Hello, this is Aaron at Hatena in Kyoto, Japan with the latest news about Flipnote Hatena.
People often write to us asking how to improve their animation skills. One important piece of advice is to practice drawing and study about motion.
To improve your drawing skills you could take a drawing class at a local school, visit a museum and look at drawings and paintings, or borrow some books from a library about drawing.
To better understand motion, you can observe how people move and talk, visit a zoo and study how animals move, or try watching television with the sound turned off and just look at the images.
Animation is about creating the illusion of motion and life. There will always be new tools for drawing and animating, but the key things to be a good animator is to be able to draw well and understand how to express motion.
Lastly, it also important share your work with others and get their feedback. Many animators around the world use Flipnote Hatena specifically for this purpose -- we are happy to have featured so many excellent animators since Flipnote Hatena began on December 24, 2008.
Thanks for checking out the news blog, from all of us at Hatena.
Flipnote of the Week
★ Okyuu (id:laughcraft) from Japan posted this amazing Flipnote about a remote controlled robot.
The best of the last week's topic: "Remote Control"
There were over 1,100 Flipnotes posted about last week's topic, and here are some of our favorites from around the world.
You can see all of the Flipnotes posted about last week's topic by clicking on the link below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):
"Remote Control" Flipnotes from the Americas region
★ Be sure to check if you are using the correct remote control in this animation by Najat.T.S (id:gold69).
★ A frog changes the environment with a remote control in this animation by Cosmirage (id:Cosmirage).
★ We liked the various remote controls and nice drawings in this Flipnote by Yukiko (id:Kalohe).
★ Sometimes remote controls can be dangerous, like in this Flipnote by Sonic ;) (id:sonic14).
"Remote Control" Flipnotes from the Europe and Oceania region
★ We liked this colorful and nicely drawn Flipnote by PIGgogo (id:Sean0).
★ Where has the remote control gone in this Flipnote by Ghostie (id:FallenWarpstar)?
★ A character loses his temper over a remote control in this funny animation by Odd★Winter (id:Rodney2010).
★ We liked the cute remote control and television in this animation by Gr (id:mvlsg).
"Remote Control" Flipnotes from Japan
★ ベッティー (id:kingwhitestoneblue) made this funny story about a brother and sister fighting over a remote control.
★ We liked this animation about a unique remote control created by Y-NN (id:y-nnxid).
★ An old man had a funny encounter with a remote control in this animation by たこdeath (id:rabbit_thankyou).
★ ジョニー3 (id:a3735963) posted this funny animation about a lazy way to operate remote controls.
★ ふー☆ (id:RAKUGAKINGU-suzu) made this animation about a remote control that can change the future.
This week's topic: "Hot and Cold"
This week we would like you to make animations about things, places or people that are hot and cold. Animate hot things being cooled down, or cold things being heated up. Make stories about people coming from hot places to cold places, or from cold places to hot places. Animate people enjoying hot food and cold drinks, or cold food and hot drinks. See where your creativity takes you!
Please submit your weekly topic Flipnotes by 9:00 PM on February 28, 2013 (Thursday) US Pacific Time, and we will present some of our favorites on March 1, 2013 (Friday).
You can see all of the Flipnotes currently posted about this week's topic at the URL below (be sure to set your content preference to Worldwide to see Flipnotes from all regions):
If you are interested in having your frog photo or illustration featured in the 'Weekly Frog Sighting' section of the blog please post them on Hatena Haiku and we might feature it here.
Please submit only original photos/illustrations that you have created yourself.
★ Yellowyoshi100 (id:yellow-yoshi100) found some neat frog floor tiles!
★ gluvr (id:rabbitwanter) took this photo of some frog shaped garbage cans.
What did you think about the weekly news this week? Let us know by telling us your feedback in the box below.
You can read comments posted by Nintendo DSi users by viewing the Flipnote below: