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Please watch on Youtube here: [link] The swf file runs slower and doesn't look as sharp XD;

EDIT: =kthxplz is so awesome that he edited this to make it look more snappy, and the results are here: [link] Huge thank you!

Pencil test of Alex doing a classical cartoon "take," basically reacting to something with shock. This was for 2D Character 1 class at SCAD.

I apologize for the rough quality, our cameras aren't the best : This was shot in Flipbook.

I'm still not happy with the lack of movement and exaggeration in the head turns, but I'm pretty pleased overall with her reaction, hahah. I plan to use the same character for the next assignment.

Character is mine c:
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JessKat-art Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great work on the "freak-out" moment, very smooth animation.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thanks! Sorry for the "re-watch," I only noticed today that you'd disappeared from my watch list after seeing you post new art on Facebook. Derp.
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Exarrdian Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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Looks awesome! I really want to try animating something...some day. I never done that before but seeing work like that inspires me to try something simple on the side. :,D
Also Alex <3 always so adorable!
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sure you'd be awesome at it, you're a fantastic artist! *_* Aww thank you so much!
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wolvenillusion Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This must be for webber's class. I remember doing one of these. Nice! I MISS YOUUUU.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
D'aww thanks Kiwi! We're finishing up the heavy lift now, I remember seeing Illu on that one and your dialogue but I don't remember your take reaction one!

I miss you tooooo D:
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Shulky Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Looks great! ^_^
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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amyjozina Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
nice landing :D
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
THANKS BRO~
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amyjozina Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Filmographer
SURE THING BRO
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Razi123 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This does run a bit more smoothly now, ^_^ Well done ^_^
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad he was able to fix the timing more!
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Razi123 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome ^_^
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Saetje Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Not bad! I think it gets a little choppy when she turns her to the head to the right but otherwise the ending makes up for it. VERY nicely done! It must be thrilling to see her truly animated :D
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I agree, the head turns really need to be smoothed out. =kthxplz helped me with some of the timing which smoothed it a little more: [link] But it still needs a lot of work. But thank you! It was easier to animate a character I was familiar with for sure XD
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CharmingNightmare Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was able to see your youtube channel through this and I really am impressed with your animation skills! I really like how fluid alot of your works looks and how diverse you can get. This was very cute, and I would love to know what is making her jump and freak out or if rafe is being a shit and scaring her!

Great work and I look forward to more!
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thanks! I need to get more of my work out there, I'm just not happy with most of my animation, so I haven't shared it XD

...I wanted to have some part of his body come rolling on screen, like he'd been blown up off screen hahah.

Thank you!
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Myrcury-Art Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
I LOVE IT!! So cute!! I giggled out loud at her big reaction! You're doing SO AWESOMELY with this!!! :love:
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hahah thank you! Trying to get better so I have some chance at a job someday.
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Myrcury-Art Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's amazing!! I love it so much I left it up and watched it about 50+ times!! :D
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aww geez thank you!
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Hav0c13 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Cool!!! I think you did a good job!
:iconmetaknights1luver: has been wanting one of those desks that light up under your page so she could to some animation. Do you have any idea who sells one? :) Just asking.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Light boxes are sometimes sold in art stores, but they're not always easy to come across. Animation suppliers online often carry them. You can also just make one yourself using a bulb, wooden crate/box, and a sheet of glass, hahah. I used to put my drawings up against a window to work during the day and that worked too (when my parents didn't catch me and yell at me).

If you can't find them elsewhere, Ex Libris, SCAD's store, sells them, and I can pick one up and ship it to you guys. They're a little pricey here but not bad.
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ENM-36 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
augh SO super jealous. I really should go to some school for animation...>.> it just looks so damn fun >< I've done crappy little things on flash without any training but...I have no idea what i'm doing =P or how to make smooth animation.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You can do it on your own too! School's nice for having all the facilities for it, and for the critique. But I was animating on post it notes when I was little, so there's plenty you can do without professional training (tons of flash artists just use online tutorials, and still become successful professionals).
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XxMoonlight-1-WishxX Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow that's pretty good! Awww little Alex is adorable! Haha I'm barley starting Flash at my school.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Flash is fun to work in, I do more with Toonboom myself.
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XxMoonlight-1-WishxX Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem:hug: Hahaha I can't wait to learn more!
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
:giggle: That's cute. Very nostalgic as well.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hahah thank you!
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kthxplz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Nice stuff! Timing could probably be snapped up here and there (as was always the criticism I shook my fist at the most in school because I could never seem to make my work fast enough), but definitely lots of nice things happening.
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey thanks! I totally agree, timing is one of my worst enemies (along with keeping all my shapes consistent, argh). The Youtube version runs a tad faster, for some reason the dA one lags. Thank you for the input!
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kthxplz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yup, I checked out the Youtube version before to see if it changed anything for me and it does minimize the timing issue, though timing is one of those things that can be stylistically recut a hundred different ways depending on the texture you want in the end. It's ultimately a matter of taste, but always worth experimenting with, especially in pursuit of an appealing rhythm from beat to beat. x]
Thanks yourself for the watch!

