Straight ahead animation is one of the methods use to create vibrant and energetic animation. The process involved is very simple as the title says 'straight ahead'.
The animator draws the animation straight ahead which means he draws the first frame, then the second frame and then the third and continues till the last frame of the action. This results in a very dynamic and energetic output.
This process is majorly used in doing complex action sequence where spontaneity is important, transformation scenes, effects such as water, explosions, etc.
There are few issues related to adapting this method of animation:
• It is very difficult to maintain the volumes of the drawings throughout the animation.
• It is difficult to retain the sketchy lines after the clean up stage. Thus, making the ink and paint process a bit tedious.
But overall it is a fun process, which also leads to creative ideas coming in, as you animate.