Hey guys! Another episode Derek and I boarded together, “Zoo” is about to air! Yaaaay! Actually it already aired on the east coast… oops.
I think this episode is really cute! I was really excited to do it because I LOVE zoos! As a kid I would go to zoo camp every summer, and when I got too old for that, I spent my summers working as a volunteer. I even decided we needed to sneak off from work for a day to visit the LA zoo for “research.”
I got to see a lot of the design work from the episode before I left and it was beautiful. I can’t wait to see it fully animated.
therealsharkberry said: Hey, man. I totally want to get into animation and I've taken stabs at it again and again. My problem is usually keeping proportions consistent throughout the animation. I really dig your train animation. How do you keep something as detailed as that so uniform?
I guess I try to get the overall feeling right and not focus too much on small details. I wanted a simple rocking back and forth of a train in perspective, and so long as you don’t look too closely at any one part, I feel like the motion works. There’s a lot of detail and volumes at work and keeping them all correct realistically is hard. Parts of it don’t turn in space the way they should, metal squishes and bends when it realistically shouldn’t but I suppose that’s what I wanted, something more organic.
As for how I do it, I made two key drawings as accurate as I could to the perspective I set (the whole thing’s pretty much cylinders so it was a bit easier. Really nail down the volumes on those keys and you’re golden) and the rest was just careful inbetweening. I also cheat by working super rough so I don’t have to commit to lines. This makes inbetweening a pain in the ass as the drawings get closer together but I like it because it’s less work figuring out volumes just right ( I sketched a bunch hoping that you could see the right volume somewhere in the mess of lines) and working rough is faster. If you’ve got the time to go back and clean it up, do it. Sometimes a clean line just doesn’t look right. It feels stiff, I’d rather leave it rough. Of course this is only me trying to justify my laziness and fear of commitment.
Anyhow, get the feeling and the motion right. Keep volumes consistent, hack away at it until it feels right. Don’t worry about working clean, you can go back and fix up rough drawings later.
Best wishes and keep taking stabs at it!
this is interesting
Here’s a shot I drew for “Moneybroom Wizard”, an episode I wrote/directed & storyboarded on. When I was a kid I’d always run out of money in like 20 minutes at the arcade, but I’d see shows like “The Weekenders” where the kids hang out spending money all day and it always bugged me. That was where the premise for “Money Broom Wizard” came from, finding ways to have fun, even if you “don’t have that many dollahs”.