Animated Laundry and Sorting My Life Out

in animation •  4 months ago 



I took an unintentional 2 month hiatus from Steemit. I made very little art, played lots of video games, and shaved my head (remarkably, unrelated to any mental breakdown). It felt awesome.

I don’t want to bore you with the details, but feel free to message me if you’re curious.

Back to the art! Here is one of the little projects I did work on:

I have literally never done my laundry this way but I saw it in a movie once and it seemed very relaxing. I think it was that part in Howl’s Moving Castle, where Turnip Head bounces around trying to catch the laundry in the wind just right.

What a weird, mundane fantasy this is for me. It probably appeals to the same part of me that plays Stardew Valley for hours on end.

Process: Procreate to Rough Animator

To make this using my tablet, I first created the assets in Procreate, which has better brush options and is generally just easier to draw in than Rough Animator.


Then, I exported each layer and imported it as a new layer into Rough Animator.

Please reader, animator, anyone and everyone, learn from my mistake: label your damn layers. I made this a lot more confusing for myself than it needed to be.

The wind layer was put on a 3-frame cycle just to give some slight movement in the background.

This is a HUGE bonus to using Rough Animator on a tablet - most tablet programs don’t allow you to cycle frames in the timeline. You have to be careful that it doesn’t look too stiff, but it can be a great tool to save a lot of time.

Each piece of clothing was animated straight-ahead, frame-by-frame, then colored in the same manner.

As you can see, there’s a distinct difference in style between the Procreate version and the Rough Animator version. I mentioned it already, but it’s got everything to do with the brush options. If Procreate had a more complex timeline option, I would use it for everything.

It was a bit time consuming but I’m happy with the end result. The entire thing is 30 frames - meaning about 180 drawings to complete the movement in the clothes. The frames sync at the end so it can be looped. The linked YouTube version above is looped 3 times.

Fun fact: I have those underwear, they actually say “BOO-TY” and I got them on Halloween. They are hilarious and I’m glad everyone knows about them.

Thanks for reading!

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