My first (animated) ball

“That’s my first (animated) ball” is my first traditionally drawn animation, created after just a week at Central Saint Martin’s.

It’s a bouncing ball that morphs into a little fatty buddha-like baby with antennae. The first part is made with the “key to key” technique which involves first drawing some “keys” or “key positions” and then adding “in between drawings” to complete the animation. It shows the ball bouncing twice before hitting an invisible wall, falling back on to the ground and rolling into the middle of the scene. The ball then suddenly becomes a little character who blinks its eyes before exploding to leave the scene empty. This second part of the animation was realised with a different technique called “straight ahead”: simply drawing one frame after the other.

Although the clip I created is only few seconds long, these two different techniques have produced quite an effective animation.

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