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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Motion Comics at San Diego Comic Con!

San Diego Comic Con 2017! Motion Comics With Adobe Character Animator! How do these things connect? Because Adobe sent me to SDCC to present a panel on Motion Comics! Get a taste of the Primordial Creative Studios experience at Comic Con!

Here’s the trailer for The Innocence of Seduction, the film that caught Adobe’s attention:

Support Primordial Creative Studios on Patreon! http://www.patreon.com/davidmiller

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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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!

The Innocence of Seduction

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!

Motion Comics classes

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!

 

 

New Skillshare class up! Create Motion Comics With Adobe Character Animator

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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.