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What the Motion Graphics Book will teach you. Classical Design Theory is the essential foundation of every great design and the basis of your skill set. Modern Workflows help you organize your design process and support your creative ideas and visions. Animation Principles and precise timing control your movements and set your static design in motion. Entertaining Storytelling is what makes your audience interested in your art and the message of your animation. Sustainable Techniques are more important than ever in a world where software and plug-ins are changing constantly.
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Contents of the motion graphics book. Conceptual Design. Color Theory. Not an art, but a trade. Bad luck! McCay was not the only one turned off by the industrialized production of animated shorts. The fine art world, to which McCay had hoped animation would some day belong, was, and unfortunately still is, in the passionate throes of a four hundred year old love affair with the notion of the single, individual artist-genius.
What or who sparked such lasting ideological devotion? Here, working not more than sixty feet away from Raphael, in another part of the Vatican, is the thirty-five year old artist, Michelangelo Buonarotti, and his project at the moment is the Sistine Ceiling. Although he was well on his way, this project catapulted Michelangelo to stardom and a contemporary international reputation, which only increased throughout his long career. More importantly, the same biography also denied that Michelangelo collaborated with assistants in his Sistine work, although the frescoes themselves suggest otherwise.
In this seemingly innocent, but in fact consciously-aggrandizing biography, the cult of the artist is securely established in the West, and over the succeeding centuries more and more emphasis would be placed on the single, individual, artist-genius. The legacy of this Western cultural preference for the solo, heroic creator is still felt today in museums, classrooms and art historical studies see Hobbs , p. For example, several canonical twentieth century artists relied on collaborators, such as Andy Warhol, draftsman Sol LeWitt, or more recently, sculptor and filmmaker Matthew Barney; and yet their works are identified with a single creative agent—the artist.
Indeed, it appears Walt Disney intuitively understood this cultural bias as well, when in he changed the name of his fledgling studio from the Disney Brothers Studio, to Walt Disney Studios. This decision was not simply good business. The renaming reflects an understanding of the Western preference for crediting a single, creative individual. As an autonomous, independent art form with its own unique visual language, animation meanwhile incorporates many traditional fine art media within its pre-production and production processes.
So many in fact, that studio animation has a legitimate claim to fine art status, wherein individual films are further evaluated on their own merits. From drawing, to painting to sculpting and even collage, animation can and does employ them all. And yet, as I have discussed elsewhere, I believe studio animation is excluded from discussions of modern and contemporary fine art for a variety of reasons, including the large, complex collaborative process it requires, despite Raphael, Matthew Barney, and hundreds of other collaborative, canonical fine artists.
However, as the following study will demonstrate, the animation studio provides clear evidence for dependence upon strong, individual artistic personalities embedded within a collective artistic unit. Are their final collaborative works? Indeed, studio animation arguably employs and relies more heavily upon the individual creative voices of its many contributors than accepted collaborative canonical art forms, like Renaissance fresco painting or The Factory printmaking of Andy Warhol.
While the notion that animation is a fine art form is tantamount to cultural sacrilege in some corners of the fine art world today, the belief was widely held by a diverse and vocal group of American art critics, historians and museum curators during the late twenties, thirties and early forties, following the great successes of the Walt Disney Studios. One of these impediments is the collaborative process of production.
Collaboration is a complex phenomenon among individuals, which can vary widely in nature. When applied to the fine arts the term can describe a diverse set of creative interactions between two or more people. However, the most common and traditional use of the word within art history refers to the example provided by Raphael and his shop, where several skilled laborers or other artists execute an established design dictated by a master artist.
These collaborators are essentially hired hands, not necessarily true creative or intellectual contributors to the project. As such, they are comparable to the assistant animator, the in-betweener, the inker or the painter, while the master artist is akin to the modern director. Indeed, this traditional method of fine art making is reminiscent of American animation studios from the teens and early twenties when efficient execution was not only typical, but necessary, due to the time constraints imposed by economic factors.
According to Lutz, the chief animator should keep the most important parts of the short for himself and delegate the rest to assistants, , p. And in truth, the rushed production schedule of this era left little to no time for creative collaboration between individuals. According to published descriptions and later interviews with animators, cartoons of this period apparently developed in a couple of different ways. The less common approach embraced by the Bray Studio of the late teens, and occasionally at other studios as well, involved a single animator determining the primary visuals for a short on his own.
Not surprisingly, the resulting shorts often possessed disjointed narratives and simple visuals, but there was no time to write a script or create concept art, even if that had been an interest. They each make creative, conceptual contributions while responding to and engaging with the ideas of others. The next chronological record for such collaboration in an American studio comes from the later recollections of Walt Disney Studio employee Rudy Ising. Indeed, the momentous integration of sound technology and animation impacted other studios in a similar manner.
No single person is capable in mastering all of these. Good tips though. How could I have not thought of that one! Great call, absolutely accurate there.
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You have to just sit down and DO it. Ahaa, its nice to see the huge mistakes so many young animators make when starting out. Thanks for putting it all together. Or in the negative: When things change direction, keep the pacing constant. Or maybe: Ignore gravity.
Great call, Don. Without them, no great acting or flowing movement looks quite like it should. This one was very helpful and I like how it keeps things short and to the point. Keep up the great work! So my question is what is the practical solution for being aware of all this point one by one and plan from scratch to bottom for every shot in details? Where to use what,why and how? Great animations. Skip to content Animator Island brings you weekly updates with ways to improve your animation skill. Break rules without knowing rules In animation, breaking rules or models is par the course.
Rush into the details Details, like subtle little motions and secondary action, are what elevate good animation to great animation. Move everything at once Time and again we create fantastic poses and then totally ignore how things move from one to the next. Toss in that one mistake at the end As a follow up to 18, if you create a demo reel and the majority of it is fantastic, but one little shot is not nearly as good, that one shot is going to bring everything crashing down.
Cast off suggestions Hand in hand with 12, it is very, very compelling to coddle our animations like they are our babies. Hit your beats late If there is a definite accent to your audio emphasis on a syllable of dialog, or sound effect that brings a lot of energy to the shot the worst thing you can do is hit it late. Twin all over the place Twinning will always sneak into your work, no matter how hard you try to keep it out. Animate evenly If everything is animated with the same timing, and the same pattern, and the same spacing Spacing is the distance an element travels between two frames of an animation.
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Mark Oakley. I would like to know how many times in all my lifetime I make these same mistakes! Many times. Vincent T. Others that I would add: -Make your demo reel too long -Keep your blocking stiff and lifeless -Have an idea and then only do that one idea -Have the character point at everything while he is talking about that thing.
There should be one of all of these that is the most important, which do you think? Very good hints,actually a moral and academic lesson. Will pass this on to my students. Chris W. Yeah I use pretty much all of those every single day. Animators have to be jacks of all trades. Aaron W.