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Nemeion Kickoff Event - Out with a Bang :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 125 23 Dog Designs Auction- Blue Black and White OPEN :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 51 20 Doodle - Yeti jump and catch stick :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 131 21 Pillow Shredding - Vent anim :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 150 6 Horse studies - lookin for a unicorn :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 66 15 Omiyotl :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 65 3 3D anim - horse trot :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 113 31 TVPaint doodle - Snappy dog :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 122 10 Mistborn: Adopted Dad :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 11 27 Rashi sketch :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 85 4 Tokotines - Two Derps :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 46 4 TVPaint doodle - Thor Stomp :iconnekonotaishou:nekonotaishou 15 0


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EMERALD ISLE - Halter Week 2 :iconfootybandit:FootyBandit 20 1 Lucifer :iconlightningspam:lightningspam 23 9 Northern Spirit :iconexileden:Exileden 2,229 59 Silene stenophylla :iconcanis-infernalis:Canis-Infernalis 86 3 Drakehest Challenge March 1 :icondat-inu:dat-inu 121 36 Forest of Elders :iconlightningspam:lightningspam 68 2 Sabu in the sky with diamonds :iconnoebelle:noebelle 179 10 Oldies Unsorted 2 :iconlapis-razuri:Lapis-Razuri 314 6 White Meadow - The Veiled Wildwoods :iconimperfectenthusiast:ImperfectEnthusiast 1,290 45 But a lamb :iconimperfectenthusiast:ImperfectEnthusiast 304 15 Lend Me Your Ears :iconalbertonykus:Albertonykus 94 14 Such Snow :iconamadoodles:Amadoodles 13 5 Hang on :iconjunowski:Junowski 36 3 Seras Redraw :iconbezzalair:bezzalair 405 26 Potta sketch dump :iconhukkanaama:Hukkanaama 89 6 Crocheted smilodon :iconmojcaj:mojcaj 10 1

To-Do list- reminder to myself mostly

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hp sheet of Gloom

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Browsing animations here and on other sites, I see a lot of basically the same mistakes being made by beginners. I see this in the lab I work in, too, actually.

Beware, this is kind of a rant.

Don't spend all your time focusing on one moving part, while forgetting other parts that should be moving!
I'm looking at you, kids who do cycles with heads/chests/hips that don't move.

Fast animation doesn't mean it's bad/doesn't always need extra drawings to smooth it out. Fast isn't always bad!
On the contrary, if everything is slower and moves at the same speed, it's boring. Combo fast and slow, smooth and sudden. This is why a well done ball bounce is so important, because it teaches exactly this.

If you can't imagine it clearly in your head, you need refs. If at any point you're like "what happens after this pose?" you need refs!
Seriously, take some time to at least watch real-time videos of what you want to animate, so you'll at least know what it should look like. If you can't find refs, and if it's something you could act out yourself, act it out and film yourself!
I can do some of this stuff largely ref-less because I have thousands of hours of nature documentaries in my blood. I have watched so many lions moving, I know what it should and should not look like. Even so, I still get refs for anything that's not a doodle.

Good animation has good anatomy. If you're unsure of where the joints are supposed to be, learn them before you try to animate them!
Where are a dog's wrists? What's a pastern? What's a hock? Don't know? Don't try animating until you do. Even stylized characters have the right joints. MLP ponies have hocks. Balto has pasterns.

12 principles.

Practice to learn. Practice a lot.
A lot. Eventually you'll stop having to actively think about a lot of things, they'll just happen in your work, because you've done it so much you feel this stuff. But it takes a lot to get there. In the meantime, experiment the crap out of it, and learn!

Feature films take 2 years and 500 people to make.
You yourself won't make one by yourself. Acknowledge how much work animation is, and what is and is not practical for the time you have. Even if you have unlimited time, will your interest/attention span last as long as it needs to? If you can cut corners, do.

Just because you don't have to draw it, doesn't mean it's easier LOL
Puppet animation and tweened animation is almost harder, because you give up a portion of your control over it. Same goes for 3D. This shit is hard to do right, no matter how you're doing it.

That's it for now. Enjoy my animation rant.
Edit: all good, thanks peeps!

