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!
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.
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!
It’s zine fest season again, and I’m finishing up on my first “big production” zine. This one is called Dusk and features a combination of sharp graphic design on my photographs combined with hard edged poetry from a few wonderfully talented writers. I shaped it in response to the hard political climate we currently live under, even though politics are not present, it definitely shows in the emotional response represented in Dusk.
I made so many zines last year, and none in 2017, that I’m suddenly remembering how fun and expressive zine making is, like running into an old best friend.
I made a class for zine beginners on my Skillshare channel, and it’s still one of my highest rated/ most frequently lauded classes. No experience necessary, just paper and pens!
The Skillshare video teaching platform has Premium classes, which students need a membership to access, and Free ones, which can be viewed without a membership. I have 4 of my classes set to Free through today:
Creative Image Transfer For Photographers and Crafters
Build Your Creative Cloud Asset Library With Adobe Capture
Design A Character Based On An Ancient Culture
Speed Up Your Photography Workflow With Adobe Lightroom
See you in class!
My Skillshare class Build your Creative Cloud Asset Library With Adobe Capture covers how to use a wonderful phone app, Capture, to create line work, patterns, make video filters and sample color schemes from images. These assets all plug in to Adobe desktop apps- Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, you name it! Capture has completely changed the way I make art, so much I was compelled to make a Skillshare tutorial about it!
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.
Last year I was determined to grow as an artist in new directions- I was able to upgrade my computer and imaging gear, pay for the Adobe Creative Cloud and use all their programs beyond the photographic ones, and I traveled outside of my normal LA/ Seattle/ Arizona loop.
With new directions come new learning curves, and the tutorial site that has helped me the most by far is Skillshare. I used it to get my business in order, learn Adobe Illustrator and After Effects and InDesign, learned graphic design of posters, and more.
Beyond that, I’ve been able to bring the stuff I teach locally in the Phoenix Metro to a worldwide audience. Currently my classes involve photography (Mixed Media Image Transfer + Capturing the Great Outdoors + Speed Up Your Workflow In Lightroom) , videography (Get Surreal With Adobe Premiere), sculpture (Create A Caricature in Clay Without A Studio), and graphic design (Build Your Creative Cloud Library With Adobe Capture). I’m prepping classes on Creative Photographic Portraiture, Voice Editing for Adobe Premiere and Audition, and Making Motion Comics, all of which will be up before the summer ends.
In the meantime, anyone out there who wants to try out Skillshare, here’s a lovely referral code for a 3 month trial for .99!
My latest class on tutorial site Skillshare features the free Adobe app Capture and covers how to integrate it into your Photoshop/ Illustrator/ Premiere etc. workflow using Adobe’s Library function.
Capture is probably my most used Adobe mobile app. It lets you make line art, color palettes, patterns, video filters and brushes out of whatever photograph or graphic you throw at it. I’ve been using it in my short films and music videos to have background patterns, make costumes for characters, reduce old low-res comics to animatable line art pieces, and keep track of my character’s color schemes without having to reopen and resample colors.
The class is free for the first 25 signups- no Skillshare membership necessary!
Any requests for future tutorials? Let me know in the comments!