September 10, 2007

Flipbook process

As for my flipbook, I once again drew from a character I had
> already established, focusing on movement and aesthetic. I took my
> character, a Japanese gangster (Yakuza) and showed him simply
> smoking, then tossing his cigarette in the air and cutting it in
> half with a sword. I have to say now looking at it that the
> animation was very inspired by Japanese animation mechanisms, such
> as the dramatic wind tussling his hair and clothes and the
> lightening fast cutting motion. I wanted the movements to be very
> concise and profound, so I tried to have only a few elements moving
> at any one time to call attention to them. Creating the smoke and
> dust was particularly fun because added a dynamic sort of dramatic
> punch, I think.