I began writing this series to help other artists and designers who are interested in exploring hand-drawn animation. When I set out to illustrate simple, short animations for fun, it was tough finding resources geared toward beginners like me. This series is a way for me to share what I’m learning as I go. I hope it’s useful for fledgling animators in particular, while illustrating broad applicability in the fields of art and design to amateurs of varying skill levels.
Last year I documented my experience of drawing and animating micro-shorts for 100 days on the iPad. …
I recently participated in the fifth annual 100 day project. I wanted to document the process of drawing and animating #100daysofSuperShort for myself and for others exploring hand-drawn animation. There was nothing like this to help me get started a few months ago; I hope this write-up will be useful for beginners like me, while illustrating broad applicability in both practice and output.
A day in the animated life — Part I covered:
When I was starting to explore hand-drawn animation, I found zero write-ups on how to even begin, what tools to use, what to expect. I hope this write-up contributes to filling the vacuum, however minorly.
There are a lot of animated gifs in this post. Please note that some may take a few seconds to load.
Second: this was turning out to be a super long post, so I broke them up into two. Part I covers the first six topics, listed below:
The first time you visit New York, it’s the summer of ’96. Your head is shorn. Your face is dark from working in an arboretum for weeks on end, solitary hours communing with rhododendrons and pulling up saplings under an uncompromising New England sun. You look like a boy and the conductor calls you “young man.” Delighted, you don’t correct him.
You step into Penn Station and immediately feel a rush, the kind of feeling you get when you see the one you love from across the room; a whoosh that dips and buoys up inside the rib cage. …
I hold my face in my hands. A long, strange sound comes from me. I’m embarrassed. We’re out in the open; there’s no place to retreat to. I lag behind and stay close to a low stone wall.
Someone once asked me at the ballet, “you look like a dancer! Are you a dancer?” I replied, “Well, I’ve some training. And I like dancing. But no, I’m not a dancer.” The person patted me on the shoulder and replied, “That makes you a dancer!”
I thanked the person and appreciated the spirit of what she said. She meant to be flattering and encouraging. She meant to elevate, as a supportive gesture, my experience to that of a professional. She meant that the act and heart of dancing is beautiful, transcending titles or training. In many ways, I agree.
So I’ve decided to try out Ulysses for sensitive material only. They rely on encryption provided by iOS and Mac OS (iCloud in transit, FileVault at rest). 2FA is provided by Apple. Data is stored on Apple servers, so Ulysses folks also don’t have access to user data at all. Obviously, this isn’t perfect (Apple and iCloud involved, expensive, geeky) but it’s what feels most secure and balanced right now. Nothing is perfectly safe.
When the world is even more shit than usual, make, make, make.
Almost three months ago, I joined in on the #100dayproject hullabaloo.
The project is described as:
…a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products — it’s about the process.
You decide what you want to make, follow through every day, and share publicly via Instagram with the #100dayproject and #100daysofYourProjectName hashtags. That’s it.