iANIMATE has started a new web series of short tutorials and tips for the public. They just posted there second video in there "iANIMATE.NET LAB" series that focuses on blocking. Mike Walling from DreamWorks talks to us about how he focuses on a simplified singular pose before he moves on to adding his offsets and other actions that make your animation stand out. This is very similar to the same way I block. For me I can read my animation better if I look at each pose as its own 2D drawing. Keeping in mind that they need to all work together I build them off each other until I have a series of strong poses working with the 12 principles of animation. This process makes the transition into spline more enjoyable and allows me to spend less time fighting a broken animation and more time making my existing blocking pop.
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