I think I figured out how to stop the obnoxious notification spam that has been telling me “[name] mentioned you” every time somebody reblogs a post I was ever tagged in, even if they never mention me in THEIR reblog!
1. Go to Account, the little person head and shoulders in upper right.
2. Go to Settings, with the gear icon.
3. Click Notifications.
4. Uncheck the new “conversational notifications” switch.
*Rising from the dark, he finally decided today was the faithfull day of the step by step*
Chapter 1, the references.
As an animator, one of the first thing i need is basicly references. Why? Well because you can’t learn a dance you’ve never seen, you can’t draw someone without knowing how he looks like, and you can’t animate a motion you don’t know.
So, for Tsuyu, i kinda pictured her having a kind of Muay Thai-y style, with maybe small karate parts, using a lot of kicks, and having a “solid” style. For Toga, i thought that a kind of northern wing chun, maybe mixed with Zui quan, sometimes attacking with scratchs, and having a more “elusive” style would be more fitting of her personality. My main reference was actress “Jeeja” Yanin Vismitananda, and her fights in respectively Chocolate and raging phoenix. Let’s say that the Chocolate fights were more for Tsuyu, and Toga was more into Raging phoenix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Lkl6HX19o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV-QOCV6LTA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0H0LUZROws
But once everything is said, still, i didn’t really pictured Tsuyu nor Toga to be martial art experts, so i had to see these references, but during the animation part they were only fragments of my motion library, stocked in my mind, to use, and to temper, but never to be copied and pasted.
Chapter 2 [part1], the storyboard
As an animator, my storyboards have a tendancy of being nearly animated, hence, this chapter will be pretty fast, as it is linked to the rough part. Storyboarding is something i enjoy, but on this animation, what i really wanted to do was animating, so rather than actually do a storyboard, and then animating, i directly went to the rough part, and animated the whole motion straight on, cuting time to time, when i needed to have a new information, like space location, expression, etc. The things i kept in mind, storyboard-wise were as it follow:
-The distance between what is filmed and my camera need to REALLY change between each shot, going from medium close shot, then long shot, then close shot, into medium long shot etc. The point is to avoid weird transitions,like as if the camera had a small uncanny jump, this way you get really clear transition and your brain is not lost. -Of course the 180° rule, but i mean, even people who are not into cinema know this rule so… Basicly the goal is to have the same character in the same part of the screen except if you actually see the characters change places within the same shot, and as you may have noticed, tsuyu and toga change their position a lot, but you always see them exchange within a shot, rather than during a cut -having time to time close shot to see and focus on the character expression, on how they feel in order to feel both characters emotion and avoid having something too documentary-like, -Having sometimes big large shot to understand space.
Chapter 2 [part2], The rough
Yeah, now let’s jump to the most creative part animation-wise, the rough animation!
Basicly you can find every informations from the finished product here (plus a small part at the end i thought i would do, but i was not really that much happy with it, and did not wanted to take too muche time on it). As you can see, the drawings are kept to the utmost minimum, the goal being here to focus on the movement rather than the drawings, basicly, and it’s even more true on complicated characters such as BNHA’s, drawing the characters on model takes time, of course thou’ll have to take that time later on, but here, as i want to focus on movement, and only movement, working too much on the character would be useless. At this stage, if, for exemple i wanted to change some movements, and already had a lot of details, i would have to throw a drawing that tooks me a lot of time, and redo an other that would takes the same amount of time, that’s why stickmans are better when working with movement, if one doesn’t work you just throw it, you’ve lost only 10 seconds, and you can do an other one in ten other secondes or less.
Once that part is done, the only thing i may change is the timing, and some small spacings, but as you ‘ll see, the movement stayed mainly the same.
Chapter 3, the tie down.
Okay, now we go into the drawing part.
(as you can see at this point it gets harder and harder to get a gif that tumblr can upload without losing A LOT of quality on pixels and colors) The work process i use during the tie down is kind of peculiar… And it was even more so on this one. Usually when i tie down i do it in two parts, a first one where i just check the volumes, and a second one where i go back and put the characters on model, here, i jumped to the second part without doing the first one, i could go on and give excuses, but the main reason is: i was lazy.
Going really deep into the process could takes a lot of time, so to makes it short, i have a lot of theses things in my animation, i have one at each key
The idea is, i start drawing from the keys, they are the drawings that need to be the bests one, they are the one you’re going to feel the most during the animation, then i draw the breaks downs (if i have multiple breakdown between one key, i’ll mark the most important one, they’ll be the first one to be drawn), and then finally the inbetweens. the idea is, the lower you go, the less you draw, because at this moment, your drawings are starting to take a lot of time, and you still have the cleaning to do, so you want to avoid doing unecessary drawings.
Chapter 4, the cleaning.
Cleaning is hell. There’s nothing else to say. Run from it, or die. As i didn’t have assisting animator or anything i had to draw absolutly every last frame. This part took like 60%, or more of the work…
The process is the same than for the tie down, starting by the keys, finishing with the inbetweens…
(Now, doing gifs for tumblr starts becoming a nightmare.) As you may have noticed, it’s also during that part that i do FXs, i don’t do a lot of roughs for FXs, once i have my characters, and know precisely where they are, doing FXs on top of that is really easy and don’t require a lot of time.
