Begin first by getting all the technical stuff out of the way. Before getting started, read pages 125 to 147 in the Layout And Design Made Amazingly Simple book. Label and complete your layout folder first. This assignment will be labeled: Sc # J - 2 - 1 through to J - 2 - 12. Next, complete the field guides. Follow the storyboard breakdowns for each scene supplied for the assignment. Trace the field guides onto separate sheets of paper in blue pencil for your pose # 1s.
Label the bottom of the animation poses. Label the bottom of animation pose # 2. You dont need to draw the field guide on the second or third or however many poses you have in each scene as this is redundant. Next, take another sheet of animation paper to be used for the background and label the bottom of it as well. Once this is done, take your field guide and place it under the background paper. Trace off the field corner marks in red. Finally, label your level sketch appropriately. The labeling should take about 10 minutes per scene.
Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, we can concentrate on the artistic side. I try to separate all the left brain and right brain parts of the layout, so that I can focus fully on either the art or the technical individually.
In all the scenes except for J-2-4, J-2-7, J-2-11, and J-2-12, the animation takes precedence over the background and so we will draw the animation poses first. You will find this will happen in a very high percentage of your layouts. Unless the character must directly interact with the background or some element of the background, the animation poses are drawn first. This doesnt mean that you totally ignore the background, you still take it into consideration as you draw your poses.
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