i studied animation for 2 years. it's pretty sweet that you're giving it a go with your own initiative! animation is really rewarding. you should read up on favoring frames, it's a very good trick for making your animations more lively. basically favoring is to not have the middle frame dead center. "favour" either the first or the last frame (depending on the movement) to simulate acceleration. Does that make sense? if you want me to try and explain it better, send me a message and i'll go into it further when i get back from work. Keep it up!
oh i think i know what that is except i'm afraid of flash. I don't know how to use the drawing tools. They confuse me. This sort of baffles people when I tell them as I'm very adept with using photoshop and illustrator's vector tools and brushes, people are always like "it's soooo much easier!" but i still get confused by it. I'll need to find a good tutorial or something on using the tools.
Ooh its a .gif o.o I assumed you were using flash.. haha sorry :S
Yeah Flash is a bit of a steep learning curve but even with the basics of Flash there's so much you can do. I never really understood why vectors are easier in Flash either.. I think because you can use a do a sweeping brushstroke for example and it will already be outlined.. I think you can do that in illustrator too though? Not sure.. but I think those people who like to draw in Flash tend to use their tablets to draw blocks of colour a lot more, rather than manipulating individual curves/points. I don't know if that makes sense.. :S Makes it a bit easier than importing stuff as well.
Hmm.. I think Flash should come with tutorials? Back in uni this is pretty much how we learned it.. just working through them. Then once you grasp what the tools can do you can figure out how to use it for your own things. Also once you know the jargon it's easier to search the web for tutorials on what you want to achieve.
it is a bit of a learning curve that's for sure i think I might just dig around on the internet for some basic tutorials the funny thing is, i know a lot about the timeline and stuff, it's just the actual drawing in flash that confuses me. At my current and last job, I did flash interfaces for video games/simple animations (not character just like...screen wipes and stuff) for educational software i just need to learn how to draw in it, then... you know, character animation. but that'll take what, like 2 days tops? hehehe oh how i wish.
that's it alright. when you do it by hand, though (i was classically trained) you have to draw the frame yourself so you have to know where to put the lines. obviously.. haha. so... if someone is throwing a ball, you put more frames at the start of the motion because the arm starts off slow. then at the end of the movement there are less frames because the arm is moving faster. eyes are similar, slow at first, faster at the end