Friday, January 14, 2011

Week 1, continued -- Bouncing Balls!

Animating a Bouncing Ball is nearly always the first animation assignment given to both 2D and 3D animation students.  This deceptively simple exercise can teach you a lot about the nuts and bolts of animation tools, but more importantly how to give believable weight and appealing timing to your animation.
Strobe photos are fantastic for showing the beautifully symmetrical parabolic arcs followed by everything that leaves the Earth... except a rocket.

Basket Ball

Golf Ball

Tennis Ball

Great reference vids:

Click to download Maya Ball Rig

Click to download the 3dsMax Ball Rig 

  • Experiment with weight and through timing & spacing -- create 2 bouncing balls with contrasting sizes and weights.

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