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Animation and fun

Posted by HyperJam - October 19th, 2021


Heres another post, I like using newgrounds as a blog, might use it more often in the future.


This is mostly a rant about animation, mostly how i animate. The way I've been animating is that i draw out the poses and I add about 2 or 3 inbetweens in them, add a smear frame or bouceback and ease in/out off frame if needed, and repeat until the cartoon is over

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Animating like this isn't fun, its boring, basic, and makes the animation look stiff. i've been doing this method for about as long i've been animating, and the problem is that i always do pose to pose, and never thing about that really is important in a cartoon like line of , posing, composition, and animating straight ahead.


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Whenever I thing about cartoons I like, (especially the more limited ones above), i always try to thing "How did they do that, what was their thought process behind it". But something I know whenever I see a cartoon like these i can always tell that they had fun making these, or at least had some artistic integrity making these, and that something i can really say about anything i've made outside of tornada bumps. i love making bumps, there a great way to experimental and I'm always excited to show people when i'm done, but when i'm making something now (especially something that isn't a animation test) it feels like a chore and never something out of fun or interest. I'll never forget the time about 1-2 years ago when i was looking at animation livestreams to see how they animated, trying to find a different workflow then the basic '2-3 inbetweens between these 2 keys evenly"


The cartoons above also feel "complete", idk how to describe it but the way the animation, backgrounds, and composition come together looks good and that something I've always had a problem with on my own cartoons, whether its the background or framing of the characters.


This isn't to say i hate animating or cartoons but with the process and workflow I have i feel like animating will not be fun at all, especially if I want to make more cartoons in the future. i need a different workflow to animating, and i'm going to try and find one, as i want to make cartoons that are fun more then ones that look nice. If anyone has any tips feel free to comment.


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