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My early digital animations

(Animation of a man running right to left)

I’ve always enjoyed animation – both traditional cel animation and computer animation. What particularly intrigues me is the dynamic nature of human motion. In addition, imagery of explosions, splashes of water and other visually interesting physical phenomena has always captured my attention.

On this page, I present a selection of “hand-made” computer animation snippets that I created at the age of 13 and 14. These animations were created with DeluxePaint Animator and a mouse.

I was inspired – and strongly influenced – by the computer animation that was seen in adventure games released by Sierra On-Line in the late 80s and early 90s. Other interesting sources of high-quality animation were the Epyx releases Summer Games (1984) and Impossible Mission (1984) plus the legendary Jordan Mechner game Prince of Persia (1990), famous for its realistic character visuals.

However, most of the animation in those games was created by rotoscoping – i.e., using video and film of human motion as a reference. To me, this method reeked of cheating. My approach was to close my eyes and try to imagine what different types of human motion would look like. Sometimes, I would examine my own silhouette in different poses by using a full-length mirror, but I made a point of never resorting to videotape or rotoscoping.

At the top of this page you should see a running figure that I drew in 1992. The theme of running and walking was one of the main motifs in my animations at that time. Incidentally, that was one of the last animations I made with DeluxePaint Animator, as I felt that I had mastered animating running and walking figures to a sufficient extent, which meant that it was time to move on to something else.

Below you will find other animation clips that I created in 1991 and 1992. All were done from scratch by drawing with a mouse (including the font in the Sierra On-Line logo below). It wasn’t quite as tedious as it sounds – in fact, it was quite fun!

NOTE: Do NOT contact me if you want to find a copy of DeluxePaint, as I no longer have it. Perhaps you should try eBay.

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Sierra On-Line logo

(pardon the aspect ratio)

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Jumper

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Ripping the background

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Lightning

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Making a mailbox
...out of an external floppy drive!

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Blowing up a mailbox with a firecracker

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Smooth moonwalk
(this is how it’s done)

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Picture Start

(another incorrect aspect ratio)

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Swimmer

(Animation of a man walking right to left)


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