I was over at my friend Dave Nethery's blog, where he recently posted a great Pepe LePew sequence. This is one of my favorite moments in the series, incredible pantomime. Everything great animation is supposed to be, you know? Anyway, as a learning exercise, I regularly frame through animation (and live action), looking for ideas like these:
In the world of traditional animation, these are called "smears". One of the many ways traditional animators learned to mimic motion blur, and in this case, improve upon it.
(To be more precise, a true "smear" does look like a drawing stretched like a comic on Silly Putty --- you've done that, right? But I put these multiple images into the same category.)
It got me to thinking, is there anyone who is doing anything like this in CG? Would it look good? Or just freaky? Since CG is more akin to puppet animation, I kind of doubt there has been too much experimentation of this sort, especially since motion blur is so easy to render.
I bet there are plenty of Flash animators who are trying this. Anybody want to point me in the direction of some Flash that's stylized like this? The "smear" technique goes beyond squash & stretch, it's adding something beyond reality rather than imitating or caricaturing it.