…and it was AMAZING. I won’t waste lines keeping talking about the wonderful people I met and the crazy talented animators I had the chance to work with but… OMG. ok sorry, I’m calm.
now, I wanted to talk about the (pretty) hard exercise we were assigned during the summer school. I was signed in the traditional animation class, which means i had to do an animation exercise on paper, flipping through frames by hand (frushfrush that was super funny I swear it). Several model sheets of many classic characters were given to us: Madam Mim (from “The sword in the stone”), “101 Dalmatians” ’ Roger, Kim Possible, Luffy etc.. Our only mandatory thing was to make the animation no longer than 5 seconds (which in two weeks are already too many D: ) and to show the “parisian-way-of-life" in it, together with a coffee.
I picked up Madam Mim, cause, man, I LOVED the idea to animate and draw a Milt Khal character, and her volumes and appeal are the best. She’s a great cartoon character, yet incredibly realistic in her acting. So fun to draw.
First of all we had to gain confidence with the characters volumes, by drawing it several times and copying the model sheets. Then, it was really important to create new poses, trying to keep the exact volumes so not to loose the character on the way. I killed so many trees. My animation desk looked like a graveyard of paper.
Then, we had to get the idea of what the action was. I began with randomly shooting references, thinking about the personality of the character herself and trying to put her in Paris. I eventually came up with the idea of making her acting like a very nice and polite french girl, tasting the coffee and then making the grossest face ever, cause t was too bitter. I wanted to create contrast: polite and classy VS gross Madam Mim we all know. My first intention was to let her go crazy after she has tasted the coffee, and let her cleaning off her tongue (which I could have stretched a LOT. yeah)
So my thumbnail looked something like this:
I did like…13 thumbnails for the keyframes, while actually the only IMPORTANT three were the ones I wrote in blue. I was explained by the awesome Vincent Garcia (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/vincent-garcia/8/6a6/a8) that those are the beginning->reaction->execution frames, and they are enough to explain the whole action. If you can draw them correctly, with a great staging and volumes, then you’re halfway done with a nice animation. So after that i started drawing those keyframes, and I ended up with the three of them plus one, where she sips the coffee.
"oh mais oui, let’s taste this coffee very francais much nice"
"…the heck was that?!"
So after a deep check of all my drawings, I could go on with the breakdowns and the inbetweens. And that was the most technical part! I had to pick up and check my “Animator survival kit” book, in order to get the breaking of the arm joints right. It was so much fun though. It should have been a little longer, but one of the animator who followed us told me, just two days before the deadline, that the final movement with the tongue was too cartooney for her. So…zip, cut it out.
It ended up like this, very simple and short:
It has been, really, one of the most helpful exercise ever. I was blessed to being followed by incredible animators, who worked on “Tarzan”, “Hercules”, “The hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Lilo and Stitch” and many others. They helped us through the whole process, with patience and care. Moreover, we were in 45 (!) from many different countries, and with veeery different drawing and animation skill levels. So our teachers really tried their best to help us out!
bucketofchum said: Hi - sorry, random question. I was wondering if it'd be possible for you to allow comments onto your posts? I like to leave feedback on posts/drawings. If not, that's alright!
Hi! Thank you SO much for your interest! Yes of course, I’ll allow replies, feedback is always well accepted.
I saw you reblogged and liked many of my posts, this makes me really happy, thanks again :)