The tool i used to clean is TVPAINT’s default round brush, with a size of 1, i would have liked to have a smaller brush, but tvpaint have issues with them when it comes to coloring.
Well, the cleaning part is pretty much self explanatory, so, onto the next phase!
Chapter 5, Coloring, Shading, lighting.
This part is again, pretty much self explanatory (and now it’s impossible to make a gif for tumblr). Coloring was neither hard, nor long, using TVPAINT, you have a tool called “lazybrush”, basicly it’s a tool that help you do the coloring super fast, you just do a brush stroke with the color you want in the place you want, and the software colorise the place just perfectly, with no hole in the coloring, no small pixel that exceed the lining, just perfect.
Shading was pretty much the same, once you have your character, just putting shadows is kind of refreshing, and does not take much time at all.
Now, what was actually tricky was all the additional lighting/Shading, small stuff you don’t always notice in the show, i had to look at how and where they put those small details. Also, when i was doing this animation, Toga had only appeared at the end of season 2 so i didn’t had a lot of references except from the manga.
Once i had all of this done, i just had the background left before the compositing.
Chapter 6, a small talk about the backgrounds.
One of the main thing i wanted for this animation was to have simple backgrounds, something i could do in like one day, so i could be focusing on animation. Thankfully, BNHA have lazy backgrounds, and their skies are especially perfect! I don’t even count the number of times the exact same clouds reappear during the three seasons.
Well, my clouds weren’t that goods though, what i did was more “bubbly”, but hey, i’m no background artist.
Anyway the last thing needed was the compositing!
Chapter 7, the compositing.
To tell you the truth, i don’t have a lot of things to say about the compositing, it’s really technical, and i still feel i messed up a lot on that part. Basicly, i aded the camera movements, smooth gradients on the characters, small rimlights, some blurs here and there. Again i don’t know a lot about compositing so can’t really go on a lot on that part, but anyway, once everything’s done, all you’ve left to do is sleep a lot!
1. Be yourself. Live authentically. To quote Dr. Suess, “There is no one alive that is you’er than you.” Don’t try to be someone you’re not to impress people. You will always be happiest when you are being your true self.
2. Contribute to the world in any way that you can. Maybe for you that’s picking up garbage on your way home from work, or giving money to a homeless person on the street, but you will become a more positive person if you are giving back.
3. Be grateful. Acknowledge how fortunate you are and be thankful that you have simple things like heating, food, and shelter. If you are grateful you will always be able to think more positively.
4. Be optimistic. So maybe you missed your 10:30 showing of Beauty And The Beast, are there later showings? Can you plan a rain check? Wouldn’t coffee be nice instead?
5. Surround yourself with positive people. Odds are, if you spend your time with negative people you’ll become more negative. When we are around positive people we become more positive ourselves.
6. Don’t be discouraged. You will never fail until you stop trying!
7. Be a realist. Everyone has their bad days, everyone. Lest, I remind you that Walt Disney, J.K. Rowling, and Steven Spielberg, were all rejected before they ever succeeded.
8. Be like Elsa and let it go. Okay so Elsa may not have been the most positive person at first, but by the end of the movie she learned to make a positive out of what was once a negative situation! Don’t hold on to anger, fear, or hurt. Keep moving forward and forgive others and yourself.
9. Help someone else. It’s so easy to make someone’s entire day. Compliment someone’s new clothes or hair cut, hold doors open for people, smile at strangers and share inspirational quotes with friends. You will feel so much happier and positive if you make someone else feel that way.
10. Kick fear to the curb. Stop letting “what if’s” control your life. Be brave and trying something new, or do something that might scare you. Doing something is always better than doing nothing; you might just surprise yourself!
11. Stop and smell the roses. Appreciate everything around you: sights, smells, music. When we don’t take time to breathe we become stressed.
12. Put down those chips. Junk food might make you feel good for a moment but it will only make you feel unhappy down the road. Swap a milkshake for a smoothie, Soda for a glass of water or a cup of green tea, ice cream for a fruit bowl and so on. We can actually eat a lot more raw foods than processed foods without gaining weight or feeling bloated.
13. Get out there. Make plans! Stop scrolling through instagram and snap stories feeling bad about yourself because it’s a Friday night and you’re at home. It’s always nice to stay in every now and then but it’s also enjoyable to get out into the world and socialize.
14. Get your beauty sleep. 7 hours minimum to function and 8 ideally. It’s impossible to be positive when you’re cranky from not getting enough z’s.
15. Exercise. Find the exercise for you. Maybe it’s swimming, hiking, cycling, yoga, dance, or basketball. Working out will make you feel powerful, happy, and accomplished.
16. Don’t compare yourself to others. Other people’s beauty does not take away from your own. Yes, Sarah from math class has a really nice smile…but have you seen yours? Wow.
17. Accept yourself. Change what you can change and love what you can’t.
18. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Take yourself out of the situation. Is this really a big deal? Will it affect you tomorrow? What about next week? Next month?
19. Be empathetic. Your friend just cancelled your plans for the evening because he is feeling too anxious. What can you say to show him that you’re accepting of his situation? Can you offer up an alternative plan? People want to spend time with people who are kind and accepting of them.
20. Accept that life isn’t linear. There are always going to be ups and downs and that is absolutely normal! You just have to ride the wave instead of letting yourself drown.