February 22, 2011

Why Is Monkey Rag Taking So Long?

So, its been a while. Monkey Rag hangs over my head like the sword of Damocles. I refuse to accept the perpetual work-in-progress, but there's no denying its taking longer than I ever imagined. Finding the time has been a challenge with all the normal demands of work, home, and family. But its also that since its my own project, I want it to be a representation of my best work. So when I'm unsatisfied with some animation, I tend to rework it instead of moving on. For example, my Little Raccoon walk cycle. I did this three months ago:

It was not what I wanted, but it was done. I have a couple days off this week, so I decided to Monkey Rag it up a bit, but I just couldn't stomach that old cycle. So yesterday I animated this:

Its still not what I envisioned, but its a lot closer. I'm still struggling on whether the best approach is to rework until satisfied, or to steam roll ahead and get this puppy finished. We'll see.


Joshua Taback said...

So much better. Great work!

Joanna Davidovich said...

Thanks! Yay! I was afraid no one would be able to tell the difference.