June: Animation Mini Challenge


This month’s Animation Mini Challenge is: [u][b]Lifting an object and putting it somewhere

[/b][/u]Use your time wisely everyone. We have a whole month ahead of us, so start planning your setup. I hope to see something soon from everyone.

For anyone who doesn’t know of a site to host their WIPS I suggest trying Vimeo or Youtube. They are both very reliable video hosting websites and most people have access to them.

Here is a quote by Albert Einstein to think of as we work through the month.[b]

“A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”[/b]
[size=1]~ Albert Einstein ~[/size]


Any rules? I mean duration time, it’s allow to render animation or post only playblast ,anyway great topic ,i try do something ,cheers!


Sorry I haven’t posted any rules. Here you go:
[li]Make all the WIPS in Playblast form, then if you choose you can create your final piece in a more robust renderer (NOT necessary, you can still post the final with a playblast).[/li][li]all animations should last at least 10 seconds long, that way there will be more clarity with what is going on.[/li][li]All participants must show there work-in-progress before posting the final.[/li][/ol]


Hello animators!
Ok, finaly wokring on one chalenge!

Here is my WIP: http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?p=5906826#post5906826
As this is my first work on chaleneg here any tips how/what/where. To post only on my WIP, post here, or post on WIP and make post here about update?

Lokoing forward to see more animations. Wake up people! :slight_smile:


I think that progress should be posted here ,because it will be clearer to follow ,so You become more feedback than in separate wip thread , but the last word belong to Splinter.


Hi Everyone,

I wanted to let everyone know that the purpose of this thread, is for us to post our WIPS and our critiques. All will go within this thread and once I see that there are enough entrants than I will create a thread for our Finals which will include a poll (Now that I know how to work the polls) for everyone to vote on there favorite animation for the month.

So please post all WIPS here.


mirkoj - I really like the way your animation is looking so far. Right now the only suggestion that I can give is: in the beginning of your animation your character walks up to the water jug and moves it with with one hand, which at the moment makes the jug appear really light. I think you can emphasize that the jug is heavy by placing both hands on the jug, arching his back , and lowering the chin while he pulls it back for a better position to lift it up.

Looking good!!!


i m new to cgsociety. I want to knew what is the rule to participate this competition.:rolleyes:


Anyone can participate in this challenge, I only ask that you follow the rules previously stated in this thread and try to post at least two WIPS before we see your final.

By the way welcome to CGSociety Thakur-TN


Hi mirkoj,

I agree with Splinter that the initial contact with the jug makes it look way too light. to be honest, that little bit of business doesn’t really need to be there, you could just get rid of it. my biggest crit on the placement of the jug is when he’s going to put it into the cooler/dispenser. You have a pose where the bottle is almost horizontal, then it pauses, and then he flips it into place pretty quickly. I would speed up the placement of the bottle (I speak from experience here, water goes everywhere!), but you could offset it with some extra anticipation before he heaves it up and flips it into place, maybe lower the cog and have him arch his back forward before he springs up and reverses the back arch and then flips the bottle into place.

Good first pass, keep up the good work!


Hey guys,

I love this site and thought to make myself better I should be getting in on the forums and the forum challenges.

I have not done very much of charcter walks and runs so it is fairly new to me and I don’t have muh of a clue on how to time it out right.

So I know this will be really healthy for me to get great feed back from you and sharpen my skill.

So I am all open to what you have to say good or bad.

Here is my first rough blocking pass on my animation.



Hey good for you to dive in :slight_smile:
Few tips for you, I hope these can help:

  • for that timing problem it is good to use video reference. If you have cam or webcam just shoot yourself acting a piece or walking, and then use that reference as timing guide and also for starting out at poses.
  • I’ve noticed that his legs are sliding on the floor, I’m not sure if you riged that character and he don’t have IK legs or? There are a lot of free rigs available around that are great for animation, I would sugest you to get one, play with him abit to get a grip of his controls and then start animating.
    This is it for now, I would sugest to try this first and then just move up for the next step :slight_smile:
    Have fun animating!

As for lifting that jug with one hand, well it is ok to lift it with one hand but with nice subtle shoulders animation and keepeing whole arm straight, I wanna try to get that feeling into my animation, just get a good grip at the jug and lift it from the shoulders and up and still being able to see that in animation.
Anyway, im into last week of my class3 in Animation Mentor now, no assignement for this week plus got one free week after this one before next term starts so I will have more time to work on this piece. So till I’ve got something updated here, my whole class3 Animation Mentor assignement is hereif anyone is interested :slight_smile:



Thanks for the tips. I will keep working at it and get some reference footage of me doing some walking to help it along. The rig came from Highend.com, so i didn’t make it. I had him sliding to just so how it would look with him moving across the floor, instead of just having him doing the jump from pose to pose.

Thanks again for your help and I am going to work on it some more today.

Can’t wait to see some more work come in on this challenge.


MrMike - I like where you are going with your animation. I think that it could help if you let the arm hit the box and lose momentum just a little, this will help create the anticipation for what’s coming. Then when the arm catches up it throws the box off the table. This might help the viewer feel the weight of the box. I just wonder if your character might be leveled too low. The legs look like they are bent too much and bent all the time. This makes it look a little awkward. I could be wrong… I can’t wait to see your second pass.

I think tomorrow I will post my key poses… I think. So let me know what you all think when I actually get it up here.



mirkoj - WHOA!!! I just saw your Animation Mentor assignment. That was really good! :bowdown:


Alright everyone here is another pass of my animation

I might have to make it longer as I go to get up to 10 seconds.



Hi everyone,

We are halfway through the month of June, and now would be a good time start exchanging ideas for next months topic. I have posted a new thread for the month of July’s Topics Discussion HERE.

See you there


im not used to post in this forum but i loved the mini challenge idea, everyone can join right?

im a little late but i think i can try. the dead line is the end of the month?

is there a winner every month or is just for study? i searched the may challenge topic but found nothing about that

with winner or not i want to participate



Anyone can join at any time I only ask that you try and post at least one WIP, and don’t worry about when you post them just as long as they are submitted before the end of the month.

In regards to your question on whether or not this is for study or for a winner, we haven’t actually elected a winner in the past, but I do like the idea. I will post more details on this feature of the challenge in the topics discussion thread for July. Thank you Vidotto for bringing it up. I have been thinking about it for a while now but didn’t know if I should follow through. I will start a poll for best animation at the beginning of July.

As for late starts I have one… Here :smiley:


thanks splinter, that will be great, i found that animations are hard to get some critics and i think here will be a good place for that

about your block, if i can say something, i think that is sometimes where it appears too light, maybe not letting the arms bend and use a little more of the spine to carry the weight

i made some thing today, but im trying a new animation way (for me) that i saw in the jeff lew’s dvd, almost a straight ahead animation, and that is getting slower than i imagined

the timing isnt correct, im just making the poses almost every 4 frames, there is a lot of frames and twiks to finish the first pass but im uploading what i’ve got for now


thanks for the opportunity