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

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Animated A-Z: Opposite

Quite an outlandish one for this post! It’s O for Opposite.

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I wanted to get my bouncing ‘realism’ cracked for this one, and I really think I have. I created just one ‘O’ bouncing and rolling away, then duplicated that over and over. Once I was happy with the colour changing platform and the ‘O’s, I duplicated it, flipped it, and added a colour invert effect to the right hand side.

I’m very happy with this one, as I feel it’s completely different from any of my other animations so far. I’m hoping I can continue to reach beyond my comfort zone and in the long term, grow it!

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: Magnetize

Lots of M’s in this one! And it marks half way through my animated alphabet project. Here’s M for Magnetize!

magnetize

With an M Magnate, M background and little metal M’s, this animation is quite M heavy! I wanted a go at some different illustrator, so had a go at 3d flat design (if that’s a thing, I definitely might have just made that up). I think it looks good though, and works quite well with gravity, shadows and all that fun stuff.

I think I need to step it up a gear and get a bit more advanced in my animations, flee my comfort zone! So I’m off to do more research and learn some new tricks of the trade. Fingers crossed, I might even learn some new illustration skills whilst I’m there.

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: Lit Up

Today I’m lit up for the letter L, my 12th letter of my animated alphabet – nearly halfway!

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I think this is just adorable! For this animation I wanted to focus on the idea of the ‘L bulb’ really lighting up the space around itself. I wanted to show the filaments glowing as it lights up, and the reveal of the ‘wallpaper’ behind the light bulb.

Something else I’m pleased with the illustration style. I’m trying my best to step out of my comfort zone and practise with some different drawing techniques. This whole animation only took me around 2 hours to complete in one evening. It’s relatively simple though, just a lot of Glow Effects and masking to get the reveal just 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: Kiting

Quite a cute and simple one for this letter, apparently there aren’t many adjectives beginning with K! So here’s my 11th letter, K for Kite.

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I wanted to try and get this looking slightly realistic with the string getting slack as the kite loses hight. It’s quite subtle but I think it works well! I only used a couple of effects on this, Wave Warp for the strings, and Gaussian Blur for the cloud.

It took me a while to figure out an idea for this one, but once I decided and got into the animation it didn’t really take me long at all, about two hours. I’ve been doing a lot more animation work in the office, so hopefully I’ll learn even more tricks along the way!

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

 

Level Up: After Effects CC – Flat Animation

And now for something slightly different. ‘Level Up’ is a new series to this blog where I write about what skills I’m currently learning or improving. There’s a range of things this can include, but as you may already know, I’m a digital designer, so predominately this will revolve around graphic, video and animation work for email and web.

AE_Screen2I’ve seen the term ‘material design’ popping up more and more over the last half a year, though it’s not always glaringly obvious what it actually is. I have ‘cooed’ over many beautiful flat design animations shown as examples, but had not found much else until I discovered Google had released this comprehensive mini website explaining what it was all about. I quickly realised what it was all about was a hell of a lot more complicated than I originally expected, so I decided to take a couple steps backwards first.

Last week I was meant to attend a Adobe After Effects (AE) beginners course in Cardiff, which subsequently got moved to a different date. As I was already geared up for it, and clients were being conveniently quiet at work, I decided the delayed course shouldn’t stop me from making a start, so I began looking up tutorials.

I decided upon this video and made a prompt start. After a couple hours of tinkering and getting my head around why anyone would think graphs would ever be a good idea in a design program, I had created this! –

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I was unashamedly proud how this turned out, and I was soon loving AE’s graphs and everything they stood for. Whilst I was basking in my new love of abstract animation, I realised it wasn’t much use for any email or web design work we had coming up.

I made the decision to use a combination of my newly found knowledge and cockiness to go rogue, and try my hand at creating some animations of building data graphs without the use of further tutorials.

GraphBuilding

I’m pleased at the progress I’ve made this week in AE – from zero to hero a bit more than zero. I’m quite quick at picking up programs from a couple of tutorials, but even I can see there’s so much more to uncover within Adobe After Effects, and this is only the mere beginning to what’s possible. However for now, this is all I had time for within my lunchtimes and downtime at work last week, and the rest of my free time is otherwise engaged due to my evenings and weekends being committed to moving preparations and frolicking in Wales.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you found this interesting, or at least entertaining. I’m always eager to hear any feedback on my blog or just general chit chat, so Tweet me if you fancy on @stephhh.

As a bonus, here’s something pretty I put together after getting bored of staring at graphs for so long…

Mountains