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I'm currently hammering through my first proper commercial animation job. It's nothing ongoing like a cartoon etc, but a product explanation video.
I'm doing it completely solo so it's been an interesting learning curve on what not to do.

So for any of you out there wanting to animate here are some huuuge tips I learnt over the past 6 weeks of this.

Get your Script and Voice work done before you even start your animatic. If the client doesn't know what they want in the scene, get them to work that out. Not doing this for video means re-organising a shoot and puts a team of people out. Not doing this for animation can be the same, except it can put the animator\team out by days of waiting and work.
In getting your VO work done beforehand, you can actually use your animatic to aid in timing.
Instead of basically starting from scratch when you come to the final production.

The more you make, the more you'll have.
If you're planning on doing a web series or something don't be afraid of re-using your assets.
Also Illustrator works really well in conjunction with flash these days.

Cut the right corners:
For example - If you're animating a conversation. Animate it from the waist up.
That way if you need to change it to a walking scene you don't have to worry about the legs. And if you do have to worry about the legs you can just mask the conversation\legs separately and pop them both in during composite.

Get the hard stuff out of the way first:
Do your walk cycles and expression sheets.
Actually, if you're doing a series, do 2 walk cycles (slow & normal) and a run cycle.

Set your pivot points correctly:
If you don't do this first, and do it later. You'll have to go back in and fix every single character animation that had that asset in it.

Get a team!:
Especially if you're doing a series.
Background artists are wonderful people and get to do some great artworks.
And a dedicated compositor\sound mixer? Hurmagawd. Saves so much work.

Maybe I should turn these into a tutorial once this project is finished.


Chris McKenna
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Mid-20's Graphic Designer living in melbourne Australia. I've been into the Anthro scene for half a decade or more now and absolutely love the creative outlet. But truth be told I'm a huge fan of digital painting, design, animation and graphics.

Current Residence: Melbourne, Australia
Favourite genre of music: Vocal Trance & Ambient
Favourite style of art: Digital paintings make my eyeballs grin.
Operating System: Windows

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KayannSheridan Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omf I've been listening to actfur on air for a while, but until just now, I had not watched u on DA! What in the world is wrong with me?!?! *cries* Anyway, thank you for being your awesome Blue and yellow self. Loves from USA.

<3 Kayann
You know, you do talk about ponies on the podcast from time to time, but holy crap! Your dA is full of them. Seriously didn't expect that. Seems like the ponies have overtaken your soul... Muahahaha-ERM... Anyways. Keep up the good work mate! Looking forward to more ACT.  And your gallery is also pretty cool.

It was good seeing you at the con, and I'm really liking the Luna A3 I bought from you.
KodyBoy555 Dec 29, 2013  Student Artist
Do you do requests and art trades?
Kraden Jan 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not at present sorry.
SciPhiFox Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your artwork is very cool. It is really good. :)
TheIndigoWolf Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Have a very happy birthday!

Kraden Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So much dancing!
TheIndigoWolf Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
TwilightIsMagic Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
:icontwilighthappyplz::iconsaysplz:Hi there!
:iconpinkiepiesmileplz::iconsaysplz:Happy birthday!:iconpinkiepartyplz:
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:'ave an apple pie, sugarcube!:iconapplepieplz:
Kraden Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Twilight
SonicHomeboy Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!
Kraden Oct 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude
SonicHomeboy Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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