Gesture Animation
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Gesture Animation

Just an early and short animation project by an art student.

Gesture Animation
Holly Dechant

In my Character Animation class, we have been practicing our poses and gesture drawings, meaning that this project was to animate gestures of a figure doing a pose. The project was also slightly like an action analysis in the sense that we were required to use a video of ourselves posing with an object as reference for our gestural figure. My video was of me sliding in frame on my knees, posing with a rainboot on my right arm, and then proudly walking off out of frame. We also had to try exaggerating some parts, so it was not an exact copy of our reference video and therefore not completely an action analysis project.

For my animation, I tried exaggerating my figure as it slid in and posed. Another requirement was to hold frames longer so it was not a complete animation. This basically meant to draw less inbetween frames resulting in a less fluid animation with less drawings. This was required so that our animation would match the aesthetic of the quick and messy gesture drawings. Last,y and luckily for this project, we were not required to do a background! Therefore, this project went by quickly and painlessly. My animation was good, but honestly, it could have been better. I like my style of gesture for my figure, but if I were to go back and change some things one of those things would be giving more definition to the boot or possibly doing it in a different color. Another thing I wouldn’t necessarily change but add is more exaggeration to the posing, timing, and exiting off screen. However, I hope you enjoy my short gestural pose animation!

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