Sunday, March 22, 2009

Second Woody study

Wow! This took... a week and a half longer to finish than I had planned. Seems like everything conspires to get in the way (ranging from no calls/no shows at work, resulting in scrambling for coverage, to huge deadlines sneaking up on me at school). So, I resolved to finish this this weekend. I guess I was technically about an hour and a half late, but I would have made it had my computer not gotten a virus today. Yeesh! If it were up to me this would be my only school, but I guess I need that piece of paper.

So I put everything aside to finish this tonight. It's not really "finished," per se, though, because I want to fix a few things.

Anyway, so here's the clip off of which my study is based. It's from "Solid Ivory," also. I really like this cartoon!

And HERE is my study!

I need to go to bed pronto, though. Tomorrow I need to whip up a research paper for art history, so I may not be around much (if I am, sock me, because I need to get that done).

Without going into too much depth:

The original was not very well constructed. But it was spunky and interesting. It has charm and energy. His eyes aren't in perspective in the original, but the asymmetry is charming. To make it more solid, I chose to make his eyelids asymmetrical over his eyes. I liked embellishing on the brow, but I don't know how well that worked. I think I went with the pupils being way too huge (they shift during the original) and they don't wrap very well. I think I may go over each frame and make the eyes work better. I also think that shading them in was a bad, short-sighted idea because it flattens them out.

The tail doesn't react to the movement as much as I think it should.

Most disappointing, though, is that it doesn't have the same vigor that the original does. Hmm. That's something a little less tangible, less easy to articulate and specifically fix.

More technical, base stuff: It is a pain in the ass to split the scan into two. It also results in some weird seizure flashes when it animates. Next time, work smaller, and I will avoid going lower than what the scanner can take. I will also be sure not to end up going so high that my drawings ever touch the area near the peg holes! What an embarrassing beginner's mistake. Fortunately it should be easy to avoid in the future with better planning.

HOWEVER, the peg strip and animation paper made the process seem LOADS more intuitive and I am already addicted to the way it feels! It's so fun and I can't wait to do more!

Any feedback would be completely appreciated!


  1. I wish I had some real money. You'd be employed by now. :)

    - trevor.

  2. Not bad, it's hard to believe you're just starting out.

    Was this scene originally animated by the great Grim Natwick?

  3. Hi Geneva

    you should make it a cycle

    (walking on the spot)

    so that the first drawing animates into the last drawing and repeats.

    The legs look good

    his head seems to move too much

    is this copied from the cartoon or made up?