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Gunshot: an Animation Excercise

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gun shooting animation pencil test

Here is another quick animation exercise.  I did this one because I wanted to work out the shape of a handgun being held along with the action and rhythm of a handgun being fired.  I exaggerated the muzzle flash and the kick for effect.

Like the rest of the animations I’ve posted so far, this one was done in the freeware program, Pencil 2D.  One thing I love about this program is the awesome “sketchy” feel it allows me to get… as opposed to Flash, which has this annoying tendency to smooth out my lines too much.  The best hand-drawn animation program I’ve used to date, is Toon Boom.  But I fouled up my install many months ago, and I haven’t gotten around to repairing it.

Like I’ve said before, Pencil 2D is great for short exercises like this one, but it’s not at all suited for full-length scenes – let alone an entire film.  But as I churn out more and more of these little quickies… I start to wonder… what kind of short film could somebody actually create as a sequence of 5-second & 10-second clips?  Hmm… that’s something to chew on… for me anyway… *

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Running Scared: an Animation Exercise, run cycle

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Here is my latest animation exercise.  Like my earlier ‘animation exercise’ posts, this was also done in the freeware program, Pencil.exe. 

This “Running Scared” animation is about as long and as complicated as I would dare trying with this program.  Once a project moves beyond a quick pencil test and gets to this level — which I admit, really isn’t very complex at all — it becomes too difficult to work with in Pencil.  But again, this is a freeware program… completely free to use… so I have no complaints.

This character is running through the woods in an apparent effort to escape from someone or something… it would be great if I could decide WHAT he was running from, and then have the pursuer enter the frame at the very end.  But I couldn’t decide if I should go with scary or comical.

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