Early Morning Cartooning and Other Animation Tests

Hey guys! How’s it going?

So as I think I had mentioned before, I am trying to do a bit more animation in my personal time. Now, I am sure I am not the only person who finds it difficult to spend an hour or so practising your art after a full day of work. Well why not do it before a full day of work?

Well that’s what I have been trying to do.

Luckily for me, my wife needs to leave for work an hour after I do. And, fortunate or not, I wake up when she does, giving me regular time to do some animation practice!

I call it my Early Morning Cartooning sessions.

As a way of forcing myself to do this work, and not default into sleeping in, I have decided to start filming myself as I work, and posting these videos online.

You can find the Early Morning Cartooning playlist here – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyNqmOj9Q_854nH4FMev9JcQlgC9zpmmC

So I have only done two EMCartooning runs as of yet, and I have just started my third, but in addition, I have added another short animation test to this blog.

The ‘test flight’ animation is me throwing a couple of days testing a rig I had built in 3ds Max. The model may be basic, but I tried throw as much complex stuff into the rig as I could think! Stuff like IK/FX switching, stretchy bones and adjustment controls for curvy limbs. Elbow and Knee pins, with space switchers and orientation controls.

It was a really interesting puzzle to wrap my head around, but more than that, it was a really fun rig to animate with.

So below are a few new short animations I have been playing around with. I hope you enjoy!

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