Ok, my little talk time, thanks once again to all the people that have been subscribing, I hope it helps you and I’d really love some feedback, it would be great, also we are nearly at 2000 visits, so thanks to everyone that has been visiting and supporting what we’re doing, now to get on with my lil tut for this tuesday.
Right then, simple effects, these kinda things can really spice up and animation and make it look so much better, and like the title says they are simple, so they don’t take much time or effort to carry out, but they can make and animation so much more, and make you as an animator stand out of the crowd, and also you’re on your way to becoming great at effects, because, everyone has to start somewhere.
Ok this one to the left is the anim I sahll be be adding to, with an effect each time so, let us get started with a really easy ground shake.
Most people already know what this is, but some people put them in the wrong place, so I’ll cover them just to make sure it is all good in the hood.
All you do for ground shake is move the subject of the animation down vertically around 4 or 5 pixels, the bigger the force you need the more pixels you move it down, but don’t go too far, because it does look rather strange then, what I personally do is on the next frame I’ll move the subject up by one pixel, do give a small after impression, so let’s see what this looks like.
Here you can see that the small ground shake adds a fair amount of power to the attack, but we can add more, and make it look much more powerful, such as inverting the colours of the frame where the attack takes place, let’s try this out and see what we get.
Ok, for me personally I don’t like this, but it can add power when used it the correct context and place in an animation, so don’t rule it out straight away.
Next I am going to do something that I don’t see in alot of animations, and this is add a shadow to the stickman, this is one of the coolest little effects you can do, and often it is really rather simple when doing it with no background such as these animations.
All you need to do for a shadow is create a leg stick, this is the same size as the leg of your base stick, but have the origin of the stick where the ankle would be on the actual stick man, then on each frame, place it behind your stick man, and about 4 pixels below the foot of your guy, making sure the shadow is at the same angle as the leg, you’ll see what I mean in the next anim, enjoy.
Well, that’s it for now, I hope this helps and as ever feedback people, I wanna know what you like and how we can improve pivotblog for you guys.
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