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Be sure to take a look at the previous episode to know what is going on.
In this episode, I've gotten rid of the buttons, and have slightly more complex animation. If I'm on the right track, let me know, and of course, feedback and tips/advice are still appreciated.
Since you're using stick figures, you need to make movement as interesting as possible. Just having the character stand there isn't a good idea. A few emotes aren't going to help much. Emotes indicate a mood, but they don't express life.
One thing you could do, though rather tedious, is draw each frame of the stick person while he's standing still. Even though the character's just standing there, all the lines in the frames that make up the stand will be subtly different, adding a more organic feel.
Another thing you can do is give him a wait animation. He'd at least lower his sword and shield while waiting, because those objects have weight--presumably. Also, you could make him look up at whoever is speaking--who I assume are animators.
Even though you're using stick figures, you can still add personality to them. Unless you add personality to your characters, you're not going to make a very interesting animation.
It'd help if you made his walk not so stiff. Even though his legs are just lines, you can bend the lines, and you can animate his walk cycle like any other walk cycle.
Do some research on traditional 2D animation. Even with stick figures, the concepts still apply.
Thanks, I'll keep those tips in mind for the next video. Been playing with the bones editor which lets the lines bend, working on improving the movement quality as I get used to controlling the interface.
He does look up at the animators when they first start talking, but after a few seconds the lava holds more interest to him than the animators do and he starts looking forward again.
its decent flash for a begin
As u say ur on the way
First of all it was way to short
the animation was very simple
it wasnt any action, only dialog making it boring
but what i didnt like at all was the character stood still, he didnt move at all while the dialog was going.
other than that ur on the way :)
The next episode will have more action, as the cliffhanger suggests, along with the action will be voices so you aren't distracted trying to read. The protagonist in this one did make little emotes while the talking was going on, but it was hard to see that and read at the same time.
Feeling sorry for yourself doesn't get you anywhere...
First episode: Trolls attack the village and heroes come to defend it.
A short animation about Journey
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