Animated A-Z: Ugly

My first character animation! U for ugly.

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So maybe his tufts of hair make him slightly adorable… But this is my U for ugly and he was so much fun to animate! I wanted to practise my character animation as this seemed like the perfect time to try it.

There are a few things to look out for on this animation. First the eyes glance to the left, then they blink, and finally they dilate slightly. The mouth moves down slightly with the teeth following along, leading to the mouth filling up with drool before it overflows. This combines a number of different things I’ve learnt over this series, but surprisingly the only effect used is CC Rough Edges for the drool falling. Excited to do more work like this!

As always, thanks for reading! I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog, some animating tips or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.

Steph

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The Animated Bike Cycle

Bike cycle… Bicycle… Cycle of bikes… Get it? I hope so!

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As I near the end of my animated alphabet series I’ve decided to start to branch out more and try some different and slightly longer animations. I hope you like it! 

Let me know what you think by commenting here or tweeting me, I’d also love any tips you can give as I’m still very much learning! Thanks for reading.

Steph.

Animated A-Z: Taut

Not that tight..! Letter 20(!) T for Taut.

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Quite a simple one for this letter, but I really wanted to make the shaking aspect of this animation feel natural. It’s quite cartoony rather than life like, but that’s consistent with all the animations within this series. Looking at it now within this blog post I’m thinking whether I should have made the ‘snap back’ a lot quicker for a greater impact. Overall it didn’t take too long and I like the final simple result of this one. It also features another rather quirky repeating background!

As always, thanks for reading! I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog, some animating tips or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.

Steph

Animated A-Z: Slimy

Slippy, sludgy, sloppy, it’s letter 19 of my animated alphabet, S for Slimy!

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This uses six different shape layers for the main S, combined with two effect layers over the top of it all, Fast Blur and Simple Choker. It’s a relatively simple set up with shapes running over the below S. They change in scale and position to get a nice effect as they start to form. I really like the background on this one, it’s simple but pretty, just two Pentagons repeated with flipped transparency fades from left to right.

As always, thanks for reading! I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog, some animating tips or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.

Steph

Animated A-Z: Rotating

Radical man! Check out this repeating, rotating, radical R!

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I love animations that seamlessly repeat,though at times it’s been something I’ve struggled with on a couple of animations within this series! But this one however, I’m really happy with the outcome, even if it is a bit dizzy making… It could do with being slightly slower/longer, but all my animations are 3 seconds long for this alphabet and I didn’t plan on changing that for this one letter!

There’s a slight drop shadow on the R’s to give it a bit of depth, and it took a bit of fiddling to get the speeds correct on the scale and rotate in order for you to still see it is actually a letter R. Though overall it was actually one of my quickest animations to complete!

As always, thanks for reading! I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog, some animating tips or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.

Steph

Animated A-Z: Quirky

No one likes to be ordinary… Quickly like my Q for Quirky!

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Whilst this looks like a relatively simple animation, it actually had so many fiddly bits! The entire background is made up of just two repeated white triangles at different opacity, and there’s three different key frames for the masks controlling the bar coming in…

I’m really pleased with the outcome -it’s like a fun 80’s logo! It didn’t take too long, only about an hour and a half to fiddle with the background and masks. I’m pretty sure there would be a simpler way of doing second line that crosses the Q, but if there is, I couldn’t work it out!

As always, thanks for reading! I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog, some animating tips or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.

Steph

Animated A-Z: Position

Would you please just sit still!? My 16th animated letter, it’s P for Position.

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I could not for the life of me think of something for the letter P. This is mostly something I wanted to experiment with, merged with the letter P. But as it turns out, it’s now one of my favourite animations I’ve done so far for this project.

It uses Trimed Paths for the ‘speed lines’ and a Repeater, so I only had to make edits to one line. The P layer itself has keyframes on it’s Scale, Position and the effect ‘Skew’ so it has a bit of drag as it jumps to the next point. The layer also has ‘Motion Blur’ enabled, which adds to the smoothess of the overall movement.

As always, thanks for reading! I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog, some animating tips or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.

Steph