Animator Journey – Keeping it simple

Today on my Anchor Podcast I talk about some reason why you may want to keep things simple when doing a project.

I Just completed my 2nd animation assignment about 2 weeks ago. While I felt a good achievement in doing a football dive, Some of the critic I got was that it was not correctly execute as I did not clearly communicated visually the idea I originally plan.

Here are some of things I learnt doing this short animation project over 3 weeks.

Reference a double edge sword

One issue that cropped up immediately was the use of my reference. I gathered too many references of soccer / football training videos and not really one on a goal keeper save from the actual game. I also tried to edit various clips together thinking I can interpolate them or make them work as a cohesive whole. But unfortunately it was not in the right context either.

Lesson choose the right right reference:

The solution is to try to look for reference in the right context. And to look for a continuous take which shows the whole body in motion.

Also be careful of string up references that may not be in the right context.

Planning is important

Do a Check and plan before you go animating. This gives you an overview of the project otherwise you might be wasting some time realizing you were wrong.

Keeping it simple

While it was good to take up a new challenge and hopefully succeeding sometimes I think it’s better to do a small simple piece that gets the basics right (12 Principles of animation)

It is better to do the basics right to perfection before going on to a larger challenge.

Moving On and Learning from this

Keep trying and keep observing. I feel that animation is largely observation and trying to build upon real life.

But we also must learn from our mistakes and move on an not take things to heart about what we have done wrong. It is after all a journey we are learning.


Choose the right reference.

Keep things simple when you are just starting out. Get the basics right.

Keep learning and observing.

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