Most of my previous animations have some kind of violent content in one way or the other, so I’m trying something new by animating something that has no violence whatsoever.
I chose to do a character singing a song, and the song I’ve chosen is Tegan and Sara‘s Divided, off their Get Along album.
What I’ll be trying to do is to put more subtle animations in, like facial expressions, her fingers on the frets, and the lipsynching and other incidental mouth movements (so far, all I’ve got is her licking her lips just before she starts singing). I’m also trying to capture as much of Tegan’s personality as I can, by using several video references of her singing – and I also added that little piercing under her lip.
I want to at least get to the first chorus, which is about 1750 frames of animation and when you factor in all the subtle animations, I think this will be my most ambitious animation yet… more so than the Warcraft fight scene!
Anyway, here’s what I have so far:
I couldn’t really find a good video of her actually performing Divided, so I’m using this other song as the main reference for Tegan-isms.
Update: Of course, immediately after I published this post I went and looked for other video references… and lo and behold: there was a better reference video after all!