Updates & Animation Inspiration 78

Update to the previous post on the recreate a title sequence contest. For the title sequence I’m going to focus on the book choice since that will determine the mood. From there I can try to find a 2D sequence that I can mimic which fits that same mood. I probably should have done that earlier today, but instead I went down the rabbit hole that is Art of the Title. Too many title sequences in my head now.

Bootcamp is also done. I didn’t quite finish the character throwing the ball like I wanted to today. Combination of lack of willpower and complicated tweening process turned into me getting only partially through the tween. Really love keyframes, really hate tweens. Character Animation is hard. It sounds stupid to say that, but it’s just hard. Seriously even though I’m not finished with the course (I can still complete the rest of the lessons just no more critique time) I’ve learned so much! It’s crazy seeing how much School of Motion has kicked my ass and changed my animation skills. I’ll try to have an updated reel for you guys to see soon. Just taking my time trying to really learn that art of animation first. Love you SoM. ❤

Since I haven’t progressed far on the title sequence contest, nor finished all the bootcamp stuff I’m throwing up some inspiration. Depending on how crazy my weekend is I might have another update for these projects, but I’m trying to spend some time reading too. I haven’t gotten too far in my Bout of Books goals. Just want to finish at least one book by Sunday. Which is doable if I actually sit down to read.


Rocklets + Mogul | By Zublime

This is like a completely animated Skittles commercial, but better because it’s animated.

Madita | By Animography

I love Animography! They always have fun fonts to watch animate. This one is great because the promotion has such a strong story to it. Beautiful transitions and sound design. If you don’t know about Animography, they create animated typefaces which you can purchase and use. I recommend checking them out even if you can’t buy, because they’re super fun and great for inspiration! There are a couple free types you can download. Love this!


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Spent today babysitting and drawing with the kids. I sketched on my ipad and have yet to transfer over to my computer. Might continue drawing later, if not will share the sketches tomorrow.

AMI | By Tantrum

Lovely transitions throughout the entire piece. Leaves a great feeling and has great movement for the eye. The animators do a wonderful job with helping the eye follow lines and focus on key elements. Great design work and a pleasure to watch!

Nadia Comaneci perfect 10 | By Fluor

Love this. I’ve been watching Olympic athletes and wanting to make some gifs. Have yet to find enough time in the day to make all the projects. Soon. This animation is simple, well as simple as animating a gymnast can be, and pleasant to watch. Great drawings and sound design.

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Still being completely sucked in by Lost. Also going to finally see Finding Dory tonight.

Nike Photosynthesis Pack | By Swell Music + Sound

Lovely transition of flower to a shoe! Loving the patterns and sound design.

HERMES – Official Saddle Maker of the Brazilian Show Jumping Team | By PlaygroundParis

Because I like horses. Also this animation is bubbly and fun. Love the minimalistic style choice and movement!

Updates & Animation Inspiration 71

I forgot to devote Monday’s blog to life updates, so instead I’ll do it tonight.

Here is a link to the gallery of the rest of the photos from the Ogallala, NE trip. I am currently working on a rough cut of the video. I really need a tripod. I have so much stablizing to do to these clips. I estimate I’ll finish the video by next week at this rate. I want to devote time to the edits, but not take away from the other projects I have to work on.

Doing some planning for the project I mentioned last week. I underestimated the amount time I needed just to plan out the idea, let alone the actual production, so I’m going to put that one on the back burner until I get my process down. I hope to make it a weekly or biweekly project. I’m too far behind to launch it this week, so, cross fingers I find enough time to finish it for next Tuesday. I feel bad pushing it another week, but I spent the weekend enjoying the family camping trip.

I am going back through my selfi animation. It got held up do to the chaos of my brain. I started doubting the script, the sketches, and ideas I had. Today I looked through a few sketches I had and I’m not sure why. One of those moments where I had to take a break from it to get a good perspective. Tip: If you find yourself doubting your work try taking a step back. Just take a long break and come back with a fresh head. Especially if you’re working on the project solo, like I am. I have yet to get someone to critique my project, and my inner perfectionist just keeps telling me to remake it and start anew. No need to start over just gotta get past that dip! Also if anyone wants to help with critiques at a later date tweet me @zonaefly. I’m gonna need feedback soon.

Since this post is very text heavy I will end with a little Animation Inspiration. Feels like it’s been awhile since I’ve posted one.

Doodle for Google – Share Your Imagination | By Google

Really cute animation with lots of different styles and animations. The pacing is fun and very bouncy. I tried to convince my school to do Doodle for Google, but couldn’t get my teacher to sign off on it. Too bad would have been really fun to enter. I know I always look forward to the Google Doodles. The creativity of the kids makes watching this video a lot of fun. Great sound design too. Hope it inspires you!

Monday Life Update | Exercise & Animation

It’s Monday which means life updates!

