So, you want to know
how to make a
Here are 10 easy steps
Let's create a simple "Schtickman"
I chose my "SMASH" animation as an example.
Step (1) You need an idea. Sketch your idea
on a piece of paper. Just a tip, use a single scene. Keep in mind that
you can have a super duper funny idea, but it may become a pain in the
ass to draw. Use the KISS (Keep It Simple Schtickman) principle.
Now save the picture as i.e.: "smash.bmp"
Step (2) I would suggest to use the basic “MS
Paint” program (the one that comes with Windows). It is easy to use and
because of its simplicity, you do not need a fancy schmancy program that
has amazing features. You can use those programs like Photo Paint and other
useful graphic programs to create some great effects later on, but for
now I would suggest something easy to work with. Open up “Paint” (click on
Step (3) Draw a bunch of Schtickmen at
the end of the road.
Now you have drawn the truck,
click on Edit/Select_All, now click
again on Edit/Copy
Step (4) Open up the “Paint” program again.
If you have the Paint program open twice, you can use the "smash.bmp" as
your main scene and use the other program to draw your action scene. Here
I drew a truck!
and click on File/Save_As
and saved it as "smash1.bmp"
Step (5) Switch over to your "smash.bmp" picture
(the first Paint program you opened up) and click on Edit/Paste and position
the truck picture at the far end of your drawing. Remember you will be
creating something no different than a film strip.
Step (6) Now click on File and open the "smash.bmp"
picture again. Click on Edit/Paste and position the truck picture a small
movement over to the right and click on File/Save_As and save
it as "smash2.bmp"
Step (8) Now it might get a little tricky.
You need to open up the “smash.bmp” picture and click on Edit/Select_All,
now click on Edit/Cut. You now have a blank film strip. Paste the truck
and position it in the next sequence. Now you have to redraw all the schtickmen
shown below. Repeat the steps and try to visualize a film strip.
Note, there will be trial and error trying to find the perfect flow, but
HEY!, they’re only schtickmen. You do not have to be perfect, as long as
you express your humor.
There is always a better way to skin a cat they
say. You can use the copy/paste by right clicking the pictures, use transparencies
feature etc. Just experiment, start with something simple. You will pick
it up in no time. Remember, just have fun! I am.
Step (9) I use a gif animator program
like Animagic or GIF Movie gear
which sequences all my little BMP pictures together.
I set the speed and frame rate. It sounds
easy, but it takes a little gett'in used to just like any other software.
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