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Hair Pencil Test Wip

I felt like doing some animation at home. Will be a good warm up for the upcoming projects.

Here’s a quick pencil test of a random animation I started on Tuesday. It’s far from over and there’s a bunch of stuff I’m gonna change but since I haven’t updated in a while, I might as well share what I’ve got so far.

I don’t know why but I really like seeing the mundane animated.

2 Comments

  1. Sterling

    Nice animation!

    Is there a trick to keeping the animation so smooth or is it all experience? When I do animations the lines bounce around and it looks rough, even after I clean them up after the pencil test.

    • Hmmm, not sure but I would advise on flipping/scrubbing if you’re not already doing that. Go back and forth using the previous and next drawing (or more) to see how the line or volume is moving. You can usually spot if it’s not what you want or if the volume is shrinking.
      The other tip is to check your arcs. Most of the time, jittery /oddness in the animation comes from extremities/parts that are scattered throughout. Put a piece of paper or, if you’re using a PC, make a new layer over your drawing and plot out the path of a limb, line edge or dot.
      Lastly and probably the most important one : Spacing. Good spacing will make an animation look natural and well, odd spacing will make it look like it’s popping (unless that’s what you’re going for). I’d say this one really comes with experience (kinda like everything). The more you do it, the more you’ll pick up on that stuff.
      Hope this helps.