Peeps I need help!

I'm currently tasked with designing an Arabian-type unicorn character for an animation collab -->  Horse studies - lookin for a unicorn by nekonotaishou

But I'm having trouble nailing down a good style for the nose! I need you guys to flood this journal with artists and examples of their work that you think is good stylized horsies!

The sort of thing I'm looking for is stuff like TigerTang and Cat-Orb's work; good character stylization with good shapes that still feel like a real horse, but are not full of line detail.

This sort of stuff

YHH - Gypsy King by Cat-Orb Sa Headshots Batch 1 by TigerTang

There's probably lots of exactly what I'm looking for in :iconstarborn-alignment: and similar groups, but I'm not in them so I don't know whose work is cool beans ;o;

Ideally, the artists you guys show me will have many examples of horses in their galleries. Please don't link to an artist that has, like, only one or two horse drawings total.

Flood away! Unleash the horsies!

:star: I repeat that I do not want well-drawn realistic horses, I want well-drawn cartoon horses :star: so please don't come at me with beautifully rendered, photo-realistic HARPG stuff. Stylized HARPG is fine, like valachhim for example

Also let me repeat that I'm focusing on how other people draw the noses on their cartoon horses. Noses. And that I'm looking for less-is-more type stuff; styles heavy with line detail are not what I'm looking for.

Please don't link me famous cartoon horses from media; I have already crawled all over the designs of The Last Unicorn, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and every Disney horse ever.

Sorry, tagged artists, for any inconvenience ;A;

for myself, list of artists whose work is good for this (don't feel bad if you/your friend is not on this list, this list basically means "you draw good simplified horse nostrils in-line with what I'm looking for" :p all the artists suggested so far have been amazing)

hh-harley *warning, gallery contains too many photos of beautiful paint horses, Nekno must approach with caution to not get caught up saving all pictures*
Wouv *


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About me
Twin sister :iconcomixqueen:

Name: Olivia. Call me Nekno unless you're my buddy or have met me IRL.

:flagofmexico: by capncraka Born and raised in México City, México; currently living in San Francisco.

I graduated from Academy of Art University in 2015 with a BFA in Animation and Visual Effects. Currently freelancing with a day-job as a lab tech at my old university.

I have so far freelanced in the mobile game industry and the animation industry.

I'm a huge biology nerd; I love to learn about animals of all kinds, and so am full of largely useless (but interesting) information about them. Ask me anything.
I am also a docent (educator/tour guide) at the San Francisco Zoo.

Career goal: Be a creature designer/character animator. Maybe also an illustrator and a creature modeler. We'll see, still learning.

Favorite animals: Cats in general, cheetah = top fav, Smilodon close second. Mola mola, Moose. I have a weakenss for Knabstrup, paint, and draft horses.

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Other sites:
Tumblr | GingaBoard | Youtube | Livejournal

Websites I cannot live without: Arkive, Behindthename, Bulbapedia, GreenScreenAnimals


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Musa-the-Guardian Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Super cute! Send those to my sis, she adores bats!
Musa-the-Guardian Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
TheMightyGorga Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, Mexico!:flagofmexico: 
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Filmographer
That smiley is everything I ever needed, thank you very much!
TheMightyGorga Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Keep up the awesome art! Cheerleader 
Livi-Livered Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the favorite. I love your animations. They flow so well.
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Filmographer
You're very welcome, and thank you!
RoseWolfLala Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the fave! : D
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome!
Hamsta180 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for collecting :)
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome :)
Mellodee Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017   Digital Artist
Thank you for the fave :)
Have a nice day!
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2017  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome :)
brown-she-wolf Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank for the fav!
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2017  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome :)
LilasTimberWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the +fav  ! Meow :3 
nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome :)
cricketumpire Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
I nearly submitted another version of "Pretty flamingo..." rotated 90 degrees anti-clockwise.

Try turning your computer screen 90 degrees that way to show this - it looks like a 
scene from 'Alice through the looking glass' - totally weird and disturbing I think...   :makeup: 

Sorry I got sidetracked there  Ashamed  Thanks for the fave of the original image Nekno 

nekonotaishou Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2017  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome :)
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