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i did this a while back... one of the first attempts on animating saphy.. hope you guys like it...

program used:
3ds max

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tigerboy90 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
really awesome
mandelak Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Filmographer
Really great first animation! I know this is old and does not in anyway show what you could probably do now and I am in no way a super pro animator but just thought I'd leave some points.

Great start! with animation I don't know if you do know but when doing animation in 3D a lot of animators animate in stepped mode first to block out main poses and actions, this allows for you to work on your timing and gives you an idea on how the animation should look once it is cleaned up in the curve editor after splining it. The animation is great and technically all beginner animators do exactly what you do. As it is (Sure you recognised though) it is very floaty in her action. I would suggest add holds to her action. Another good point to make is always film yourself for reference or at least find a reference similar to the action you are trying to make as well as always plan you animation with thumbnail drawings first.

I don't know if this can really be called a critique but I thought I should just tell you what has helped me understand things better. Most your animation if you can should be done in blocking pass. try to get it as close to as you want in the blocking pass and then spline it.

Check out a guy by the name of keith lango on moving holds as well as blocking.

Here are keith lango links

this is on moving holds [link]

and this is on pose to pose animation [link] and [link]

and this is his animation tutorial link [link]

Just note that This is coming from a student to another individual wanting to learn. I am in no way saying I know it all but yeah. Hope it helps. I also know that this is very old and you may be onto all that I am saying already lol, but yeah just in case. Good luck with all your future endeavours your models are amazing by the way and your deformations look really good (I hate rigging)

I hope I helped
SpamBusta Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
do you have a drop box or an email you wouldnt mind sharing? I'd like to try animating with some of the rigs you have
davelorg Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
UmarHard Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
few question 1. Was the setup FK? did you take real life reference ? i blink timing is not good. some how by default i good at eye blink so i can't tell you the mistake but there's one thing eye closing and opening time should be offsets of each other.
RTPHARTY Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
WHOAH! - Amazing!
dtaskonak Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
very well done but she is like... i don't know levitating?
Combat-Toaster Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Since I'm not a subscriber I can't do an "official" critique but I'll leave a message at least...

Overall, I really love this animation. Your renders are astounding and your attention to detail is extraordinary. I love how you can give so many versions of the female form that all look wonderful without being just slight alterations of the same shape (or if they are, I can't tell).

The only real critique I have for this animation is a slight stiffness. While the primary motion is wonderfully smooth and natural looking and I like the addition of her blinks, there are a few points on her frame that seem a little too... off, I suppose.
The first: Her left leg. I watched the animation several times and her leg doesn't seem to move at all, or if it does, it's a bit too subtle. With that much motion going on, and with the shift of weight under it by her right leg, her knee and/or foot should move at least slightly during the shift, but it doesn't and it seems a little unnatural.
The second: Her right hand. While I understand the implied motion, it looks like she's having to flex her arm to keep her palm and fingers flat while she moves them forward. It's a little awkward that she does that, as I tried the move myself and my wrist naturally relaxed during the movement.
The third: Her hair. Over her left shoulder there's that flow of hair... and it just kind of sits there, splayed out like it was oddly hair sprayed into maintaining its form. While no actual animation should be needed here, perhaps a slight shift in position? So that maybe it would lay closer to her body?
And the last, is it just me or is she sitting a little high? Like under her right butt cheek, when she moves her leg, it seems like there's space between her and the ground so that she's floating a little? I might just be looking at it wrong but I thought I would ask.

Overall, very minor tweaks and just me being nit picky. xD Especially for a near first attempt, I think that this is very good. You definitely understand motion and the subtleties of animation, as can be seen by her tilting posture throughout and the couple little blinks that were tossed in, as I mentioned before. So a great job throughout.
Can't wait to see more work! ^^
klb2000000 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
At first I thought she was real.
KasperGustavsson Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Student Photographer
Really cool! :)
greenhood-kanno Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
SquallLion1 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
not bad..
syaoranredfire Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe^_^!!! so cute ^_^!!
TheOrgano Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Brilliant. I hope to see more of animated Saphy soon :D
lycansvenom Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student
oh,nice attempt and next time you should make a higher resolution
Erzet-DEMOn Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I'm horny :D
edwards21 Featured By Owner May 30, 2011
Holy crap. Getting into animations now, too? Is there anything you can't do?

She blinked. That's the kind of detail a lot of animators tend to forget in quick pieces like this.
harikarikilla Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
I dreamed of this day
EvilGirlWarrior Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly don't like how her hand seems to be searching for the floor....
Yash-deep Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Flash good vrey nice pic
mdhoss Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
okay, this is way too cool.....:love:
gejm Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Looks great, but the compression is awful :<
CharlieFleed Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
really good, very natural
cooperchase88 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Michael7S Featured By Owner May 27, 2011   Interface Designer
YaVaho155 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Watch it when she lifts her hand, het leg shouldn't move there. As soon as she lifts it she'd actually lose her balance. Try looking a bit more at reference when animating, do the poses and movement yourself so you know what works and what doesn't and film others who pose for you. it'll make your work look a lot more realistic.
DRAGONPULSE Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Her left should be shifted just a tad and her right hand should rotate down as she lifts it and as she puts it down rotate it it back up as she puts her hand down.
JamieDragon Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Artist
I meant to say with NO floor showing through....d'oh!
JamieDragon Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional Artist
Very nice looking. Other than some of the comments regarding the motion, she looks like she's off the floor an inch or so. her feet and bum should be right down, with floor showing through.
Impact57 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Excellent -very realistic movement and balance control.
Er1986 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Usually SaphireNishi's works are translated as "beauty", now this one means "dynamic beauty"!
starlightpainter Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Pretty cute. :giggle: :giggle:
discoandrea Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! :love:
AmonKane Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Freakishly realistic! I'm really impressed how fluid and natural the model moves. Very nice!
alzartz Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah!! Nice moves Baby!! Well done!!
Claudia-R Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice :)
nucks Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
wow - very impressive, not easy to get that degree of realism
xzendor7 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011   Digital Artist
Your Creations Look So Realistic
Great Job
Zjacklee Featured By Owner May 26, 2011   Digital Artist
great animation overall. And a great model too ;D. Just dont forget to let the hair follow "gravity" or flow a little bit too. Unless she had used way too much hair spray on the lower bang. :P
CUBiKO Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
You did the render in 3DS? Wow.
billygoat654 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
cool the right arm seems a little stiff maybe thats just me but the rest of the body seems to flow just fine nice job
Lingerer Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her right arm was a bit stiff, I think. Her blinking makes her look more natural, I like it.
Ferdy55Ilustrator Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
amazing animation that was good
NeoPryde Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
I have to agree with one of the other earlier comments that she looks a little too animatronic and stiff, but it's still an impressive piece of work. I hope you'll do more animations with Saph in the future.
Awdoom Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She's ALIIIIIVE! lol
Riguz Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
starstriker1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Animation comes off as a bit stiff, to me, especially around the arms. The movement of the leg seems out of place, as well. It looks like you created a set of 3 poses, which, while great looking on their own, don't look so hot when the animation program is interpolating between them.
StonedSmeagol Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
Awesome movement, great colour & depth, looks cool to me!
Quasideon Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
It's beyond wonderful to see Saphy "come alive". Very alluring. Great job!
ilovepinkhair Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
:meow: Awesome Work, very sexy :heart:
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