fangurley-personal asked, "How long did it take you to animate the Pokemon battling?"

(I hope you don’t mind me answering this publicly! I usually keep answers private but I figure this might be a common query!)

I started roughing it out about a week ago and kept chipping away at it, then clean up and inbetweening took about three days so I’d say about… Gosh, 20 ish hours give or take?  Haha it’s weird adding it all up, it honestly didn’t seem like that long!

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posted 5 months ago

Could it be??? More anon asks! I hope this works cos I saved this as a draft before the layout change and editing drafts is all kinds of broken now.  Fingers crossed

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posted 1 year ago

Well gee it’s been a while since ANON ASKS…!

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posted 1 year ago

les asks de anon

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posted 2 years ago

Where do all these anon asks keep coming from!!  I DON’T KNOW

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posted 2 years ago

More anon asks about animation and stuff!

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posted 2 years ago

A couple anon asks~

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posted 2 years ago

Anon 1: oohh interesting question!!  From my understanding (in 3D animation especially), the COG is always at the main pivot point of the rig, just like its name indicates, being the centre of gravity and all.  It’s usually around the hips on a character.  Now the power centre… Again, this is just… from my experience, I might be wrong, but the power centre is where the force is coming from in the body.  It’s the area in the body that’s leading/driving the action, and everything else drags after it.  So the power centre can be the hips, the chest, the shoulders, etc.  I think!!  Somebody correct me if I’m wrong haha.  I hope that answers your question?? <:D

Anon 2: Haha WHAT, I have never in my life heard of animating on 6s or 20s, that is nuts.  Most animation is done on 2s, which I explain here!  I assume by “animating on 6s and 20s” they just mean spacing out the keyframes to make the motion slower, probably!

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posted 2 years ago
Anonymous asked, "Was it easy for you to find work as an animator?"

THAT… is one heckova loaded question!

In terms of how quickly I got my job out of school… Yes, it might be considered easy to some?  I think I was just lucky I was open to the right opportunity at the right time.  But I also worked really hard to get that opportunity, so no it wasn’t easy.  It was a combination of hard work, networking, and good timing I guess!

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posted 2 years ago
Anonymous asked, "Hello, where did you study animation? Do you think that school has prepared you for work in the film industry? :)"

I went to Capilano University’s Commercial Animation Program and YES definitely!!  I can’t recommend it enough. 8)  Super great school.

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posted 2 years ago
Anonymous asked, "I just ADORE your Portal animations, and I was wondering, how exactly do you make them? I'm rather interested in trying out animating myself, and you're just fantastic, so any tips or pointers you might have would be greatly appreciated. :D"

Thank you!  I use TVPaint and run a blog on it here (which it says right there on my blog wink wink).  It’s got a lil walkthrough with technique and animation theory with links on the side of the blog there, starting with “Intro”. 8)

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posted 2 years ago
Anonymous asked, "Sorry about this anon i dont really have a blog to my self BUT do you have animation programs you'd suggest? (and maybe and sounds or talking or music to it?) you probably got this question already.."

I have indeed gotten many a question like this!  This would be a good time to point out my animation question tag that I have ;D  It’s totally hidden within other tags though, just thought I’d take the opportunity to letcha know that’s there!

But to answer your question, I’m a biiiig fan of TVPaint!  I run a blog on it that’s got a little tutorial on the side there and then it’s pretty much just answers to questions that people have about it.  It’s the best animation program everrr, I love it a lot.  I go into some other program details here and here.

As for sounds, I use Audacity!  It’s free and easy to use and is awesome. 8)

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posted 2 years ago
Anonymous asked, "You're absolutely magnificent at art, I love your distinct wonderful style! I hope you'll have more animations up soon? :D Anywho, I was wondering if you'd have any tips on how to get into the animation business (you're trying, right? It seems like you are). I'm finishing up highschool, and other than looking up colleges I don't know how to proceed. Best of luck to you and your future! You'll make a wonderful animator someday!"

Probably… the #1 thing I tell anyone looking to get into animation (apart from drawing a lot) is to do it because you love it, not because you want a job.  I don’t think this is quite what you’re asking, but I gotta tell ya that the animation industry is rough!  There aren’t many steady jobs, and in order to do well, it’s GOTTA be your passion.  Like, when I got out of high school, I went straight into animation like the dork I am, haha.  Because it’s what I’d be doing anyway!  Any school that you go to will just be a tool for you to use to keep learning yourself.  YES they’ll give you instruction for sure!  But it’s mostly there to make yourself better through lots and lots of practice.  So apply to lots of different places, cos in the end it’s what YOU do with the schooling!  Look up what they require in a portfolio (for animation, make sure they ask for a portfolio in order to go there, otherwise that is Not The School For You!) and work towards that the best you can!!  Best of luck! :D

And gosh thanks, that’s real sweet of you!  I do actually have a job in animation, I’m a 3D Animator on a super radical show for Nickelodeon. :3c

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posted 2 years ago
emilyanimator asked, "Do you know of any good advanced dialogue tutorials? All the books, websites and tutorials I find just reiterate the basics, they are all for someone who is just starting to learn animation. I need something that is the next step up from that. Like, "now that you have the basics, Lets get into details." I needs to work on mah talkin' anermations."

Well there isn’t really much to it other than the basics!  This is the best write-up on it that I’ve found: http://www.keithlango.com/tutorials/old/lipSync.htm

It’s pretty much everything that goes through my head when animating dialogue. 8)  Goes for both 2D and 3D.  At work we have a little internal animation library that’s great for storing poses, so I have one for each character with basic mouth shapes.  It makes it suuuuper easy to just scrub through the timeline, plunk in the mouth poses, then once that’s working I go back through and tweak them to add asymmetry and phrasing, then add more keyframes to punch open the vowel sounds for better variation in the timing.  Like everything, it just takes practice!

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posted 2 years ago
sparksel asked, "Seeing as you're answering animation related asks, I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and ask if you could recommend any books, blogs, or other resources for someone who is looking to learn?"

I think I remember putting together a little list a while ago… Ah!  Here it is: http://not-quite-normal.tumblr.com/post/11264824996

To be quite honest, I don’t really know any good animation books for learning other than the Illusion of Life.  I’m SURE I’ve a pretty good list of animation resources floating around tumblr, if I can find it (or if anyone has a link?? 8D) I’ll reblog the heck out of it!

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posted 2 years ago

Ahoy hoy! I am an nerd, dork, geek, time traveller, etc.
You can call me NQN!
Or Chelsea!
I'm also a 3D animator on TMNT.

I use TVPaint to make my 2D animations and I run a blog on it here.

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