SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ANIMATOR, BUT FIRST...
CAN YOU DO AN ASSISTANT ANIMATORS JOB?
This sequence of animation frames can be downloaded by the beginner for study purposes. Or it can be downloaded by intermediate animators looking to improve their ability at clean up and inbetweening.
There is an in between chart included (along with a pdf guide on how to read the chart) so you can complete the scene according to the animators timing. Each drawing is clearly labelled accordingly to identify it as a key frame, breakdown or in-between. There are also crosshairs on every drawing to aid with frame alignment when importing the frames into your preferred choice of software. You can also print out the drawings and stick them onto paper using the crosshairs and a light box to ensure that they are all aligned correctly.
The animation is at the tie down stage and offers the perfect opportunity for animators looking to improve their ability at clean up. Start with the keys first then the break downs and finally follow the chart and draw in the in-betweens.
WHAT IF I’M A BEGINNER?
If you are a beginner its best that you work on simple shapes and timing exercises such as bouncing balls etc... However by downloading this sequence you will benefit greatly if you use it as a point of study.
Trace each key frame and observe carefully how the shapes are changing and arcing between them, don't try to trace it all at once – focus on separate parts of the character and watch what happens to them as the animation progresses. Don't just do this once, do it regularly every week and you'll be surprised at just how quickly you'll start to understand things that most beginners simply never will.
But remember to do your life drawing and spend time on the beginner basics. Don't download this if it's beyond your comprehension.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
You will need a file extractor such as Winzip to unzip the contents of your package and a pdf reader.
You will also need access to animation equipment. Animation software of your preference a Drawing Tablet or a light box / drawing board to work with pencil and paper.