Sunday Sketches – experiments in hand drawn animation

Sunday Sketches

I’ve been missing, I know, and I apologise. Life has taken a very busy turn and until I can work out a schedule that works, things around here will be a little patchy. I hope to fix that as soon as possible…I have lots of goodies to share with you down the track.

Sunday Sketches… I actually did some sketching this week as part of my current venture into animation. When I say animation, I mean very basic animation. I did the sketches below as an experiment to see how the process works. I have since decided to use another method and another character, so these drawings are redundant, but I kinda liked him and thought I could introduce you all to Spike (no relation to the Buffy character…though I suppose I could draw a couple of fangs on him :D)

Spike - original sketchThis was the original character sketch, followed by the second sketch that was supposed to be part of the short animation, but was dropped as his proportions were wrong. The second drawing did, however, give me his side view.

Spike walkingThat was followed by the sketches that made up the animation of him walking (when I said basic, I meant it). These are all in HB graphite pencil (I was being lazy).

Put them all together and this is what you get…

Spike animation

As I said, very rough. But it works considering how little effort I did put into it. I’ve since decided to go digital with a vector program that uses much smaller file sizes and I’ve finally got the beginnings of a script line worked out. So things are progressing. But Spike is to retire here as I won’t be using him.

Make sure you drop by Sunday Sketches to see all the other wonderful work that has been happening in our Creative Blogosphere.

Best wishes,
(up very late and falling asleep at the keyboard)


16 responses to “Sunday Sketches – experiments in hand drawn animation”

  1. Amazing! My son does a very primitive version of this on his DS and it is so fun to watch his creations move! Great job!


  2. LOVE IT! an animated sketchbook…how cool!

  3. Very cool! Well done!

    I am intrigued about what upi are up to!

  4. Are you kidding??? I LOVE this! I would not be able to even pull that off. He’s too cute too!

  5. This is awesome. I love that it did not take you much effort, it would have taken me forever to figure out the legs!! It took me quite a while to figure out how to draw a braid this week. Wonderful character!

  6. How fun!!! Wish I knew how to do that.

  7. How fun is that!!!! Love this! And I love Spike. Poor Spike!! We will miss him. RIP.

  8. how neat is that? Glad you’ve learned something new in your time away!

  9. THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How did you do that! Realyy love this and the cute little character, too! have a great sunday, nutty!

  10. How totally cool.

  11. what a sweet post!

  12. Marlene Avatar

    Hi, This is awesome! I don’t know how you got the animation to show but I love it. Reminded me of the flip animation books we made as kids.

  13. OMG, I LOVE it! 😀 Nice, nice job! I want to see more. Oh, and welcome back!

  14. Fantastic – what a creative gifted person you are!

  15. Oh wow! Your talent is limitless… now you’re delving into animation – FANTASTIC! 🙂

    I absolutely adore this… I would love to have a go at this someday.

    You are an inspiration!


  16. oh this is really cool.