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animation and flash tutorials!

Posted by rtil - November 24th, 2007

Hey guys. This thanksgiving break gave me a chance to develop templates on Anipedia - the internet's first animation, flash and art encyclopedia - for people to write tutorials. The votes were in and just about half of over 170 voters said that they wanted to develop tutorials for everyone. So I went right ahead and started you guys off.

I wrote the first complete tutorial last night on motion tweening. This is the template for how all tutorials should look. But what do you guys think of the article? Does it cover everything? Is it easy to follow? Would you use it if you needed a resource?

The best thing about Anipedia is that everyone can edit it. If you think that someone missed something or want to work on multiple tutorials, you can. If you aren't already a member (over 300 people are), go to the Anipedia front page, sign up, read the 3 steps at the beginning and get writing! There are templates and example pages for you to follow, and if you have any questions me and two other sysops are ready to answer questions at any time.

I don't think there are a lot of extensive and quality sets of flash and animation tutorials in one place. I want Anipedia to be the ultimate resource for artists and animators alike. And I can't do it alone, so whatever you can contribute would be great.

Anyway, I never talk about my flash and stuff so i figured i'd update you guys. Project Freetown 2 is under progress. I have written a 14-page detailed screenplay. The reason why is that the biggest complaint about the first episode is the lack of depth and story. I didn't want it to have a deep story or character development (it was just a fun race), but I was planning to compensate for that in episode 2 anyway. This next episode will focus on the beginnings of the story of Erelli, a self-employed detective who lives a life on the run from a ridiculous crime of his past. How he will tie into Violet and Ravi doesn't come until much later, but he will experience a radical change in his life in episode 2. This screenplay will probably branch off into 2 separate episodes as the animation and length of it may be quite long. I don't want it to take another year to release a new Freetown as well.

That being said, school is seriously putting a damper on any real progress on the art and animation. Not only that, but there are numerous other original series and satirical pieces I want to work on. It's very frustrating, and sometimes I wish school would just go away, but I know that's not gonna happen. I'll be doing as much as I can during the breaks this winter and next spring to make big jumps in progress. All I've gotta say is that a 21 credit semester is just about impossible to handle. You're always catching up on work and there's never a moment of rest. It's been really draining for me and I hate having to work on projects in little spurts.

Speaking of little spurts, I have a small cartoon called "TWEEN: A Flash Odyssey" that i'm going to release on the last Daily Day for the Star Syndicate this November 30th. Some of you have probably already seen it, it's just a short parody cartoon turning making a tween into an monumental effort. I made it one friday when by chance i had a sort of day off, kind of like yesterday.

i've probably written too much by now, so i'll leave you with a painfully small version of a painting i did last week. you can see the full version here.

look forward to hearing from you

animation and flash tutorials!


Hot damn, I never looked into tweening that much.
That site is going to be very useful for me, thanks a ton.

there's not enough content on it right now to be very useful, but the more that is written the more that will change

Wow. I never thought I'd learn something new about Motion Tweening. It's this sort of thing that the flash community desperately needs. I think this is a wonderful idea and I fully support it. One thing I do hope is included in the future of Anipedia is a section for the more advanced animators, who have mastered all of the basics of flash but have little clue on how to impliment them effectively. I had to learn the hard way that I shouldn't try to go into a great detail with my figures before animating them. For example, I made the mistake of lip syncing my characters before thinking of where they should be positioned on screen and what gesters they should be making. I would really like see to tips on how to effectively plan for large project such as storyboards or screenplay, advice on in what order to animate, and lessons on how to avoid tedious mistakes as mentioned above from skillful animators like yourself.

once we get the backbone of things covered, i'd love to move into more advanced tutorials for those looking to get to the next level

I bookmarked the tutorial wiki site, it looks great and I'd personally use it as a resource when I need it.

awesome. hope to see you there

I love the painting. Actually. Love it. Especially the emotions and character art. Can't wait to see Project Freetown 2!

