51 animation exercises

51 Animation Exercises to Master

So while I continue to research the whole animation pipline I need to keep practicing the basics of animation.

I started by thinking of the obvious like bouncing ball etc and then gave up lol.  After a bit of google-foo (other search engines available) I stumbled across 51 great animation exercises to master

It has a big old list and so I started on that. Sure I could have started back at number 1 but no I'm a rule breaker and frankly had enough of balls bouncing for now.

Here is a sample of the exercises.

Level 1 Exercises

(Do not discount their simplicity! Here you have the principals of animation, which all other animation is built on. They are worth your time and effort.)

  1. Ball Bouncing in place, no decay (loop)Ball Bouncing across the screen
  2. Brick falling from a shelf onto the ground
  3. Simple character head turn
  4. Character head turn with anticipation
  5. Character blinking
  6. Character thinking [tougher than it sounds!]
  7. Flour Sack waving (loop)
  8. Flour Sack jumping
  9. Flour Sack falling (loop or hitting the ground)
  10. Flour Sack kicking a ball

Level 2 Exercises

  1. Change in Character emotion (happy to sad, sad to angry, etc.)
  2. Character jumping over a gap
  3. Standing up (from a chair)
  4. Walk Cycle [oldie but goodie!]
  5. Character on a pogo stick (loop)
  6. Laughing
  7. Sneezing
  8. Reaching for an object on a shelf overhead
  9. Quick motion smear/blur
  10. Taking a deep breath [also tougher than it sounds!]
  11. A tree falling
  12. Character being hit by something simple (ball, brick, book)
  13. Run Cycle

Level 3 Exercises

  1. Close up of open hand closing into fist
  2. Close up of hand picking up a small object
  3. Character lifting a heavy object (with purpose!)
  4. Overlapping action (puffy hair, floppy ears, tail)
  5. Character painting
  6. Hammering a nail
  7. Stirring a soup pot and tasting from a spoon
  8. Character blowing up a balloon
  9. Character juggling (loop)
  10. Scared character peering around a corner
  11. Starting to say something but unsure of how
  12. Zipping up a jacket
  13. Licking and sealing an envelope
  14. Standing up (from the ground)
  15. Pressing an elevator button and waiting for it

Level 4 Exercises

  1. Character eating a cupcake
  2. Object falling into a body of water
  3. Two characters playing tug-of-war
  4. Character dealing a deck of cards out
  5. The full process of brushing one’s teeth
  6. A single piece of paper dropping through the air
  7. Run across screen with change in direction
  8. Sleeping character startled by alarm then returning to sleepy state
  9. Opening a cupboard and removing something inside
  10. Putting on a pair of pants
  11. Opening the “world’s best gift” and reacting
  12. Any of the above exercises using a very heavy character/object next to a very light character/object. Enhance the differences the weight change makes!

I mean thats a lot of exercises...

Stay tuuuned.

 

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