Tennis Serve (Body Mechanics)

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  10 October 2012
Arrow Tennis Serve (Body Mechanics)

Hey everyone,

here's another exercise I'm doing. I tried to include everything I know about animation principles and body mechanics. It's not that much of an acting shot. for better quality

What do you think? Critique and suggestions are highly appreciated! Thanks a lot in advance.


Last edited by peertheer : 10 October 2012 at 01:03 PM. Reason: Embedding Video
  10 October 2012
Hi Peertheer!
I love the exaggeration in this shot.
The only thing that really stood out to me are the legs are in a really strange first pose and during the first action.

  10 October 2012
Whoa. Really nice squashy animation there. The big thing that catches my eye is his left hand/arm from about frame 35 to 44. First it swings in front of the body and then behind the body and then comes forward again to grab the racket. Its too much action in too few frames and when watching at speed creates a jarring little pop. Even if it matches your actual serve, I would ditch having that arm swing in front of the body first. Have it go straight from frame 34 back behind him. That will give you time to get a nice arching swing and overlap in the fingers, wrist and elbow before hooking up with its action in frame 46 onward. Thats my recommendation.
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  10 October 2012
Hey Zac,

good point, maybe a little too much action for such a fast animation, though its less jumpy, when you watch the qt (vimeo seems to drop some frames). I had this issue in mind when animating, but I guess watching it over and over again smoothed it out

Nice portfolio btw, I also animated the little robo-fella you got on your reel ( I like him.

  10 October 2012
Hey, yeah. I actually saw your robot crab animation a few weeks ago and I was extremely impressed. So much so that now that I've actually taken that animation off my latest reel because I now realize how much better it could be if I really put some time into working with that rig.
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  11 November 2012
Really looking good!
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  11 November 2012
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