Wednesday, February 21, 2007
2D vs 3D!
If you're inclined to hang around me long enough, you'll probably soon figure out where I stand when it comes to the age old battle: 2D vs. 3D. I'm 2D all the way. I don't care how mind blowing 3D animation gets - there is nothing that can replace the look and feel of moving lines and shapes. 2D is limitless in terms of the look and feel. Style is infinite. There is so much to explore, and it might not all be appropriate for feature animation but that's what interests me the most about art and animation in general.
Plus too, it's plain hard to think in 3D :)
All babbling aside, this kinda stuff comes up all the time everywhere I've worked. You'll always find a divided crowd. And in any case, it's always a great topic to stoke the artistic fires!
So my buddy Sean is a 3D animator and he's issuing the challenge: 3D vs 2D on his new blog. It's a great topic and excuse to do some sloppy fun animation for a good cause. And as everyone knows, the best flipbook style animation features only the most wholesome violence possible :)
Anyway, check out the blog and drop him a line if ya wanna participate. I'd love to browse a collection of violent animations from various animators featuring the age old debate 3D vs. 2D (or as I like to think of it, 2D vs. 3D) ;)
Technically speaking, I did this frame by frame in Flash with onion skinning turned on. It's 24 fps and I switch between one's and two's where need be. I used some re-looping symbols here and there, but for the most fun this had to be quick and sloppy! Also, I'm not sure about the frame rate in some browsers. I spit out an animated GIF at 24 fps and it seems to run good in Mozilla but Internet Explorer seems to have problems. Is the frame rate some how embedded in the sequential frames? I'm not even sure how GIFs work. It's also doing this weird outline effect in the posted image. I can't seem to fix that. Regardless, enjoy!