#1 01-11-2018 1:00 am

Rico Boy
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My Animation Workflow

Hi everyone!

After my December win I've had a few messages asking me about my workflow, so I put this together to make it easier.

Hope it's helpful.

Cheers!

               

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#2 01-30-2018 9:57 pm

alonso
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Re: My Animation Workflow

Awesome breakdown, great job on the contest.
It's clear that the vid ref is the foundation of your workflow. Do you have any advice on how to create solid vid ref?

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#3 01-31-2018 9:49 pm

thrawnthebaneful
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Re: My Animation Workflow

Excellent work! Always nice to see reference and breakdowns, congrats on your win!

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#4 02-01-2018 7:59 pm

Rico Boy
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Re: My Animation Workflow

Thanks for the kind words!

alonso, creating believable reference just takes studying and practice. Pay attention to some of your favorite scenes in movies and try and pin point what makes it believable. Most of the time its in the small things, its the subtle moments that pull you in and mimic life. Most the of time its the posing and spacing of a small movement that brings something to life rather then some over the top, over acted gesture.

Also, you should treat each shot you animate the same way you would a shot in a feature film. In a film you know all about the characters personality and story arcs before you even sit down to shoot reference or thumbnails, so why should a personal piece be any different. Before you shoot reference think about your characters personality, what events might have happened before and after the shot you're animating and what his/her character arc might be. The more you flesh out a character in your head, the better you'll feel about acting that character out in front of a camera.

I think the true art form of animation is studying life and being able to find believable moments. The rest is just pushing buttons haha

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#5 02-02-2018 9:59 am

isobare
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Re: My Animation Workflow

thanks for you advice  nice

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#6 02-10-2018 7:24 pm

8nimator
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Re: My Animation Workflow

Hey Rico, thanks for sharing your full breakdown! do you have any books to recommend for reference on the topic of acting and planning animation?

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#7 02-13-2018 3:33 pm

Rico Boy
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Re: My Animation Workflow

Hmm no books I've come across. Mostly just study how people act in everyday life,  good acting and good animation. Actually take time to watch bad animation too haha. The more you can spot bad acting and bad animation the more likely you will be able spot those mistakes in your own work.

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