Monthly Archives: January 2016

body reaction week + circus character

This monday we were introduced to body reactions in animations. The reactions and the movement should be based on characters’ attitude and psychology.

So for the exercise (animate the circus character’s reaction to a mouse getting in the scene) I chose to have her be surprised at the beginning, but, unlike the classical reaction of a woman scared of mouse, being her alien or of extraterrestrial origins, the second part of the animation, consists in Moli (my character’s name from now on) greeting the small creature and tapping on its head.

This is the scene animated with a puppet in stop motion. I tried to add red dots on the skeleton to next track it on after effects and link a digital drawing to it… But I don’t know if I am ever going to be able to do so.

While I work on the digital animation, please enjoy some reference pictures and videos about Moli’s creation.

action seq

screernshot mouse

young old circus


Animals animations week

This week at the beginning of new years we started our animation class focusing on animals and how they move.

Since I have had some problems so far in understanding follow through of a flag (and I definitely have a long way to go yet) I decided to analyze squid’s fins movement.

Besides from few rare species who are capable of propelling themselves out of water, flying for up to 200 ft, most of squids move inside water in two ways

  • using their paired fins along with rythmic mantle contraction to cruise at slow speed
  • by jet propulsion, contracting and expanding circular muscles in their boneless mantle to take up and expel water; probably using the fins just to give direction

move mechanics

Squids give me a weird feeling when I watch their swim (even though just on a screen). Their fins movement is similar to ray’s but unlike them the rest of their body remains very still. It is really almost like a waving flag attached to a pole.


Adding to this, squids’ big eyes and a bunch of tentacles they are capable to shape in different weird ways, it makes of this creature, to my eyes, an extraterrestrial like one, living in an environment but not merging completely with it and its inhabitants. Being for these reasons a quite fascinating creature.




Here are some other animation for the animal motion week