Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Don't Tell Olive...
This is yet another Toon Boom test drawn with a Wacom tablet. There are many things that can ruin animation and they are all in this test: bad animation, bad in-betweens and bad clean-up.
I'm hoping I can get better hand and eye coordination but the Wacom is still a disconnect and I really may have to save for a Cintiq if I'm going to do this seriously. Also I find it much slower going than pencil and paper. I tried setting the opacity low on my brush so I could build up a stroke like a pencil but it soon became pretty dense anyway. Here's also a test of a mouse walking I did trying to learn how to draw Jerry, (looks nothing like him!), that was done with TVPaint and the pencil tools are terrific. Hopefully you can see what I'm talking about.
Even though the test was disappointing I did learn how to separate a background element so Betty could pass behind the railing. Popeye's transition from a walk cycle to stand is awkward but I know the mechanics of how it should work now. And I also learned I need to be more careful with proportions and tracking things like breasts. You would think I would have more interest there wouldn't you?
I may have to play with these characters again because this is the first time I've tried to draw them. Betty's head turn is awful. She's pretty hard to draw and those curls are murder to track too.