Sunday, July 20, 2008

"WTF MOUSE" keeps on walking...

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Chris Allison did one. David Gemill did one. Now for the first time in about four years I've gotten off my butt and ruffed out a little walk cycle on an animation program I just started tinkering with. I am not fully up to speed with the software yet, but gradually I hope to do more.

Check out Clio's squishy leetle animal combat choreography at her site too. It's a freakin' 2D epidemic!



BTW, does anyone know how to get one of these BLOGGER movies to loop? This one conveniently ends on a breakdown where I forgot to inbetween the hair. Somewhere Nik Rainieri is smirking.

15 comments:

Clio said...

Aw, yours is the most natural looking =)

Andy J. Latham said...

Great cycle! What's the software you are using?

Michael J. Ruocco said...

Nice walk cycle, Will! I like the subtle secondary action on the ears, how it moves in relation to the rest of the body. How long did it take you to cobble this up, & with what program?

As for the looping thing, as far as I know I don't think blogger can do that. If you really wanted to, you could record the cycle for a longer period of time (15 secs... 30 secs...?) & post that. That's what I did when I posted my walkcycles on Blogger a few months back.

I believe there are video/media players that can loop footage out there, but you gotta upload the videos on their website, kinda like Youtube or Dailymotion. Sorry if that doesn't help much.

Josh Latta said...

I just LOVE the way you draw, man!
You make it look so easy!

Ashley said...

Alright! I like it. What kind of animtion program did you use?

Now I wanna go try and animate something.

Will Finn said...

thanks everybody for the nice feedback. next time i will loop the scene longer for better effect.

i am using DigiCel Flipbook (MAC version), but i did the line art on my PC tablet in Alias Sketchbook and then imported them via USB hub. This way I was able to break the figure up into four levels (Legs, Body&Head, Ear, Arm&Hair). I only attacked one level per sitting with lots of days inbetween. unfortunately i don't have tons of spare time right now.

I had to do the coloring with on a touchpad, which isn't optimal for me. I am hoping to get a modbook at some point soon and do everything on one Mac.

Andy J. Latham said...

Is Alias Sketchbook good for animation? I thought it was just a program for single drawings.

chrisallison said...

What I wanna know is: did you make a rough pass, then clean it up? Or do you go straight into this line quality? Great cycle, Will! WTF!

Will Finn said...

Andy--

DIGICEL FLIPBOOK is the actual animation software and it has everything i have been looking for in a digital 2-d setup. You should check out their website, I know lots of big-shot pros who use it.

http://www.digicelinc.com/

Alias Sketchbook is NOT an animation program.
Right now though i have a kind of skewed setup and it is more comfortable for me to make individual drawings in sketchbook and then import them to digicel. Ultimately when i get all my hardware issues settled I plan to do everything in FlipBook.

Andy J. Latham said...

Thanks Will, much appreciated!

Will Finn said...

chris, this is very rough, with no clean up. i drew the line art in sketchbook, using my own idiosyncratic method, but if this was actual pencil on paper, i would have made another pass before going to color.

CHRIS LOPEZ said...

Which version of DigiCel Flipbook? Lite, Studio or Pro? I remember this program from years back, I'd love to try it out finally.

Will Finn said...

Chris
-this was done with FLIPBOOK STUDIO. The ability to use multiple levels was a huge plus. i have only scratched the surface of what's possible with it though.

Bob said...

That looks so damn good!

B.

Stephan said...

Don't get a modbook, wait two months and get a macbook touch: http://gizmodo.com/5027706/rumor-macbook-touch-coming-in-october

I like flipbook too, I just wish their documentation and support was better. I recently found out that I was using an outdated version of the program because they never posted on their website/emailed/anything to say that the program was updated. And don't get me started on the hotkeys...