Below is a very short test animation with the dog and frog. It kind of gives you a feel for the opening scene. There is so much to learn in a new program, however I am on my way. I did not try to do much animation here, I was basically just trying to get a feel of the scene. I have a few of the other characters made and will post them shortly.
Well I completed the frog character. I put him in the header with the dog since they are the main characters of the story. The dog talks, however the frog just kind of sits there and looks cute. The story is about a dog who had a friend frog. The dog wants to have another dog like him. So he visits a wizard to have his frog turned into a dog. The story has many turns. Will the dog get his wish? How will it all turn out. Stay tuned for the rest of the story.
Here is a short animation
I am working on the other characters for the story. Generally this kind of thing is already done before the animator begins. However, since this is a one man show, I must get everything together myself. I have several people I run things by and seek their creative input, however when it is all said and done it boils down to what I am able to accomplish. That is a little intimidating. I have never been one to shy away from a challenge, however there is a difference between shying away and just not having what it takes to do something. I am reminded of the time I was going to shear my sheep. Being a farmer, I always look for ways to cut costs as it is so difficult farming these days. I decided that I would shear my sheep. I got all the tools together and then I watched every shearing video I could find on YouTube. They made it look so easy. In less than a minute they would be done. I rehearsed it over and over in my mind thousands of times. I could do it in my sleep. Then the day came. Looking back I feel sorry for the chosen sheep that would be my sacrificial lamb. Well to make a long story short, It took more than 2 hours to shear this one sheep. I was exhausted, the sheep was exhausted and my sheep shearing experiment was forever put to rest. The sheep recovered in a few minutes and was back grazing probably wondering what just happened. I recovered in several days. My pride took a little longer. I now have the greatest respect for sheep shearers. They make it look so easy, but like any skilled trade it takes training to get good at it. My advice to beginning sheep farmers? Either get a hair breed that does not need shearing, or find yourself a good shearer. Once you find your shearer, treat them with the greatest respect. Give them coffee, donuts, breakfast and anything else you can give them to keep them coming back. As they are sure worth it : ) You could not pay me enough to do that again.
So there is a difference in putting your mind to something, and just not having the training to do something no matter how hard you try. As I am making this animation, this is forever in the back of my mind. Will the animation pass muster when I am finished? Will the artwork be good enough? Will the music? I am reminded of a Bible verse in Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily… That has been my motto for most of my life, and I think it applies here. If you do your best, others will appreciate it. So I will do the best I can do. : )
First animation is below. It is not Disney or anything like that. However, I think it turned out pretty good for my first animation. The background was a stock background included with Anime Studio Pro 6
I used Papagayo for the lip sync. I really like the drawing tools in Anime Studio. You can just grab points and pull them around as you draw. Which makes the drawing much easier than free hand stuff. You then create a shape and fill it with a color.
I used scaling to make the flea appear like it is getting closer. The sound effect was from a wav CD I had. It took me several days to make all the faces for the different sounds and probably a day to do the animation. I am still learning the program , so hopefully it will speed up a little. However, I expected it would take a long time to do the animation. So that was not unexpected. Making the different faces took longer than expected.
2d vs 3d
Having to make different views in 2d is not something I had really thought of. In 3d, you model the character. If you want to see the back side of the character , you just turn it around. With 2d there is no side view as it is flat. You can reverse it and get the opposite view. But if you want to turn it around like in a head turn, each of the views have to be made. So in some ways 3d would be easier. I am not regretting choosing 2d as the medium, the different views is just something I had not thought of.
I think it turned out pretty well. Not bad for a person who had a hard time with stick men : ) This is very exciting. This has given me loads of confidence to continue this project.
I wish all software makers would include a simple tutorial on their software. I can not tell you how many times I have downloaded a software trial and I was just so overwhelmed by all the buttons and so very confused with how everything works that I just give up and uninstall the program. You would think they would realize that it is so important for a new software user to get a success under their belt, even if it is a small success. This gives you the confidence to continue with the program.