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How to Animate 2D Bird / Wing Flap


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In this Video we will be using the Grease Pencil to Animate a 2D Bird / Wing flap animation as outlined in the "Animators Survival Tool Kit" by Richard Williams.

The Book has a bunch of really useful Methods, Principles and Formulas perfect for beginner Animators. I have found it to be such a massive help with these videos and recommend checking it out.

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We first start by drawing our Bird. You can follow the previous videos principles by using construction lines to create a rough sketch and then go back and add your Detailing/Inking step. In this tutorial I create some materials instead.

Once the Bird has been drawn, we need to create a Chart. This will help show us the positions of the Wings on the given frame. It will also give us a visual representation to the Timing. We can see how much or little the wings are Easing in/out.

We will be talking about this in more detail in future videos but as outlined in the Book, the positions work well for a cartoon Bird / wing flap. In fact it could be used for a number of flying creatures.

Thankfully we only need to draw 8 Frames for the wings and then we can just duplicate to loop the action. We could even use the Timer Offset Modifier much like we did in the Previous Lip Sync Tutorial.

I hope you found this video helpful and as always thanks for watching!

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John Brook

I make Youtube tutorials for blender Users. From CG and VFX to Animations, Shorts and Asset Creation. I upload tutorials once a week along with any assets we create for you to use in your own projects.

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