So out of the entire collimation of stress and anxiety experienced in setting up my first Linux file/game server, prepping for my sisters graduation, motherday, and an awards ceremony. i would have to say learning how much I hate animating on paper takes the cake.
I have never animated anything beyond stick figures traditionally before. My beginnings in animation were with flash and its reasons for why it’s taken over commercial animation are becoming far too clear to me now. Its union mode is fantastic for tweens and its time focus workflow makes animating in 2D a breeze. (Not to mention the built in tween modes are nice for smooth motions) Well once I got the hang of a tablet it was simple. So for this assignment I decided to attempt it 100% traditionally and boy was I crying for flash fast. So here are some things I learned about traditional animation along the way.
1: it’s a pain to keep sizing.
--my solution was to first mark out the maximum area allowed and then to stack the sheets of paper on top of each other over a light box. (well a clear clipboard and a lamp)
2: its messy no matter what you do.
--my solution was to animate on separate sheets of paper and to then transfer them via light boxing to the final surface. However even this proved messy as when inking it tended to smear.
3: it’s going to be shaky no matter what. (unless your Disney)
--never got a solution, it was simply an impending thing with animating traditionally.
4: X-Acto knifes don't like circles.
--try as you might it will never be round...
5: think before you do.
--I just finished making the disks, but have nothing to place them on for spinning... so wish I could just go File>export>Movie>Quicktime>save
6: and lastly, it takes HOURS LONGER.