101. Baby steps in animation
Learnings from some cute birds
This past week, I dove into the nitty-gritty and made another baby step into animation. Check it out:
Mesmerizing, right?? I keep on watching it over and over again. I can’t believe I made that.
When I was reviewing animation tutorials on YouTube last week, I realized that the first time I viewed a particular instructional video was in August 2020. I then came back to it again in February 2021. In both cases, I was still working full-time in tech. I didn’t have the energy or confidence to follow along. Yet I kept coming back to that tutorial. The heart wants what it wants.
The difference this time around was that I wasn’t as intimidated because I had a basic grasp of the software from a previous experiment: making animations for a previous post.
It was a good first project to get my bearings on learning the software, but the animation for that post was really a single illustration with some computer-aided interpolation to make it all wiggly.
In comparison, this bird animation has 45 hand-drawn frames. Drawing, animating, and coloring this two-second loop took about four hours. And this was just a study of an existing work, so I didn’t have to do any character design or figure out timing for the animation poses.
But I’m happy with this approach of keeping the scope tiny for each of these projects. I default towards perfection and ambition, but those high expectations just lead to paralysis and fear of failure. As I’ve written before:
Blocked artists tried to become artists against their parents’ wishes, which triggers a fear of abandonment or failure.
This pressure and guilt to succeed forces them to set huge goals in order to justify forgoing a safer path.
Ironically, this makes it difficult to produce any art at all.
Instead, I’m now just trying to take things bird by bird.
My visceral takeaway from this project: the effort-to-output ratio of animation can feel overwhelming, but the results still feel like magic.
I’ll be traveling later this month, so my next project will be a sprint before then to build off these learnings by incorporating some narrative elements.
Stay tuned for updates next weekend!
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