Animation Time! - Caveman Rig

Today's Inspiration:

"The dictionary definition of "sincere" is free from pretense or deceit; proceeding from genuine feelings.

Some great advice on the importance of the subject from Ollie Johnston: "you have to make it sincere, so that the audience will believe everything they do, all their emotions. Ask yourself: 'what is the character thinking and why does he feel this way?'"

Sincerity is an elusive quality and hard to define, but very important to what we do. The films and characters that come from a real place and feel grounded and sincere will stand the test of time and be enjoyed by audiences for decades to come. Over the years there have always been snarky, insincere movies and they just don't touch audiences or live on in people's memories the way a really sincere story will. There's nothing wrong with those kind of movies, of course, but our goal in animation is usually to create stories that stand the test of time. And sincerity is key to accomplishing that goal."

- Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

Program - Maya 2014

Rig - Caveman

Animator's Bibles:
Character Animation Crash Course
Animator's Survival Kit
Illusion of Life
12 Principles of Animation
Drawn to Life

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Cartoon Turtle Walk - Walk a Day

Today's Walk is a Cartoon Turtle Walk.
Head - light bounce and dip, with overlap and flop in the mouth and jaw
Body - light side to side sway and twist, with a bit of bounce
Flippers - quick little flaps with overlap and drag on the tip
Arms - paddle forward alternating
Hands - overlap and drag from the sway of the arms, extending into the fingers and thumbs
Tail - light side to side sway and drag