Wild and Wacky Walk Cycles (Animation using Photoshop and Flash)
This project was completed in the context of a beginning animation course that I teach. Students at this point have had about six weeks of the fundamentals of drawing, and have begun to understand the principles of animation. They have previously completed exercises like a bouncing/rolling ball and a flying bird. Prior to scanning and inking the drawings the students learn and practice the basics of working in Photoshop, making selections, transformations, adjustments, etc. This project can be done with students of varying levels abilities. I also included a video of the rough pencil tests where students fine tuned their characters basic volumes and movements. This project also introduces students to the idea of compositing for video or animation production. Overall the lessons/unit takes about four weeks.