NaNo Seeking Writer | WIP

I spent 8+ hours animating today, and about 8+ hours yesterday. I didn’t make it too far last night before I crashed despite a zillion cups of coffee. At least it reinforced my love for motion design. There are not many other project types that keep my attention that long, aside from lettering. It was nice animating all day.

Aside from tons of animation, I drank a lot of coffee. I do plan to keep animating the title sequence. Due to time constrictions, I pulled out some of the boards. It got overwhelming animating every square and trying to figure out the shape layers. So many null objects. So many. It took me a couple hours to get in the groove. I realize I should have begun animating last week, but I just wanted to keep designing!

This project is so much fun and I’m happy with the current result, although I want a complete version of it still. For that portfolio! I didn’t even get a chance to tinker with the sound design! For future projects, I’ll make sure to start animating sooner.

I’ll continue working on it, but here’s the current state of the animation. Feel free to give a critique since it’s still a work in progress!

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Title Sequence | WIP resume

Title sequence updates again! Most of my difficulties have lay within my lack of boards for the actual titles. Last week I had planned to just animate with shape layers well into the night, but after working these today I realize I should have had them done way earlier. Just thankful that the contest deadline got extended. I’m starting to wonder if I’d been able to finish at all. I think I would have done something, maybe not a great animation, but I would have finished. So thankful I have time to really hone and finesse this.

Below are the boards with text which is what I felt has been missing the last couple days. Animation resumes tomorrow. I plan on getting a better grasp of the timing and chronological order I want. Also I want to work on sound design since I have more time. Excited to get back into the groove of animating this!

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Extended Deadlines are the Best

Good news, I can sleep tonight. After all that stress about making the deadline for the Pond5 Title Sequence contest this week they extended the contest till the 30th!!! I CAN SLEEP GUYS. SLEEEEEEEP. Which is important because I have a lot of networking opportunities tomorrow…after the 4 I’ve already done this week….so much follow up. I’m so tired, but having so much fun. Denver Startup Week is so amazing!

Since the contest is extended I halted my hasty animating. Now I can focus on making good animations and finessing, rather than rushing. Still going to hustle and get more animation done tonight, but now I can stop at a reasonable time like midnight. There’s no need for me to look and feel like my animation right now.

Here’s a short preview. Ignore the real cursor. If it wasn’t obvious I was prepared for a long night considering how tired I’ve been from Startup Week. Glad I can relax a little bit. Still got tons to do, but now I can have better animation!!!

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More Vectors & Monday Goals

Today was draining…got some vectoring done, but we had a memorial in the middle of the day so I felt pretty emotionally drained after that. I wasn’t expecting to get much done after it, but I’m still finding myself frustrated with how behind I am. Tomorrow will be busy, but excited to take on the crazy this week will offer!

I have plans to rise early and work work work until I have to go down to Denver. There’s a panel for Denver Startup Week in the middle of the day on Meow Wolf. Super excited to attend! I might bring my computer down with me so that I can get some work done after the fact, or get on a bus back right away…I have yet to decide. Goal is to have all vectors done, animation files prepped, at just one animated square. I got this. #tired

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Vector Till You Fall Asleep

Still got loads to do, but progress is progress. I went back to the drawing board. Really tried to figure out what all the squares will look like before vectoring. I tried to draw something for every single square. The lack of a solid plan was hindering me. Not to self do not generally label, be specific. I’m still working out where each square will goes, but there are specific aspects I want to correlate. Example clicking the ‘bold’ button will bold the text at the same time. Similar to the arrow being shot and hitting the heart in the original. Since the grid is modular I’ll be easy to switch them around once I’ve finished vectoring.

I plan to stay up a bit later tonight to finish at least one or two more boards. Animation is going to crazy, not to mention it’ll take a least a day to prep everything. Cross fingers I finish on time. I might have bitten off more than I can chew…might have to pull an all nighter or two. Unless someone wants to help out animation wise? I might just have to cancel some Denver Startup Week plans. We’ll see if I’m on track tomorrow.

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Animation Inspiration 67

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.

BookTube-A-Thon Title Sequence WIP

Working on my title sequences for my BookTube-A-Thon TBR. I was aiming to enter the giveaway for a box of books, but I realized that I didn’t have enough time to finish. So here’s the process of the lettering so far. I’m in the middle of the vectoring and have to still animate it a bit. Not to mention edit all the video I filmed today. Planning on doing some more takes tomorrow. I don’t know if I said this before, but I’m using this as a test run for my Selfi Animation, also, it’s been fun diving into more lettering.

I have a lot to do tomorrow so hoping that I can finish this up and get it done by the end of tomorrow so I don’t have to worry about it. I’m trying to get ahead this week so that I can allot more time to reading next week.

 

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Booktube-a-Thon | Sketching

The Booktube-a-Thon is coming up from the 18th to the 24th of July so I’ve been working on some sketches for my TBR video. I’m trying to use it as a practice round for the selfi animation since it’s going to have a similar style. Plus more animation practice which I’ve been slacking in. Here’s some sketches to show that I am working on something, just been a little distracted with all the ideas in my head lately. Note, I am on a trip so I don’t have a proper scanner at this moment so phone photos. Just some fun lettering titles for each of the challenges. I’m going to be vectoring and animating them tomorrow night when I get home.

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NaNo Sketches & Animation Inspiration 62

I’ve been Nanoing so I don’t have as much progress on the selfi animation currently. I’ve included a quick little Animation Inspiration since I don’t have a lot of content today.

Below is a sketch to go with my novel. It’s a house that my characters live in at the beginning of my story. It’s kind of a tree house because part of it are built into tree trunks and they use them as support. I tried to do an overlay sketch of how the house looks and functions before I set it inside the trees that support it. So more work to do on that still before I’m satisfied. I’m trying to make sure I keep things straight so I’m using various sketches plus an extra doc with notes to make sure I don’t get too lost in my story.

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Animation Process | By Diego Soto

This is hilarious to watch. Great movement of that spaceship.

Vectored Ideas

I have more lettering pieces that I’ve been working on for my selfi mograph, but I’m still trying to vector everything. I keep thinking “Today’s the day I can start animating” and then I realize that I haven’t even finished the vectoring part. It’s just a long project that I’m working hard on, and have to keep reminding myself that it takes a lot of time.

Here’s a few icons that I’ve vectored so far, but I’m still perfecting them.

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I have a very specific idea for how I want to animate them into each other. The icons are suppose to follow the script that says ‘from books to film to tv  to…’ I want the animation to be very fluid, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet. Been working on the lettering too much. Gotta find the balance between creating all these assets and actually getting my project done pretty quickly here.

So more designs to come soon with this. I’ve recently updated my techniques so I’m hoping that will speed things up. Anyway, I need to get back to writing for NaNo Wrimo, so more updates later!