Saturday, October 13, 2012

Work from the constructed poses

 Here are 3 poses from a layout scene, drawn in pencil
 scanned very strangely but ignore that
Before inking, (or animating or anything else) it helps to understand the larger forms that are controlling the action.

I make a layer in Toonboom where I race the big forms over the layouts

 This way inkers, animators, inbetweeners can see what is happening without getting lost in the details

 when you turn off the layout layer you can see the construction and animating these simple shapes first is easier than trying to keep track of a million details from frame to frame

You can use the onion skin to see how the shapes relate to each other from pose to pose
Once this is done, you can start to add details and it is a lot easier process.


Paul B said...

Thanks John!

Doug said...

Great post John, I've had a go at inking one of your earlier tests here if you'd like to take a look? Hopefully I've learnt something from reading your posts, first time putting it into direct practice though. Many thanks for all the info over the years.

HemlockMan said...

Great Jove! They're nothing but beans! Little kidney beans!!!! THE HORROR! THE HORROR!

Freelance Illustrator Larry LaBallister said...

Hey John I have converted Preston Blair’s Advanced Animation Book to a single PDF file that can be read on computer of course, but also conveniently on an iPad (or other tablet) which is how I use it while drawing.
Works beautifully on the iPad, with zoom and orientation options fully functional. Just thought I'd share if anyone is interested. The file is 222.5 MB. I could send it over to you if you like or...(?)

Joshua Marchant (Scrawnycartoons) said...

I actually experimented with animating this way a few weeks ago.
I only got up to the major forms.

binban said...

Hey John, I recently started working with Toon Boom, but now when I'm using the brush or pencil or any tool at all, I can't see the line or whatever until I let go of the mouse. Has this ever happened to you?

manixxx18 said...

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greenhorngallery said...

"Three's Company" has a Classic scene with the Mr. Furley and Jack Tripper Characters stuck in a freezer together. The only way to keep warm/stay alive is to hug. I'm thinking of George Michael and George Liquor. Maybe George Michael could have a freudian slip and call George Liquor "Dad."

John Atkinson said...

Great tips as always, John! Here's my attempt at inking these - , could I get a critique? :)

greenhorngallery said...

Bert & Ernie from Sesame street are Classic. All they have to do is stand there.

Ale said...

Thanks for sharing all your experience in this area!! is great!

Nate Bear said...

That makes so much sense. I got to try it next time I animate. Maybe good idea for my comics too to keep the characters looking little more consistent from panel to panel.