On my very first animation lesson, after some basic explanations, we were given some paper, some black markers, and told to animate anything we wanted. The markers were dark enough to show through the paper even without a light-table, because most of us didn’t have one at home yet. Having completed all the frames as homework, we then put it all together the next day and watched the results.
I drew a monkey, walking across the screen and reaching for a banana, and it was the worst, most awkward walking monkey possible. Looking at my latest walk cycle, it saddens me that I haven’t really made any progress.
I found a Russian animator on Twitch recently, and we got to chat about a few things. When he looked at some of my animations, he thought I was just starting to learn animation as all of my stuff is so full of beginner mistakes. That really made me stop and think.
While I never considered myself an experienced animator, I didn’t think I was that big of a noob either. Two and a half years of animation school must’ve rubbed off on me somehow, right? Looking at this Guybrush McFly character moving, it doesn’t look like I went to any kind of animation school at all…
I would like this to be some kind of turning point for me. You hear that, February 22nd? I’m going to animate my butt off – walk cycles, dancing sacks, bouncing balls and cart pulling Boonkas, and I’m going to get better. Noticeably better. So that when I do a comparison animation of this very character, it’ll look so much better one might think a different person did it.