We've featured the talented animator Pete Oswald here on Abduzeedo before and are excited to share some of his recent collaborative work we stumbled upon. Enter the comedic end titles to the hilarious and highly entertaining Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. The spirited sequence is a combo platter of stop motion and Flash directed by Craig Kellman and Pete and animated by Screen Novelties. Enjoy the subtle humor in this fun-filled culmination to a most entertaining film. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 End credits from Screen Novelties on Vimeo. Stills For more information check out http://peteoswald.tumblr.com/
Ido Yehimovitz is an illustrator from Tel Aviv, Israel and he created an awesome collection of vehicles from movies and TV shows that he used to like in his childhood to present day. He will keep adding more cars but the set that he put together already is quite impressive and I have to say, I love the style of these illustrations. For more information about Ido visit https://www.behance.net/IdoYehimovitz
Animated GIFs are awesome since the 90s. I remember when I started using the web I used to see them around and it seems that they haven't lost their cool. Moran Goldstein, a designer, developer and 3D generalist from Israel put together a series of super cool animated GIF's with 3D renders. The animations are very smooth and definitely deserved a feature here on Abduzeedo. For more information about Moran's work visit http://www.rapidflux.com/ Via Behance
We featured Marcelo Baldin's project titled Cinematics a couple of days ago. It was awesome and his work is so inspiring that we have another one to share. This one is titled Alphabetic and it's type animation experiment. The style, animation and soundtrack are top notch. Check it out!. I used the font CHUNK FIVE, wich is a really cool and free font created by Meredith Mandel (http://work.meredithmandel.com). I had a lot of fun doing this piece! Can't hardly wait for the next one... Made by Ariel Costa (blinkmybrain") - Sound by Marcelo Baldin (combustion) -Special thanks to Studio Nitro (studionitro.tv) Thanks for all support guys! Stills Via Behance
Last year Jing Zhang and the animator James Wignall worked together on an animated infographic project for Canon in Canada. The project features 6 top reasons why small business would benefit from Canon printers. The coolest thing about this project in my opinion is the subtle animations for each one of the reasons. Simple, modern and inspiring this project totally deserved a feature on Abduzeedo. For more information visit: http://www.mazakii.com and http://www.mutanthands.com/
Character design and simple animations together are a powerful way to create engaging and delightful experiences for the viewer. A great example is the work that Mother Volcano and AIM | Animation for Mixedmedia put together for a commissioned work to Sony. The vector style and quirky animations are not only beautiful but carry so much personality. They definitely deserve to be shared here on Abduzeedo. For more information visit the Behance page of this project at: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Sony-Xperia-Z-Ultra-The-Big-Show/12932977 Commissioned by the Paris based agency Uzful, Mother Volcano created these 9 allegoric characters that have been brought to life by AIM in this fun and informative campaign for Sony Mobile introducing the new Xperia™ Z Ultra We would love to hear your opinion, share with us via comments, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or even email.
Daniel Rodrigues is a Brazilian student of Design and motion designer, he has put together a set of videos for the event Think with Google 2013. He created more than 40 short videos made to present various speakers and the topics of their lectures exploring Google style. The result is really nice and makes me want to learn even more motion design. Credits Design / Animation: Daniel Rodrigues and Vitor Kanamura Soundtrack / Sound Design: Matheus Leston Icons Despite the limitations of representation in solid colors and simple design elements, were developed animation styles that allowed to join the dynamic and flow to the compositions, strengthening the identity. Support elements such as circles, strips and sparks were added to develop elements. In entry or exit moments of the main objects were added other color layers. Final
Metin Akcakoca is an 3D Artist and Generalist based in Turkey with a background in graphic design and always interested in everything about CG. We selected some of his work mixing animation, 3D and mad motion design skills. Metin's work is really inspiring, especially for those looking for motion design inspiration. For more information about Metin visit http://www.metinakcakoca.com/ Shapes Shapes from Metin Akcakoca on Vimeo. Mtv -01 Mtv from Metin Akcakoca on Vimeo. Spline Typo Mtv / 2 Mtv / 2 from Metin Akcakoca on Vimeo. Mtv - 03 Mtv / 3 from Metin Akcakoca on Vimeo.
