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01 January 2005, 08:21 PM
Hey Guys.

I just finished a tiny little animation of Fone Bone, a character from "Bone", the comic book by Jeff Smith. :-)

1.2 megs, quicktime mpeg (better image quality) (

883k quicktime Sorenson3 (

Let me know what you think :-)

01 January 2005, 08:51 PM
Looks pretty good, i like it. Wish there was more to the animation though. Animation looks pretty smooth.

01 January 2005, 07:03 PM
Thanks ace. :-)

I made a little update to his wrist when he jumps first 2 times and feet to help him push off the ground a bit better.

01 January 2005, 07:27 PM
Thats a really nice animation. Cool when he sees the ball and his happy face disapears :D.

Lets make another one !! (or two ;) ).

01 January 2005, 09:50 PM
Its a nice update. Have you ever manually scrubbed the bar to play the animation; the movement seems familiar, like its real but cartoony at the same time.

01 January 2005, 09:53 PM
Hey ace, yeah I usually scrub to check movements. :-)

here's a rendered update

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01 January 2005, 11:17 AM
Very cool!! It's so totally soft, the render and the animation. I almost want to hug this little creature, it's so cute. Only crit, it's too short, I think a second more at the end, to finnish the movement would be good.

01 January 2005, 08:31 PM
I must say I enjoy the detached eyebrows, very cool. I agree with the others in it being a bit longer. Perhaps he could interact with the ball more. I would also like to see a bit more secondary action at the end too.

01 January 2005, 09:34 AM
I must agree!

itīs a beautiful little animation piece, also really like the weight shifting.

good work!

01 January 2005, 02:12 PM
Yes, a very skilled balancing and timing that we rarely see. Definitely professional feature quality. :)

- Jonas

01 January 2005, 04:58 PM
It' a nice piece.

My only crit is the arc of his feet when he jumps is strange. His body has a nice arc but his feet move against his momentum and then follow his body. They should probably just follow the arc of the body.

I like the move when he avoids the ball.

01 January 2005, 11:10 PM
No crits. It's not finished. Excellent motion.

01 January 2005, 10:13 AM
The timing is fantastic, but I agree it could use more of a hold at the very end to give the viewer time to absorb it all.

02 February 2005, 08:46 PM
Awesome animation dude :) Are you going to make something more of this or was it just for fun?

02 February 2005, 01:10 AM
Very very nice!
I would say his reaction to the giant ball is a bit too subtle, not extreme enough for what's about to happen. I dont know much about this character though, maybe he's cool as a cucumber.

02 February 2005, 01:37 AM
Very snappy yet smooth pose-to-pose. I pretty much second everyone else's comments, its awesome and I'd love to see more!

The head-shake "Wha?" motion as he realizes something is coming at him is great.


02 February 2005, 03:23 AM

I love Bone! Very good animation. I agree about the reaction to the bird...too suttle.
Overall though its awesome. Need more!!!
:bounce: :bounce:

02 February 2005, 08:41 AM
looks great, very nice movement! :thumbsup:

02 February 2005, 12:36 AM
Fantastic! Are you going to make Phoney and Smiley too? It looks great but I would tone down the motion blur just a bit. IMO

02 February 2005, 07:30 PM
Well done! :applause: :applause:
That's one really cool animation! I really love the way the whole body is moving and anticipating the motion. I also enjoyed his facial expressivness very much, especially when he shakes his head in disbelief when he sees the ball...
Really love the character and I agree with everybody else that there should be some more!!!
Though the motion blur is a little bit too much.

02 February 2005, 08:00 PM
That character looks alive, its very nice :)

02 February 2005, 12:16 PM
Great animation,

how did you animate it? did you use biped, or custom rig. Skinwrap, physique, skin modifier..
share the detials man.. :)

02 February 2005, 04:38 PM
Any chance to see more of your animation? *hint* *hint*

02 February 2005, 03:34 AM
Hey guys, thanks for feedback. I kind of lost track of this thread.

rooster75 - I used CS Biped (not by choice, though), binded mesh to CS via Skin modifier. The mesh itself is pretty simple, so I didn't need any skinwrap or skin morph.

To get Squash and Stretch, I just used CS Sub-Anims (you basicaly apply a controller to a sub-anim scale channel and just use regular max scale tools.

