Animation Workshop

On Monday 9th October 2017 we had an all-day animation workshop. We were taught the basics of different animation styles and techniques, and briefly shown how to create our own. Below are things which I created on the day. They are not that defined due to a lack of tripod, generating them free hand within a short space of time, and using phone apps to collate the images together.

This was an exercise to create a blink. To get a consistent head shape I created a stencil out of paper. In total there was 6 frames, each with a different eye shape to generate a blink when placed together. It has many flaws which I’m not afraid of, largely existing as a big sandwich of inconsistencies of shape and tone, resulting in drastic differences between each frames which distracts from the blink itself. However, I am pleased with this creation as it was successful, and I feel confident with the technique that I could take it further to create a more structured and stronger blink.

This animation was a happy slap of fun. I used more of a stop-motion technique but with lines and such. I enjoyed making it as I literally made it up as I went along, which was liberating. Again, its flaws exist in the jolty frames, which would be ironed out easily with the use of a tripod.

This animation is of similar nature to the previous one, but it has more of a plot twist…

I created this animation through a technique referred to as boiling. It is simply a technique to give movement to what would be static images. This is perhaps my favourite animation generated during the workshop as I feel it is the strongest. I drew the same face out 6 times, each time tracing over the first, to keep it consistent but allowing the natural alteration each time. I then filled in the space with a loose hatch, which really helps with the boiled affect. To eliminate the changing area around the images I created a window for the face to sit within, creating a more consistent frame which does not distract to the same amount as the first animation.

In the evening of this day I went to ye old cinema and witnessed the live broadcast of the world’s first fully oil painted feature film, Loving Vincent. It was made over a period of 7 years, first filmed with actors against a green screen, then painted by 125 artists trained to paint within Gogh’s style in over 62,450 frames, painted over the course of 2 years. It is a true mix of detective work surrounding the artists death and pure beauty of stunning animation. I feel it necessary to see the film a few more times to be able to fully appreciate every aspect of it. I felt like I appreciated it even more for understanding how they animated the countless oil paintings given my knew knowledge learnt during the day.


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