Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Oswald Ex Sheets, I'll help you out

Here, I partially filled out the ex sheets for you.

I marked off all the beats and bars to the left.
Each key pose happens on the beat that is numbered next to the drawings.

I wrote which beats had what lyrics and how many inbetweens to get to each post.
Note that beats 6 to 10 re-use a few drawings that cycle left and right.

So you don't need to redraw the same drawings over and over again. Draw them once, then repeat them where the ex sheets tell you to.


Kali Fontecchio said...


Anonymous said...

Yes. Thanks John!

Ryan G. said...

Wow what a great help!

William said...

Hi Mr. K,

This is not at all on topic, but I just discovered your blog recently and it is really awesome. I have loved your animation since I was a kid. I just read about your ideas from a while back for the "2 Dirty Pussies" cartoon and it sounded not only hilarous but also sexy as hell. I hope you have not given up on this idea, as it is something that I would love to see happen. That and the Sody Pop Slumber Party series. Anything with Sody, really, but I love Cigarettes and Bugs Pussy as well. Well, that's all I really wanted to say. Thanks for all the awesome cartoons!

zoe said...

I've been having a little problem charting this thing. There are 6-7 inbetweens that come BEFORE the first pose, and they throw everything else off. When the shot changes, the second scene begins with a head-on, feet-planted pose of Oswald, which then snaps up into the first pose you have on the ex sheet.

Eddie Fitzgerald said...

Nice work, John! I still don't understand a couple of things on the sheets but I'll give it another try later today.

It's wonderful that you're doing this!

NateBear said...

This give me hope, since this is very cose to how i counted off the frames. the hardest part is trying to figure out which frames are repeated to convert to 30fps when Oswald is holding his pose. I basically used the variations in film grain to figure that out but sometimes i would be a frame off when i got to the end of the bar.

Anonymous said...


does the ex sheet follow the frames of the clip exactly? i keep coming up with extra frames on the clip when i compare the two. is it because the clip is shot at 30fps like you mentioned earlier? or am i just being a dumbass?

i'm really enjoying this! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

JohnK said...

>>extra frames on the clip when i compare the two. is it because the clip is shot at 30fps like you mentioned earlier? <<

Yeah. I think I explained that in the last post.

Just copy every drawing and put them where I say on the sheets. It should work fine.

LeoBro said...

Hey cool. I charted out the x-sheet last night, before you posted this, and got pretty much the same results, except that where he turns and sings "habit" -- instead of ending the turn on 25, it seems to me that he *starts* the turn on the beat. He's turning while he sings "habit", and that word falls on the first two beats of the second measure. So on my chart he's turning on 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. He holds the body pose from frame 30 while his mouth keeps moving. The "b" in "habit" falls on frame 31, which is the "and" of beat 1 in measure 2.

It was frustrating to deal with the 30 fps issue, but eventually I gave up trying to count the frames. Instead I just tapped out the beat while playing the track in real time, to see where he was moving in relation to the music. Then I watched his movements frame by frame to see how many drawings there were, and then just assigned those drawings to whatever frames made sense to get him to land on his pose in time with the beats.

billehB said...

ive done all the drawings, but i cant figure out the ex sheets at all, is one line one frame? does that mean 24 lines = 1 second? because i've got all the drawings set up like that and it doesn't look right, im sure ive misinterpreted something

Ben Forbes said...

Okay, when I first saw an Ex sheet, it scared the hell out of me. I've used Flash for the past 7-8 years and the ex sheet is just the frame bar from Flash only vertical.

Am I right?

Chris S. said...

Thanks for the x-sheets!

I've been working on construction of Oswald so I can get used to drawing him. BTW - I can't get that song out of my head! All day at work I play the scene in my head that I can't wait to animate (if I can get that far): "dont be scrappy, just smile and do things snappy ... make folks happy and you'll be lucky to -ooh!"

You're opening my eyes to animation I used to give little attention to, for sure.

NatureBoi said...


Ive tried to do a rough sketch of the first 8 sec. of the animation (just the basic shapes).Heres the link:

(if you check my channel on Youtube you can see some bosco cycles as well, great blog you got there, im learning fast!-thanks!)

billehB said...

I finally set up a blog to post what I've done in your lessons, I've just completed the top cat drawings and Oswald cycle, it would be great if you could take a look -

thanks, these are good fun.

Mitch said...

Can someone tell me how they work?

I mean do you draw on a light table or not, or do you use see-trough paper?

LeoBro said...

My Oswald dance so far:
Oswald Dance