My dear friend, today I want to share with you my animation works. This animation is a teaching video I make for a well-known preschool publication. The theme is to teach children to learn the numbers from 1 to 10.
Outline of the animation 大綱
This collection was published in December, so the content of the animation is based on Christmas. The protagonist is the Christmas genie. The story is about the genie looks for his hats and gift bag from many hats and bags. Kids will learn to count 1 to 10 from the story.
The character design is completed in Illustrator, the material is reinforced in Photoshop, and the final movement is finished in After Effect.
Storyboard of the animation 動畫腳本
Let’s see the storyboard which describes the layout, camera movement, and sound effect.
Character Design of the animation 角色造型
The first step is the character and scene design. The hats and bags are photos of real objects. In order to integrate these elements into the cartoon scene, the scene and the elf must also have obvious textures.
The above genie is the draft. I apply the paper texture to his skin, and the clothes and hat are changed into the wool texture. In addition, the customer hopes that the genie looks more lovely, so I change his eyes to be larger and watery feeling.
The elks are a bit like dogs because the customer requests the elks looks cuter, and finally changed to a dog-like shape so that the children will feel more cordial.
When I draw a character, I will separate the limbs which need to move later, so the character can walk and raise hands in the animation.
Scene Design of the animation 場景設計
The main scene is the scene at home with a Christmas atmosphere. So I put a fireplace to create a warm feeling, and decorate the wall with some Christmas elements. The most important, the Christmas tree is indispensable for Christmas.
The first one is the draft of the indoor background. The customer wants to have a warmer feeling, so the door is changed into a wooden door, the fireplace is lit up, the painting on the wall is replaced with a lovely Christmas painting, and the Christmas decoration is more colorful and lively. I draw an outdoor view so that the outdoor scene will not be too monotonous when the door is opened.
Animation Process 動畫製作過程
Once the styling and scene have been identified, the animation section is about to be executed. At the beginning of the animation, after the genie says hi to everyone, he wants to go out and drops gifts to the children on Christmas Eve. He feels a little cold when opens the door, so he realizes that he forgets to wear a hat.
I use the display and hide to make the effect of flickering for the decoration on the Christmas tree.
In order to create the effect of a door opened, I use the wooden door deformation to create the illusion that the door opened.
In order to make the effect of wind blowing, the bangs should be drawn separately from the hair, so that the wind blow effect can be made by deforming the bangs.
The genie goes back to the living room to find his hat out of the five hats on the big table.
There is a motion that the genie is happy to turn around. In fact, the 2D animation is not suitable for this kind of action, but the customer does not accept my suggestion and insists on turning circles. So I had to draw all angles to make the feeling of turning circles.
After wearing the hat, the genie is ready to go out and finds that he has forgotten to bring a gift bag, so he has to find out his bag from 10 bags.
Finally, the genie finally gets everything right and takes the sleigh to send gifts to children.
The effect of snowing is built in the After Effect. The snow effect is not very good, but the cartoon animation doesn’t require realism, so it is barely acceptable.
Thanks for reading.
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