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Little Howard’s Big Question Animation

Little Howard’s Big Question Animation – I hopped on-board to handle some character animation in Little Howard’s Big Question: a BBC commission written and starring Howard Read. The trickiest bit was emulating the primitive style.

The Job:

As with all of my animation work – I tried to keep motion as clear and simple as possible. The most crucial aspects of this kind of work are:

Squash and Stretch: The purpose of which is to give a sense of weight and flexibility. Anticipation: to prepare the audience for an action. Staging: to direct the audience’s attention. Pose to Pose: drawing a few key frames, and then filling in the intervals later. Follow Through and Overlapping Action: to give the impression that characters follow the laws of physics. Easing: Animation looks more realistic if it has more drawings near the beginning and end of an action. Arc: Most natural action tends to follow an arched trajectory. Secondary Action: Adding secondary actions to the main action gives a scene more life. Timing: which translates to the speed of the action on film. Exaggeration: as animated motions that strive for a perfect imitation of reality can look static and dull. Solid drawing: which means drawing with volume and weight. Appeal: which corresponds to what would be called charisma in an actor.

The Client:

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters are at Broadcasting House in Westminster, London and it is the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation You can watch some Little Howard’s Big Question Animation (HERE).

Previous Work:

If you want to see more logos, graphics and animation in a similar sharp modern style as this design, check out this logo design I did for a high street fishing equipment shop, these 2d animations I worked on for an online monster-filled virtual-world and these dynamic character design illustrations I developed for an educational platform which uses games to teach kids mathematics, language and more. For all my designs- click on the green ‘WA’ logo at the top of the page and use the filtering links to help find the content you’re interested in.

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Note: Little Howard’s Big Question is copyright of Howard Read.

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