Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Character Creator: Animations!

Animations are in!

In some ways, this is a bit of a love / hate update. This is the update that highlights just how much is missing from our animations, and everything wrong with the set.

Children can only walk or stand. There is no hair for adult idling or running, in any style or color... because, if you'll remember, the idle was something I'd made myself. Thera only made run animations, not the hair styles to go with them. Then there are some animations that are broken or just don't work. For instance, the straight nose looks fine from the front, but when you're walking, it doesn't bob with the rest of the head. Some of the clothes are slightly offset.

And I also love the fact that I can see this in detail, as fast or slow as I want to; it was one of the reasons I'd made this tool at all, so I could preview all the gaps in this animation set, so I can see what was working and what wasn't.

This is coming close to being a usable tool now; there's still a good chunk on my plate before I can release it into the wild (messages to say when an animation sprite is missing being a big one, and the 'render' button doesn't do anything), but we're on track right now and I'm pleased with its progress.

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