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This is for a project at 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.
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Cyto-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is AMAZING!!!<3
The only thing that I would comment on are the ears, they need to look like they are bouncing, not waving. But you fixed that in the latest version, so good on you!
The cycle is very upbeat and it fits with the music nearly perfectly, God job! You'll be an amazing animator if you keep working!
I can't wait to see one of your planned out animations one day.<3
Air-City Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
You could've fooled me with you not being an animation student, this is pure genious! I've practicing on traditional frame by frame animation but I'm new to it too, soooo I've been kinda struggling with it lol! Anywho this is too awsome, I'm glad to see animation stylings in the way I used to love and watch as a kid!
krezz-karavan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do like how she move her head when walking XD
pimecomb Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
xD ha that's great! god modern society is really missing out on this style of animation.

darn pixar and their CG. :pissed:

i still have a long road ahead of me in my quest toward expertise in animation, i just hope i can start marching like that soon :D
rodrev Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so awesome! I hope you get picked!
McDutt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Its great Music fits to your animation ^^
Hope you are still working in the 3rd dim.
haven´t seen any updates in that direction.
TimothyB Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Thanks. I had some trouble with my job bringing me down and Don Bluth's new site suddenly has taken a lot of my time. I still plan to finish the 3D mouse for sale very soon, it's so close to finish I'm really wasting money not getting it done. I need to get it all organized which is a pain. So many things to do and so little time. Especially with TV and Internet distracting me so much.
GilburTcat Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Don Bluth. . . FRIKIN ROCKS!!!!!!!!
Love the character.
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