hands with lacrosse stick

June 3rd, 2009

Tehoniehtathe, here is the file

It should already be setup correctly. Just ask Kahentawaks for the details.

Otherwise, here is a great tutorial that explains it all (setting up + start animating): http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:Tutorials/Animation/BSoD/Character_Animation/Setting_up


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Kahentawaks animation

June 3rd, 2009

You forgot to pick up your file, I guess

So, here it is!


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how to set up to animate

May 28th, 2009

Here are 8 steps to set up Blender in order to have all the tools available for you to animate

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Rise of Legends: Skawennati’s Notes

March 16th, 2009

Play: Tutorial

This is where the player learns how to use his weapons.

VOICE OVER: How to use the bow & arrow. Example: “Press A to use the bow & arrow.”

As you walk along, you come to a body of water. There is a canoe on the shore. You get into the canoe [and start floating]. The evil villager from the Flying Head legend rises out of the water. Two Baby Flying Heads are attached to him [with leather ropes. Or maybe hair.] They are attacking you [how?]. You shoot them with your bow.


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Creating prim animations in Second Life

February 14th, 2009

You learned to create avatar animations using Qavimator.
But how can we make prims move? Prim Puppeteer was created just for that! And you can create your animations directly in Second Life, for better accuracy and even more enjoyment!
Here are some instructions on how to get prim puppeteer and how to use it. (more…)

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Pipeline to Animation

January 31st, 2009

Making the Model:

      Special Joints


      Separate Pieces, like eyes and accessories

Making the Rig



      Special nodes for balance

-   Facial Rig, complex for range of movement 


Painting Weights (Skinning):

      Influence of mesh per joint with a “brush”

Animation (Bringing it to Life):

Special Effects (Hair and Cloth Simulation):


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Types of Animation

January 30th, 2009

Straight Ahead:called so because animators using this method will work almost frame per frame one step at a time, from beginning to end. The advtanges to this is a smooth animation that includes all minute in-between actions. This is especially useful for energetic, spontaneous looking animations that include many fast movements. The disadvantage is that this method is not very efficient (takes me time) AND can be too wild and uncontrolled, therefore messy. 

Example:  http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=5T4wvZiyWoA






Pose to Pose:This method it the more plan, more fluid and more efficient way of animating. The animator choose key pose at the beginning and end of an action and THEN fills in frames in between. Poses and timing are important and especially relevant to animating in 3D when the “in between” frames can be automatically tweened between poses.

Example: http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=S9hQsfEjjDc&NR=1

3D examples: (Poses) http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=P3wca-7H9MI&feature=related (Tweened Poses) http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=62V1x2Nl2os


THE BOUNCIN’ BALL: (Weight example) http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=1axyYnolqS8



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12 Principles of animation

January 30th, 2009

  1. Squash and stretch

  2. Anticipation

  3. Staging

  4. Straight Ahead Action and Pose to Pose

  5. Follow Through and Overlapping Action

  6. Slow In and Slow Out

  7. Arcs

  8. Secondary Action

  9. Timing

  10. Exaggeration

  11. Solid Drawing

  12. Appeal

More info: http://www.animationtoolworks.com/library/article9.html

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Jump animation

January 29th, 2009

Here is the sequence that you should follow.

Nevertheless, this is a jump where the characters falls back pretty slowly. You can play with the keys on the timeline to accelerate the drop if you want.

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