Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Meet the Bouncing Ball!

Bouncin' Ball 1.0.0
The free bouncing ball rig is one of the rigs we suggest that students download when they first start learning animation. It's available for free download at Creative Crash.

Why start with a bouncing ball? Well, pretty much every animation course on the planet starts with a ball. It's where students first encounter the concepts of timing and spacing, and also how to use important tools such as the Graph Editor.

But it's also where students begin to learn the importance of giving a performance. Even a bouncing ball can be made to look fun and interesting or - heaven forbid - dull and boring.

How does it work?
This rig is a simple bouncing ball with top and bottom controls for the squash-and-stretch, and also independent controls over its orientation, as well as the rotation and the position of the ball itself.

Who created it?
Saul Garcia

What is the license type?
Freeware

To see some examples of bouncing balls done by our students here at Animation Apprentice, watch the videos below.

Below are samples of bouncing ball animation by students at Animation Apprentice, just starting out on their animation journeys!


1. Bouncing Ball by Greg Gordon




2. Bouncing Ball by Rory Marchant




3. Bouncing Ball by Jeff Smith




4. Bouncing Ball by Phil Loeffler










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