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So You Want to be An Animator? by Quarter-Virus So You Want to be An Animator? by Quarter-Virus
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WARNING: OLD ART!! The art and comments in this Deviation may no longer represent the artist's current views or interests.

Notes from an Animation 101 masterclass at LASALLE College of the Arts, with guest speaker Davide Benevenuti. He's animated animal locomotion on everything from Lion King 2 to Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and now works at Ubisoft, Singapore.


--Sak
Artwork © Shamine Athena King
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Nooknook Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive !
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MammaWashu Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
I'd love to see a walk cycle of Louis just to see him animated!!!
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Tricksters-Taxidermy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
NICE!!! Just what I was looking for! (starting some animation and I'm a little worried)

I love your characters and I must say. At first I thought Louis was a girl and then I found out he wasn't. My next thought was "Gosh, this guy has stilts for legs and he's wearing high-heals without braking his ankle! this guy has a talent some girls don't have!!" Great job on character designs and making them interesting!!! XD
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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Tricksters-Taxidermy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
you are very welcome!

How high are the heels? they look like 6"-8" how on earth does he not have back problems?
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:iconquarter-virus:
Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional Filmographer
They're pretty damn tall. They add an entire head to his character height chart, so I'm guestimating them at around 9" high. He's a cartoon, so he pulls them off without foot problems.
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:icontricksters-taxidermy:
Tricksters-Taxidermy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
lucky him! every time I wear heels is seems like I'm trying to kill myself...XD
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CottonCatTailToony Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Like it! <3
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i know it's hard but I'm not gonna let it discourage me 
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MondoArt Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it is a tutorial, but also has science in it! how awesome!
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
uhmm.. ma'am, i have went through your works & i was wondering... are you an artist member in a famous studio or company, & which country?!!..... my point is its been my dream to major in animations & comics since i was very young, especially animation, if not then its comics (although i don't know if animation & comics are related!!!).... since then i have been developing character's designs & stories, i even made alot of doodles & mini comics.... i am a self-taught art girl when i was a child but still i need to learn more on drawing character movement & anatomy!! same thing goes to backgrounds layouts, animals & robots, etc ... the thing is i am a 2nd year student at ACAD in Alberta, Canada... i thought that there would be animation classes or studios at the college, but regrettably not. i made alot of research about the universities & colleges in Canada before i immigrate there, but the least i found is ACAD!! up until now i have been studying fine arts, art-history & postmodernism!!!!!!......although i enjoyed the classes because they are new to my cultural experience yet it isn't what i am looking for!!!!! i am not complaining but i have been wasting time not practicing in animation & doing fabric, glass, jewelry & other fine arts & which holded me back couple of years!!!! but atleast if there was an animation college with degree believe me i could have registered without hesitation!!!.....so my question is: i am wondering if i could find an English speaking country that has animation schools after college or during work that accepts Canadian nationality?!!!or more clearly, is there a way to train under your teachings while working with the other staff at the studio?!!!.... the problem is, i need to practice on drawing cartoon characters & my college doesn't afford that!!... furthermore, i have noticed that there are artist on deviantart that are working for Disney, DC & Marvel Comics, Dreamworks & even neckolodion studios!!!.. my hope is to work beside them, gain experience & make my own animation & movies in the near future!!!
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
No, I'm not currently working for any major company. I'm also a student in an art college, but I was specifically looking for an animation course. I previously tried UVic in Canada myself and discovered the same thing, that they lacked what I was looking for. Instead of sticking around I dropped out of the course after three months - I didn't fail, just wiped the slate clean, as though I'd never been there - and went back to Singapore where I'd been living for the past 8 years. Canada and the USA are big countries, though, there are definitely animation courses that would be able to teach you what you're looking for if you just do some research, I think.
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Filmographer
why did you went bavk to singapour?!! is their any good animation class there instead here in canada?!
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:iconinvadershmee:
InvaderShmee Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
Capilano University has animation programs... Although they're very competitive to get into. You should look into them
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
mmm,...
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MightyMelleR Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
lovely tutorial!
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MissKaytheLaReveuse Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Filmographer
This is epic i love it! This has made me so excited to learn animating. Thankyou!!! :D
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
man that's awesome.I commend you on your mad sketching skills
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Saya-Aria Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Neat quick reference.
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gwmcfetridge Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is great! Brilliant job! Cheers!
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masterdigix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I keep thinking animating is easy if I go by the puppet method...
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SerinaGyrfalc Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
We've actually begun covering animation for beginners in design and while hard I love it! These notes are rockin! Thanks for sharing them~♥
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KATswimmer Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love your style...
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blueToaster Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing these notes :') I wanna be an "animatur" so this would be super handy :'D

On another note: You draw fast :'O To be able to draw this much and this good during a lecture takes skills...and you have them!
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I'm a 3d animatior (sort of, I like to focus on characters and other asset creation but have to do animation cause it's part of my course) It is really facinating seeing what is envolved in 2d animation because I know all my 2d art knowlage helps with my 3d work, have you done any 3d study?
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I did 3D work in my first year but have specialized in 2D for a whole year since. The animator who taught us these tricks is 2D-trained, but now does 3D animation.
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Wazabeh Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you for sharing this amazing work. :)
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Gemini-Productions Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Artist
I always knew it was hard. Good luck on being an Animator
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pencildork Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
This is really helpful and amazing
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VampireSensei Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Oh man, animating a walk cycle is hard enough, animating an ANIMAL walk cycle is BRUTAL.
Very nice notes! :)
You are so lucky to have gotten guest speakers. We never did when I was taking the course. Thankfully our teachers were experianced XD
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lobech2012 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
jajaj muy bueno!
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BrookeJuda Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Then here is also timing and spacing. ;P
NO ITS A PAIN IN THE NAJGNSGJSNGJSN...Which is why i'm going into Photography or Illustration next semester.
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Fawnish Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student
This is awesome reference! I'm an animation student too :)
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:iconhalf-rose:
half-rose Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh hell, I WANT TO BE AN ANIMATOR!!!
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:iconhalf-rose:
half-rose Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This will be very useful for my future!
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Tuckerscreator Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I'm not sure whether to be moralized or demoralized.
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Svitavotara Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
HOW...DID YOU MANAGE TO DO THIS?!! 8O I salute to you. This is incredible work.
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SilentScribeArchives Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Helpfulness is an understatement. This is amazing!
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:iconfoxtone:
FoxTone Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh my goodness. It's overflowing with awesomeness.
Now I must read all of it and understand it.
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:iconmissyfortune:
MissyFortune Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Easy? No. Something you do well? Oh yes. ^^
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:iconnx3fox:
Nx3Fox Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
Holy! That is useful.
Thanks for sharing. :)
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:iconbluumberry:
bluumberry Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
And here I have trouble just writing notes down in time during lectures. I can't imagine drawing!
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batmanforever122 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
my pics have improved thank you so much
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batmanforever122 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
thanks my pics are way way better now
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Deviant-Plant Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
And here I was hoping to learn something...
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CaraBearra Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconmotherofgodplz:
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SirPokington Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You have NO idea how much these notes helped me in my class. Thanks A LOT Sak!
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:iconmurielle:
Murielle Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Wow! These are impressive notes!
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:iconj0rosa:
j0rosa Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
you're awesome, from the start! =D
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:iconicedragon938:
icedragon938 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Welp now I know what I'm going to be doing when I go to school for animation xD But I'm sure it will be worth the work :)
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