Friday, June 28, 2013

Getting There One Hair At A Time

As we hurry to the end, I am ready for it to slow down. This statement is said because I still have twenty seconds left to a thirty second animation. Needless to say I did not believe that it would be this hard to make little characters move, and let alone make other things go with it, and make a story to follow. I feel like I am lost in the world of animation, I create something but then it goes wrong and I delete it and start over again. Not to mention that the scenes option is not working for me. I can't seem to get the hang of it. Maybe it's just not my week.

Though I would love to stay and type some more I really need to get back to the process of creating my little short animation, and as always pulling out my hair. However I am all ears for anyone that would like to help.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Learning A Little

After two weeks of consistent hair pulling, you will be amazed to hear that I still have hair left. However, I have learned to master movement, or at least I seem to think I have. After last week dealing with a twenty second commercial I am hoping that this 30 second short animation will be much easier, which I am thinking that now that I know how it works it should be.

I believe this will be easier because I finally bought the book for this class, and too my surprise it has some very useful information. A few examples are a premise, it helps solidify the plot and its intent. Before I wouldn't have even thought about a plot when creating a twenty second commercial. With that thought in your head, you need to think about where you want your commercial to take you. What your message is going to be about, and how are you going to show your message in your animation.

I also learned that if you can first visualize what the main scene does and plan what is going to happen than you will create a solid animation. A few other things I need to keep in mind is that when creating an animation, if you are not sure how things are meant to look than try acting them out to see movements. You can also reference pictures or videos to also see actions in motion.

Those are just a few things I have learned, so until next time.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

The quote "May the odds be ever in your favor" is what I think about every time I open up Flash. I know that this sounds crazy but it's true. You never know how Flash is going to be with you from day to day, you just have to hope that it is a good day and that Flash will be your friend. Let's just say I must have the odds in my favor because Flash has been pretty good to me lately. I have learned how to slow things down, with Flash, not my life.

I have realized that as long as you take your time with what you are doing and take a few minutes and walk away from the computers than everything will work out in your favor....well most of the time. This program does help you learn how to pull out your hair and also learn how to take a few deep breathes, I am not sure if that is what it is supposed to do but it's helping me learn. That's a start right?

With that I will leave you to mass around with Flash, and as always "may the odds be ever in your favor".


Friday, June 7, 2013

Animation At It's Finest

This week I started my new class, which sadly deals with Flash. I know I should be happy that I am getting away from Photoshop for a while, however I am a little sad at Flash. Not because I think it will be to hard to work with, but more because I am stepping into the unknown with this on my heels.

Anyways, this week has be a little "interesting" to say the least. I have learned that Flash is a very temperamental program. It will like me one second, and then BAM! hate me. However, I have not given up. I am know on my third 6 second animation, and I am very proud of what I have come up with. I think that it is a work in progress and that it can only go up from here.

On another note, I am trying to learn how to draw in Flash, because I have heard that it is easier than using Illustrator, I don't think that this is so. Illustrator is great with the pin tool but Flash, I can't seem to figure out. I know you are probably thinking that this girl is crazy but I'm not. I am just a designer looking for a little advice.