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Sumo Nüdel
12-01-2009, 09:27 PM
Didn't you love my amazing title?

Alright, I've had flash for a couple weeks now and, with some experience in pivot and easytoon, I've come up with a few tests.

nd heer dey r

http://www.truploader.com/view/439463 My first animation, inspired by Arms (stickpage). I know it fails miserably.

http://www.truploader.com/view/820010 My personal favorite. It was an epic beam test and I decided to add some sounds to it.. :D

http://www.truploader.com/view/006859 Played with some blur effects and quick beams here. I know the little fight blows, but meh

http://www.truploader.com/view/948234 Idfk where this came from. Just some random animation I made for my little nephew to make him stop bugging me to "make a cartoon." Also played with tweening

So yea, there you have it. I would like to hear any kind of technique to help me with my resizing. I just use brush tool to redraw in every slide and it makes everything constantly change around and look buggy. I've tried to make a few fight scenes, but they failed so much that I didn't even bother saving them. Just can't seem to get it down.

Vendetta
12-01-2009, 09:42 PM
wow, I think these are pretty good! I like the first one, it was smooth until the end when his arms recline back into themselves, that was a little jerky. I know what you mean by your last statement there, it often happens to me. Just keep practicing and eventually you'll get it down. Resizing goes away with practice.
Also, try drawing each individual body part separately. For example, for a leg, don't just draw a line, but first draw the thigh, then take your finger off the mouse, then draw the calf. It makes it look much better. here is an example without using this method:http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2642/32177129.jpg and here it is with the method applied: http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/2655/10934944.jpg
Yeah that's just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about, I'm a pretty crap stickfigure artist myself.

Sumo Nüdel
12-01-2009, 10:29 PM
wow, I think these are pretty good! I like the first one, it was smooth until the end when his arms recline back into themselves, that was a little jerky. I know what you mean by your last statement there, it often happens to me. Just keep practicing and eventually you'll get it down. Resizing goes away with practice.
Also, try drawing each individual body part separately. For example, for a leg, don't just draw a line, but first draw the thigh, then take your finger off the mouse, then draw the calf. It makes it look much better. here is an example without using this method:http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/2642/32177129.jpg and here it is with the method applied: http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/2655/10934944.jpg
Yeah that's just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about, I'm a pretty crap stickfigure artist myself.

I didn't expect that reaction from my animations :D lolz

I never thought about it that way. I mean, I always drew the head, body, arms, and legs separately, but not the joints. That ought to help loads. Thanks a lot!

Bonk
12-01-2009, 10:59 PM
Hey, the beam ones were neat!

I really liked the filters you used in relation to the beams, and the particles flowed well, and only suffered from a lack of texture and perceived weight. You've got particles half-down already, which is more than a lot of people after a few months.

You also obviously know how the timeline works and without any formal techniques you've managed to make the beam ones smoother than expected.

In terms of resizing, there are several tips that I can offer. The first is to enable gridlines, which you can do through the view menu or simply pressing CTRL and ' (apostrophe) at the same time. You can line the head of your guys up with a certain horizontal line as use that as your height standard.

You could also/alternatively use onion skin, which is a nifty little feature that shows your the "ghosts" of previous frames.
http://www.truploader.com/uploads/074464Onionskin.bmp

Sumo Nüdel
12-02-2009, 12:14 AM
Thanks Bonk, that means a lot.

I watched 3 or 4 tutorials before I got flash, just so I knew what I was getting into. I learned about onion skin right off the bat, and it's extremely helpful. I've never tried grids though, I'll probably see what I can do with that.

I appreciate you going through the trouble to set that up for me.

Should be expecting some better animations soon with your and Vendetta's help. I'm always watching flash's on stickpage to up my inspiration haha.

Thanks again.

Miccool
12-02-2009, 01:29 AM
<insert amazing feedback here>

Cronos
12-02-2009, 02:18 AM
The third one was fairly nice, I dont know how you seemed to do that, but it actually looked decent. Make sure you try to draw your sticks more realisticly in the future.

Sumo Nüdel
12-02-2009, 05:13 PM
<insert amazing feedback here>

I love you.


The third one was fairly nice, I dont know how you seemed to do that, but it actually looked decent. Make sure you try to draw your sticks more realisticly in the future.

Haha you don't know how I did that? And what do you mean by "realistically?" Sorry for the confusion, just not sure what you mean by that.

Sumo Nüdel
12-03-2009, 08:50 PM
Alrighty, with the techniques you guys have shown me, I've made a little toon that I might continue to work on if I get good enough with it.

http://www.truploader.com/view/596763

If I get farther with it, I'll add some sounds.