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This is for a project at DonBluthAnimation.com called, Cyber Garage Project. Anyone could join in this small short film to animate a scene, competing with others in hopes it gets picked for the final cut.
First there was a contest to design an owl character. This piece is for the 2nd phase, a pencil test, choosing one of the characters and animating a walk, march, or run cycle. The goal is to see where your skill level is at to help Don Bluth assign a scene for you. He'll also give you advice and critiques to help. The deadline is today for this.
I did the ears last, but was finding it difficult to get a nice motion while the head tilts back and forth while going up and down. I may have put more detail in this than needed for a pencil test. Possibly should have kept simple first to get the motion.
I'm not an animation student, so this has all been new to me. This was done on actual animation paper on a disc with peg bars, 6 extremes followed by 6 in-betweens. Animated on 2's, since Don said it was okay for this exercise, as we are not really going to put this example on a panning background that needs 1's. I used light red pencil, but converted it to BW after scanning.
Oh, Don Bluth gave us example sheets of marches, walks, and runs he has saved. So I looked at a sheet of Fievel marching on 1's as a guide while doing this.