Graphics and Book Illustrations
First, draw all of the illustrations necessary and import them into Flash.
With the INK TOOL I use a Wacom Tablet and Pen when I trace over my work and want the inked and hand drawn look. If I am looking for a more graphic feel, I usually work on just the laptop’s keypad.
After all the work has been inked, with the FILL TOOL I start to color in all the illustrations.
I like to do each step for every illustration all together. I will draw all the work, ink all the work, color all the work, and then move on to animation work. This helps when you are working with clients so that each stage is approved without having to go back and make structural changes. Less work in the long run.
The bear is colored in. I thought of the “Purple Crayon” book and wanted to use a simple though pleasing color palette.
Placement of the images and text is done for the book and animation. Play around with the images or sketch the placement for ideas. Make sure each scene is placed well for reading, timing, and general eye-catching appeal for the purpose of the project.
When preparing to export remember these important points:
Simplify the timeline so that each page illustration is on one keyframe. If there are layered keyframes, make them one keyframe in length.
Make each page/keyframe on the timeline sequential and back-to-back.
Export the images as a sequential movie, or as a JPEG or PNG sequence. It is best to save images as 300 dpi for printing. If you are saving these images for the web, save the images at the specified size needed.
If you are considering becoming an Animator, it’s a great practice to make up random 5-10 second long animations. When I was in school, the teachers asked the students to constantly create short stories. Some students found it difficult to keep their stories short and simple, receiving failing grades in some cases because they got too lost in their stories.
Tips on creating short stories:
Starting the story as close to the end as you can.
Including at last one character the viewer can strongly identify with – either negatively or positively.
Reveal character motivation or traits essential to the story.
Ensuring that each character included needs something to do – even if the action was simply deliver a newspaper.
Metaphors are a great tool – but keep the related to everyday life – or you will lose your audience. In animation, you can be very creative in how you express your point of view in the story. You can be very literal or “trippy” depending on who your audience is.
Know your basic audience and avoid alienating them. Appealing to what people can relate to is an important foundation if you want people to watch your videos.
Keep a notebook at all times! A quick note now can be a great story tomorrow.
Have fun with it! If you are not having fun, take a nap. Ideas have to marinate and evolve within you, so relax, have fun and let them flow.
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