Fluidity in animation

June 28, 2010

Here’s some observations I’ve made regarding fluid motion;

Arcs – The number one reason why your nicely timed animation looks stiff and odd, it’s one of the core principles of animation, but not pushed often enough. Not just the major arcs, that’s easy to spot. Its the small arcs in a small anticipate, or a tilt of a head that often goes forgotten. It’s amazing what it does to one’s animation when detailed attention is paid to them.

Squash and Stretch – For some reason, many still relate squash and stretch to cartoony movement. It’s present everywhere! Using it as a way of pushing overlap and follow-through gives incredible softness and organic feel to the animation.

Overlap and Follow-through – Use these as a way to cushion into a moving hold, and push it for as long as you can get away with. Don’t let your moving holds die, use these to keep them alive.

Breathing – And breathing too, use them in conjunction with overlaps and follow-through to give your holds more life! Very easy to forget, and harder to animate then it sounds.

Why am I posting these? I’m posting these because most of the notes I’ve got from the director during the recent animation test was to “make it more fluid“, and committing my thought process to this blog should help me remember it better. I have horrible memory.

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