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MajesticStock: Gestures... Remember Remember... by slyshand
MajesticStock: Gestures... Remember Remember...
The fifth of November.

I love me some V for Vendetta, and in celebration of the fifth of November, I did the thing where I draw gestures, and give them all Guy Fawkes masks.  Its fun, and intended to be lighthearted and there is not a statement of any kind you should derive from it.

Some listening music…

This evening's stock provider was :iconmajesticstock: her and her group have some really awesome models and a cadre of different genres of stock good for photo manipulation and absolutely for drawing reference.  They're somewhat new to me but I highly suggest going by and watching or doing some drawings of your own ^__^

Stock used tonight -……………………………………………………………………………………

Hope everyone is doing well in and out of their projects.
Gurren Lagann Inspired
I re-watched Gurren Laggan again a few months ago, and that show gets me jazzed the fuck up (Pardon my language kids and new watchers)  (I actually animated this about a month and a half ago)

I decided to worry a lot less about drawing and decided to go with whatever came to my head.  So its not clean, but it was a lot of fun.  It took a lot to not fuss with the details and even more to force myself to try doing some more complex backgroundy ideas... some better than others for sure, and I even took digicel flipbook all the way to the point where it wouldn't let me make any more frames.  This is a full 1000 frames long, which is the max for the standard version of digicel flipbook, if it was unlimited, I would have kept going on forever I'm sure and then it'd've never been posted.

Hope everyone's doing well in their projects and whatnot, I'll make another handout when I have a solid idea, if you have any questions or specific things you would want me to talk about animation wise, by all means let me know and I might put together some info on that.
Sailor Uranus: WORLD SHAKING
I've been super busy this month, halloween, birthdays coming up for a friend, a few requests for costumes, a request for animations (other than this one), I've made Amon's mask, and I've been trying to make a mold out of it, but I had a snafu on the last one, which was a few expensive mistakes... and its just a live and learn situation, and there's no getting around that, so I'm going to try again.

Thank you to :icondavisjes: for the suggestion, it was an interesting and fun challenge to recreate this particular piece of sailor moon animation.  Based on this reference…

I'm going to attempt another idea from someone else, and as soon as I have something to show I'll post a whole process on how I did the mask.
Sinned-angel-stock Lightning Inspiration
The contest is inspiration hosted by :iconsinned-angel-stock: and the deadline is Tomorrow...  If you haven't visited or seen any of her stock, she's fantastic, strong gestures, sensitive and powerful, and funny on occasion, go there and watch her and go through her backlog, seriously awesome stock to work with.

This animation didn't run away from me, it flew (10 hours in 2 days), I've been on overtime and weekend work for quite a while, and I'm just coming off of it after a vacation and I had in the back of my mind what I wanted to do or at least how I wanted to start, so when I perused the stock of the always badass sinned-angel-stock I picked out the major poses from this list


A few more I grabbed from her new USB stock collection* which you guys should totally go buy if they're not all sold out**

and I put them into context, and once I did, it became clear that this would be lightning, literally, and then between the stock photos and the story I was making up as I was roughing out the keys, I realized that sometimes there's the constant inspiration of what helps keep you motivated, and then there's the kind of inspiration that hits you like lightning.  Its this weird chill you get, or a moment of clarity, or just being excited to be doing what you're doing till its the only thing you're doing FOR the sake of doing it.

The constant motivation is seeing a master work, or a master's work.  I just got done with Korra Season 3 recently, and REWATCHED Avatar the Last Airbender again, and I'm still blown away by that show.  So much about it is what I want to do, and the world is so damn cool it makes me want to tell stories in it.  I love that series and world, and it drives me to make something someone else can love to the same degree some day.

And more so I want to share whatever I've learned with other people, in some degree, so I have to get better at understanding what I'm doing so I can explain why I do anything that I do.  Everything I put up here is kinda like my training under a waterfall.  I'll have another handout before the end of the month hopefully, so feedback, questions, subject matter, comments are all welcome in that regard.

The challenge here for this animation, is there are 4 layers, all of them are dependent on the initial person's poses, without doing that first I never would have been able to add hair, cloak, wings, LIGHTNING, so it makes sense right, build the foundation first, get the timing DOWN before you move onto the next thing so when you inevitably do have to tweak timing, you aren't tweaking 4 layers at once until you forgot something and demotivate yourself from the get go.

Hope everyone's projects are going well, I need a nap.
One Armed EarthBender Practice
Its been a long time since I did anything with the one armed Earthbender, but I haven't forgotten him at all.  AND with the inclusion of a double amputee waterbender in the new season of Korra, I'm not going to lie, I got really damn excited.   IF I SEE A one armed earthbender in the show I'd be super stoked and take credit all the time, even if none of my other one armed earthbender stuff ever made it to someone that works on the show.

I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of overtime, since I got a weekend off, got to go to a small local cosplay con, and I got today off, I am ready to hit next week / this week with a brick.

Also spoiler free comment, I really loved this season of Korra, beginning to end it felt like the original Avatar, lots of ups and downs, traveling, humor, FEELINGS... not used to those, and knowing they're making a fourth season already and its already in production (or so I hear) makes me happy :)

Other korra related comment.  I cosplayed as Bolin this weekend, it was fun, and I am up in the air if I actually want to share them or not ^__^
I'm going to make a series on the actual process of animating, which I have already started here

Introduction to Animation by slyshand

Planning Animation by slyshand

Animation Breakdown
Animate scene Breakdown by slyshand

Gesture Drawing
Kirilee - Gesture Drawing Write up by slyshand Handout: ANGLES featuring jagged-eye by slyshand

I'm looking for specific questions to answer in the coming weeks months that need visual clarification.

ANY question you have about animation I am willing to answer, research and / or explore.

I have a few subjects in my head to go over...

Planning - Checked off*
Breaking down an animated scene
Gesture drawing / silhouette
Facial animation

While I'm not an expert in any one of these things, I feel like creating something that can be used for reference or a starting point will help anyone who may want to.  I've been less than social over the last year or two, and I hope to fix that ^__^

Ask questions, focus my brain and I will contribute.
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Typing
  • Reading: A Dance of Dragons
  • Watching: My hands
  • Playing: Borderlands 2
  • Eating: Too much and Too little
  • Drinking: only a little


Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
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Current Residence: The states
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Favourite genre of music: Punk (good punk), and, is Good music a genre?
MP3 player of choice: Itunes
Shell of choice: My own personal shell.
Favourite cartoon character: Batman
Personal Quote: "I'll be animating for life, and I will be learning forever because of it"



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Deadlytwins Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the +fav buddy! :+fav: revamp 
You're great ;v; :heart:
slyshand Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Filmographer
Very welcome ^__^
Maxie-Prin Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  New member Professional Filmographer
I absolutely love your work dude !! stunning animations, love how much energy they have !!!
And also thanks for Faving :3
slyshand Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you veryvery much ^___^
And you're welcome, you have a neat style and I like the marker work : )
xRedTnt Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
I LOVE YOUR ANIMATIONS! I suck at animating but yours are AMAZING
slyshand Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much ^__^  There's so much trial and error and practice over the last 10 or so years, I think anyone can do anything they want to do as long as they fail at it enough :)
xRedTnt Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Haha :)
SJ-Lykana Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for faving :hug:
slyshand Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome ^__^
utoran Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  New member Student General Artist
your gallery amazing 
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