Bad Magic is Bad

Here it is, my tortured and painful entry for March’s Rubber Onion Battle.

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I learned A LOT makings this, and I shall now attempt to list my newly found knowledge in neat bullet points:

  • “Cut-out” or “Puppet” animation isn’t as scary or complicated as I first thought, and a lot of the Toon Boom functions I needed to know for this were so dumbfoundedly simple that finding a tutorial for them was next to impossible.
  • I found a free and easy to use program for voice changing: AthTek Voice Changer which really saved my butt on this one after the guy that wanted to voice one of the characters bailed on me.
  • Getting up from a cross-legged sitting position without using your hands is a surprisingly big thing online. Soooo many videos… My husband can easily do it, I cannot.
  • General workflow of creating cut-out animation is a little less fuzzy for me now
  • As I suspected, I would’ve finished this much faster had I just drawn everything instead (but that’s only because I had no idea what I was doing at first.. and towards the end too)
  • I cannot do animation and watch streams, or listen to podcasts/music
  • Eli prefers animation with animals in it

Hmmm, for some reason I thought there would be more bullet points in that list. Ah well.

The theme I was really rooting for was “Medieval Dorks”, so when “Bad Magic” won instead I thought I’d be smart and fuse the two together. I got a bit carried away with the background, so I had to completely redo the characters in order for them to fit in better. (Still didn’t do too great a job there though. Also, shadows should be a thing with me. A thing that I sometimes add…) All in all I think I wasted at least a week and a half drawing and redrawing the kids, and another two weeks animating them. Even though I only had a couple of hours a day to work on that, it still took me way longer than it should have. I lack self-discipline when it comes to sitting on my ass and animating for a few hours straight.

I actually considered not posting this monstrosity, and just quietly absorbing my lessons, but then the exhibitionist in me protested that this is so bad, it needs to be seen! Since I post some terrible stuff here anyway, I figured you guys should be pretty immune to my experiments by now 🙂

All in all, I might’be bitten off more than I was prepared to chew this month, but I’m liking the whole “learn a new thing” I’m trying to do with these battles. Maybe I should aim for somewhat smaller “things”, but I’m definitely going to use these monthly animation challenges as opportunities to experiment and grow as an animator.



3 thoughts on “Bad Magic is Bad

  • An animation about really strong arguments! 😀
    Not that bad, don’t exaggerate! Getting up is fine, and I love the background, the stain-glass picture is so good! ))) What really bothers me are the hands after he stands up… By the way, about the sound – I can’t make out what the girl says…
    And yes, multifunctioning doesn’t work – I also couldn’t do anything else while animating… but I’ve never been good doing two things simultaneously, so…

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    • Hands.. I hate hands! Too many fingers! The girl first says “magic missiles” and then “you’re bad, that’s what”.
      And yep 🙂 super strong arguments to end all arguments! I’m the queen of witty comebacks me. Years of playing MMOs have prepared me for this moment..
      Can you get up from sitting cross legged without using your hands?


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