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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Illustrating the Batman rogues in Adobe Illustrator!

Adobe Illustrator Speed Drawing – Primordial Creative Studio vs the Batman Rogues!

I’ve been doing nightly illustrations of Batman villains as I watch the old Bruce Timm DC Animated Universe shows with my kids.  It’s a bit of “just for fun” and also challenging myself to get better at one of the Adobe Creative Cloud programs I don’t use as much as Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere and After Effects.

This time I redesigned Bane, a Batman villain not held in high regard by Bruce Timm. I sketched him out, used Adobe Illustrator to fully render the comic art, and recorded the process for your viewing pleasure. At the end I show you a few other of the other DC Batman villains I drew in Adobe Illustrator. Please enjoy this speed drawing and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Show some love to our studio Primordial Creative on Patreon and check out further photography/ art tutorials at my Skillshare channel!

Finding Your Photographic Vision – A Skillshare Class

Hey out there!  Summer’s winding down, my kids are back in school, and Skillshare classes can once again start flowing.  This one is about a topic near and dear to my heart – Finding Your Photographic Vision.  It’s a class not about the technical side of photography but about the steps anyone can take to become more unique and expressive in their photographic art.

Click here to enroll right away and start learning –>Finding Your Photographic Vision!

I also wanted to mention that San Diego Comic Con just wrapped up, and Adobe sponsored me to give a panel on their motion capture animation software Character Animator.  It was a hoot to be onstage at the largest comics convention anywhere, and it’s all down to a film I made called The Innocence of Seduction and the corresponding classes I created on Skillshare.  On my channel there are lessons about Motion Comics in Photoshop, Character Animator, After Effects, and other Character Animator tutorials here and here!

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Surreal Pop with Gel Lighting Techniques

One of my favorite ways to get the kind of surreal pop I love in my photography is to use the simple combination of colored gels and LED lights.  Here we look at a few ways to use gels and why they are a valuable addition to any art and portrait photographer’s toolkit.

All images in this video shot with the Fuji X-T2 and the Fuji Neo Classic Instax Mini 90, models include Shasta Wonder, Kaila Stone, Mckenzie Eckels, and L. Shima.

New on Udemy- Making Motion Comics

motion-comics-coverI’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!

Instant Film, Creative Damage

Welcome to another of my video series featuring creative things you can do with instant film! In this video I show you a technique for mark making on both Fuji Instax Mini and Impossible Project film alongside a few examples I shot with models Mckenzie Eckels and Kaila Stone.

If you enjoy this instant film video I encourage you to check out the other ones on my channel!

I have a full class on instant film techniques over on my Skillshare channel.

Film used in this video is Impossible Project Polaroid 600 and the Fujifilm Instax Mini!

Working With Titles + Credits In Adobe Premiere Pro – A Skillshare Class

New year, new Skillshare classes up!  “Working With Titles + Credits In Adobe Premiere Pro” is my second new class this year, one of several Adobe Premiere courses I have in the pipeline.

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Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful video editing tool which also allows you the ability to design titles and credit sequences.  This class is meant for the beginning video editor or filmmaker who wants to create title/ credit sequences and templates.  We’ll also cover some of the design elements that go into an effective placement of text in our videos.

Sign up here!