Initially I just wanted to test the animation of the handwriting in the bubble, but then this became much more than my very first idea:
Watch a high resolution version of this video at vimeo.com.
I often feel inspired by the works of my students, but I’m usually too serious about my own work to simply play with animation techniques. This time I didn’t care, and just did it.
I wanted to make hand-drawn animation for a long time, and I enjoyed the process of drawing and shooting the images pretty much. Also, I’m quite addicted to any kind of animation, so I thought it would be nice to give one technique after another a try by doing little exercises, or etudes. I get inspired by so many things that happen around me, that I can’t really stop working.
For this, I drew about 250 outline images, colored them by hand with pencils and pens, and eventually shot them (mostly on single frames) on my old-school and beloved animation stand, my Tricktisch.
Drawing and planning took me about 7 hours, and coloring another 5 or 6. I worked on the outlines for two days two weeks ago, and colored the images mostly in the late evenings when my brain wasn’t able to solve complex work anymore.
There’s one thing about the animation I’m not completely happy with: the single movements aren’t overlapping each other from time to time. I think I could have planned this more carefully. The animation of the character probably look more fluidly, if there’d be some more variations in overlapping or not overlapping movements.
Except from shooting and editing (includes sound), everything is handmade. – I simply love to work with my hands.
Don’t get me wrong: Computers are great tools as well, but there are only few things as lovely as the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, for example…
Have a good week!