Everything has a slight anticipation before movement begins. We'll study live action examples of movements and see how the body tightens right before a run, or how a walk causes your body to lean before the first step. Understanding the Principle of Anticipation is key to making animation feel "alive" and not "robotic".
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- [Instructor] The principle of anticipation is all about…the movement that happens right before the main action.…Mastering this technique will take a lot of time…but it's the big difference between…making things feel robotic and lifelike.…Let's take our runner for example.…Right before she takes off,…there's quite a bit of things happening here.…First, she has this large move up to get ready for the run.…Next, she does this slight push up right here.…She actually goes farther back,…and her neck tucks in a little bit too,…right before she lifts off and starts running.…
But there's also a lot of small anticipations going on.…For example if you look right about here her ab muscles…start to tense up, as do her arms and her ankles.…Her back leg starts to squeeze…a little bit and she rolls back.…These are smaller anticipations…for the even larger anticipation that's about to happen.…If we were to take out all of this anticipation,…it would look pretty weird.…Suddenly, we have no idea what's going on.…She just pops into her movement,…
Animation has evolved tremendously in the last century, but some principles always stay the same. This foundation will serve you for a lifelong career.
- A history of character animation
- Squash and stretch
- Pose-to-pose animation
- Secondary action