Making Motion Comics – Udemy Course

Welcome to the world of Motion Comics!  Course is on Udemy here!

This is a specialized form of animation using portions of original artwork to animate a story rather than individual drawings for each frame or cgi characters.  By animating in this style, we are able to keep the aesthetic of individually drawn panels with complicated foregrounds and backgrounds; we are able to make our comics into films.

Besides adding movement to our drawings, we’ll be able to create talking head characters that can be animated through your very own webcam- “live” animation using Adobe Character Animator!

Tools:

This class uses animation techniques in Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, and a sub-program of After Effects called Character Animator, so you’ll need access to those to start with.  We’ll cover the basics of each program so if this is your first time animating, this class is for you!

For my demo, I chose to use public domain Golden Age comics, so I’ll show you how to break apart and clean up the artwork from these scans.  If you need artwork, feel free to follow my example, or use your own illustrations.

Some expectations:

This class is designed to work with flat, comic book-style illustrations.

This class is not for people who are more interested in fully rendered, realistic animation in the vein of Pixar.

Also, we are focused on the technique and not on a final, fully completed 30 minute film with sound and voices. The final stories and editing are so unique project-to-project that I have chose to focus on these animation methods.

See you in class!

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Adobe Illustrator Speed Draw #2: Catwoman + Pose Tool

Welcome to another Adobe Illustrator Speed Draw, this time going for DC’s femme fatale Catwoman!  Selina is not just one of my favorite Batman cast members or DC characters but one of my favorite fictional characters anywhere.  And although I’m happy to draw ridiculous versions of the male Batman villains, when it comes to drawing women I feel like I need to work from some reference as to not fall into the trap of bizarre, anatomically incorrect proportions on women.  For this speed draw I show you Pose Tool, an app on my iPhone that I use to pose a generic mannequin in exactly the pose I want to illustrate.  From there we get into the vector art fun of Illustrator!

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Learn Shading and Depth in Adobe Illustrator – A Skillshare Class

New on my Skillshare channel!

adobe illustrator coverLearn Shading and Depth in Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is an amazing design program that can execute resizable vector graphics with ease, but many designers find themselves heading over to Photoshop for shading and adding atmospheric depth to their works.  This course focuses on the unique set of tools within Illustrator to give the impression of a three dimensional space, make your characters pop off of their backgrounds, and breathe a new life into the flat vector look.

Premium sign up with 2 free months of Skillshare is here, but a free link to just this course is here!

DIY Soundtracks With Splice Sounds + Garageband iOS

Garageband iOS is the recording studio in my pocket at all times, and with both the internal instruments and sampled sounds I’m able to create entire soundtracks that sound like full live bands.  The main source of my samples is a service/ app called Splice, which aggregates producer packs from cutting edge electronica to live jazz, world music and classical sounds.  In this video I talk you through my process of using Splice to source my individual music samples, then I show you how I’m able to construct my Garageband iOS tracks and play along with the samples to make fully finalized soundtracks for my short films and animations.

The Adobe Lightroom Bootcamp – A New Udemy Photography Workshop

Just launched – my latest Udemy course is the deepest of dives in Adobe Lightroom, and it’s a monster.  

Adobe Lightroom is the industry standard for both maintaining a large digital photo library and editing images to achieve their full artistic potential.  Lightroom’s interface corresponds to an ideal workflow that makes sense to experienced darkroom photographers and digital creators just learning their tools.  The program is broken down into powerful modules – the Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web- and in this Lightroom Bootcamp, we tackle each one, exploring all the features and how they might be relevant to different kinds of photographers, no matter what genre or if its for commercial or purely artistic purposes.

Students will learn:

…editing approaches that bring out the best in your photography

…how to retouch portraits and create classic epic landscapes

…how to create custom filters, brushes and other templates while getting the most out of Lightroom’s stock filters and brushes

…techniques for speeding up their workflow through the use of auto synchronization, virtual copies, and more

…how to combine multiple exposures for panoramic and HDR photography

…ideas for sequencing and creating layouts for photo books and prints

And much, much more.

I’ve been using and teaching Lightroom for a decade, and in that time I’ve found it to be my go-to software for photo editing, organization and finishing. I’m so excited to share how Lightroom can expand any photographer’s creativity and workflow!

The course is sold on Udemy for $100, but through September it’s only $50 with this secret coupon!

Instax Model Shoots with Lux!

Instax Model Shoots #2 featuring Lux, aka Luxbot Lacheln, Lux Tango etc. I’ve worked with Lux more than any other model since 2011 and we always have a great time shooting instant film. The camera used for all of these shots is the Fuji Instax Mini Neo Classic 90.

Help support the Primordial Creative studio via Patreon and check out our photography tutorials on our Skillshare channel!

Patreon vs Tumblr For The Soul Of The Art Nude Photographer

Patreon! Tumblr! Where can or should an artist who photographs nudes share their work? Is censored images on instagram or Facebook good enough? How does one honor the actual work? I do what I can to address the considerations of the art nude/ fashion nude photographer in these 5 brief minutes!

Help support the creative work of our studio at http://www.patreon.com/davidmiller and check out our photography tutorials at http//www.skillshare.com/r/davidmiller