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    Animators Block

    Hey. Sorry if this isn't the right place to place this, but have any of
    you guys gotten animator's block? Im trying to put effort into something, but
    when I actually get past the first frame I have no inspiration to continue it
    at all, and I can't find any real inspiration. For those who have gotten
    it, how did you find inspiration again?

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    Re: Animators Block

    I usually watch a couple of movies or tv shows. This probably only works for longer projects but if you want some short animation inspiration maybe listen to some music or take a look at vet and elite threads.


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    Re: Animators Block

    Music. If you have an open mind and are open to pretty much all genres of music, then music is a brilliant source of motivation.

    Currently, whenever I need to get motivated, I listen to this large Parov Stelar (electro swing) mix:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLztvq-I ... yEmedH7K5A
    Give it a whirl. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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    Re: Animators Block

    I'll:

    1. look at some old elite/vet/intermediate animations
    2. If that doesn't work, listen to a style of music depending on my mood.
    3. If that doesn't work, I go and watch some parkour/fighting on youtube and look veeeeery closely.
    4. If none of this works, I'll sit back in complete silence and just picture something completely awesome.

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    Drawing seems to help. It's a lot easier and quicker to get my ideas completely down and organized rather than randomly animating something that goes nowhere.

    If you can't figure anything out, then just take a break. Staring at a computer screen puts you in the least productive state. Go outside, listen to some music, draw, or do something completely irrelevant to it like homework or chores. Let your mind wander and something should eventually come up.
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    Re: Animators Block

    I only animate when I have a good idea to, even though lately I have plenty ideas and simply don't feel like it, but that's not the point of this thread.

    Just look around you and let imagination run wild. Look at a fan and start asking completely retarded questions in your mind like "What if that fan would stand up and start dancing?" then at some point you might get to something worth trying to animate. It'll be creative, slightly funny and you'll learn a lot from animating it too. That's how I got most of my never executed ideas, simply looking around and getting this random mind state.

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    Re: Animators Block

    Anime for two hours then I animate again.

    That or I just watch other animations and try again later.

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    I didn't stop animating and than it looked really good.

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    Getting it off your mind often helps, doing something else for a while and then coming back to it fresh as pyro said. But I often just trudge through the first fifteen or so frames regardless of how it looks, I can then scrap together enough motivation to animate another 30-40 frames.

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    I've had a animator block for a good 2 months.....still going strong. I'll eventually grow out of it.

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