"You fight like a girl"
I’ve completed a few more shots from my Naruto vs Sasuke animation and figured it was about time to post another little gif of some of what I’m doing! This time, I decided to show some of my process, for those that’re interested…
As you can see above, I have 3 separate animations at different stages of the process. Here’s a breakdown:
 I always start out with a scribble test to get the general idea of what I’m doing. It’s ugly, it’s dirty, but it’s a very important first step! You never want to start out straight in to detailed drawings with animation. Make sure you’re happy with the motion first, then worry about good drawings.
 I then did up a naked mannequin rough to figure out what I’m doing with the body. No details on the face or clothes yet, just want to make sure I have my general proportions and anatomy where I want them. I also worked out a lot more of the motion. I made tweaks in the final, but I’m setting things in stone here.
 Finally, I dress it up, tie it down. If you look closely, different parts of Naruto’s body are different colors. This is because I worked in passes. In cases with this many moving parts, it’s best to focus on one thing at a time for the best motion. First, I started out with his clothes. This allowed me to experiment with how I had the cloth flapping around in the wind without worrying about the rest of what’s going on. After that, I worked out the hands and face. Getting the volumes of the face right can be a bit tricky when turning it in space, but there’s a few tricks I might do another little tutorial gif on in the future. Finally, I did the hair then bandana in a similar fashion as the clothes.
Hope that’s helpful to some folks out there! I’ll be posting more of my progress in the near future. :)
Favourite animators: Mitsuo Iso (磯光雄) and his work on the End of Evangelion
- Mitsuo Iso is known for his jerky yet detailed animation, full of dense sophisticated motion. He refers to his own style as “full limited" or "full 3-frame". In traditional animation, animation with a drawing count below one drawing every two frames (or "on twos") is considered limited animation. Working on threes and fours, Iso draws every keyframe without passing his work to an in-betweener, allowing him full control to create the most detailed motion possible with the fewest number of drawings, hence the term "full limited". (wikipedia)
- Introduction to Mitsuo Iso’s style
- Sakuga: The Animation of Anime pt.7 - Mitsuo Iso and New Realism
- More scenes animated by Mitsuo Iso: part 1, part 2, the fight from EoE
- List of anime he’s worked on + sakuga wiki
- He also wrote and directed the 2007 anime series “Dennō Coil”
Finished up a few shots that seemed to flow pretty well together so I put together a new GIF! If you’re on a computer, you can view a high resolution SWF here: http://poojipoo.deviantart.com/art/Naruto-vs-Sasuke-II-WIP02-481431995