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Pencil test opening sequence by Inkthinker Pencil test opening sequence by Inkthinker
DeviantArt has animators, I had no idea!!

I just learned this, when my buddy Li (aka lhs here on DevArt) showed me the gallery of Basakward:

[link]

Which has some really brilliant stuff on it, espescially the 10-Second Club stuff, which has me very interested.

I can upload animation, and you guys can actually see what I do all day. For my first little attempt at uploading a Quicktime, I've selected the pencil test for a piece of animation that is used by HTF Studios as a part of our demo reel (the new opener, actually). The finished piece is in full color, with sound, of course, but since that's work-work, I'm probably breaking the rules even showing this. But in case you're wondering what in the HELL I would be thinking, doing pencilled shadows on pencil test animation, it might help to know that the end result has a very sketchy, hand-painted look (and was meant to). We took these frames and colored each one individually (in Photoshop, I believe), and composited from there... a lot different from the way these things are normally handled by our studio.

Anyhow, Sorenson 3 Quicktime. I'm still figuring this thing out, so if this is all screwed up, that's why. You'll need a recent version of Quicktime to view it, but even though it's 6 seconds long, it's half-sized and of medium quality, so the file size is quite tolerable.

I can upload animation... still getting over that.

For additional fun, see if you can spot where I totally screwed up the motion of the spinning briefcase. Oops. It was a small enough mistake that the director decided to allow it to remain, but it still makes me twitch every time I see it.
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hotpopcorn Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Do you know more good animator in DA?
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There's a few out there. Here's a few favorites off the top of my head:
:iconleseanthomas: :iconblacksataguni: :iconbahijd: :iconbalak01: :iconbasakward: :iconlazymills1986:

Most of them are better than I am. :D
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hotpopcorn Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Well in my book your better then them. by way how you anime scene around a person.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
First, you have to be really confident about drawing people. Any angle, any action, all expressions, you cannot have any figure drawing weaknesses. Feet, noses, ears, hands, you must draw them all with ease.

After that, it's about studying actions and drawing the person in the key positions to carry an action out. Then you determine the time between the drawings, and fill out that time with in-between drawings.

It's really not that hard, but it's very time-consuming and you have to learn some important skills first. But it can be learned.
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hotpopcorn Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
We talking about panning around in animation right? that's what i wanna do. i just read that in the animation book it's dejavu. Thanks animation God there animation you did crazy panning on there. i been studying you and lot other animators.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
One of the wonderful things about animation is that there's no such thing as a "camera". There is only "framing", and your only restrictions are your drawing skills. If you want to move the camera (for lack of a better term) around the character, you just draw him from different angles and then in-between accordingly. That's going to take some skill, which is why I emphasize the importance of confident drawing ability, but it's not difficult once you know how. It's mostly just time-consuming.

It can become very tricky and difficult when a background environment is involved, but there are ways to trick around that. Or you can be very brave and incorporate CG into your 2D work. But then you're getting complicated. :D

If you can draw from any viewpoint, the camera can go anywhere you like. It's part of what makes animation more fun than live film-making.
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hotpopcorn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Yes i understand now, but last time i talked to you. seem to me like i wanted to animate with such detail and badassness traforming this man in a werewolf.

but i eventually had to find out. it's all flat base motion and this comicbook detail, i wanted so much in there it's just not going to happen lol..

Just as moving one object to another trying to make is similar, the detail in the animation, i have to work hard and fight for it . but i study your animation some have bit something off but still to me it's perfection like that cute girl animation you have with boobs moving they wrong direction. i'm not sure what happen but i'm try it. to see what happens. :)
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Trying things is the best way to learn how to do them. If you make a mistake, you learn what not to do, and that's also very important. :D

There's a trick to making things look detailed while keeping them simple, but it's not an easy one. You have know what makes a detail stand out, and what details are not helping your design. The more you draw, this easier this will become, which is why you must practice as much as you can.

Good luck! If you're drawing, you're learning.
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chillvibes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been looking for talented animators on DevArt! Looks like i finally found some :) I'm new to this stuff, but i really wanna learn... Only did a couple of flash things the few years, mostly playing around..

Anyways, I love the perspectives, the flow, the timing.. everything! It's amazing how you give the animation such depth!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Traditional animation requires powerful drawing skills. You've got to be able to confidently illustrate anything from any angle. Once you can do that, it's mostly about drawing a LOT of something and learning how time and distance affect the perception of movement.
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chillvibes Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looked difficult from the beginning, found it to be as hard as i thought, so yeah. Can you recommend any affordable tablets? Doesn't have to be Wacom.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh... for a tablet, I kinda think it does. WACOMs are pretty damn solid reliable, and they lead the industry for a reason; they make the best. I've never seen another brand of tablet that comes close.

