Check out how to create superpowered motion capture puppets in Adobe Character Animator! I designed Wolverine in Adobe Illustrator, used Photoshop to get him ready for Character Animator, and was able to make a singing berserker with Adobe Character Animator’s motion capture and lip sync capabilities!
Today’s the final day of Udemy’s Easter Course Sale– where they have all the courses as low as they ever go with the prices.
I’ve got a wide menagerie of creative photography, video editing, animation and sound editing courses each for $10.99 here – from Model Photography For Beginners to Learning Lightroom to Motion Comics and Adobe Character Animator, I’ve taken all the skills I’ve developed in making my own surreal pop art and filmed tutorials for each in hopes of spreading the gospel of the DIY indie art life.
Even though these are online courses, Udemy is set up where instructors like myself are easily reachable and responsive, and the courses have lifetime access. My courses are also downloadable so you can watch on your mobile device even without internet access.
It’s been a few months, but with the summer heat sweeping into Arizona I’m back in the lab cranking out tutorials – the first of which is Animating Walk Cycles in Adobe Character Animator!
The walk cycle is one of the foundation principles of animation, and Adobe has recently added it to the arsenal of motion capture animation features of its Character Animator program. We’ll cover how to build our puppet in Photoshop, add walk behaviors, rig our puppet in Character Animator and create multiple kinds of motion.
Adobe Character Animator is a subprogram of After Effects, and it uses Adobe Photoshop to organize the file layers, so you’ll need those programs to get the full benefit of the class.
I’m proud to announce my first Udemy course – Making Motion Comics: Animating Illustrations in Adobe Photoshop and After Effects! 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.
I used this technique in my short film, Innocence of Seduction. It allowed me to utilize hundreds of drawings from public domain comics into my own animation:
In honor of my favorite haunted holiday, I’ve made a bunch of free enrollment coupons for the Adobe courses on my Skillshare channel. This lets people who are not Skillshare members be able to view the course without registering or paying even the .99 trial membership.
There are around 5 free enrollments each at the time of this writing! Click the course title to claim the free coupon.
It’s been close to a year since I started my Skillshare channel and at the time of this writing I’m offering 17 classes, from Photography to Video Editing to Sound Mixing to Ceramics to Illustration. It seems like a variety of things but to me it’s all art, mostly involving pixels and waveforms. When you’ve been doing stuff for a long time, you pick up a number of useful skills, and that’s the overall premise of Skillshare.
The Skillshare site itself encourages people to create bite-sized, project oriented classes that are complete in themselves, which is understandable- I myself check the run time of a class, and if it’s over 45 minutes, no matter how interested I am in the topic, I’ll probably skip it.
I was able to get 5 tutorials up in September, and my goal for the rest of the year is to continue with 1 new class a week. Some classes have been very broad and beginner-level, others- like my Motion Comics series or Design A Character Based On An Ancient Culture– have been very targeted and based on personal projects I’ve been working on.
At this point I want to ask anyone out there: what would you like to see a tutorial on? Basic stuff, m0re photography, more video, sound editing, process videos of someone creating a piece of art? Let me know in the comments below!
I’ve got a couple new photo/ video/ Adobe classes dropping on Skillshare this week, and the first is How To Use Adobe Lightroom For Video.
Lightroom is generally thought of as a still photography program but here are a few neat tricks you can do, especially if you are just starting to work with videos, need to capture stills from your videos, or want to keep a consistent style between your existing photographic library and your video work. You’ll be able to have unique looking footage that you can piece together in your video editor such as Adobe Premiere or iMovie.
Sign up here! And if there are any particular tutorials you’d like me to do in the future, let me know in the comments!