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 :: 30622 points)
Posted: 3/21/2012 10:38
Statistics:  58 comments    143 faves    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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marlenblaze (Level 1 Thug) @ 6/19/2015 16:45

What the trippy hell


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8 Bit Dreams (Level 6 Made) @ 2/11/2015 17:39

In- fucking- sane!!!!


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rklesmit (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 2/5/2015 08:27

ok, this is now the best animation I've seen on here. Well done. 


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Lindion45 (Level 1 Seaman) @ 12/26/2014 11:00

Whilst he did the hands thing, I totally tried to do it too, and as soon as I looked down to do it he pulled the gun out. I'd be dead right now lmao.

Side note, why is the preview picture so different?! I'd love to see a seperate work dedicated to that spider!


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ADrawingMan (Level 9 Nidan) @ 6/3/2014 03:01

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


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PixelBrain (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 3/9/2013 12:57

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


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AtskaHeart (Level 7 Colonel) @ 1/24/2013 09:14

 One of my fav pixel animations <3


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AlabasterJazz (Level 1 Intern) @ 7/31/2012 23:27

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) @ 7/3/2012 16:57

 This guy is great!


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Souly (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 5/9/2012 23:29

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


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Ashkin (Level 8 Rear Admiral) @ 5/6/2012 03:39

Whoa, so fluid!


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Nether (Level 5 Captain) @ 4/25/2012 23:26

The smoothness of the animation amazes me. Grand work!


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TheSouL (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/24/2012 11:46

I have no words for this amazing piece of art. 


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Jabberwock (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 4/24/2012 07:42

OH MY GUTS! 


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hahnt (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 4/21/2012 15:06

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) @ 4/20/2012 18:57

 Man thats awesome!


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emocx (Level 1 Gangster) @ 3/31/2012 07:18

 im speechless..awesome work! 


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Mini (Level 5 Sniper) @ 3/28/2012 03:14

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


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ECPixel (Level 8 Marshal) @ 3/27/2012 09:48

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) @ 3/27/2012 05:09

 WOW... good. 


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T-Mind (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 3/26/2012 19:53

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


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iLKke (Level 9 Executioner) @ 3/25/2012 19:56

 Scary good!                      


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Hem-G (Level 1 Thug) @ 3/25/2012 13:48

I love it <3


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reis (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 3/24/2012 08:49

Verry good!


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failureboy (Level 6 Hitman) @ 3/24/2012 01:14

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) @ 3/23/2012 13:52

Spider in preview icon rules too.


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Elk (Level 3 Stalker) @ 3/23/2012 05:35

 Very cool animation!!! :D

 

Also very nice how you always make paragraph indents ^^


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big brother (Level 11 Admiral) @ 3/22/2012 13:10

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


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Jeremy H (Level 4 Deputy) @ 3/22/2012 02:36

Excelent ! This is cool and surprising.


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Batard (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/22/2012 02:36

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


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8BitBeard (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 3/22/2012 00:56

 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) @ 3/21/2012 22:48

 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) @ 3/21/2012 21:15

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) @ 3/21/2012 17:24

:O 


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Kenet (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/21/2012 15:25

 Wow... :)


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Gavralcraw (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 3/21/2012 14:42

Bowel disruptingly good!


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Jarlaxe (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/21/2012 14:13

Mother of God!

a new master piece ! O_o


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Benjiro (Level 8 Shodan) @ 3/21/2012 14:07
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) @ 3/21/2012 13:47

 B.O.B., you're way too fucking good.


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shampoop (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 3/21/2012 13:41

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


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jeremy (Level 11 Special Agent) @ 3/21/2012 13:41

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) @ 3/21/2012 13:37

WoW GODD


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Adcrusher (Level 6 Major) @ 3/21/2012 13:34

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) @ 3/21/2012 13:21

Wow, just Wow!


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Calv (Level 7 Assassin) @ 3/21/2012 13:13

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


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orange08 (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 3/21/2012 13:09

O_O this is... fan TASSSTIIIIIIIIIQUE


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Neela (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 3/21/2012 12:26

Beautifully animated!


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Graindolium (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 3/21/2012 12:23


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ThePixelKnight (Level 1 Rookie) @ 3/21/2012 12:22

AWESOME!!


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MIERDINSKY (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 3/21/2012 12:18

increible animación




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