The Itsy Bitsy Spider...

The Itsy Bitsy Spider...

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider...



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Title: The Itsy Bitsy Spider...
Pixel Artist: The B.O.B.  (Level 11 Master Assassin :: 30594 points)
Posted: 3/21/2012 10:38:00 AM
Statistics: 54 comments :: 133 favorites :: 0 avatars

" The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain,
and the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again."

  If you don't know who the character is, he's is Spider Jerusalem, who comes from a comic named "Transmetropolitan." In a nutshell, the character is a journalist who is a bit nuts. However, in the futuristic world he lives in, crazy is the least of his worries, and he uses it in a positive to get his stories out to the public against a corrupted government. It's a pretty fun read, though be warned; it's extremely brash and crude as it was meant to be, but there is a heart to the story which makes the books a cocktail of stories all the more enjoyable.

  As far as animating it goes, this one took much longer than I planned. Originally, it was just going to be him doing the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" hand motions as a play on the character's name. It's basically an infinite movement of hands, where the index finger and opposite hand's thumbs are constantly rotating to meet each other, made up for children of young ages to motion when singing the song.

  One would suspect this simple motion would be easy to animate, but let me tell you; for the uneducated simpleton, such as myself, it was hell. The mirrored hand motions can play tricks on the eyes(especially during the transition of detailing from blocking to detailed frames), and the devil in the details were about in record numbers. I felt like a complete idiot every time I'd spot an error, and wonder how I missed it. Either way, I somehow finished it, still slightly suspect of the end product. When I finished the hand motions and animated it with the body, I found it short, and lifeless. I felt it only suited the character slightly. Maybe something more could be added.

   So I decided to add another extension of animated frames, involving him and his favorite weapon of use: the Bowel Disruptor gun(yes, it does exactly what it's name implies). To be honest, I found blocking his body movements in these additional frames much more easier, despite it being the bigger canvas to work with, so to speak. Even in this, the small details still felt overwhelming. You see, the character is nothing without his devious smile, and facial expressions are a bit difficult to capture for amateur animators without much artistic education, like myself.

  Through the rocky path, I did my best with it. At the end of the day, I'm fairly content with this one, though there are some little things that could be touched up. Some of you guys may find some errors, and I may fix them, but don't expect it too soon as I want to take a break from this thing.

  Some of you may find me dabbling in the lands of art premade famous by other artists and creators a bit much, and I understand this. It's true for the most part. I don't mean to use existing art, or intellectual property to further gain particular somethings of my completely amateur art career; far from it. I honestly mean these pieces in the best of honest intentions, and influence. I know it's still strattling the line of honest creativity, and I do aim to give you guys more of my personal creations. Just know what circles through my head is extremely difficult bring animus, as I find it difficult to capture only a couple of frames of animation in some ideas that I have, that are able to explain them in full, without the user even knowing of any sense of backstory in which it came. How can a stranger even begin to understand the mind of his fellow man without knowing him? I suppose this is the route most artists, good or bad, must hurdle through. Either way, it's a common trope I also suffer and am working on.

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ADrawingMan (Level 8 Shodan) at 6/3/2014 3:01:00 AM

Holy shit. I don't know how I've never seen this.


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PixelBrain (Level 1 Jukyu) at 3/9/2013 12:57:00 PM

 this animation is soo freaking amazing! and I was happy creating an 8 pixel avatar haha


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AtskaHeart (Level 7 Colonel) at 1/24/2013 9:14:00 AM

 One of my fav pixel animations <3


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AlabasterJazz (Level 1 Intern) at 7/31/2012 11:27:00 PM

Another AMAZING piece.  I love the story building it up and the bit of a walkthrough into your process.  I also like what you bring to the table of fanart, definitely not a cheap rip-off, but more of a tribute to the original idea, masterfully recreated; you ADD to the value of the original rather than detract from it.


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beevance (Level 1 Rookie) at 7/3/2012 4:57:00 PM

 This guy is great!


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Souly (Level 5 Killer Klown) at 5/9/2012 11:29:00 PM

Damn B.O.B. you never fail to surprise me.


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Ashkin (Level 7 Captain) at 5/6/2012 3:39:00 AM

Whoa, so fluid!


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Nether (Level 5 Captain) at 4/25/2012 11:26:00 PM

The smoothness of the animation amazes me. Grand work!


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TheSouL (Level 1 Rookie) at 4/24/2012 11:46:00 AM

I have no words for this amazing piece of art. 


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Jabberwock (Level 1 Thug) at 4/24/2012 7:42:00 AM

OH MY GUTS! 


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hahnt (Level 2 Quiet One) at 4/21/2012 3:06:00 PM

Wow, that really is amazing, the pixelwork alone is pretty damn good, but the animation on top of that?! this is top notch imo =) awesome awesome work!


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Daaannns (Level 1 Intern) at 4/20/2012 6:57:00 PM

 Man thats awesome!


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emocx (Level 1 Gangster) at 3/31/2012 7:18:00 AM

 im speechless..awesome work! 


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Mini (Level 5 Sniper) at 3/28/2012 3:14:00 AM

Was not expecting that from preview haha. Thats amazing :)


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ECPixel (Level 8 Marshal) at 3/27/2012 9:48:00 AM

By the way, these bright lines on a few frames in the upper left corner are made specifically?


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Ramsphere (Level 1 Rookie) at 3/27/2012 5:09:00 AM

 WOW... good. 


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T-Mind (Level 6 Yonkyu) at 3/26/2012 7:53:00 PM

 Wow, you gave me hell of a need to read transmetropolitan!