As a side note, Alex reminds me of a character I created and modeled for Character Design class several years back: [link] Except, y'know, Alex is appealingly designed and doesn't suck. XD
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah timing can be a tough one, if you don't mind me asking, what parts of the animation do you think need the most adjustment in timing? The pacing feels too even in the head turns and I'm thinking just taking out a few frames (or putting them on 1s) might help? I haven't quite submitted this to my professor yet, and if I can make some quick easy changes, I'd love to do that! Thanks for your advice!

And you have an awesome gallery yourself, love your work, and looking forward to what you post!

Holy crap, your painting skills were amazing even 3 years ago. I think she looks adorable!
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kthxplz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Ask and ye shall receive! I opened it up in After Effects and played with the timing directly, since I had to see it for myself to know if I believed any of the advice I gave, haha. Have a look: [link]

Should be easy enough to frame-by-frame in Quicktime and compare the two to see what changes I made, but off the top of my head, I:
- Took the fastest part of each head turn and put it on 1s
- Put the smear drawings of the take on 1s. This is largely because smears are something to be felt and not seen. Especially since you're employing them to emulate the camera blur of extremely fast motion, the motion should be exactly that.
- Cut a couple of the frames as she hangs in the air. After I sped up the smears, this part just stuck in the air too long and felt abrupt.
- Not pictured in the version you see, I experimented with extending the amount of time she squats down by a frame or two before doing the take. It milked the moment some more and created an interesting rhythm, but it might've been a little too much, so you could experiment with it and decide for yourself what suits your taste.

I hope those notes prove helpful! Especially when it comes to 2D, I remember struggling to make myself cut frames or play them too fast to be seen because I'd already put so much work into drawing them that I wanted them to be appreciated. Saying goodbye to those reservations is saying hello to great animations. x]

And thanks very much for the crazy complements!
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You are AMAZING. Holy crap. I don't know how to thank you for taking the time to do that! You really nailed it too, it made a huge difference!

I could see where you made changes right away and it really works! And if I get time before class, I'll try messing with the anticipation before the jump and see if it feels right.

This is extremely helpful, I really appreciate it! I know what you mean about wanting some frames to be seen, letting that go though certainly made the movement work better. Seriously, thank you!
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kthxplz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Haha, well don't I just feel like a good person now. XD I'm just passing on the kindness I've received from other animators who've given me life-changing in-depth critiques on things. In comparison, my helpfulness doesn't feel like much, but I'm still glad it made a difference for you! x]
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hahah well it means a lot to me, thanks so much! I hope as I get better I can do the same for others.
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DaXXe Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy poppin' yoghurts! That's pretty boss smooth :D
How many frames/papers was beeing used to make this ?
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
LOL! Thank you! I'm actually not sure, somewhere around 60 maybe? I had a few odd sheets in there on 1s where I wanted to smooth out the action. I went through probably at least 100 drawings, many got tossed XD
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saiyamewome Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh god this is gorgeous animation, I really miss when 2D use to be somethin' like this way before. <33
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fff thank you so much! I miss more classical 2D stuff too, here at SCAD there's a heavy focus on a Disney-esque approach in traditional animation. My work's not Disney's by any means but our professors were Disney animators, and they see to it that we do our best to study the original 12 principles.
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Hano-Mayonaka Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011   Digital Artist
D'awwww! Gotta love her. :3
Got a good look at your other stuff on Youtube too; loved that Robo-Dance off XD
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! The danceoff is my senior film, I'm still working on it this quarter and finishing it :)
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StellasStar Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
MAAAN!!! I am sooo jelly now!! :XD:
This is great, my friend!!! I love how this came out! I want that program! :XD:
Alex is too adorable... TOO MUCH FOR WORDS! >w< I love her startled movement and expression,
its SOOO LOVABLE! :XD: :heart:
And I think your animation is wonderful! It has such a soft flow to it- I love shows that have that
flow to them. :3 :heart:
Amazing job as always! Y U SO MUCH INSPIRATION TO ME? :iconyunoguyplz:
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Also, you can do the same thing with Photoshop, if you feel like using it to capture images. :) These were captured with a camera but scanned images work fine too (and are much cleaner, it just takes longer to do).
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StellasStar Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
You mean with the print screen right???
I just LOOOVE how with your program, you can trace over
what your drawing right? And do it on paper?
I love the feel of paper more then a pad. >_<
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
With Photoshop you can just scan all the sketches and put them into an animation timeline, that way you can sketch them all by hand c:

Yep these are all done on paper, with an old-fashioned light table. It's just a box with a light in it. XD Though the drawings for my film are done entirely digitally using a tablet and Cintiq.

I'm kinda partial to paper still too, it feels more natural, though I'm getting used to the tablet and the Cintiq is awesome :D
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StellasStar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
GOSH I NEED TO TRY THAT!!! D:
I have been DYING to animate something!
Its hard, I know, but I really want to! >_<
And I love the sketchy feel to first drafts like your Alex one!
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