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Animating from Pencil to PC: Rough Motion Sketches


First off, I’m going to have to apologize for the quality of these photographs. I’ve never been much for photography, so...you guessed it, I don’t have a digital camera, and took these with my cameraphone. They still illustrate the basic premises, although the contrast when the light desk is on can make some issues.

For the first in this series of covering animation from pencil drawings to PC art, we’re going to cover basic motion sketches. Before you get started animating, you’ll need basic supplies: A light desk, a non-photo-blue pencil, either some tape or a peg bar, plenty of paper, and a good eraser. If you want, you can print off templates to use to frame your animation, as I did.

Later you’ll also need a good 2B pencil. (You can see up there that I have a Bic mechanical pencil laid out. I’m going to tell you what my animation and art instructors told me: mechanical pencils are the root of all that is evil in this world, and a sharpened wood-and-graphite 2B pencil is your best friend. With that in mind, I work more cleanly and comfortably with a .7mm mechanical pencil. Do as I say, not as I do.)

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