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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The Adobe Lightroom Bootcamp – A New Udemy Photography Workshop

Just launched – my latest Udemy course is the deepest of dives in Adobe Lightroom, and it’s a monster.  

Adobe Lightroom is the industry standard for both maintaining a large digital photo library and editing images to achieve their full artistic potential.  Lightroom’s interface corresponds to an ideal workflow that makes sense to experienced darkroom photographers and digital creators just learning their tools.  The program is broken down into powerful modules – the Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web- and in this Lightroom Bootcamp, we tackle each one, exploring all the features and how they might be relevant to different kinds of photographers, no matter what genre or if its for commercial or purely artistic purposes.

Students will learn:

…editing approaches that bring out the best in your photography

…how to retouch portraits and create classic epic landscapes

…how to create custom filters, brushes and other templates while getting the most out of Lightroom’s stock filters and brushes

…techniques for speeding up their workflow through the use of auto synchronization, virtual copies, and more

…how to combine multiple exposures for panoramic and HDR photography

…ideas for sequencing and creating layouts for photo books and prints

And much, much more.

I’ve been using and teaching Lightroom for a decade, and in that time I’ve found it to be my go-to software for photo editing, organization and finishing. I’m so excited to share how Lightroom can expand any photographer’s creativity and workflow!

The course is sold on Udemy for $100, but through September it’s only $50 with this secret coupon!

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!