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Animation Exercise: 2.2 - Flappyface by PSYSpace Animation Exercise: 2.2 - Flappyface by PSYSpace
#12: Character jumping over a gap. 

Meet Flappyface. Before I made this I tried to do a walk cycle with some really radical perspective. That ended up being a bit much for me so I took out my frustration on this poor fellow. I think adding all that colour and shading more than doubled the time spent on this one, but I needed a more complete animation for my showreel so here it is. Thinking of taking a break from the exercises as they've seemed to have put me in a good direction. I'd like to try something with some dialogue or sound or maybe try experimenting with some other methods of animation. We shall see...

(edit: looking at it now, probably should reframe the 3rd shot. Way too wide)

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After realizing just how inept I am at animating anything other than an ambiguous, amorphous blobs, I decided to go on a bit of an animation pilgrimage. I'm going to be plowing through a list of 51 animation exercises (found at the very excellent animatorisland.com) to try and get myself going. I've found it's easier to just follow a list than it is to try and think up little tasks for myself. I'll also be timing how long it takes for me to complete the exercise. I theorize that this will encourage me to stop being a lazy twit and letting myself get distracted by stuff. The list is as follows...
Level 1 Exercises
  1. Ball Bouncing in place, no decay (loop)
  2. Ball Bouncing across the screen
  3. Brick falling from a shelf onto the ground
  4. Simple character head turn
  5. Character head turn with anticipation
  6. Character blinking
  7. Character thinking [tougher than it sounds!]
  8. Flour Sack waving (loop)
  9. Flour Sack jumping
  10. Flour Sack falling (loop or hitting the ground)
  11. Flour Sack kicking a ball
Level 2 Exercises
  1. Change in Character emotion (happy to sad, sad to angry, etc.)
  2. Character jumping over a gap
  3. Standing up (from a chair)
  4. Walk cycle [oldie but goodie!]
  5. Character on a pogo stick (loop)
  6. Laughing
  7. Sneezing
  8. Reaching for an object on a shelf overhead
  9. Quick motion smear/blur
  10. Taking a deep breath [also tougher than it sounds!]
  11. A tree falling
  12. Character being hit by something simple (ball, brick, book)
  13. Run Cycle
Level 3 Exercises
  1. Close up of open hand closing into fist
  2. Close up of hand picking up a small object
  3. Character lifting a heavy object (with purpose!)
  4. Overlapping action (puffy hair, floppy ears, tail)
  5. Character painting
  6. Hammering a nail
  7. Stirring a soup pot and tasting from a spoon
  8. Character blowing up a balloon
  9. Character juggling (loop)
  10. Scared character peering around a corner
  11. Starting to say something but unsure of how
  12. Zipping up a jacket
  13. Licking and sealing an envelope
  14. Standing up (from the ground)
  15. Pressing an elevator button and waiting for it
Level 4 Exercises
  1. Character eating a cupcake
  2. Object falling into a body of water
  3. Two characters playing tug-of-war
  4. Character dealing a deck of cards out
  5. The full process of brushing one’s teeth
  6. A single piece of paper dropping through the air
  7. Run across screen with change in direction
  8. Sleeping character startled by alarm then returning to sleepy state
  9. Opening a cupboard and removing something inside
  10. Putting on a pair of pants
  11. Opening the “world’s best gift” and reacting
  12. Any of the above exercises using a very heavy character/object next to a very light character/object. Enhance the differences the weight change makes
Made using Krita 3.0
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:iconcyberlitabot:
Cyberlitabot Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017   General Artist
This is hilarious! XD It's awesome!
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017   Filmographer
Thanks and cheers!
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:iconcyberlitabot:
Cyberlitabot Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017   General Artist
you are welcome! cheers to you too!
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:iconstarlitcarnival:
starlitcarnival Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016   General Artist
This is adorable. 
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2016   Filmographer
Yet tragic ;D Thanks for the kind words
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:iconcvgz-kris:
CVGZ-Kris Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, your work is amazing!  I can really feel the weight of the motion... the intention comes across perfectly... also, adorable :)
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016   Filmographer
Looking back at it now there's still a lot of stuff I'd like to improve (especially the final fall) but thanks for the kind words regardless.
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:iconthegroon:
thegroon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016
Great stuff! I love the way it's neck bulges/wrinkles when he first looks at us!
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016   Filmographer
It's the little things that make an animation :P

Thanks!
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:iconmrcontroversial:
mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You really did a great job with this! 

