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Things to draw and animate-A fish!

Things to draw and animate-A fish!


Things to draw and animate-A fish!

How to make a fish move and swim across the screen…

First,  you have to draw or find a fish image you want to animate.

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Break the characters body parts up into layers and make all the parts into symbols. ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0000_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.46.23 PM

Move the pivot points to the correct area. ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0002_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.49.15 PM ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0001_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.46.29 PM

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Animate each body part on a loop.

Make the fish blink…

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Make the whole fish into a symbol and then animate the  fish moving across the screen. ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0019_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.52.47 PM ANIMATE characters DRIVING_0020_Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.52.54 PM

Things to draw…

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.


More videos below:

To view more videos by EmilyCartoons, go to: http://animationstation.com/channel/emilycartoons/

To view the video of this tutorial, go to: http://animationstation.com/you-can-animate-a-fish/

To view the animation of the fish, go to: http://animationstation.com/cute-cartoon-fish-test/


EmCartoons Owner and Founder of Animation Station. Animation Station is a website that showcases Artists Artwork from around the world. Each artist has a background ranging in animation, live action, traditional, graphic design, audio, and any form of art connected to animation/digital media.


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