The Steps I Took to Make This Animation!
OH DANG! This post did WAY better than I ever though it would! So to celebrate that, I’m going to show you all the steps I took to make it!
DISCLAIMER: I’m not a professional and I have no formal training as an animator. What you’re about to see does not entirely reflect the methods used in an actual professional environment.
Step 1: Basic Shapes and Keyframes
Once I got an idea of the proportions of Plusle and Minun, I broke down their design to a few simple shapes. I then planned out the keyframes using these shapes.
Step 2: Added Legs and In-Betweens
With the keyframes on 2s, I added an extra frame to each keyframe that are on 1s. Here’s a video on animating on 1s, 2s, and 3s if you’re not sure what those mean. I then added the legs to see how the poses would look.
Normally you should have all the poses figured out as you’re keyframing, but again, not a professional here.
Step 3: Adding Details
With the motion looking good, I started adding in the details. I thought about delaying the ears a frame to make them more of a secondary action. But I was worried that it would make it a little too busy compared to the arms and tails.
Step 4: More Details
Since the faces just stayed inside the circles that make up the heads, I held off on adding the faces until everything else was done.
One thing that I wish I had done differently though was have the facial expressions facing the center of the screen instead of away. With the expressions on the outside, I feel it takes more time for people to notice they’re making expressions to begin with.
Step 5: White Borders and Drop Shadows
With the animation itself done, I squished all the layers together and used the Ink Bottle tool in Adobe Animate to create the white border and gave it a drop shadow to help make it a little more visually interesting. I probably shouldn’t have used pitch black for the shadow however. It’s pretty harsh compared to the rest of the colors used.
Anyway, I hope the was helpful to you in some way. I know this isn’t how most animators would do this sort of thing. But hopefully it helps paint a clearer picture on the processes of animation!
Have fun animating!