June 27th, 2021: Sudomemo Weekly News - Topic: "The Swan"

Hey there everyone, DeepRising here with the Weekly Newsletter and Weekly Topic competition.

We had a great response to last week's topic High Speed, and a selection of our favorite winning entries are coming up.

But first, if you're thinking about making a topic Flipnote, don't forget to check out next week's topic theme and it's description, as well as the subsequent Upcoming Topics listed at the end of the Newsletter.

Also, don't miss the links in the topic description for inspiration and further information on the theme (Access these links through the Sudomemo Theatre online site).

And now, here are the winning Flipnotes from last week's topic "High Speed". Well done to everybody who entered.

Our Favorite Flipnotes from last weeks Topic "The Swan"

When a swan recieves unwanted human attention, it reveals its angry side in truly spectacular fashion, in our first winning topic Flipnote this week, by Hiashi.

The character drawing and animation works brilliantly with the hilarious soundtrack. And we have to say, we've never seen such a dramatic transformation as there is here; From peaceful, majestic waterfowl, to enraged, slathering monstrosity.

It was truly a jaw-dropping experience!


We were just delighted with the marvelous swan in our next weekly topic winner, by Latina.

The line work is exceptional, and pixel-perfect. And the rippling water cycle, combined with the bobbing up and down motion of the bird, brings the feathery fellow to life beautifully.


A swan wakes up, very much to its surprise, in hospital, in this chaos inflicting, winning, topic entry by ⒷIⒷⒷⒶ.

The chaos in question, is the speciality of Scoot, who appears in the nick of time, to pull the plug, and then do a spooky dance.

It's just not the swan's day!


This musical Flipnote, by Mil0, is absolutely Quack-tastic!

We couldn't help but sing along to its groovey melody. It's one of those tunes that really stays with you.

You've just got to check it out!


Swans are known for their aggression, but this one really takes it to a whole new level, when it actually eats a person whole, in this winning entry by Dynno UwU.

In hindsight, perhaps it would have been advisable to throw it some bread first, ha-ha!


This charming and quirky tale, by Wafflefeni, features its creators wonderful OCs; The Waffle-Fox, and the Swan-Fox.

Set at a tranquil riverside location, they find friendship for each other, and french baguettes to feed to the birds.


This Weeks Topic - "Cracking the Whip"

Whipping motions can be seen in the movement of many things that are loose and flexible. But the perfect example of this can be seen in the whip itself.

Made of braided leather, and becoming thinner down its length, it's flexible in just the right way for the most effective transference of energy, which happens at such speed, when it's whipped, that it actually breaks the sound barrier and produces a small sonic boom (The crack!)

It's easiest to imagine, by thinking about Cowboys and their bull whips. Or even Indianna Jones. He loves to use his whip to get himself out of all sorts of trouble.

Animation techniques to think about for this Topic

The action of the whip as it cracks in the air could be very interesting to animate, and it could be drawn as simply as a curving line. But the shape of the line, and how it moves, is the key to creating a convincing whipping motion.

The movements could include; undulation, reciprocation-(going back on itself), exceleration, and definitely the pulling through of snaking 'S' curves, as the whip moves through the air.

It's probably a good idea to experiment with animated lines to get an effect you're happy with, before you draw your finished animation.

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Here's a link to a video featuring the bull whip, for animation research:

Cracking a 12 ft bull whip video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvY6x6pZatA

Check it out, we hope you find it useful.

We're really looking forward to seeing what you can whip-up for this cracking topic!

Make sure to post your entries to the Weekly Topic channel Weekly Topic - The Whip and the deadline for your entries is July 4th (12pm EST / 4pm GMT).

Also, we would encourage you to add a description to your Flipnotes. This is your opportunity to explain any points of interest and specific details that we could feature in the topic winner reviews.

And don't forget, if you want a cool thumbnail picture on your Flipnote, whichever frame you save the Flipnote on, that will become the thumbnail. So choose your favorite frame for this, or add in a cool title page at the end, and save on that.

Keep on Flipnoting and the best of luck with your entries.

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