Monday, April 16, 2012

Arcade Knight - Control Panel

I spent yesterday finalizing the control panel for the arcade.  My original idea was to use the graphics I designed, but use the X-Arcade Tankstick as a template for the buttons.  I took apart my X-Arcade, labeled all the wires and buttons, and measured the holes.  Instead of the standard American button setup, I decided to switch it to a Japanese setup where the buttons are more lined up with the shape of your hand.  That way it will be more comfortable playing and easier to access buttons.  I am still going to use all of the components of the X-Arcade just not the actual shell and layout that it originally came in.  When I first started designing my arcade I thought I would drop in the Tankstick and not have to make my own control panel, but I think this will give the arcade a more cohesive look.  At the moment, my buttons are black, but I was thinking about purchasing some translucent blue ones.  That way I can light them up with some LED lighting, but that's an extra expense that I might hold off on for now.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Disney Test #01

When I was at CTN last November I talked to a lady at the Disney booth and she gave me a great piece of advice.  She told me that my animation was stiff and that I should study some Disney films frame by frame.  Now I have done this before when working on some school assignments, but I haven't taken the time to really analyze a scene.  There is so much to remember in animation that it's easy to forget, so I decided to take a simple scene from a Disney movie, Robin Hood in this case, and draw out the key poses and do the in-betweens.  I wanted to figure out the timing and the choices the animator made when animating.  I wanted to see where it's squashing and stretching, how the mouth is working, how the character is built, and any other principles of animation that might be in there.

This is something that I want to do a lot more of as my main goal is to learn to be a better 2d animator and I hope by doing little tests like this it will help me to understand the principles better and how to apply them to my own work.