Animated A-Z: Yank

Off the stage with you – my penultimate letter of my animated alphabet, Y for Yank!

Yank

I cannot believe this project is nearing it’s end! This one is something I’ve had in my head for a long time. It has a number of very subtle things that I wanted to try out, like using alpha masks to keep the spotlights all in a line, making the hook go behind on the way in, but ‘around ‘ the Y on the way out, and the slight bend on the Y as it gets pulled off. All simple things that you wouldn’t really notice, but all together they make the difference!

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: X-Ray

Who knew that’s what it looked like inside? Letter 24, X for X-Ray!

XRay

I’ve had this one sussed since last year, so I’m really pleased with it! Quite simple but it does use a separate fixed place mask (alfa mask on the layer above) so that the later can move but the mask stays in the same place, a super handy thing to learn!

All in all it took a couple hours, one of my fastest as I knew exactly what I was going for from the start. Only two more to go!

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: Windy

We’re so close! Here’s a blustery number, W for Windy!

Windy

I love this animation, I think it’s totally adorable, and it’s exactly how I planned out from my first sketches of this letter. There’s over 30 individual leaves which has to be animated but it was definitely worth it in the end.

The whole thing took about 3 hours from start to finish, so not too bad! I started out with a Photoshop drawing that I imported into After Effects to animate the different elements after I changed all their anchor points. It was quite a simple animation, but with a few time consuming fiddly bits!

With 23 down, I only have 3 more letters to go! We’ll get there soon enough!

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: Ugly

My first character animation! U for ugly.

ugly

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

Animated A-Z: Slimy

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

slimey

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!

rotate

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!

quirky

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