Understanding anticipation


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Understanding anticipation

Anticipation is a very important principle of animation. What it is, is it's motion that precedes a main motion. So for example if you are going to throw a pitch in baseball, you would rear back before you threw forward. In fact, anticipation is just moving right before you move left or moving a little bit up before you move down and so on. Now the reason that anticipation is important is because it gives body parts more momentum. So if you reach back before you throw that baseball, you're going to get more momentum or more speed into that pitch.

Now from a dramatic standpoint, anticipation can be used to draw an audience's attention to important actions. So you can use anticipation to say look here, something is going to happen. So let's take a look at anticipation in action. Here, I have a very simple setup and this bear is going to pound his fist on the table. Now, this scene is animated without any anticipation. The bear just hits his fist directly to the table.

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Understanding anticipation
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Understanding anticipation provides you with in-depth training on 3D + Animation. Taught by George Maestri as part of the 2D Character Animation

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