Looking at my art page most of this shit is pretty old. So over the next couple days I'm going to upload most of the stuff thats sitting on my hardrive or tumblr that I never got around to giving to the good people of Newgrounds. If you want to see updates on stuff as Im working on it check out my thread in the art forum: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1419014
I've also started to actually upload to tumblr: http://cheese-columns.tumblr.com/
I've also been working on a couple animations, 1 is too short to actually post on NG, but it can be seen here:
The other one I've been working on is far from finished, but starting to come together. Check it out here:
On a second note I decided to let the Biweekly challenge die due to a lack of interest from peeps on the forums. I dont really have the time to manage it or make a new animation every 2 weeks. Sorry if anyone was lookng forward to those, I'd encourage anyone to take over if they can/want to.
Decided to boot the animation challenge back up!
This weeks theme is Music!
Pick/make a song, loop, jingle or whatever and create an animation synchronized to it. Make sure to use Royalty Free music, the audio portal is a great resource. Other than that have fun and share your progress and chat in the thread here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1397643/10!
Deadline for this one is Friday the 23rd of December.
For those of you who didnt participate in the last challenges, here's the gist of it. Every 2 weeks I post a fairly open ended theme or task to complete in a two week time period. The goal is simply to get people together, animating and pushing themselves to improve while sharing critique and whatnot.
In the last challenges I would declare a winner, though Im not so sure if I want to continue that part of it. Thinking of just keeping it casual this time around. Judging and critiquing everyones piece wore me down the last time and I dont want to procrastinate this thing into oblivion again.
*Check out the thread here to share your progress: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1397643/7
Congratulations to the winner is of the last challenge @PigMandible, his entry for the FX challenge can be seen here: http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/744c38e5fe4f90825ead37dcbdb3ba66
Honorable mention going to @Silvergun-superman, his entry can be seen here: http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/5431cd1bea160dfdc6ef44104dc8cd11
The next challenge is as follows:
The object of this challenge is to design a character and then animate a 360 spin of it. No more no less, this is a fairly difficult task so really focus on making the spin convincing rather than some background.
As for restrictions, 24 fps or 12fps is acceptable. The smoother the better, but I'd rather the frames you do have be very polished rather than tons of messy ill-thought filler frames for the sake of smoothness. Try saying that 5 times fast.
Dimensions are up to you.
Keep it under 10 seconds.
I'm going to extend the deadline from its usual 2 weeks to 1 month, Sunday February 7th
The Winner will recieve honorary supporter status from the big cheese, Tom Fulp.
This is a really good exercise because
- You learn to design a character that you are able to manage, basically knowing your limits, after that you can try to push your limit either in design or the animation of the character itself.
- You will train your sense of volume on a flat plane (the screen/ paper). Ultimately you want to "break the picture plane" as they say, to create the illusion of space.
Something to think about when you design and animate your character; work with basic shapes and then build on top of them. Before even animation the character reduce the information to large spheres and cubes. This guy does it in his video if you want to really see the technique in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtkbfoDjhHA
As a side note: If you really want to train creating the illusion of volume try doing some drawing from life and figure drawing. Nothing beats a knowledgeable instructor, but if you can find a place near you that offers figure drawing I'd suggest going and picking up this book as a substitute for an instructor: http://www.amazon.com/Dynamic-Figure-Drawing-Burne-Hogarth/dp/0823015777. I remember when I stopped animating for a couple years while I was in school learning about drafting and painting. When I came back to animation I was better even though I stopped for so long. That's how much understanding form and figure help when it comes to animation
Hey there newgrounders, looking for practice and critique? Look no further, check out the BiWeekly Animation Challenge thread for a new challenge every 2 weeks and chat amungst your peers about eachothers animations.
Check it out here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1397643/1
(Pay no mind to the first post about the "current challenge" I assumed I would be able to edit the post long after posting it.)
The theme for the current challenge is "Transformation":
This is relatively simple, animate an object or person transforming into another object or person.
-No animating on 2s*
-Keep it under 10 seconds.
* By this I mean every frame must have a new drawing, no holding onto a frame.
The Deadline is December 10th, so get animating! The winner will be awarded Supporter Status by Tom!
(gif creds to @theboogely)
For those that don't know what this is: I've been hosting a new animation challenge about every 2 weeks, the winner will recieve honorary supporter status via Tom Fulp, who has been generous enough to support my endeavor in creating these challenges.
Past and current challenges can be seen in the thread: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1397643/1
So this time I chose a sound clip for everyone to animate some characters to. Acting is a big part of animation, being able to bring a character to life through their mannerisms and action is in my opinion the really juicy part of animating. Think body language and facial expressions, and don't forget things covered in the last challenge like easing in and out! If you don't ease the movements of your character he/she or it will look robotic. Also have some fun with your character designs, but try to be efficient. Unnecessary information tacks on more things to redraw every frame.
Here is the sound clip: http://goo.gl/wLTNw
Westley:"Where am I?"
The Albino:"The Pit of Despair! don't even think agh uhagh uhagh. Don't even think about trying to escape."
I think this will be a fun one cause of the little twist to it. Here is a good resource on lip syncing:http://zackzattack.blogspot.com/2013_10_01_archive.html
Unfortunately I don't have the money to be giving the book out every time. I wish I did, (sorry Jenninexus!), next time I'll see if I can swing it. However the winner will once again receive honorary supporter status!
The DEADLINE is Thursday, November 5th!
Okay so maybe not fame. But there will be prizes!
This challenge will last about 2 weeks, just like the rest. The prize this time around will be a copy of The Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams, a must have for any animator. Also Tom Fulp will give the winner Honorary support status!
Anyways on to the challenge!
Bouncing Ball: Easy to learn, hard to master. You can have this play out any way you like, by no means should this animation consist of just a bouncing ball. You'll have 2 weeks to do it so make it interesting. As far as restrictions go, make it no longer than 20 seconds! That's it, dimensions and FPS are up to you. You can use any animation software you prefer.
The deadline is Thursday the 15th of October! If you want to share your progress check out the thread here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1397643