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#animationMonday challenge Week 3. The bouncing ball

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Happy Monday little monkeys 🙂

Today I want to present you “The bouncing ball”. This is one of the first exercises that you learn when you start studying animation. The idea is that it has all the basic elements and that it can be applied to any cycle, walk, run etc.

I found a very cool tutorial from Angryanimator.com. You can check it out here.

I did some bouncing ball exercises during my 3D Animation Master Degree but I realised that I’m a but rusty since you need to keep doing it every now and then.

You can check the Bouncing ball animation test here.

It can look like is not much but all experienced animators agree that if you master the Bouncing ball you will have accomplished a big thing and it will be much easier to keep improving your animation skills.

So even small things can make a big difference. Remember that.

And that’s it for today! Have a wonderful week you animation geeks 🙂

Anna

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#animationMonday challenge. Week 2. A Walk Cycle

week2_v2Happy Monday everyone. After an amazing weekend in Barcelona I came back to London ready for the week ahead.

On the video today I want to show how a walk cycle looks like. Cycles are very important because you can check This one is a bit rough and needs lots of improvement.

Today is also Bring Your Own Animation (BYOA) day. This means that a bunch of animators will meet in a pub in central London and they will have feedback from animation experts. It always amazes me that they are kind enough to spend a few minutes looking at shots and giving you advice on how to improve it. Without asking anything ireturn. I love going to BYOA. You can talk to other animators, get feedback on your shots and is always fun to be around like minded people. As Sir Ken Robinson says on his book The Element: find your tribe. It really helps keep you motivated 🙂

Have a wonderful week cupcakes.

Anna

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Connectivity issues

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Well, this is embarrassing. Last time I posted on this blog was in January. It’s not that I don’t have ideas. I have lots of ideas I want to write about but I never find the time.(“cough”) That’s a lie. I use my time on other matters. Like social media or Netflix for example.

I admit I have a love-hate relationship with my smartphone and social media. On one hand I love how useful they can be to reach out to people and stay connected. On the other hand I hate how much time I waste on it. Because the thing is that you are always connected so people can reach out to you any time, literally, ANY time. And the other way around. This stresses me out. My FOMO* is big, guys, very big.

Although I like to know what’s going on I don’t like being a servant of technology. People say is all about self control but I feel this is a dangerous addiction not easy to cure. I installed an app on my phone that tells me how many hours a day I spend on it and which apps I use the most. The average time I use my phone is between 1.5 & 3 hours a day, screen unlock around a 100 times a day and app frequency more or less 180 times a day. That’s not “bueno”. I know. I also realised that every time I spend a couple of hours away from my phone or a day away from social media I feel very happy and peaceful.

That’s why I decided that I need a change. I need to turn things around and convert social media and technology into my servants to help me be more creative. So I will start the #animationMondays challenge**.Every Monday I will post a short animation on social media until Christmas (for now). I want this to help me improve my animation skills and to hold me accountable for animating more.You can follow me on Vine, Twitter & Instagram.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment. I love your comments. Write to me baby 😉 Have a wonderful week 🙂

Anna

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** My friend and scriptwriter Ana gave me this idea. You can check her #writingfridays challenge on her Instagram @galerabai and Twitter @annagalera

Random thoughts and ideas

The summer camp philosophy

I use to love summer camps. First as a kid, enjoying a few days away from my “normal” life, and later as a youngster with my scout group.

Summer camps are fun, exciting, full of new experiences. Summer camps are full of memories that you will remember for years to come.

Summer camp 2The first days are exciting. Getting to know everyone, learning your ways around the place, familiarising with the new surroundings. After these first days you start feeling like home, like you had been there forever . All these people are now your best friends.

You enjoy each moment to the fullest. You laugh,  you cry, you shout and you do crazy things. In a nutshell: you’re having the best time of your life.

And then the last day arrives. You knew this would happen. You knew you’d have to leave at some point and go back home to your “normal” life. You just didn’t wanted to be so early.

Then you say goodbye to your friends, you promise you’ll keep in touch. You exchange phone numbers, addresses and you keep them as the most treasured thing in the world.

And the days go by. At the beginning you remember every moment. You smile for no reason thinking about those crazy things you did, that stupid joke someone said. Those were good times. But as days pass memories start to fade and you are left with an uncomfortable feeling:you realise you’ll probably never see those people again, those days will never come back. It sounds sad. But that’s life, things happen, things change and you move on. You live and learn.

And why not live by this philosophy? The summer camp philosophy? Why not enjoy and treasure every moment even if we know that eventually the moment will pass? That person you just met might leave at some point, that job you got might end, those holidays you were expecting for so long will finish. I see so many people around me afraid of losing the moment, their jobs, their partners. Not enjoying what’s good when they are living it because they are afraid it will end. Maybe that’s what’s supposed to be. Maybe some things are just meant to happen once. But I like to think that those are the things that will add up. With every new experience a small part of your heart warms up, in the end creating this warm feeling that makes you feel good, this feeling that somehow gives sense to everything.

At the end of the day all we are left with are our experiences, these so valuable and intangible things that we don’t give enough credit and that shape who we are, what we do, who we become. No one can take that away from us. Invest in experiences, this is the best investment of all.

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KAL Knitting along

A KAL is a Knit Along project that a bunch of knitters start at the same time. They share their progress, they thoughts, their questions. My sister who is an amazing knitter and blogger has set the start for this KAL tomorrow the 11th of January 2016.

You can check her blog here: http://enerbyknits.blogspot.co.uk

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These are the colours that I chose for this KAL

I will share my progress.I’m very excited about this project. I found amazing how crafts bring people together. I’ve had the most amazing times while sharing crafty moments with friends, colleagues or people I just met. I’m planning to join a knitters club here in Ealing, or, as they say a “Stitch and bitch” group and see how it goes.

For now I’m knitting on my commute and on my lunch breaks 🙂

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Getting started

Well this is exciting! This is my first official post on this new Blog.

I want this Blog to be a place where I share my projects, ideas and all the inspiration I get from books, blogs, friends and magazines.

If you want to know what I do you can check my website here: http://www.annarovira.co.uk

More to come!

Adventure is out there