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

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Animated A-Z: Ignite

Say what? Two blog posts in one week? I am on fire! This weeks animated letter is I for Ignite, and it’s smoking…

Ignite

Okay, it’s not technically being ignited, but still, I’m happy! This weeks animation took me around 2/3 hours to complete. I used this flame tutorial for the basis and learnt a lot of good stuff along the way so I’d highly recommend checking the guy out!

I had a bit of a fluke with the looping. I was worried all the way through about how I was going to make it perfect, but then somehow it just.. was. I’m still not sure how it conveniently matched up, but I’m certainly not complaining! I’m very pleased with how the whole thing turned out, using effects is such an ‘easy’ way to get movement in animations. I’m looking forward to trying some more out on upcoming letters!

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: H2O

Filled up to the brim with water, it’s H for H2O!

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And with that, I’m over a third of the way through my animated alphabet! I wanted to practise shape merging for this one, and a simple mask of the letter H. The hardest part of this one was how short it had to be, so the loop feels a bit rushed, but I’m happy with it over all; I can definitely see me using this technique again.

I love the bubbles, I think they turned out really well from such a simple idea. I’m also really enjoying using subtle gradients to give the animations a bit of depth! I’m definitely getting into a style now with these letters, ‘Phat Guy’ is a gorgeous font.

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: Glow

It’s another animated letter, a glowing hot G!

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Man, this animation has taken me the longest so far. After working my way through two other failed attempts, Grow and Grim, I finally settled on Glow! This animation took me a total of about half an hour of fiddling, but it’s all the prep work that takes the longest amount of time. I’m hoping to spend more time on my upcoming letters as my diary seems to be calming down a bit in these next few weeks.

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: Float

Bobbing along the ocean, trying not to sink, it’s my next animated letter, F for Float!

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Slightly delayed, but I’m pleased with this animation! It seems to be becoming a theme that I spend a long time on an animation which I end up scraping for something that takes me just over two hours. At the bottom you’ll see my original idea, the one I decided to scrap as it wasn’t ‘letter focused’ enough for my liking.

This week I wanted to practise more with my patterns and ‘natural’ feeling  of gravity. I need to learn more about this, some more research time definitely required… but I think I’ve got the cartoony look down? Maybe, guys? There’s always room for improvement…

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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My original ‘boaty’ idea

Animated A-Z: Elastic

I’m pushing my deadline on this week’s animation, but here it is! E for Elastic.

Elastic

I’m chuffed how this has turned out! It’s quite a simple idea, but I’m really enjoying getting the basics down before I move onto some more complicated things. It took me about an hour in total, and I did it on the train back to London!

I like my funky background, a variation on last week’s repetition practice. I’m excited to see what other patterns I can get in with this method; they’re simple and very effective. The idea behind this design is trying to get my zoom-in effect feeling really natural and elasticated. I think I cracked it, I’d like more of a wobble when it lands in place but everything I did looked really odd, so maybe I’ll get that when I get a few more effects under my belt!

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: Drip

I’ve learnt so much this week and I’m so pleased with the final outcome. So here it is, D for Drip!

Drip

I had this idea from the get go, I just had to work out how I was going to get there! I followed a tutorial about liquid shapes so I could get the hang of that, then it was just a matter of transcribing it into my dripping letter D. The main thing I learnt was how to use CC Rough Edges and how to combine shapes so they all work together as one.

Another swift thing I learnt for this letter was background patterns. I’m really pleased about learning this as it brings the whole animation alive, as whilst I didn’t want to distract away from the main animation, I also didn’t want just a plain, dull background.

All in all I’m very happy with this animation, and I’ve definitely picked up on a number of skills I will continue to use. The whole thing took me about 4 hours in total, but that also includes the time spent on the tutorial.

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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