This is a great list of animation exercises. I may have to work on these in my spare time between the main body of my Masters. I can across this on Tumbr thanks to them spotlighting someone blog (anthonymations). They are in 4 levels, each distinguished by their difficulty. Going from easier to harder. However, some of these would easier to have a try at in 2d rather than 3d. (not saying that they’re easier in 2d) but because of some of the logistics. An example of this is is Level 3, exercise 36 “zipping up a jacket”. This is because it is difficult to come by a rig with them capabilities that would allow such animation (though one could just animate an invisible jacket).
I really like the notes at the bottom of this page in “Things to keep in mind”. The quotes are really stand out to me are:
- You’re supposed to animate feelings.” If a character isn’t thinking, they aren’t alive, and the animation has failed.
-Keep it simple! There is no reason to over complicate any of these exercises. Going back to push-ups, would push-ups be harder if while doing them you also recited the Gettysburg Address? Yes. Would they be any more beneficial? No. Keep things nice and simple and clear.
I think throughout my BA I tried to make things more complicated, thinking that for some reason this would make my work better. This was not the case. I slightly regret some of the choices that I made in my final film. A good example of this is trying to create a film with too many characters and way too many scenes, especially since I just wanted to animate. This meant I spent more time building assets and worrying about them rather then making one great scene with some great animation in it.
One thing I am tempted to do, which “ZZDas” hinted in the comments at the bottom of the page and print it off. This was when i get the time I can go through the list one at a time crossing off each one.
My only critisism of this list is that it doesn’t suggest any, of not no dialogue to animate to. This could improve the list, and I feel would go towards the end of the list, Level 4…or even level 5!