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Pen Spinning - Rough Animation by Inkthinker Pen Spinning - Rough Animation by Inkthinker
Rough animation which will be adapted to clean animation for the upcoming HTF series "Joe is Japanese". More on that later. :D

Look up "pen spinning" or "pen tricks" on Youtube and you can see where this comes from. I just watched a bunch of those and combined that with some logic and my limited ability to twiddle a pencil through my fingers and worked straight ahead frame to frame. Not bad for about 4-5 hours of scribbling, I guess, but nothing compared to the real deal.

No way to really key and tween 'cause I was never really sure where it would go next. It was a bitch and a half to make it loop...


Looks like they've done something that fixed the problem with GIFs not displaying. Hooray!! :D

2006 HTF Studios Inc.

Sorry, I can't give you permission to use it as an avatar or anything... it's surprising enough that I'm even allowed to share it at all. >_<
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Shuriken255 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
That's perfect! I like it!
blacklitdogstar Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to see a frame by frame of this. Great drawing skills here.
awesomesaucejayare Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought that it was a single finger passnormal to charge then to shadow. But then again, I've only been spinning for about a month now. :/
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think I understood about 1/3 of that. :D

I can't spin pens to speak of. On the other hand, I have learned to roll a half-dollar over my knuckles. So I've got that goin' for me.
awesomesaucejayare Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet! I can't roll anything around my knuckles; I can't use my knuckles well for anything.

And which 1/3 did you understand? :D
JayEff97 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student General Artist
zuloo37 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Sonic rev 12-34, sonic 34-12, charge, sonic fall. xD
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I must have done something right if any bit of it is recognizable. :D
scm11240464 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
soo cool!
keep doing what you are doing! :iconcheerplz:
Delexaet Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
lol nice what move did u put into this thing
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No idea. I watched a bunch of videos but I don't know much about the actual moves or what they're called. I'm afraid I'm just faking it as close as I can.

LizzyZuko Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Coolness :D.I love this animation,it's very simple (well sort of) and the animation is smooth (or fluid).
wraz1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Ive watched a couple of your animations and also faved one. keep up the good work! youre going to be something big someday
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I haven't quit yet, anyway. :D
elevenpurplepeople Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008   Photographer
Beautiful animation.
Annabelleroks11 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
tottam Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
spinners rule :D
crimsonfire3 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Student General Artist
All I can do is the around the thumb ^^;
orchidsinmygarden Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
cool~ i wish i could do that! x3
Ace0fredspades Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2007  Professional Filmographer
I could do like this (but unfortunatelly not in animations...)
sometimeinaugust Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
*sigh* i can only do the thumbaround...hehe ^^;
Travis2311 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmph.....wish I can do that...
boum Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional Filmographer
That's crazy, man. Great movement.
Kenzio Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
so nice!!
evil-chibi-envy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
lol i do that with my pencils alot at school and when i'm drawing XD nice work
Lord-Ivan Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just looking around and found this, its fantastic. Great concept and very smooth animation!!
Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
konijnemans Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. Hands are, imo, one of the hardest things to draw, and then you do this :D
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Hands aren't so bad, once you break 'em down to the base shapes. It takes some practice, though.
stoliker Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
i know sumone who can do that, he made me fail math cauz i was trying to get it right.....
stoliker Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
i know sumone who can do that, he mad me fail math cauz i was trying to get it right.....
17amon Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2007   Photographer
im currently practicing that. your animation is way better then me>.< nice
AznLeftie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
ZONE33 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2007
i look up to people like u.. i was in art school and had to come out i wish i can get back in i want to do animation so bad its crazy but just lettin u know u got skillz.. and someday i hope to be where u are
chiyo-san Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
Wow amazing!!! Even though its so simple to look at. its so complicated to do.

I think this deserves a fav no matter how small it goes for (this must of taken you so long to do! good job~)
FlyingNinjaSquirrelz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2007
You've turned me on to this new... sport.

I love you.
NanoDarkk Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
rly rly sooth
YookArtik Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006
what kind of a maniac r u! :eyepopping:
CiPReZ Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
WOW, this is great! like your other animations!

Coincidentally i am a penspinner^^ so i wanna ask, if i could use this one as an avatar for a penspinning board?
Wissp Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006
Pen twiddiling FTW. xDD;;;

This... would... take... forever... D:

How'd you-- do it? D:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
One frame at a time. And it only took a few hours, even. :D
Wissp Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006
Urgh. I suck at hands so i'd never ever be able to do it. D: D:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
The solution there is to just learn more about hands. Learn how they're constructed anatomically, learn how they're constructed as basic shapes, and practice the hell out of it until you feel more confident.

If something is difficult, the answer is never to just throw up your hands and say "I suck"... you gotta keep at it until you get it! Otherwise you'll always have an Achilles heel that will continue to haunt you.

The nice thing about hands is that you usually have a couple of great models attached to you at all times. But don't just concentrate on how a hand looks... think about how what you're seeing is built. Look at it as a series of very plain, basic shapes, and work on that. Forget about the fingernails, forget about the palm lines, forget about the wrinkles on the knuckles. Just work on the basic shape, and keep working at it until it's second nature.

Everything is difficult at first, but believe me... it gets easier the more you do it.
Wissp Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
How-- you.

your amazing.

You know. ^^ I will pratice. And yes i do, do the "I suck" thing alot.
I'll try harder. But your so lucky to be so talented and a hard worker at that.

AthenaTT Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
Very smooth ... mindblowing
Stacatto Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006
Smooth animation! And you did this on paper? Wow.
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, did this in Easytoon.

Which is basically the same thing as doing it on paper, just... without the paper. :D
the-new-world Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006  Professional Artist
this is crazy
the movement is awesome
and it all fits together so flushly
even when it's rough it still looks awesome
dwarrowdelf Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2006
ah, that's so cool :D but pencil spinning gives me a headache, because i've practed this on trick so many times and i just can't get it right!
donbenni Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2006
As a pen spinner myself i find this very cool and accurate :) Awesome work :+fav:
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