When investing in a tool like this, it's worth it. An Intuos lap-tablet can usually be had for less than $500, and I did a lot of work on one of those before I was able to upgrade.
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Salahare Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Professional General Artist
Error? I had to watch it 12 times before I noticed anything odd about it.

Awesome piece.
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popcorn1010 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Omg you have major talent!
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Ace0fredspades Featured By Owner May 26, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I can't balieve that's made with pencil 8- )
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner May 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yep. I don't use a pencil now, of course, but at that time it was all about the paper and pencils. Even now, the techniques remain the same, it's the tools that got fancy.
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Burakotka Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, purrrfect!

Looks like professional anime serie...
A style of zooming reminds me a Soul Eater, you just amazing! +Favourite.
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MysteryofAlbesila Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Great!
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remotejex Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
How cool!
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Nippy13 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007  Hobbyist Filmographer
very nnice...please check my animations too :D
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jaberJaws Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2007
very cool everything juist flows so nicely
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Hsumi Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
Wow!
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ilsas-izles Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!
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boum Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Professional Filmographer
...and strangely enough you're in my favs already. Well, that was rad AGAIN!
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boum Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007  Professional Filmographer
That was RAD!
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Neji07 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
Why couldn't I have been born that talented :'(
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Pfft. Talent is overrated... it only sparks the fuse, it's ass-bustin' sufferin' that makes the boom. :D
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DeadlyRemote Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2006
Omigosh...o___O the detail and the work!! :+fav:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
flawless.
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Zandoid Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Love the camera angles and fast pase action. Awesome. :)
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hipheid Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2005  Student
wooooooow. that just rocks!! good job!
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waydre Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005  Professional Filmographer
wow, i'm glad you smuggled it away for us to see!!
amazing work. are you familiar with this guy's work?
[link]
your style and flair remind me of his(thats a compliment)
i love your piece as it is, with no color, that is.but i'm sure it rocks in its finished form too..

FAV'D!
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tubig13 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
i love it!:D ......speechless.....it's certainly a unique masterpiece!
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dannedamm Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005
I'm amazed! Cool as hell! I'm impressed how good you are at twisting and turning everything without loosing the perspective in such a hard scene. Gah! Chears mate!
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FreeDummy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2004
Ye gads man.... Seeing work like this reminds me just how far I have to go....
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koosh-llama Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2004   Filmographer
awesomeTASTIC!
man. so much going on.... so controled.
good show.

yours truely,
a fellow animator.
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treebee Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2004
bloody marvellous
erin sent me to look at your stuff:bow:
most excellent!
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Zlatty Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2004  Professional Photographer
another awesome one
i like the porportions you used with the throwing dude
awesome work dude
totally
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movingpictures Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2004
Wow.... that was pretty damn awesome :)
A bit fast at the beginning, but the movement and the spin of the suitcase rocked!

Hell, I wish I was that good already!
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Davy-Art Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2004
Bloody......hell.
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boum Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2004  Professional Filmographer
Indeed, there ARE animators on DA, you've just proven that! ;)

Aside from the landing which is, in my opinion, not exaggerated enough---he lacks a bit of weight there---the amount of details and the AMAZING camera angles in there are breathtaking. I am a (learning) animator myself and never I'd bring myself to draw such detailed and complex movements, at least not yet... I'm not ready :X

That was awesome, and worth the :+fav:. I'll have a look at the rest of your gallery, now.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Yeah, it's not perfect, but there's always the next one... and those angles were really the selling point. The two most important elements of animation tend to be weight and timing, but I think that it's a mistake to ignore the potential of other extremes that only animation can sufficiently display.
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Chanticlair Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2004
WHOA!!!11!!! this is awesome
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LuckySquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2004
Its so fluid! And in pencil! *.* Its beautiful! and awesome! You really have to do some more!!! :heart: :+fav:
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
All the time, man... just not everything can be shown, since most of the time it's restricted... I can't show anything that appears here as it would in the final project, only segments and scraps of animation, and portions that were rejected for the finished project. Of course, anything I do for myself can be shown here, but that's fairly rare.
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mochi7 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2004
I do believe that I have just pissed myself... *favs*
*_*
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh... you should probably clean that up, then. :D
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ijo Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004   Traditional Artist
i love how exadurated ( >< cant spell) all the motion is and ita my fave out of the three... the farthest ive gone with a pencil animation was 3 frames lol. keep it up bro
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
"exaggerated"

No charge. :D

This really just a teeny tiny fraction of all the stuff I've done since I began working as an animator 3 years ago. In order to make a living you gotta stay pretty busy, but it's starting to look like it might pay off.
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loadasano Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2004
i take back everything ive ever said about you


























read into that how you will.
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