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.
PirateShip
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 some classic overlapping action in the flag & sail.  Hundreds of hours of gleeful practice makes the understanding of human, animal and mechanical movement second nature for both animation and film.

Studying movement acutely has some unexpected side-effects.

Who bundles the ball in the net through tightly packed defences, just ask my football kakis 🙂

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