I just released the final part of my series on Creating Motion Comics on my Skillshare channel. Part 1 involved setting up the artwork and doing basic frame animation in Photoshop; Part 2 covered Adobe Character Animator’s abilities to do motion capture animation using your webcam and your own head. This part is all about putting the whole thing together in Adobe After Effects. Here’s the trailer:
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I love motion comics as an art form- one of those “neither fish nor fowl” kinds of hybrid art styles, where it’s not full animation, not panel comics, but a kind of movie that stays true to the aesthetic of comics.
The Surrealists of the early 20th Century have always been huge influences on my work- I think when I first learned about Man Ray in my photography class, I thought “…friend!” in that pseudo-horror movie way. As I graduated into making video work I wanted to express myself in a similar way as my photography, and learned a handful of techniques that are not too dissimilar from what those Surrealist innovators were doing when they dipped their hands on filmmaking.
“Get Surreal In Adobe Premiere” is a Skillshare class I created that shows how to emulate the Surrealists using Premiere’s tools. The trailer is above, and the full class is over here! I’m proud to be part of Skillshare’s phalanx of amazing teachers creating small, project-oriented online classes.
I love Skillshare- it’s a learning site that runs that has bite-sized classes with actual projects, so you’re not flailing about searching through massive “How To Use Photoshop” type classes hoping to achieve some particular skill.
In my “Speed Up Your Photography Workflow” class, we cover some of the Adobe Lightroom functions that take your workflow time from hours down to mere minutes. We cover syncing and auto syncing your actions, creating your own preset filters and brushes, effectively utilizing virtual copies and collections, and more.
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I saw this quote in a magazine, and wrote it down in my journal. “Get out! Explore! Play! Have fun! Don’t just sit in a room and expect ideas to come to you without doing those things regularly. If you can’t see the world around you, your ideas will soon become stagnant.” This quote is […]
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One of my secret projects over the last year is the short film/ motion comic “Innocence of Seduction”, an animated collage piece of hundreds of Golden Age comics and old time radio shows. As I’ve developed this process, I created some “how to” tutorials for others who love comics, animation, short films etc. The first of my “Create Motion Comics” series focuses on Adobe Photoshop animation and cleaning up comic art- preview below, full class on Skillshare here.
and the second is all about Character Animator, a sub program of Adobe After Effects. It allows you to motion capture your face and mouth movements to animate without having to set keyframes! Again, preview below, full class on Skillshare here.
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Now on my Skillshare – Create Motion Comics Pt. 2! In this section, we’ll be using Adobe Character Animator to animate the faces and mouths of comic characters using motion capture technology. This gives us actual fully animated talking heads with physics like swinging hair and blinking eyes, all controlled by our own facial movements and lip synced sounds.
We’ll also cover designing our Character Animator puppets in Photoshop and bringing the scene into After Effects!
If you haven’t seen Pt. 1 of “Creating Motion Comics” I highly encourage you to check it out as it establishes what motion comics are, why they are a great animation alternative, and how to put together frame animation in Photoshop.
I’m deep in the process of making my motion comic short film, The Innocence of Seduction, using the process of motion comics. Marvel made cartoons in this manner in the 1960s and 2000s, there was a Watchmen motion comic that exceeded the movie, and shows like Minoriteam utilized the technique to hysterical effect. To go along with the finished movie, I’ve been recording several “how to” tutorials and the first part- Creating Motion Comics with Adobe Photoshop – is now up on my Skillshare channel!
In my class we cover where to find artwork, how to extract and repair it, using Photoshop’s animation features, creating tweens and warps, and more! It’s Part 1 of a 3 part series on Motion Comics, with future installments focusing on Adobe After Effects and Character Animator. I’m excited to share the process as I think motion comics are a fun way to keep the original aesthetic of the comic art form while adding the drama of film.