A quick animation I did over a weekend for one part of a sports show. Done in C4D and After Effects.
As I’m always looking for more ways to do the type of work I like to do I try to keep up with new things that will enable to continue doing the type of work I like and get paid. Envato has many different services to do this and the recently release a new one microlancer.
I recently completed my first project and second one soon after using this service. I have one service listed for 3D Logo Design.
I have used services like microlancer before though I have rarely received jobs though them, rather most of my jobs have been found working directly with people on various projects. I had a great experience using their service despite not complete sure how the actual system worked until I had a client. The two jobs I completed where from the same person who needed a logo converted from a 2D design to 3D. They client liked the result on both logo customization’s and I was able to complete the job on time.
I’m always looking for more opportunities and different projects to work on. So when I was contacted by SME branding to asking if I would like to be a part of a project they where going to being I jumped at the opportunity. The Project began in mid august with a hard deadline in the middle of September.
My involvement other then discussions on the project as a whole was involved with the animation following the direction given from the storyboards done by the awesome designers. I worked over a week with the SME designers to create the vision they had for this animation. I used primarily After Effects CC with some C4D via cineware. Though cineware is still not as work flow steady as I would like it to be, so I did have to render out a few things in the end.
In addition to the animation I was responsible for the final audio mix of the project. They wanted to give the project a real environmental feel to it. Their team discussed the sounds that they wanted and I went about doing the final mix with their direction and feedback. SME had a composer create and original track for the piece that would express the feelings they where going for. I used Audition CC to do the final mix which worked well in my final workflow.
Overall I had a great experience working on this project, with the team over at SME and I’m glad it turned out well for Brown Jordan. You can even check it out on their website.
Another 3D logo I created for a client based of an existing logo design. More about this project soon.
An animation production I worked on with agency SME in NYC to help promote the re-branding of brownjordan.com. I was responsible for animation, and final audio mix. The storyboards, design, and direction was done by the awesome people at smebranding.com.
More info about my process in a later post.
This weekend I was a new guest host on an Avatar The Last Air Bender Podcast. You can hear and other avatar fans talk about a great episode of Avatar. Also check out a bunch of other great podcasts too.
Avatar the Last Airbender is on of my favorite animated shows, and although the series has been done for a number of years now, they have been producing comics about what happened after the series was over. I have personally been really enjoying these giving us fans a look at what happened to our favorite character as they get older and what helps shapes the world that we see in Legend of Korra.
In the latest comic The Search Part Two we are following most of the gAng with Zuko on his quest to find his mother and at the End of the Book we find a meet a new Spirit the Mother of Faces which I really like the design of.
I wanted to do a simple cut out animation of the character and make a simple gif animation that I could quickly post online. It turned out not quick to do since I expanded my original idea of the project. I was simply going to break it up and place the parts in 3D space in C4d then bring them in to After Effects using the new Cineware plugin and animating them in AE. Creating an animation in only 2D space. But I wanted more control over the Spirit and cineware to work to slow for an efficient workflow.
I ended up doing a full rig for the Spirit in C4D and a more involved camera move that required me to recreate the whole background. I also added some music from audio jungle to add some atmosphere to the animation. I also learned the limits of gif sizes on various sites due my full gif being to large for most site to be posted on so I edited it and made a shorter gif in addition to the long one. Check them out and tell me what you think.
The main reason behind this project was to take a simple vector image that seems 2D and animate it in a simple and interesting way. This image was in a newsletter as a free vector stock graphic from shutterstock.com.
I broke it apart in Illustrator for the various parts trying to keep the original design as much as I could intact while making it easy to animate. I built a simple rig that allowed me to easily control the wheels spinning, their visual spinning appearance, the handle bars, and the movement of the bike. I created a similar rig in C4D for the 3D bike as well. I did however forget to flip the visual appearance on the wheel in the render so the wheels look like they’re spinning backwards(which is how they look in real life).
In addition I used some expressions in AE to link the location of the bike with the bouncing ribbon so that it always stays on top since there is no way that I know of to parent it. I did this using a linear interpolation property in AE and Xpresso and spline point linking in C4D. The rest of it is just straightforward animation.
I did some research on this type of bike and according wiki it’s a women’s roadster bike. I recognized it as a dutch (European) bike for some reason and the name it has in the Netherlands is Omafiets (“grandma’s bike”) which is where I got the text for the title and the name of the project.