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Sneaky Owl by beavotron Sneaky Owl by beavotron
oh herro there
click for another little animation
these are fun
i wish i could do animation for reals! :(

this little guy is from a bigger image that i'll post when it doesn't suck so hard. still sort of playing around with it now.
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crazy-blue21 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
that's a nice owl :3
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StuffedFox Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009  Student Filmographer
what's his demands? = o_o =
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Buuya Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009   Digital Artist
shifty eyes :D

This is cute, and also rather alarming :lol:
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MBirkhofer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Haha.
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pencil-cute Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
^^ awesome
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FilthHammer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
Does he hide his Operator .45 caliber pistol under his wing, beside his hush puppy tranquilizer?

Personally, I think this owl needs a headband, to hold his mullet back and allow his eyes room for awesome CQC moves.
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Foto-Bellezza Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
Epic owl.
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theryanator Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
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!
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beavotron Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hmmm that is sort of confusing but I DO want to know more if you have the time hehe
I feel animation is one of those things I'd be good at if I actually sat down, learned some things and tried it.
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theryanator Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009
okay.. maybe i'll draw up something to illustrate what i mean. it'll probably make a lot more sense.
If you don't hear back it's because I've forgotten, so just send me a note or something :)
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T-Tiger Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I think in Flash it's call "Ease" and you can alter it in the properties panel once you've created a tween. Kinda slows up or speeds down either end of the transition... does that sound like it? :S

I'm guessing for eyes they'd be fast at first and then slow a little as they settled on something?

Anywho, I like these little animations! He's so cute XD
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beavotron Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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T-Tiger Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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beavotron Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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T-Tiger Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh okay! Pfft it probably will be 2 days for you, you've got serious talent for drawing, I honestly think you'll master it in no time!
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theryanator Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
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
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beavotron Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
this makes sense!
do you have any book recommendations for teaching myself some of these little things?
i learn everything i know through books haha
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theryanator Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2009
yes, there's a book called the Animators Survival Kit. it's the only book you'll ever really need. Unless you like stories, cos then you might need some novels as well
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geekysideburns Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2009   Digital Artist
That little guys knows something I don't know! D8

I love this little pieces.
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