Updated: Aug 24
This week was spent catching up on concepts and designs and starting to animate Asimov in Photoshop, which came with a lot of learning aspects to it. Hand drawn animations is not something I am used to so I knew this would be a big learning week for me.
I firstly started the week by creating concepts for the robot vacuum cleaner enemy and personal shopper enemy as seen in fig.1. I then went on to create a small colour guide of the full body of the personal shopper just so my team could understand what colour pallet I was going for. "Designers need to create colour palettes. This is done by putting colours that suit each other together in order to use the combination of colours on a website, logo or other design." (The importance of colour in design | Onsight, 2020)
"Traditional animation, also known as cel animation, or hand-drawn animation, is an animation technique where each frame of the film is drawn by hand, and was - until the arrival of computer animation" (Film, 2021)
I then moved onto animations which I found very difficult as I was not used to this style of onion skinning and redrawing the character which gave me a truly weird effect with the characters hair when animating. Here is a gif of my first attempt in fig.2.
I have found hand drawn animation very slow and hard to grasp for a 12-week project, so I have decided to go with the option of rigging the characters in After Effects to cut down on time. I have found that ‘working smart and not hard’ has been a great insight into the way that I am trying to streamline the animation pipeline for Asimov the game as I work with a animation program I am more familiar with. I also did not the like the character concept of the robot vacuum so I will be revisiting this concept in the weeks to come.
fig.1- Luke Morrisby. 2021. rough concept art of enemies.
fig.2- Luke Morrisby. 2021. gif of animated character idle animation.
Film, I., 2021. Animation: Hand drawn. [online] Intofilm.org. Available at: <https://www.intofilm.org/films/filmlist/91> [Accessed 23 August 2021].
Onsightapp.com. 2020. The importance of colour in design | Onsight. [online] Available at: <https://www.onsightapp.com/blog/the-importance-of-colour-in-design> [Accessed 23 August 2021].