Born Animator

Perhaps some of us learn animation, while some are are born with it.

Even though my schoolbag was pretty heavy,  and I had to lug it a full kilometre to school, I loved the thickest textbooks best.  You see, after observing a program on TV, I started animating flipbooks since my early primary school days.  The thickest books ran the longest!

I had plenty of practice on every book I had.  Unfortunately, we used to sell our used textbooks, so this is one of the rare early works that I still have.
According to the people at the company using the application, their staff (who numbered in the hundreds) were absolutely mesmerised by my animated icon and would stare at it for longer than they would admit.  If only we had youtube back then, might this have been Nyan-Cat worthy?    This 9-frame animated gif was drawn way before I “learned” any of the principles of animation.  The timing has 4 frames of pulling the oars through the air, and 5 frames pulling through the water, which has more resistance.  The least amount of movement occurs when the oars first hit the water, then they accelerate.  There is also plenty of overlapping action of the flag & sail.

As a child, I had sensitive eyes.  No, not sensitivity to light (photophobia), sensitivity to the environment – air, wind etc.  Nothing doctors could do, so my solution was to close my eyes and memorize the environment much of the time while doing stuff like walking.  Thankfully, no misfortune ensued (disregarding the flak from teachers and parents who thought it was rude).  The side effect was spatial awareness and ability to track moving objects without sight.

I can do totally this, just ask my football kakis 🙂