncing ball!

thelittlepenguin84 wrote:

Definitely agree with northybaby.

Have you used ref? Drop from same height and use same surface. Calculate the average time of each drop, til it settles. It is ''just'' a ball bounce, but important to see it happening for real and having that discovery. To understand the mechanics behind the bounce, i highly recommend the animationphysics website.

Yeah, that's really good advice, I definitely jumped head first into this one without looking at proper reference. This is reaaally good advice! smile I will definitely try this.

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#6 09-13-2017 2:39 pm

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Re: New Animation Student: Please critique my bouncing ball!

I think when you have watched something so many times its hard to see things yourself. Sometimes watching the animation in a mirror or backwards makes you see it fresh again and you get an EUREKA moment smile or just having a break and watching it again after a while you can see things you didn't before.

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#7 09-13-2017 6:55 pm

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Re: New Animation Student: Please critique my bouncing ball!

shamarla1242 wrote:

I definitely did hear that (too long in the air thing) from my brother who is not an artist whatsoever, so I had discarded that info.

haha I laughed at this but actually I don't think you should ever disregard a possible audience member. I find asking people who don't do animation can be helpful as they just see it for what it is, right or wrong. Although they may not be able to tell you how to fix it, it's still valuable and if you can ask the right questions they can give you insight into solving your problems. Even just having someone tell you "that's doesn't seem right" can be enough to take the blinders off and make see your animation in a new light.

The ball is looking good, as previously pointed out by others the last two bounces seem to lose their consistency in timing with the previous two. And it's definitely a good exercise to experiment with different weights, bowling balls vs tennis balls etc.; will really help with your understanding of timing.

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#8 Yesterday 6:48 pm

shamarla1242
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Re: New Animation Student: Please critique my bouncing ball!

@Dilonbrannick
You were totally right, My brother helped me with my most recent animation and his input was definitely needed to give me a normal pair of eyes to see what the heck was going on with it.

I'm getting assigned new animation projects every week, so I don't think I can do the different size ball test until fall break sadly.

And @northybaby, definitely.

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