We are already well into 2017 but there's no time like the present to get back to the basics and explore Animation:Master.
Not everyone has time to commit to completing all of the exercises in the manual but almost everyone has time to work through one.
So, that is the challenge placed before you; to dust off your skills, select a favorite part of the manual and put all your available effort into it.
The Challenge (Three tracks and an escape clause)
In all tracks you should only complete one exercise to meet the intent of this challenge.
You can take on the challenge multiple times but if doing so you might as well work through the whole manual.
Track 1. Just do it.
Complete the exercise of your choice from The Art of Animation:Master as it is currently presented with the goal of precisely following instructions to arrive at the anticipated destination. Creativity is generally discouraged in this track. You are an art robot. Get to work and do not deviate from the path!
Track 2. This is my Animation:Master!
Look at the exercise and use your imagination and creativity to chart your own path. Can you get the same, similar or superior results? Will others applaud your efforts? You are fearless. No pressure!
Track 3. Target Practice.
Follow the exercise as closely as possible but apply strategic variations that make it your own 'story'. For instance, work through Exercise 6: 'The Door's Stuck' but use your own character (or one you've borrowed from a friend (or enemy).
Track 4? I got no time for this but would you like to see my etchings?
Locate an exercise from another source and present that experience to the masses in lieu of actually taking on the challenge. Extra points if it's an exercise from an earlier Hash Inc manual or book emphasizing use of Animation:Master.
Yes, you can select the same exercise as someone else. Show them they really need to revisit the challenge!
Extra points rewarded to those who record their session and share the experience!
Extra points rewarded to those who share their project files (so that others may steal their work and raise the bar even higher)
All appropriate accolades and special privileges will follow your completion of this special challenge.
Fine Print Disclaimer: If you pick Exercise 1 to complete your challenge you will indeed be a splinepatch hero but if you are not a newby select citizens of the realm will secretly and merciessly ridicule you.