And that's about it. :-)

Alas, I don't have any free time theese days to do more animation with Bone. :-(

02 February 2005, 11:10 AM
please repost a link ... I didn't see it... :cry:

02 February 2005, 01:52 PM
I'd love to see it... :sad:

I'm quite a fan of Bone.

02 February 2005, 03:16 PM
I updated the link in my first post, they should work now.

02 February 2005, 12:55 PM

thanks for the repost!

03 March 2005, 11:54 PM
The idea is good, i think the time of the animation is ok, because we can see a lot of motions, many things are happening.
nice animation.

My Fault
05 May 2005, 07:58 PM
Love it! That is a fantastic take on Fone Bone. Really super nice work.

If you ever do get back to the animation I would recommend pushing things even further (that is like the AM mentor mantra... push it ... pussshhh it :scream:) so try dragging the secondary appendages. Like the feet in the jump for example, will make it pop more.

I really hope you do more with this because I think it is just fantastic work!! :thumbsup:

05 May 2005, 09:24 PM
Hey Brian. Thanks. Yeah I totally agree on Pushing it. :-) Now that I look at it again, I can see how this can be pushed soooo much further then I did. Not just secondary action but also poses and timing. Maybe I'll find some time to come back to it. :)

05 May 2005, 09:34 PM
Wooow nice. Your Animation skillz rock! What a nice, cute and snappy thing! :D

In my Short i had very similar scene and you did it so damn well. :eek: I'll save this animation if you don't mind. Really inspiring.
I'd love to see a short with him and a lot of action. He's too cute and has too much style to be a waiting file on a computer. Hope you'll return to it one day. ;)

Just keep it UP! :thumbsup:

05 May 2005, 06:34 PM
This is a great animation. I don't supposed you've tried your hand at modeling/animating any of the other Bone characters? That book's style and pacing are just perfect for an animated film. Good job!

05 May 2005, 06:44 PM
Looks smooth :), nice job.

05 May 2005, 04:26 PM
Superb. As usual. :thumbsup:

I agree that you should add a little more at the end, make him go back to neutral position and make the ball go out of view.


shattering fellow class-mates hopes and dreams since 2002" :deal:

05 May 2005, 04:51 PM
I want to see the rat creatures :bounce:

Do you have a work in progress posted? I would like to see that. That might help for others as well because it seems like some people here do not know who the Bones are. Plus it's a really good comic so everyone should partake of the goodness. :)


05 May 2005, 05:02 PM
Thanks for kind words, guys. :-)

caezarsalad and eyepeefreely - are making a bone advanture video game. :)

eyepeefreely - do you mean work in progress of other characters?

05 May 2005, 05:03 PM
A. Bone is a great comic!

B. You are realy getting there , lets see more please!

05 May 2005, 05:15 PM
eyepeefreely - do you mean work in progress of other characters?

I know it isnt much but could I see a wire frame of the sphere. I was curious how you rigged it :D lol sry. I couldn't resist. But yeah, I really wouldn't mind seeing a wire of Bone. I was just really thinking of the other people that maybe you had some reference photos because it seems like some people don't know who Bone is. :)

Oh yeah, I really liked how you captured Fone Bones personality. Very cool!


edit: Are you working on other characters?

05 May 2005, 06:12 PM
" I know it isnt much but could I see a wire frame of the sphere. " LOL

Here's Fone Bone's wireframe. Pretty simple model :)

As for other characters. I was working on a high poly Rat creature but he's not finished enough to show and my progress stalled due to lack of time. I did make some low poly models, though, but can't show until telltalegames release their game.

My Fault
05 May 2005, 07:48 PM
Nice simple and clean model. When you can capture a character like that with such simplicty it shows a lot of skill! Very well done.

05 May 2005, 08:20 PM
Great job. I loved Bone the comic and was dissaponited when Jeff stopped it. You do a good job of expressing his personoality in the animation.

Dan Shores
05 May 2005, 08:33 PM
Your dancing around, happily minding your own business, when out of nowhere someone throws a big, round, red tomato at you.:eek: How would you feel? Dance little man, DANCE!:bounce:

05 May 2005, 07:44 PM
very inspiring annimation
and you used strechy bones on the legs
or not?
i am experimenting on stetch at the moment
maybe you can give me some crit when i am done..

05 May 2005, 09:15 PM
Thaks allot for replies. :)

zukezuko, yeah I used squash and stretch on pretty much all limbs. :)

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