For our third term of animation at Vanarts, we're focusing on dialog. Our second exercise involves a banter between the first character we designed (ol' Boots Newton) and a new character. For our mid-term crit today, I had to put together some model sheets. So here they are for your viewing pleasure:
A Spaceman obviously influenced by Doug TenNapel's Earthworm Jim:The letters under the mouth shapes don't represent the actual letter he's forming. When animating, you keep track of your drawings by numbering them. With mouth charts, you label the poses alphabetically. The reason for this (in the working world) is when an animator is calling for various mouths for inbetweens, there is no mistaking that pose for a numbered drawing. So instead, you're only mistaking the sounds he's making for the mouth shape on the chart.