I am working on Animation Bootcamp. It’s nice to get back into the swing of things, after realizing I haven’t touched After Effects in so long. I’m starting a personal project with mographs which I plan to launch on Tuesdays. Depending on production I might launch it tomorrow, but since I’m still working out my exact process for this particular project I don’t know if it’ll be ready. Depends on productive I am.

As for health I am doing much better. The combination of getting on a regular sleep schedule and exercising is really helpful. Also eating better and being more productive as a result. It’s amazing what happens when you actually listen to science and doctors.

This past week was really great as far as morale boost. I’m obsessing over the Adobe Creative Residency which is helping with my goals in the long run and reminding me strive for more learning opportunities as well as empower other creatives. I’m looking into doing a couple tutorials or infographics as a starting point in that process. Reading Harry Potter & The Cursed Child was helpful in adding to the reading streak I’m getting back into. Great fun with the nostalgia and an enjoyable experience. Video review coming soon before I leave for camping!

For this week I might be working ahead on a few posts since my family plans to go camping from Thursday to Sunday. No internet means no blog posts. I’m debating about collecting Animation Inspiration and scheduling the posts ahead, or sketching and posting when I get back. I have until tomorrow evening to decide so I will worry about that later. If you have a preference let me know via a comment below or tweet.

That’s it for life updates this week. It’s exciting to see improvement in such a short time! I hope everyone is having a good start to their week! Talk to you tomorrow!


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Harry Potter Post coming soon. I’m doing this out of order since I got a little behind with the craziness of yesterday. Got to process a few photos and thoughts around the book. I also feel that it’s been awhile since I’ve done an Animation Inspiration even though it’s only been a little over a week. So here’s a couple videos to watch!

Nielson Music Video – Kop in het Zand | By Woodwork

Love this video! The character animation is delightful to watch and all the little components that go into this music video. I don’t know what the lyrics are about ’cause I only speak English and I’m terrible at French, but I imagine that the lyrics match up well to the feel of the video. Great musical piece and fun to watch!

LoopdeLoop PRANK | By Will P

Warning NSFW! 

Love this loop. It’s a great tide to old videos while including a strange take on it because of the animation. The hyperbolized nature of the character with the odd ending makes it all that much more weird. I personally find it super amusing. There’s a great style of illustration to it with the bubbly old music. It’s fun to watch.

Animation Inspiration 68

I have to go to bed early because my friend made a challenge with me that I have to start waking up to take selfies by 9 AM. This is an effort to fix my sleep schedule which is very off at this point. So tonight I bring you these lovely animations.

2D Animation ORBS FXES | By Ivan Boyko

It’s completely normal to make your own sound effects, right? ‘Cause that’s what I did when I pressed the play button. Shows you how much I’ve matured since kindergarten. Woooshhh, pssshooooshwoooshoooowowooshhhhhwoooohhhhhshpppppssssstttttsshoooo….ww……okay I think I made my point.

The Design Conference 2016 event titles | From The Design Conference

Absolutely loving these whimsical event titles. They’re very fresh and bouncy and have that summer feeling to them. Very happy and cool. Love the cutouts and sketch look to them! Great fun music to go along with it too!

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Since I’m trying to still clean and get myself back to the top of my game I’ll just be providing some inspirational animations until I create something I feel worthy of the internet.

Science World: How do you stop mosquitos from spreading disease? | By Polyester Studio

This is cute. It makes me laugh and reminds me of how much I hate mosquitos.

Coke Contour | By Gareth O’Brien

Nice and simple animation with fun shapes and definitely on brand.

Animation Inspiration 66

So I wanted to be finished with my Booktube-A-Thon TBR video, honestly, I got distracted. So since I don’t have an update for that tonight I’ll just leave you with a couple animations.

TomTom – Drive | By Colin Hesterly

This one has some fun animations while keeping the design simplistic and “corporate” feeling. It’s very to the point and easy to follow. Very fluid and great fun to watch. Love the music that goes along with it and how easy the script is to read. Love Colin Hesterly’s work, this was great to watch!

Senna, in the Heart of Brazil | By Le Cube

This one I watched a few times because it’s hard to read the subtitles and concentrate on the animation at the same time. The animation is amazing with fluid transitions and great follow through. Love the rain with the little splashes and details. The movement from scene to scene is beautiful and translates the feeling of the narrator extremely well. Lovely piece!

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We spent most of today hanging out with family and driving so I don’t have a ton to show you today. Here’s some Animation Inspiration to inspire you to create tomorrow!

Shh! We Have A Plan – Trailer | By Chris Haughton

This is cute! I love the character designs and simple plot. Adorable trailer!

Soviet Cars GIFS | by Nikolay Ivanov

Love these loops. I’ve never animated a car, it looks like it’d be a bit complicated with all the different moving parts. Although, it probably can’t be much more complicated than figuring out how to make a smooth character animation. I love all the different moving parts on each vehicle. Would love it if I could see more animated gifs of the cars in action!