I am participating in the DanceOff Challenge on the animationforum, here is a test of a dancer I did:
What did I learn?
- Dance animation is quite complicated (for a beginner), so I simplified the figure and animated the hips like a pendulum and then added the legs, torso,arms and head.
- In Flash it helps to use the pencil tool and be really rough (I tried the brush tool but it doesn’t keep up with my quick gestural lines, don’t know if this is to do with Flash or the speed of my machine). I did the poses for the extremes and then added inbetweens until the timing looked right. Once the rough layer moved well, I made that layer a Guide and created a new layer where I drew a clean line using the brush tool.