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:
For a limited time, the course is on sale for $15, normal price $35! See you in class!
Hello out there! I wanted to share my newest animated short film “Innocence of Seduction” – collaged from utilizing hundreds of public domain comics and radio shows from the 1940s-60s. It absolutely was a labor of love and meant as a tribute to all the creators of such fun and imaginative sci-fi/ horror/ romantic/ western content of that era.
Assembled/ animated by David Miller/ Primordial Creative Studios 2016
I have a Udemy course on the making of this very animated motion comic here!
This week’s class on my Skillshare channel is Manga Effects In Adobe Photoshop.
We cover screentones, making linework from your pencils, and more! As a lifelong fan of the manga art form, this was one of the most fun classes for me to put together. I have seen firsthand young artists get super thrilled when they see what a few tricks in Photoshop can do to make their art pop like the comics they read.
Signup is here!
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:
Signup for the class here!
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.
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.
See you in class!
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.