New little animation of my daughter explaining another dream.
I created this for a client who wanted an animated map to illustrate his complicated journey on the Appalachian Trail. Enjoyed creating map as always but the challenge was to make it simple enough to be consumed passively given that the speaker could be talking while the animation plays.
Another little creature joins the cast for a larger animation project.
Here's another one about the fragile structure of personality for the Identity series.
Another one of these little quick animations for the Identity series. This one's about feeling most alive when working.
Now that I feel like I have my footing in After Effects, I want to create a little design series that communicates ideas about identity. I'm attracted to ideas about the impermanence and transitory nature of personality and our beliefs, however misguided or helpful, that it is possible to know others, be know, and be understood. All of these things seem personal and mysterious (and sometimes deeply confusing) to me, so I'm looking forward to translating some of these thoughts to design because visual metaphor will be better than words in this case. Visual metaphors after all, have space in and around them that the viewers can fill up with their own nuanced reactions, memories, details, etc. I guess I can think of writing that works this way too. Maybe I just like Art better :).
I learned a great method for rigging mouths for lip sync animation and applied it to this audio track I had of my 4-year-old recounting one of her crazy dreams :). I think it worked out pretty well, although next time I'll probably make more than the 7 mouth positions I used here (to include some softer/lazier mouth positions like "nuh" and "uh"). This only took a couple of hours to animate, once the illustration were complete. Roughest part was the render, which took over an hour.
I learned a lot--especially regarding my CPU limits--with this one. Drew the astronaut in Draw and imported but all other elements were created in AE. The stars are a simple effect but the colors are blobs with displaced turbulence. All in all, there were about layers that each had at least one effect that included an evolving element. The duration is just a few frames over 4 seconds, the frame rate is low (20) and the size is only 750 pixels wide. Still, my computer could not render this file with crashing After Effects. In the end I had to reduce/delete many effects and tweak the export settings. The resulting render turned to be less than ten megs, which leads me to believe that all of those vector calculations are difficult for the processor for a brief moment and then the rest of the render must be very light work.
I love the way the outer space effects came out and want to do more of these on their own (no character). So next time, I'll probably have to consider knitting elements to gather in Photoshop and/or test-rendering as I add each effect to know when the compass reaching its limit.
It's finally done! After two months of working on this in every bit of free time I have, this little walk cycle animation is finished. This started as a tiny little project for me to learn how to make a proper walk cycle and ended up as a 35 second journey through a complicated landscape. And while I need to disclose my understanding that I'm still terrible, I am kinda proud of this!
The illustration was done in Illustrator and imported as a massive layered file, which knowing what I know now, should have been broken into many little pre-comps. And what I really like about this project in the end is the art direction. I'm really happy with the palette and all of the texture.
By making this animation I learned a lot more about rigging, how to make a simple walk cycle, and a ton of effects and tricks for more polished looking movement. Some of the biggest takeaways were learning how to better use the graph editor and control pre-comps with null objects. Can't wait to do it again and do it right.
Finally starting to play with some of the effects that AE can generate for you. Drew this one on my iPad, so the whole thing only took about and hour to create.
I am also being featured on Ello's Gif page now. So thats pretty cool!
Entirely generated in After Effects so everything is vector; I can have this rather long animation save down to just 2-3 megs. Learned some new tricks for generating the complex patterns in the wings which will surely dominate the next piece I make. Just need to better understand what their ideal use would be. I'm thinking passageways to the future or a tunnel around a black hole (?).
It goes without saying that I'm not 100% satisfied with this, but I am starting to feel more competent in After Effects, so much so that when I have an idea, I almost immediately understand how to approach/execute (or so I think).
Hours to draw. Minutes to animate. And I found a new PSD tool for better optimization which is great because some platforms are really tricky about loading "bigger" gifs (Tumblr).
This little animation looks pretty simple, but it was massively informative to create. When trying to character rig the body, I learned the hard way that Duik will only allow for three bones per IK. After working around that issue, I realized that I could have built this whole character out of sine waves, which would have resulted in a smoother, more elegant design, especially with regard to the underlying code. I'll likely rebuild this rig the "right" way, including the animation of her hair, for a later practice. For now, I just want to let her ride for awhile.
On the up-side, this is the smallest animation I've made. It's just over 2 seconds and the initial render was only 4 megs. (By contrast, the walk cycle animation I've been working one for weeks, renders the 10-second clip at almost 2 gigs).
I love this one because I got to learn a lot of fun little techniques. Plus, color!
This is really an excerpt from a larger piece that is still underway.
Working to create a new gif everyday for 30 days n my quest to strengthen/learn new motion graphic techniques. I'm giving myself an hour each day to create and each final gif must be under 5 megs. Here we go!
When trying to find out of Adobe was going to create some 3d modeling software, I found this tutorial explaining that After Effects already includes a Lite version of Cinema 4D which allows you to create some basic 3D modeling within AE. I'm choosing this specific tutorial by VinhSon Nguyen, because he creates a really beautiful example of text that is integrated into it's full-color- background. A really nice artistic approach explained very clearly.
This AE feature seems useful for text, but perhaps not for my immediate need. My current goal is to create a 3d model of the packaging pieces I've made for my portfolio so that reader's can freely manipulate (twist & Turn) the image while viewing. Need to do more research on the right program to learn to accomplish this.