Former Blizzard Artist Shares Tips for Beginner Animators

Michael Cuevas shared his wisdom and showed how to set up an 'obstacle course' to train eye sensitivity for timing and spacing.

Former Blizzard Animator Michael Cuevas posted several tips to help beginner animators. On his Twitter, he shared a setup for an 'obstacle course' to train eye sensitivity for timing and spacing. 

The obstacle course setup:

  • set up an "obstacle course" using simple objects 
  • attach a motion trail to the animated object  
  • only animate in one camera view (top or overhead in this case)
  • establish start- and endpoints
  • keep it short 
  • animate & set keys on every frame 
  • speed towards the first obstacle, slow down to change direction, then speed towards the next obstacle, repeat
  • no graph editor
  • alternate which side of the obstacle to go around
  • fix frames as you go

Cuevas also warned to always be conscious of deceleration, apex, and acceleration.

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