They’re the biggest lil’ Sparks fans this side of the Red Planet!
Yes, its more Thrilling Adventure Hour art. This time for Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars.
I had some extra time and I NEVER animate my own art so I wanted to give it a little movement. It’s grainier that I’d like but that’s the nature of a gif. And this one is kinda on the big side.
I would have liked to try this out in Flash, but I know just enough Flash to make it really frustrating to work in. I know what I want to do, I know it can be done, I know the basics of how to do it but I don’t know all the small fiddly details that go into doing it so I’d be two steps forward, one step back for days until I give up and do it the way I’m used to doing it. I just create layers in Illustrator and either redraw the movement or just move the shapes around on each layer. I was trained in Classic animation so I still think in a “draw frame by frame” kind of way but creating so many animations for slots games has taught me to get the most out of the littlest amount of drawing. Now that it’s the way I want it, I might use it to re-teach myself Flash.
I didn’t plan any animation for this so I just rotated and tweaked things here and there. The only thing I redrew were little Sparks’s legs so it looks like he’s bending his knees. Also, a little squash and stretch can go a LONG way.