Recently I got sick right in the middle of an intense period at work, and because I couldn't take a break, the flu and following chest infection stayed with me for a couple of months. Yuck. This happens to me (and many hard working animators) a lot, working long hours for a sustained period of time is bound to run down your immune system. But there could be more to it, I saw a Doctor on TV talking about how people catch the Flu, he was saying that many worry about coughing or sneezing near them when the vast majority or infection happen when people touch their faces after physical contact with the virus from a surface. What tweaked the interest of the animator within me is that the doctor said the virus's were designed to take advantage of a "natural human behaviour".
The next day I decided to try and resist touching my face, and it's really hard! Plus the more tired I got, the harder it became (work long hours, get tired, touch and rub your face more, greater chance of getting sick!). Then I thought about how often I have my characters touch their face when I animate them. Hmmm maybe its something I could do a little more. What about you?
Quick! Hands on faces!
by leslie adams