- Clothes should be ancient collection of mismatched fabrics. Try to look like a lunatic.
Yes, that's it:
- a caffeine-delivery system (coffee, tea, JOLT etc) in bottomless mug.
(No risk of dipping brushes in it by accident, nor poisoning yourself with a draught of white spirits, unlike when painting. So easy!)
- paper with funny holes in it, and pencils, sharpened to weapon-like points
- an animation wheel
- Don't forget to adjust perception of time. A second is a long long time, like 12 drawings long.
- Act fast (Har. Silly reference to a film there). In animation college you could witness rows and rows of students acting out goofy swinging a bucket and sitting in a chair, for one of their tests. That is, I mean, acting out Goofy, goofily. If this means alarming the neighbours by galloping around the garden, being Smokey, so be it.
- And, GO! Animate, animate like the wind!
I haven't just been talking/thinking about it, surprisingly enough, tempting though that is. (Here are the knotty drawings for you, Valery!) I squeezed in some ruffs (as they say in the biz) of a gallop cycle:
And then I put the roughs in a sequence. This is the exciting bit - even very rough thumbnails like these can create the illusion of life:
- Remember this: how you love this stuff.