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Hey guys I'm looking for additional animation sources or sites to look at and research on since I'm thinking of getting into animating for newgrounds. This could be other flash forums or animation related,sites, or reference materials that could be helpful to those starting out.
Feel free to post your own research here as well or link it if you would like to add to this topic.
I'll start off with the research I came up with so far
Scribd? what is that?
it is a document-sharing website which allows users to post documents of various formats, and embed them into a web page using its iPaper format.
In other words a social publishing site, where people share original writings and documents.
Articles and magazines
Story-boarding & thought processes
My animation books
-some books worth checking out in the above links as well as good books to buy if your into animation.
Storyboard Design Course Principles Techniques by: Giuseppe Cristiano
-This book focuses mainly on creating proper storyboards and talks a bit about drawing and other useful things.
- this book can help you for planning out:
plan out and pitch an idea to clients
-overall the book is really good at explaining different camera shot and how to portray your idea's and thoughts effectively.
The Animators Survival Kit by: Richard Williams(available to read above)
-nice informative animation book put together by Richard Williams the animation director of the movie "Who Framed Roger Rabit. Its pretty funny to read but allot of the content is technical so if you wanted step by step info its lacking but its useful to those who want to animate both 2D and 3D.
Wow! great idea and impressive start!! This is what animation101 should have.
I dunno who runs that, but they're slackin'!!! Maybe you could pm that account and see if you can help update it and keep it active! Could be really helpful to a lot of people!! :D
"Why do you hide, stupid aliens? Mr. Zurkon only wishes for to kill you."
np :D glad you guys like them so far
animation 101 was a pretty good find I've added it to my own collection
here is more for the post
Fantastic post! This needs to be stickied or something!
Also, I'm the one who slacking on animation 101. It's been collecting dust for quite some time now. Crev, if you'd like to help, send me a PM!
"Animation is not the art of drawings that move, but the art of movements that are drawn." -Norman McLaren
Sure I can help out I'll still add some here as well for those who have bookmarked this already
Here are some youtube Animation guide as well as some tips to getting started with flash from JAZZA known for creating of "Larry" as well as "Paladin" and many other projects.
if there are anymore from JAZZA that is useful I'll post it in here
np glad you liked it I'll be posting a bunch tomorrow I'll see about getting some more video related to learning visually if not it will be mostly references and guides.
again if you have any sites or stuff you would like to add feel free to add your links in here whether it is flash related or not.
heres another one till tomorrow:
its a bit technical but it does have visual examples on how to do fbf and goes in depth in certain areas. Also includes tricks and tips on using flash to help start up your own creations.
Well i'm certainly bookmarking this page for future reading, thanks for all the links, i'm sure theres a wealth of knowledge here that'll help me no end :)
I would of mentioned the Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams but i see you have it already listed.
Here are some more video links I found to get you started with flash animating
2D Drawn Animation - Sketching in Real Time ( A M Baig ) shows the general process of drawing frame by frame in flash
Here is some research I had put together for a few helpful groups on Deviant art who where looking for alternatives to flash.
This list contains a variety of different free animation programs for all whether you are into stop motion,traditional, 3D, or digital animating.
For those who plan on getting flash to animate but don't have the money at the time both Pencil and Ez toon have the same onion skin option as flash does so you can get some frame by frame animation practice in beforehand.
Here is something I have found a while ago to help come up with characters or backgrounds for animations,artworks, as well for 3D works as well.
Alchemy lets you brainstorm idea's visually to explore an expanded range of ideas and possibilities in a serendipitous way.
This program for free to use and works on mac and pc and doesn't take up allot of space on your computer.
its suggested to have a tablet for this if not its ok to do without one
Just start messing around with the features such as splatter, randomize, etc there is no wrong way of using it.
Use your imagination look at it and figure out what certain patterns could be(example of this would be like looking at clouds and guessing what they look like).
if it helps pick a theme or subject before finding what shapes look like what
here are some examples of what people have come up with
you can check out the forums to see others examples as well as tips to use it
I'm trying out the program but can't get anything to look like people or animals
I can't either though some will be able to and other can't if you can draw well enough with it you can still get prop idea's or designs out of the program you can apply to your drawings and animations.
Cool program can I use it for anything else
You can save out the images you make in certain formats and bring them into programs such as photoshop,gimp,flash, and even use it to make stencil for 3D sculpting programs like Z-brush,mudbox or Sculptris( free as well http://www.sculptris.com/)
Here is some more research I found for those who are in the animation industry or multimedia design
Been busy lately to post anything due to working day and night shifts together so here is some more research I have come across.
Don Bluth has come out with a series of dvd tutorials that you can follow along to and learn the fundamentals you need to learn about animation. Most of the videos below you can notice some time lapse were it skips but they are more to give you an introduction of how you can learn from each.
You have the option of buying the full lessons per topic which run about $19.95 American or you can get 8 of Animation DvD set together for $136.00 . Also you could buy the Online Membership for a month or a year to additional animation advice or tips from their archive. Part of the membership also includes the chance to watch a live animation seminar with Don bluth every Wesnesday at 4:00pm sharp Arizona time like Justin.tv you can have the chance to ask questions and have the chance to have them answered so you can actively participate.
I got one of the best DVD's for animating in 3D: Learning 3D Character animation with Jeff Lew
This is one of the DVD's that we saw in animation class, Really interesting.
And if you want some Production tips, you should take a look at the bonus features of The Killer Bean
please make this post a stickie, there is a waterfall of knowledge for future Animator and
this post is
went and made a section for the Alchemy on deviant art with more links and content will update it if I find any new video's or information.
Thanks for the positive feedback guys
Been busy allot at work with night shifts and hoping to land a new job so I can concentrate on animating again
Got around to finding a bunch of art related books took almost 40 hours last few days over at /www.scribd.com. IT took awhile since every time you went back to the main list it would bring you back to the first page and that was out of 500 pages I looked at. I know it isn't animation related but I thought it would be useful here since allot of people interested in animation can learn to transfer these skills over when they do the animation exercises or compare them to the animation books above.
Going to post this in a new reply below since there is a character limit and posting allot of links
here is the last two
going to try and set some time every week to post more links here as well as in animation101 if I'm not working almost everyday at my night job.
At 6/15/12 04:05 PM, JKR wrote: I help write things for Animator Island, so feel free to check that out! Tips, tricks, and secrets of animation.
Hope it's helpful to you. :)
looks pretty good thanks for sharing
going to try doing the "Say No to Stickmen" article when I get the chance
At 6/20/12 02:34 AM, Crev wrote: looks pretty good thanks for sharing
going to try doing the "Say No to Stickmen" article when I get the chance
Awesome, send me a PM and let me know how it goes! :)
Been a while since I posted anything here finally saved up for a computer after 3 years. Should be getting back into adobe and 3D max again soon.
I Think this time around the links will be more of places for people to check out and get idea's and inspiration for the times when you have a artist block or want to try something new.
Here are links that show a mix of Digital, design,animation, art, and flim
CartoonbBrew is a site where it has the latest updated news, trends and ideas in animation. A Great place to check out to come up with ideas and see examples of animations of those within the industry.
Motiongrapher.com is source of inspiration for filmmakers, animators and designers.
At 10/13/10 12:18 AM, Crev wrote: Hey guys I'm looking for additional animation sources or sites to look at and research on since I'm thinking of getting into animating for newgrounds. This could be other flash forums or animation related,sites, or reference materials that could be helpful to those starting out.
WOW!!! :O Thank you for posting this! Great stuff, man. Cheers!