Awesome storytelling, Appeal is there, along with Squash and Stretch. Very fun to watch! :) 
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016   Filmographer
Thanks contro :)
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:iconmrcontroversial:
mrcontroversial Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :) 
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:iconryivhnn:
Ryivhnn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016   Digital Artist
I would have been surprised it it ended any other way XD It must have taken you ages but you did a pretty good job, got a nice end result :)
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016   Filmographer
Yeah, it was a story bound for tragedy haha. Thanks a lot!
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:iconwillymutuku:
WillyMutuku Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016
Really nice man!
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016   Filmographer
Cheers dude. Not exactly the walk cycle I was trying to create, but I'll save that for next time :)
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:iconwillymutuku:
WillyMutuku Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016
but i really love it , i like the timing for force and the physics are well done , i am sure u are about to create some really beautiful art 
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016   Filmographer
Hopefully :)
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:iconprincessteardrop:
PrincessTearDrop Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me on Mondays xD
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:iconycraine:
Ycraine Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaha XD
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016   Filmographer
:D
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:iconswarmcreator:
SwarmCreator Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. :3

One question: How did you save this work and upload it on DA? I have some problems with Krita 3.0 ^^ 
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016   Filmographer
Well I exported it as a PNG sequence (file->export animation) then took it into GIMP to compile it into a gif

Certainly isn't the most intuitive process. Takes me about half an hour to compile the full animation and the thumbnail, so I'm hoping Krita will get gif support sometime soon...
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:iconswarmcreator:
SwarmCreator Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright. Thank you! :D
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:iconisatatoku:
isatatoku Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016
this is amazing! I really wish I could learn how to do animations like this.
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Edited Jun 19, 2016   Filmographer
Easy! Just lock yourself in a shitty flat room for a few years with a Wacom tablet ;D

But seriously, if you want to make an animation then just try it. There's a bunch of free programs out there (Krita being a great one) that you can try out. It's fun to do really small animations that you don't have to invest much time in btw, especially if you haven't got much experience :)
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:iconisatatoku:
isatatoku Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016
Awesome! Thank you so much! I'll work on getting a tablet and try it out when I can! I never knew they had free programs :)
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016   Filmographer
Best of luck!
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:iconisatatoku:
isatatoku Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016
thank you : )
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:iconjadenie:
Jadenie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Student General Artist
This is great! XD I'm doing these animation exercises right now as well - I need to be more creative with mine like you've been!
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016   Filmographer
Thanks! I think being creative with how you interpret the exercises is certainly worthwhile, especially if you want to put it in your portfolio or showreel
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:iconjadenie:
Jadenie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Exactly!
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:iconsobbing-jester:
sobbing-jester Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
HAHA Oh I was looking forward to seeing him animated, and you didn’t disappoint!
Love the head bouncing when he lands on the other side and the timing  is great
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016   Filmographer
Thanks, I'm also quite fond of the head bouncing :) Not so keen on how it looks when he falls down the pit, but I can always cut that out for my showreel
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:iconsobbing-jester:
sobbing-jester Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
That’s true, I like the timing of his fall though, maybe it would help if his head
had more of an impact when it hits the wall (more squashing) to make it more appealing
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016   Filmographer
I'd say that would probably be it. I got a bit impatient near the end so I started copying frames and rotating them, which obviously results in much less interesting looking animation. Got to remind myself not to rush the end >:|
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:iconsosartstuff:
SOSArtStuff Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Professional Filmographer
This is beautiful! And really entertaining :3

nice work and nice style :D
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016   Filmographer
Thanks a bunch! It wasn't quite the initial style I'd had in mind, but I'm fairly happy with it
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:icondarkaku:
darkaku Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016  Student General Artist
Damn, that's really good! Will you make more animations with Flappyface? I really like that character
Also, is there a shorter list somewhere? I'd like to try some but I don't have enough time
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:iconpsyspace:
PSYSpace Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016   Filmographer
He's a really simple/fun character to draw, so probably! I've brainstormed a bunch of derpy looking characters and there's another that I definitely want to make into a simple looping gif, but I always like the idea of coming back to characters once I've gotten better :)
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