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iLKke (Level 8 Guerrilla) at 3/25/2012 7:56:00 PM

 Scary good!                      


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Hem-G (Level 1 Thug) at 3/25/2012 1:48:00 PM

I love it <3


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reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) at 3/24/2012 8:49:00 AM

Verry good!


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failureboy (Level 6 Hitman) at 3/24/2012 1:14:00 AM

Epic.

I'd say the total darkness lasts a bit too long, but with such an awesome animation it sort of helps as a "build up."

I've watched the hands about ten times and it still seems weird.  It's really smooth and well-drawn, but isn't one of them supposed to be faced the other way (like the palm side should be facing us)?  I guess I'm not familiar with the gesture...


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GameBoy (Level 1 Depressed) at 3/23/2012 1:52:00 PM

Spider in preview icon rules too.


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Elk (Level 3 Stalker) at 3/23/2012 5:35:00 AM

 Very cool animation!!! :D

 

Also very nice how you always make paragraph indents ^^


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big brother (Level 11 Admiral) at 3/22/2012 1:10:00 PM

I recognized the character immediately because I'm so cool.


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Jeremy H (Level 4 Deputy) at 3/22/2012 2:36:00 AM

Excelent ! This is cool and surprising.


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Batard (Level 1 Rookie) at 3/22/2012 2:36:00 AM

incredible piece B.O.B., i think I may have to change my pants now. 


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8BitBeard (Level 4 Shichikyu) at 3/22/2012 12:56:00 AM

 dude. Wait, what...?! No, seriously, even without tapping into a very special region of my brain with Spider Jerusalem, this piece is really special. You made my day, thanks. Faved, obviously.


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Euxeinos (Level 1 Rookie) at 3/21/2012 10:48:00 PM

 That's truly amazing, I love how the cigarette flies from the character's mouth when he pulls out the laser, it's a nice touch. 


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Joe. (Level 3 Hatchet Man) at 3/21/2012 9:15:00 PM

Excellent work, and the description was a pleasant read.  The way the lighting moves, and how he draws his gun, are soooo smooth.


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Satsume (Level 10 Capo) at 3/21/2012 5:24:00 PM

:O 


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Kenet (Level 1 Rookie) at 3/21/2012 3:25:00 PM

 Wow... :)


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Gavralcraw (Level 5 Killer Klown) at 3/21/2012 2:42:00 PM

Bowel disruptingly good!


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Jarlaxe (Level 1 Rookie) at 3/21/2012 2:13:00 PM

Mother of God!

a new master piece ! O_o


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Benjiro (Level 7 Ichikyu) at 3/21/2012 2:07:00 PM
I do not know how you do that

no me alcanzan los cubos verdes para calificar este


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ellie-is (Level 8 Cannibal) at 3/21/2012 1:47:00 PM

 B.O.B., you're way too fucking good.


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shampoop (Level 4 Button Man) at 3/21/2012 1:41:00 PM

I would love to see your process for creating these animations. 


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jeremy (Level 11 Special Agent) at 3/21/2012 1:41:00 PM

Very nice! Only real crit is that the stomach-pants line looks pretty flat, especially on the front view. You could aa that line too  ?


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Lacaio123 (Level 1 Rookie) at 3/21/2012 1:37:00 PM

WoW GODD


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Adcrusher (Level 5 Captain) at 3/21/2012 1:34:00 PM

At first I thought it was just a weird noob animation with squares and circles, and then I saw the character and realized that this was no noob.(I didn't look who made it before hand) Amazing animation it was so smooth. The best part is when he whips the gun out, it looks great.


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RodrigoCard (Level 2 Kukyu) at 3/21/2012 1:21:00 PM

Wow, just Wow!


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Calv (Level 7 Assassin) at 3/21/2012 1:13:00 PM

Dude, this is awesome, really smooth animating, it's perfect.


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orange08 (Level 3 Hatchikyu) at 3/21/2012 1:09:00 PM

O_O this is... fan TASSSTIIIIIIIIIQUE


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Neela (Level 1 Rookie) at 3/21/2012 12:26:00 PM

Beautifully animated!


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Graindolium (Level 1 Rookie) at 3/21/2012 12:23:00 PM


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ThePixelKnight (Level 1 Rookie) at 3/21/2012 12:22:00 PM

AWESOME!!


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MIERDINSKY (Level 8 Cannibal) at 3/21/2012 12:18:00 PM

increible animación


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nvision (Level 4 Team Leader) at 3/21/2012 12:11:00 PM

 Spider Jerusalem FTW!  I just shat myself.  Very well composed!  Regarding the smoke, the light would be very diffuse, and what's emitted from the tip would likely only illuminate a small thread closest to it.  Some fractionally lighter shades of the black there might suffice if you wanted to add it...


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ianlennonford (Level 2 Flatfoot) at 3/21/2012 12:06:00 PM

wow it just gets more amazing as the animation progresses.


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PoisonousJoy (Level 4 Mercenary) at 3/21/2012 12:02:00 PM

 This is amazing!


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Sohei (Level 5 Assistant Manager) at 3/21/2012 11:54:00 AM

The smile is priceless!


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Franuka (Level 3 Hatchet Man) at 3/21/2012 11:51:00 AM

 ._.''


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ECPixel (Level 8 Marshal) at 3/21/2012 11:33:00 AM

Ohshi u crazy!! Awsm!


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Rayovatron (Level 6 SWAT) at 3/21/2012 11:20:00 AM

 Another homerun 


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mikemayday (Level 2 Hired Gun) at 3/21/2012 11:05:00 AM

OH GOD DAMNIT, B.O.B.!


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