We have now started with digital acting, and our first assignment is to document the way we animate. So we had to animate a simple rig lifting a heavy object and then document everything from our research to our finished animation.
The first thing I do when I animate is to find some reference videos, usually from youtube. I just watch a bunch of them and try to see how the body works. For this task, Einar (my classmate) reminded me of the book called the animators survival kit, so looked up at page 256 where the main heavy lift is shown in the main poses. I also tried to lift a heavy object and tried to see how I was doing it.
I am guy who pretty much starts with the key poses and don’t care how it looks at start of the animation process. It’s the finished result that matters. After the key poses are finished, I see through the animation and see how the time between each pose is and move some frames around so get the right timing. After that I fix everything between the main poses. Then I often ask people around me how it looks and make some changes from the tips I get. That’s how I do it:)