charcoalfeathers asked:

I love your animations! I don't want to be That Person asking you for all your art secrets but do you know any AE tutorials you could point me in the direction of / things that have helped you? I'm super interested in rigging but I'm not sure where to start! (Sorry if you get asked about it a lot! I'm a new follower and I'm looking forward to seeing your work!!)

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There’s a bunch of different videos floating around online, but these are the ones that have helped me out the most! :D

Puppet Tool/Animation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FKaPBAUBNY
https://www.video2brain.com/en/lessons/animating-characters-with-the-puppet-tools
http://www.videocopilot.net/blog/2014/02/puppet-tool-tips/


Rigging:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpgQasDmhI4

Hold on to your stuffing, it’s time to fight back!

Magic Bunny rallying his plush troops! Wanted to make a new business card illustration, really wanted it to look like a mini print and something that people would want to put up on their wall :D I’m really happy with how this came out!

Then I decided to make a little gif of the pic too!

Edit: sorry I edited this post like 10 times just now, the gif compression is giving me problems.

I’m super excited for The Strain tv series! I love the gnarly, monster-y vampire designs in the comic, so I hope the show does it justice. The first ep was pretty good, but a little cheesy (which all vampire movies tend to be and thats totally cool)
It’ll be a nice break from all the sexy vampire stuff on tv recently.

I’m super excited for The Strain tv series! I love the gnarly, monster-y vampire designs in the comic, so I hope the show does it justice. The first ep was pretty good, but a little cheesy (which all vampire movies tend to be and thats totally cool)

It’ll be a nice break from all the sexy vampire stuff on tv recently.

snaggle-teeth asked:

How do you get your GIF's so clean and clear and not pixelly or grainy?

I usually start with exporting the animation as a .mov file out of AE at the lowest filesize/compression I can while still keeping a nice image. I’m not really sure if this step does anything to to help the quality of the gif in the end, but I do it by habit now. Then I use the .mov file in photoshop to Save for Web. These are the settings I usually use! I try to keep it on No Dither to avoid the grainy feeling.

Click for larger view!

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My stuff does still lose a bit of quality like you can see in the comparison but because I use a lot of textures in the shading of my characters it kind of hides the compression!  Tumblr’s gif limit is so small though, sometimes the grain is unavoidable if you want to keep the file size down.
This gif was pretty much murdered by the file size limit.

Anonymous asked:

First of all, your stuff is really really cool O: and your AE animations are really making me want to try animating AE myself! But I was just curious, what about the rigging in AE that makes it such a long process? O:

Ahh thank you!! :D Totally try it out, its a lot of fun!

It’s just time consuming like any process would be. Rigging always seems to be a long process (3d and 2d) because its a lot of testing and trial/error throughout. Every time I get one controller done, I need to make sure it works right with the other parts, make sure nothing is exploding or controlling the wrong things etc. But its worth it to test as you rig. I totally broke my rig by accident a few times while putting together beans just from stupid mistakes (or coding decides its gonna be lame and not work) .

It also depends on the character! My other animations I tended to simply animate the puppet pins themselves. The kermit animation I did was only a few layers, and I only rigged the hands/body to move with puppet pins. Everything else was just animating rotates and some warping effects.  Because Beans is one of my more complicated characters, and because I’ve learned a lot more about AE i wanted to try to put as many controls in as possible for some really sweet animations :D