With my cooperative company Rainbox, we’ve recently finished a crowdfunding campaign which was a big success (185% of the initial goal). This article is an assessment written a couple of weeks after the end of the campaign.Read more
With the new After Effects 2020, the performance using openEXR images has been greatly improved.
It’s time to make the best use of them while understanding the available compression methods!Read more
Let’s try to figure out the definition of Animation and of Motion design.
Here are the results of my humble study about what makes animation and motion design different.Read more
DuStroke is a new free tool I have developped for After Effects which makes… Advanced Strokes (including tapered strokes)Read more
When compositing a 2D animated film, choosing the right blur to simulate depth of field (or choosing to not use blur at all) is very important and has a great impact on the general aesthetic of the film, and its stylistic consistency.
This is an example of how I worked the blur effects (with After Effects) for the short movie Purpleboy, by Alexandre Siqueira. The film is co-produced by my cooperative Rainbox.Read more
Everything I do, everything I share, is political. Let me explain what it means, and convince you to join me.Read more
Sooooo… Do you have to create storyboards in your work? Wonder Unit has THE tool you need to create yourRead more
We’re working on a versatile walk cycle animation tool, entirely produral, meaning an animation without any keyframe, only parameters you can change to adjust how the character walks.Read more
I’ve just finished a new character animation from an illustration by Justine Cunha.
I’ve recorded this three-hour animation work (excluding character rigging). Here’s the accelerated video – three hours compressed in 8 minutes – and a few explanations about the different steps of my animation process for an acting like this in After Effects with Duik. You can watch the finished animation at the end of the video or in the end of this post.
The “My” word in this title might sound a bit arrogant, but it’s actually quite the opposite. Read next…
Working with icons is new for me – the icons of the previous versions of Duik were not designed by myself – and I discovered how hard it can be to design icons which are: intuitive, clearly “readable” – even when they’re as tiny as only 14 pixels wide – and beautiful. Yes, I’m trying to make Duik16 at least a bit less ugly than Duik15, but this is a bonus, I’m actually working really hard to make it intuitive and quick and easy-to-use.
I’ve been very happy to work on Justine Cunha’s wonderful illustrations recently, and I’m going to share my process with you. What’s interesting is that those characters were… Well, illustrations. They were not meant to be animated at all, so it could be a bit tricky to adapt them. The technique I used, Duik in After Effects, seems to be one of the easiest way to do this, animate illustrations, without having to adapt the style.
What’s great with animation in After Effects, is that you work on the actual illustrations, you don’t have to re-draw them. This means they can be very detailed, with textures, shadows and small details, which would be impossible if you had to draw each frame by hand like with more traditional 2D animation.Read more