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