Wednesday, December 26, 2007

It's Alive! Alive!

One of Santa's generous helpers gave me Flash. My mission:

1.Learn how to use it.
2.Learn how to make animated cartoons with it.

I'm still getting the hang of it, but here's my initial attempt, loosly based on a tutorial from The Art of Cartooning with Flash. I was supposed to use a robot head (provided) but I wanted something of my own.
Not the most exciting thing on the internet but I'm just getting started!
I tried to save it as a quicktime element but my machine claimed it didn't have a needed quicktime component, so this and future 'toons will be embedded flash movies until I figure things out.
It's a pretty cool program. I'm spending half of my 'Vegas vacation holed up in my room playing with it. Way more fun than a slot machine!

p.s. Thanks, Santa's Generous Helper!


Sally said...

Oh this is wonderful, this is so great-- amazing that you'd get a grasp of Flash one day after Christmas. This makes me REALLY happy!

(like your use of key frames, rather than just doing all tweens, which is the temptation.)

Namowal said...

Thanks, Sally!
The animation book warned me about relying too much on tweens. They suggested to use them for blocking out the general motion, then using keyframes to make the motion more lifelike.

Sally said...

ps if you figure out the quicktime thing, let me know!

Linda said...

Namowal, I'm stunned. STUNNED!!!
You're a natural, obviously. This is marvelous.
We want more, more, more!

Namowal said...

Thanks, Linda!
More is on the way- working on a walk cycle...

linda said...

Well make it a run cycle. Taking too long. We're waiting.