A Masterclass In Motion
Due to advances in motion technology, the creative industry has seen a big shift towards the world of video and animation. Today graphic designers are required to be experienced not only in print and digital design, but in motion too.
In this blog post, I’ll be giving a short overview of my experience with the course for any designers of animation enthusiasts who might be keen to give it a go. I’ll be documenting my progress step-by-step, to demonstrate how I’ve learnt how to navigate the After Effects interface and use its tools to create a simple piece of motion work.
Stage 1 – The Basics
I was then able to put this learning into practice as I animated the very first components of a GIF, learning to add and adjust keyframes to make plant leaves slowly sway in the wind and to animate a fish to jump out of water.
Stage 2 – Utilising Expressions, Effects & Presets
This tutorial discussed the basics of how to code and apply different expressions, which enabled me to start altering the duration and frequency of different assets to create fluid animations. The session also explained how to create more natural looking transitions through the use of the Effects & Presets library which allows you to apply pre-coded effects to different layers. This is a valuable tool in helping to speed up the animating process. I experimented using some of these expressions and effects to animate additional elements in my GIF.
Stage 3 – Character Animation
The next stage in the course was an introduction to character animation, which explained how to animate various facial expressions and body movements which helped to animate characters in a realistic way. It taught me how to link different body parts together, using pins to replicate different joints which I could then alter to make the character perform different actions.
I started to apply these ideas to the characters in my own composition, experimenting with animating different body parts to try and animate the characters as they were sat around the campfire.
Stage 4 – Stylisation
After animating all of the main components, the next lesson shows how to apply different textures and stylisation to create a more atmospheric scene. To achieve this I utilised some more of After Effects’ Stylise presets to add effects to elements of my animation. Animating these additional components helped to give the scene further visual interest through the finer details.
The Overall Experience
The course has taught me the foundations of animation and the theory behind the process and I am now able to implement these ideas into my own work. I also learned a number of helpful tips and tricks for using After Effects’ tools to help optimise my workflow. I am excited to put these skills into action and get stuck into some of GRIN’s motion projects!