This year, I’ve started to explore animation. My interest was peaked by some really talented people, especially Rachel Ryle. Definitely check her out (all links below).
I first started playing with hyperlapse video and stop motion video and created videos that were a painting in progress. But keeping the camera steady while working was a challenge. And stopping periodically to film wasn’t any easier.
Next I played with adding motion to my illustrations by creating animated gifs. (Like the tire swing above and my skeleton below.) I was inspired by Illustrator Nancy Liang. (Check out her work in the link below.) I used Photoshop to create the “scenes” (saved as separate gifs) and then would put all the gifs together in imovie. This is a bit tedious because each and every step of a movement has to be a different scene.
I knew their was a better way! I found a talented animator, Emanuele Columbo, on Instagram and asked him what he used to create his animations (link below). How nice of him to share that he used After Effects. And I own After Effects! (It came with a bundle of other Graphic Design software.)
A twenty minute tutorial on youtube by Kriscoart Productions has given me the basics and I’m ready to try After Effects and create a new animation!
But first, as with any animation, you need the artwork to animate. I love the idea of animating my watercolor and ink drawings. My goal is to have an animated turkey by Thanksgiving. Since I’m not cooking this year, I should be able to pull it off!
Below are links to the Animators/Illustrators that have inspired me. What I love about these three is that they all have their own (very different) styles. I’m hoping my animations will be a reflection of me. Animation is definitely going to be a focus of mine in 2016!
12 thoughts on “Exploring Animation”
My dream is to be an animator! This’ll probably help me 🙂
I’m so glad I can help you as I learn! 🙂
Now that is a challenge. Good luck sounds like fun!
Hi Eileen, I love what you are exploring with the animation. Thank you for sharing your results and links. I’m following you on IG now.
Thanks Sharon, I’m so glad we are connected on Instagram now too! 🙂
Me too!! It all so fun.
I love Rachel ryle!! I can’t wait to see what you do with animation….I am thinking of dabbling in that too when I can carve out more time!!
I know! If we only had time to try and explore everything!
Super interesting! I’d love to try animation one day. Thank you for all the links and info – and congratulations for your own work, too!
I’m so glad this post was useful to you! I’ll keep the animation details coming. Would love to see you create one. 🙂