Demon Biker 2.0 by Charles Zippel and TET on GoAnimate

Demon Biker is technically my second GoAnimate Flash character after Kung Fu Cat since I started work on him before I started work on Hoot. However with Demon Biker being much more complex, Hoot was released first.

Designed by GoAnimator, Charles Zippel, I offered to turn his bitmap, GoAnimate prop 'stop motion' style character into a a true Flash animated character because I saw it as a natural progression from Kung Fu Cat. Charles' character was slightly more detailed but not by too much. There was also the challenge of creating and animating the characters motorbike as well.

Charles' original animation demonstrating his character is embeded below.

Biker Demon (New Character) (new tag) by CharlesZippel

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Just like Kung Fu Cat I used Koolmoves to create my Flash animated version of Demon Biker. Although the character took longer than Kung Fu Cat I did find him easier going as I had learned a lot with the cat on dividing a character into easily poseable sections. Many of his actions were created simply by moving and rotating various body parts with only minimal redrawing done.

Watch my demonstration video for Demon Biker below. This shows all the initial moves he started with - I've since added a few more.

Demon Biker 2.0 by Charles Zippel by etourist

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You'll notice in the animation that Demon Biker draws a gun on Balrog (his Street Fighter opponent). User Created Custom Characters can't actually hold props like official GoAnimate characters. If you try the prop will disappear. To compensate I gave Demon Biker a 'point arm' action where his hand remains rock steady in the same position, even though the rest of him is moving with the standard minor 'breathing' movement.

This allows any kind of pistol style gun to be positioned behind his hand (without the character actually being made to hold it like you would with other GoAnimate characters).

I learnt something new with animating Demon Biker's motorbike. In Koolmoves you can set up an object to rotate and Koolmoves will handle the 'tween' frames automatically. In this case I wanted the motorbikes wheels to turn - which I achieved simply by rotating the wheel spokes on their own rather than the whole wheel.

As it turned out my wheel spokes weren't quite centred properly causing them to go slightly out of line as they turned the first 180 degrees then back into line as they completed the full revolution. This was actually a 'happy accident' as to compensate I moved the whole bike down, back into line on the key frame at the 180 degree mark. What I ended up with is a motorbike that moves slightly up and down, simulating how the suspension might react to the ground, creating a more realistic looking, travelling motorbike.

I'm pretty happy with how Demon Biker turned out. I'll be adding more moves as time goes on but for the most part it's possible to get by with what he has now.

Animation Careers: eHow Video Series by Tim Hodge

I stumbled across this video series by Tim Hodge which he put together for web site eHow in which he gives short glimpses into the world of the professional animator.

Tim Hodge is a writer, director and animator in Nashville, Tenn. He worked for many years as an animator and story artist with Walt Disney Feature Animation. His most recent work includes writing and directing several entries in the popular Veggie Tales animated program.
I describe the videos as 'glimpse' because each one is quite short and briefly touches on the topic of the title without going into it in any real depth. However as a series it makes for a good insight into the career of a professional animator.
As someone who is learning traditional style animation using flash the first video in the series I watched was Episode 12: How to create a walking animation (embeded below). Despite having access to many examples of how to make a character walk I seem to struggle making my own characters walk. Often they look more like they've got a bit of a limp.
This particular video shows how to make a convincing walking character in just six frames.

Tim covers a range of topics in the rest of the series including different careers, how much you can expect to get paid, styles of animation and more. He's not too technical and has a fairly casual and easy to listen to presentation style.

Watch the whole series on eHow or, if you prefer Youtube's player, watch the series on Youtube.
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