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Folding Cranes

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Oh, hello there newgrounds, I didn't see you there.
Now that you're here maybe you'd like to have a look at my latest animation.
It's pretty abstract... don't say I didn't warn you.

Over the past year or so I've been working a lot with design principles and elements and wanted to make a stripped back piece with a focus on basic shapes and principles of movement. I found an old book of origami patterns and did some basic planning, then BOOM here we are... My main focus in animating this was using easing in and out and overlapping actions to create a more effective whipping action in the folds. This is entirely frame by frame animation, I don't believe that you can create realistic exaggerations of movement with tweens, though I'd love for someone to prove me wrong because animating it would be much quicker.

I've added a section showing how to fold your own paper crane if you're interested. If you fold 1,000 of these suckers you will achieve enlightenment... and paper cuts.


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It'll probably take me a thousand terrible attempts just to get one good crane folded out! lol... Cool animation though... good job, 'cause you had me come back to see how to do it myself...


If I had done this, I would have to have gone through 50 different paper pieces just trying to figure out how it looks when you rotate it XD (after i figure out how to even make a crane :P)

TheBoogley responds:

I did go through quite a bit of paper... :)

that`s crazy

my head hurts. but i love it

TheBoogley responds:

you know what you need? paracetamol :)

Are you happy now?

My head hurts...
Make more like this.

TheBoogley responds:

yes, I'm very happy! :D

Curse you Boogley!

You made me get up and get some paper.

I like how the unfolding is not simply a reverse of the folding. Seems like a lot of work for such a subtle detail.

TheBoogley responds:

yep, I'm never going to do it again...

actually, because the shapes were so simple it was easy to change things and work through it. :)

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4.42 / 5.00

Jan 13, 2011
3:47 AM EST