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Re: Standing and idle animations?

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artisticdude wrote:Yeah, the whitening around his eyes was supposed to be him looking up, but it's... gah. I'll get rid of it or make it more apparent. Thanks.
Perhaps you should make the whole head to look up a little.
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artisticdude wrote:Sorry to butt in like this, but I made a idle animation for the ruffian. Basically, he tosses his club into the air and catches it. I know there are some glitches in here pixelwise, but I'm really looking for critique on the movement of the body and club.

BTW, that's a killer animation, Major. :)
The way he throws it originally is wrong. To start from almost verticle means you'd never get enough flick of the wrist to spin it around a full 180 degrees. Instead it should start a few degrees below horizontal. The actual path of the club is pretty good, if a little jerky, I'd add in extra frames as it rotates (and keep it in the air for about the same amount of time).

Finally: get some body movement in there. I might be able to stand rock still whilst throwing a drumstick about, but for a huge-big club he's going to need a little wieght behind the throw.

Still - very nice concept and you're not far off with the implimentation either. Keep at it :)
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Major: frames for the Pathfinder anim, please, that looks perfect.

Atisticdude: you still have a long way to go with that one. Grab a prop and practice the motion. You'll find that you need to drop the top of the 'club' siignificantly in order to get the flick into it. But a simple hand-bash like the Thug's might be a better idea for an idle for this chap.
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Re: Standing and idle animations?

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thespaceinvader wrote:Atisticdude: you still have a long way to go with that one.
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Too true. (Sigh.)
thespaceinvader wrote:But a simple hand-bash like the Thug's might be a better idea for an idle for this chap.
Yeah, but I don't want it to seem as though I'm just copying someone else's idea, you know? I suppose I could try it if this doesn't work out, though.
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Don't worry about that - there are, after all, only so many ways that a unit can be idle... Making them all unique is a lovely, but almost certainly un-workable, idea.
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Breaking from the ruffian for a while, I'm working on an idle animation for the mage (I hope this already hasn't been done, but I couldn't find anything).
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When he turns his head to look at the book, he looks like he just turned forty years older. Maybe it's his eyebrows...
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Focus on finishing one animation before moving onto the next.

And I'll say it again move the whole body. Exaggeration is such an important tool in sprite art, use it. Try every motion, nearly every motion you make has an effect on the rest of your body.
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would it be asked too little if a mage would just nod his head after finishing an enemy? like, aknowledging the battle spirit of a unit that rests in peace now ? :mrgreen: the move would go like this: he makes a fist, puts it slowly on his chest and then lowers the head until his chin is on his chest. would be a very nice "praise" and quite fitting to a mages character, as they r good at vanquisihing UD for isntance, but can also act ike priests who show this behaviour.
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Cloud wrote:And I'll say it again move the whole body. Exaggeration is such an important tool in sprite art, use it. Try every motion, nearly every motion you make has an effect on the rest of your body.
Yeah, put his entire body into stabbing the staff into the ground, you're current swing wouldn't be enough in real life and therefore wouldn't be nearly enough in sprite animation.

EDIT: Or maybe he's just a very strong magi to make those cracks in the ground. :?
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artisticdude: the devil is in the details... your animations feel kinda "rushed", with solid concepts but a very rough execution. Take your time, there's no deadline :)

Major: awesome :shock: (my only advice: beware of some unintended "shaking" effect of legs and arms between frames).

White mage taking a break, looking around, listening to some strange birds... you know, being idle. :P

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Maybe the hair could have a bit more contrast? Very nice anim, though.
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The face in the animation dosen't seem to match the one in the base frame. Specifically, it looks like his head grows. I agree, contrast would help.

I like the smoothness of the animation as well as the sutble movement of the eyes.
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Redeth wrote:Major: awesome :shock: (my only advice: beware of some unintended "shaking" effect of legs and arms between frames).
Apologies: if you could fix this minor issue first, I'd appreciate it - it's particularly noticeable on the axe hand, since it moves in and out a couple of times. I didn't notice it before, sorry.
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