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Watercolor, Illustration, Surface Design

Stop Motion Animation – See the tire “swing” :)

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treeswing
Click here to see the swinging tire swing!
I’ve been wanting to create an animation for a while now. I see a lot of them on Instagram. But everytime I come up with a concept – it’s way too complicated. Especially since I wasn’t sure how to go about it, how to animate my illustration – video? animated gif? an app? which app?

The other day on a whim, I painted a tree and thought it could use something else. A quote? A tire swing! I realized I could start simple. My stop motion animation would be of the tire swinging. The background doesn’t change.Β The tire swing would be the only moving component, so I drew it separately.

But how to make it work? I figured it out using the process of elimation – video too shaky, one app wouldn’t allow me to upload my own pics, animated gifs don’t playΒ on Instagram (I don’t think ), another app left a huge watermark across my animation, etc.

I was ready to give up! I decided to try one more thing and try iMovie on my Mac – which I don’t know well. At first it didn’t seem like it would work. How do I upload my pics? But after some modifications, finally success! My tire swing was swinging! πŸ™‚

A simple thing, but it feels like a milestone. I made my illustration move! Haven’t seen it yet? Click here!Β I’m already thinking of the next animation. Stay tuned!

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

14 thoughts on “Stop Motion Animation – See the tire “swing” :)

  1. That is very lovely and super cool! Can I have a swing? πŸ˜€

  2. Fun! Congrats on your success.

  3. What happens when we don’t give up ! Great job and learning experience.

  4. Very cool idea and drawing.

  5. This is so cool. I’ve watched it many times! I love to see children’s books in iBooks add these little animations like you have done, and the kids love it too. Would you say it was a fun process?

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