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A Book in the Wind (animation study)
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This is an entry for :icondreamers-welcome:'s monthly challenge. July's challenge theme was wind.

At first I wanted to try to make a tornado, but some rough sketches showed me that extensive research was needed. Instead, since my last animation (to which I also made a tutorial) included some frame-by-frame waves that I thought were a bit too jumpy and because I thought I needed some , I decided to let the wind turn the pages of a book. Because books.

I filmed a book over and over again, until I had something that looked like could loop it after vectorising it. What do you think? Did it work?
All of the digitising/tracing/vectorising and the animation was done in :icongimpplz:.

Get the source files:
Click here! Contains original XCF, converted PSD, GIF, preview GIF, APNG with transparent background and all the layers used (38 white pages PNGs and 38 black shading PNGs).

More book animations:
Mysteries Opening, [English] Bookfriends, [German] Buchfreunde, Book sleighing.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger's avatar
My-Sword-is-Bigger|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe you, you're just too good at this >_<
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RetSamys's avatar
RetSamys|Hobbyist General Artist
;-) This one was more of a trace. Filmed a book in the wind, chose some frames, redrew it.
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My-Sword-is-Bigger|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh I see. I was wondering how you did it so realistically!
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SuedeHatBatLord's avatar
SuedeHatBatLord|Student Filmographer
The book moves so fluidly that it almost becomes real. :)
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RetSamys's avatar
RetSamys|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. =) I should hope so, the study is based on a real book.
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3litza's avatar
3litza|Student Interface Designer
Und ich mach's so wie du auch:
Das ist definitiv mein Liebling von deiner Gallery! Richtig gut! Und das mit GIMP und Video - echt 'ne runde Sache!
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RetSamys's avatar
RetSamys|Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbowplz: Danke, danke, danke! Interessante Wahl. Ich sollte mich mehr an der Realität orientieren... =P
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vjavierv's avatar
vjavierv|Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful!
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RetSamys's avatar
RetSamys|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Books are always beautiful.
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JWA2277's avatar
JWA2277|Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating work! Both as art and programing simply stunning
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RetSamys's avatar
RetSamys|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! *shoots phaser and stuns*
I'm not sure what you mean by "programming", I didn't code anything for this and I traced everything by hand (digitally). Is this about the topic of the image or maybe about my mind?
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JWA2277|Hobbyist General Artist

I was speaking of the image! So, all is scanned in and traced.

What is the animation program?

Could anyone do this?

I will not ever comment on your mind It is already impressed me. I would love to know what other subjects you would be willing to discuss!

PS( Ow that hurt!, What did you shoot me for?) I will assume that was friendly fire, after all I don't were red shirts!

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RetSamys's avatar
RetSamys|Hobbyist General Artist
=) In no way did I mean this to be hurtful!

It isn't scanned. I filmed a book in the wind on my balcony. Took a long time until I had the footage I wanted. Then, I traced and animated it with the GIMP.

In theory, anyone could do this. It takes some practice and some understanding of how the animation will work - especially if you have to guess what is what half of the time because of really bad footage like the one I had. Of course it's a lot easier than drawing it from scratch, but it's not as easy as running a script over the image (if you want to do that, you should be an artist in another way: it takes a good photographer - with extra knowledge - to provide good footage).
This was nothing more than a study. That's why I traced my clip. It was to teach me about smoothness concerning animation - I felt like the last frame-by-frame animation was a bit rough...

Oh, OK. I thought that maybe you were referring to one of the most efficient computers in the world (with significant flaws, of course): my brain.
Other subjects... hm... let's see... definition(-s/-lessness) of God/gods, Santa Clause and his versions, weirdnesses of English as a language (maybe not a good idea, I wouldn't have much to contribute), efficiency of alphabets, your profile picture, the penny question and the plausibility of its realisation, musical genres, PR for small artists for outside of dA, sandwiches... do you have any ideas?

Love the reference. Why would I kill a redshirt? They're going to die anyway!=D
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munkfeavor76's avatar
wow neat . I wonder have you thought about using a falling feather  as it lands in  the book? the left it as a book mark then the as the pages turn? sorry it was just a thought. that or just writing with the  feather in the book ? just some ideas for you. That is if you wanted or need some ideas.
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RetSamys's avatar
RetSamys|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.

Ideas are always welcome! In this case, your idea wouldn't have worked very well with what I was doing. There was quite some wind when I made this, a feather wouldn't have behaved the way I would have liked it to.
But it would have been nice to have something like that in an animation, because it's an impressive looping technique... hm...
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munkfeavor76's avatar
ha ha now that i think about that you are correct. I always get tons of ideas all day long for different kinds of art.
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luisbc's avatar
Your work is great dear friend!!!Nod
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RetSamys's avatar
RetSamys|Hobbyist General Artist
So is yours!
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