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Animation Exercise #7: Weather This!

By popular demand, Animation Exercises is back!!! I am excited for your interest in this event, and it will be amazing to see what you will create! 

Every now and then, animation has to be done in the background or in the foreground that deals with weather and special effects. Water, Fire, Wind, Rock, so on and so on. 

For this exercise, let’s see you animate a special effects action. It can be raining, snowing, lava erupting from a volcano, even a flag or a cape blowing in the wind. What will not be permitted this time is a character being animated. Characters are great, and we will return to characters, we do want to see how you would animate special effects. 

Now I will say this: Explosions are fine, but please, do not animate something (like a church, organization, politician or a controversial figure, etc.) being blown up. I will not accept or showcase your animation if you do. If you have any questions on that, feel free to ask, and I answer to help you out. Let’s try to make it non political/controversial as possible please. 

You like to see a wonderful example of special effects animation, you can reference Studio Ghibli, Avatar: The Last Airbender, or even Animator Cookiefication! You can also check this blog’s special effects tag to see some other great examples of special effects animation for inspiration and reference (some will have characters animated along with the special effects animation). 

Well, enjoy the challenge, and looking forward to seeing your works soon! 

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Disclaimer: We do ask that you keep the animation age appropriate and not vulgar. No hate speech, religion bashing, or anything sexual. We do not want to decline a submission due to an animation that showcases the things we request not to have. Thank you in advance.

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What This Exercise Will Help You With: All 12 Principles of Animation

Due Date: August 3.

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To submit, please inform us that you have completed using our Ask Page.

For information about rules and submitting, please visit the Guidelines Page.

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Animation Exercise #8: READY?! ANIMATE!!

In this challenge, select a character (whether it is your own original character, or a fan favorite) and animate their fighting stance (like the examples above from the video game Skullgirls). You do not have to animate their fighting skills (punch, kick, finishing move, etc.), just them bouncing back and forth. If you decide to add an animation of them doing an attack or their victory stance, you are welcome to do so. 

What makes this challenging is understanding your character’s design, weight, and posture, and how they would feel comfortable to stand their ground. You can add to the fighting stance in regards to your character’s personality: Is it serious? Comical? Driven? Relaxed? Focused? Bringing fun into your animation will plus the work. :) 

You can reference some fighting video games like Skullgirls, Street Fighter, TMNT: Tournament FIghters, etc., to give you an idea of how you want to create your animation. I do ask that your character animation be clothed properly. 

Enjoy this challenge, and looking forward to seeing your animation soon! If you have your animation completed before the deadline, feel free to notify me, and I will have it ready for showcasing on September 7! 

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Disclaimer: We do ask that you keep the animation age appropriate and not vulgar. No hate speech, religion bashing, or anything sexual. We do not want to decline a submission due to an animation that showcases the things we request not to have. Thank you in advance.

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What This Exercise Will Help You With: All 12 Principles of Animation

Due Date: September 7.

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To submit, please inform us that you have completed using our Ask Page.

For information about rules and submitting, please visit the Guidelines Page.

Animation Exercise #9: Let’s Rock This Place! 

Are you ready for another Animation Exercise challenge?! I can’t hear you!!! Lol

In this challenge, your OC (or a fan character you enjoy) is ready to rock the house by playing a musical instrument! Hope you got your amp ready! 

Not only do you need to think of which instrument they would be playing with, but also think of the musical genre they would be playing to (rock, pop, rap, Gospel, jazz, techno, orchestra, etc.). It will add to your performance, in how aggressive or graceful they will be playing their instrument. Lastly, think of where they are performing - are they doing it in front of a crowd? In their room? On a floating island with a windmill escaping from helicopters? You don’t have to draw the background, but think of that as they are performing their music. 

Now, you do not need to have music within your animation for the final piece. If the music is added, just be sure that it’s clean. If you do have any questions concerning this challenge, feel free to ask me - I would be happy to provide answers to help you create an awesome animation!

For those who might be concerned, you do not have to have your animation fully colored. We do want to see you animate, whether you do have color, or not. :) Let’s have some fun, and rock out to awesome tunes while animating!

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Disclaimer: We do ask that you keep the animation age appropriate and not vulgar. No hate speech, religion bashing, or anything sexual. We do not want to decline a submission due to an animation that showcases the things we request not to have. Thank you in advance.

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What This Exercise Will Help You With: All 12 Principles of Animation

Due Date: October 21, 11:58pm U.S. EST.

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To submit, please inform us that you have completed using our Ask Page.

For information about rules and submitting, please visit the Guidelines Page.

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More work, and more mistakes, i’m becoming crazy! 😅 wip 3!

Edit1 : Clean (missing the eyelashes and the crown)

Edit2 : Colors+crown+eyelashes, next round (and it will be the last one), shadows+lights !

Edit3 : Final turn around, I know there is still a lot of mistakes, but i think it was a pretty good HARD exercise ! And it was the occasion to learn a little bit about how to use After Effect ! I’ll do an other one, but this time with a character that already exist in the animation world. Now I need to move on, and learn, work on animation exercise. Even if it was long, it was fun ! :)

Ps : Thanks for being +22K :D <3

BG by Côme. The smoke on the ground around the man’s feet has been done by Benji. And Camille helped me A LOT with the rendering of the smokes because we had no time left:) Also I managed to loose my last animation file (clapclap) so the 2nd thing is just a part of the final movie and we don’t see everything clearly but whatever:)

Edit: No gif for today sorry it was to big so turn the HD button on it’s a bit better

All animation submissions for Animation Exercise #9 are due this Saturday! 

If you are new to the blog, and you like to animate, or want to get started, check out the current exercise, and have fun creating! 

Also, do not feel you have to have it fully colored to miss out - you can have it roughly animated, or fully cleaned up (inked) to submit. But remember, it cannot be a still image or two frames of animation. Continue to have fun with creating, and feel free to send in questions if you have any! 

Lookin’ forward to your characters rockin’ to instruments soon! :) 

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Samurai Jack Body Workout | Tough Like The Toonz: EP 24

So nice I did it twice. Samurai Jack is one of my favorite animated series of all time and its back on @toonami @adultswim this Saturday night.

Today’s workout will help you build a strong athletic body like Jack so you can help him whoop Aku.

REBLOGS GREATLY APPRECIATED

Also check out the first Samurai JACK workout from back in the day!

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‘‘I Am The Ghost!’‘

Here’s the result of my very short lip sync / turn around animation test.

Song : Charger - Gorillaz (feat. Grace Jones)