Sunday, December 30, 2012

Body Mechanic Animations: Jump Across Gap

As you may know, I am currently working on body mechanics in animation all part of "My Animation Plan".

What's this animation plan?

"Animation Plan [2D]"

Phase 1: Basic Animation Exercises
Phase 2: Body Mechanics
Phase 3: adv. Body Mechanics/basic acting
Phase 4: Advanced acting

My plan is to go through through these 'subunits' of animation ideas and work on animations in that category until I think I have improved enough to go to the next "phase".

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!

Figure Gesture Drawing 04


Friday, December 28, 2012

Yiynova MSP19 Review

I've waited a couple days to write and post this review so I could get a feel of the Yiynova first before telling you the pros and cons of the alternative-to-cintiq tablet monitor.

So for Christmas, I got a Yiynova MSP19 Tablet Monitor, a 19inch LCD tablet from Panda City.

The thing is great.

It can be adjusted into many positions for animating and drawing, the pen is working well, and it was 500$, tons cheaper than a 2,000$ Cintiq. Overall, the Yiynova has
filled all my expectations and more.

The only downside that I have come across is when drawing slowly. For example, if I'm quickly sketching a character out, using construction lines and shapes, after I finish the rough, I want to go over it in dark ink and get rid of all the extra lines. If you draw very slowly and hard, the line gets kinda bumpy. Now, this can probably be fixed by changing the hardness of the pen tip while going over the lines but still, this has been my only 'problem' with the Yiynova.

Overall, I'd defiantly recommend this product. You can buy it on Amazon

Thanks for reading!


Figure Gesture Drawing 03


Monday, December 24, 2012

Basic Animation Exercises: 2D

Back to the basics! I learned a ton doing these simple exercises, squash and stretch, anticipation, arcs, timing, overlap, follow through, slow-in slow-out, etc.. Since doing these, I think I have a more sturdy foundation for 2D animation and its principles as I keep working and doing more things. All these exercises were described by StefanLipsius at, you can view the original post here:

1: Looping Ball bounce: First and Last frame are at the top of the screen
2: Bounce in place with a settle to a stop: First frame is at the top, last frame is on the ground.
3: Bounce across the screen with the same height each bounce.
4: Bounce across the screen, each bounce shorter than the last, eventually coming to a stop
EXTRA. practice working with a pendulum (Not included in the original) 
5: A pendulum swinging, eventually coming to a stop.
6: A pendulum hits the ball, causing the ball to hit a wall, bounce a few times and come to a settle, all the while, the pendulum comes to a stop as well.
7: Rubber Pencil: Overlap and Follow through exercise.

Now that that's done, Merry Christmas Time!!!!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Animal Gesture Drawing 01

Animal Gesture #1
Hopefully the first of many. 

Almost at 3,000 page views! Thanks for coming back over the months! 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Sledding and Parkour Run Animations

Getting TONS of snow here, forecast said 16-18inches, it just keeps coming down. Eventually I wanna go sledding in it, that's what inspired the sledding animation

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Abominable Snowman


Merry Christmas Sketches and Santa Claus Animation

Ho Ho Ho!

Christmas is upon us and I've been getting into a festive mood ever since the end of Thanksgiving. I've also been drawing quite a lot.

There are also some new not-Christmas sketches, click HERE to go to the Sketches section of this blog.


both drawings done in a Drawing Session with Andrew from 

I have also been working on a Santa Claus animation!

Merry Christmas!