This is a quick little animation I put together of James Whites’s(signalnoise) design with his Character Head for his nomination for Faces Magazine in Halifax for their Faces Choice Awards 2011. Vote for him on the voting page.
Originally I wanted animate his character head that he has up before his broadcast. I had the idea to have it do sort of the typical talking head thing, probably sync it to him saying “Keep the metal alive”. Then I saw this one and I just had to animate.
I recreated the design in Photoshop and Illustrator. Then I animated it in After Effects. I made sort of pseudo rig that allows me to flip the eyes down easily and open the mouth. The tongue I animated with the puppet tool. I designed the tongue by looking at reference of Gene Simmons tongue…I also looked at some Youtube videos for the tongue animation…(I would not really recommend doing this, I should have used a safer place).
So in the end I got this James rocker head poster animation that rocks out to the music as the text comes in with a little tongue action at the end.