thank you , and .. thank you. B)


Hey it's me the internet spook here to give you a SCARE!!

pretty thurough tutorial.. it almost felt TOO thurough if that makes any sense.. the graph and advanced easing of tweens feels like more advanced concepts to plunge someone just learning to crawl into. I almost feel like that aspect of tweening should be a tutorial in itself for people who are well versed in tweening but maybe are seeking more advanced handling of their knowledge..

i say that because i rarely use the graph :-X

but yeah nice job tackling that, you did a good job really covering it all.

they don't have to read the graph part if they don't want to.

oh yeah its awesome that you are interested in helping people become better animators. wish there were more animators like that in the scene.

it is kind of fun people should try it!

That tween one was pretty swell in depth, I actually learned a few things from it.

sweet :D


Neat, can't wait to contribute to the tutorial sector of the site. I'd probably do one on say Motion guide soon.

look forward to it :)

Hm... it's ironic that you write a tweening tuturial...
The tweening enemy #1 (yes, I already saw "Tween") explains noobs how to create a motion tween so they can annoy him with even more of their completely overrated Mario fart joke sprite flashes, he dosen't like at all...

Anyway: Nice work! That should help every bloody beginner to get along with the basics of flash easily, even if he would be a total computer newbie... also everyone of us started as a noob...

Also, nice artwork!

um, i use tweens, everyone does. it's how you use them that makes the difference. and i had to start somewhere. at the bottom there are links to pages like "tweening vs frame-by-frame", where we'll eventually explain the advantage of mixing both into cartoons.

Anipedia definately has a LOT of potential. But just like any other online Encyclopedia, it requires lots of knowledgeable and dedicated people and a strict team of moderators.

It seems helpful, but there are some articles that are along the lines of "This guy is cool, he made this awesome flash. And he hates furries, lololololol."

I'm hoping it takes off, it's VERY comprehensive.

the "create a page about yourself" thing ended up turning into a joke like you said, a lot of people didn't feel like they had anything worth talking about. so i asked them what they'd be interested in and they said making tutorials, so i built that section for them. hopefully it will take off now , and people can use it as a resource. we do need a lot more writers at the moment.

''pretty thurough tutorial.. it almost felt TOO thurough if that makes any sense.. the graph and advanced easing of tweens feels like more advanced concepts to plunge someone just learning to crawl into.''

I disagree with this. I have to say the tween tutorial was PERFECT, the layout made it suitable for everyone, I've been able to tween for 2 years and even I learnt something. Seriously if all the tutorials are like that with the basics and then the little extras for more advanced animators, Anipedia will likely become the best animating resourse on the web.

thank you very much :) glad you learned something. and i hope it does become the resource that you say it will be

soon youll be outta school and animatin for a living.

cant wair for freetown 2, and ill start being more active on anipedia now were doing tutorials



youre a stupider animator if you are going to go out of your way to only rely on frame-by-frame for all your animations...

it drives me crazy when people diss tweening.

this is in reply to someones post a few lines above. My button has been pushed.

now kiss and make up

dude your posts are to long

i'd hate to have the word "butt" stuck in my username

great art as always :)

i got 2 questions for you

1. about project freetown (which looks mighty sweet) is there a good vs. evil kind of struggle in there? (not that i am trying to make your idea sound clishé)

2. anipedia might be the next biggest thing since wikipedia :D i dont check it often but will there be a complete yet simple guide to actionscripting in the future?

please respond :) just so you know i've added you on my watch list on DA :D

1. there is good and bad in the story , it will become more apparent in the 2nd episode.
2. first it has to be bigger than flashwiki, which as far as i know has completely died, but still has over 500 articles. i'd like there to be a complete guide to actionscript there in the future, but i sure as hell am not writing it. i don't know enough about actionscript heh. hopefully i can get a good actionscripter to write those. i

nice work man, paintings awsome, and the tutorial is really easy to follow. Nicley done dude.


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