We have been posting about paper craft artworks quite ofter here on Abduzeedo. Perhaps, these kind of work might bring us back childhood memories, who never created paper objects? The work that Cris Wiegandt does goes beyond that. The animations, the details and the cuteness on some of her work is simply awesome. Today we want to share some examples of that and also a little case study of the Nickelodeon Kindernet work she did. The Brazilian-born artist Cris Wiegandt who has lived in Hamburg and Barcelona and now lives in Berlin calls herself a craft queen. She creates worlds out of colored paper, in which a space shuttle arise, catamarans glide through the see or Lady Darth Vader fights against a platform shoe - and sometimes this crafts are in motion. Nickelodeon Kindernet - Case Study Kindernet is a Dutch television channel owned by MTV Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom International. Direction and Production: dyrdee Media GmbH & Co.KG - http://www.dyrdee.com Creative Director: Ole Keune, Ljubisa Djukic Art Direction: Jochen Weidner Stopmotion Artists: Cris Wiegandt, Robert Loebel Compositing: Johann Volkmer Producer: Sven Henrichs Technical Director: Mesut Can Internship: Alvaro Caminero Sound design: Sebastian Müller Flower & butterfly - paper craft IN LOVE WITH EVERY FRAME PITCH / Commerzbank Others For more information visit http://www.criswiegandt.net/
Aardman Animations directors Karni & Saul recently directed a new Random Acts film titled "Skinmeal," and we wanted to share with you the trailer, here, prior to its broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK on Wednesday, July 3rd. "Skinmeal" is a miniature predator story in the world of tattoos. In a Lynchian-style beach scenario, a girl lies sunbathing in electric light and is suddenly infested by her own tattoos. "In 'Skinmeal,' we tried to make a piece that was visually tempting and at the same time had a sharp edge to it," said Karni & Saul, directors at Aardman Animations. The film is loosely inspired by the work of David Lynch. Karni shot the live action footage on a Digital SLR camera in the studio at Aardman. Saul drew inspiration from tribal art to design the tattoo bugs. The insect tattoos were then animated in Maya by the CG team at Aardman and composited in After Effects. Saul also created the mood music. The result was a moody piece based on the food chain or as we call it skin meal. Karni & Saul were commissioned by Lupus Films to create a 3 minute short for Channel 4's Random Acts, a short-form daily arts strand screened on the channel late at night. Random Acts launched in 2011 and in its first year showcased 260 specially-commissioned three-minute films chosen for their bold and creative expressions of creativity. Check out the "Skinmeal" trailer on Vimeo Images from the film are below. ABOUT AARDMAN ANIMATIONS Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series and television commercials for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercials productions. More information can be found at: http://www.aardman.com
As you've probably noticed, we are big fans of Daft Punk. We've have posted about them quite a few times and of course aren't the only ones obsessed. There are a lot of people out there creating some amazing artwork inspired by the electronic music duo. Enter Gerrel Saunders who put together some incredible GIF's featuring helmets of the French musicians. Gerrel Saunders, also known as Gaks, is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer and illustrator hailing from the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. He's also a self-proclaimed Master Vector Ninja...just saying. Decided to try my hand at some Daft Punk Fan-art. Enjoy!!!
Since the boom of the internet and especially the web 2.0 we have the chance to share pretty much anything. There's always a good and bad side, however for designers and artists I believe there's only the good side. We got the tools to express and spread our work very easily in a way that nobody has ever seen. Great artists were discovered or became legends, like the street artist Banksy. But again, the ways of collaboration are endless and ABVH has proved us that with his Animated Bansky Series. Animated Banksy is a really cool idea, it's basically animations of some of the most famous Bansky works. It's really well done and they gives a better understanding of what Banksy probably had in mind when created those arts. For more information visit http://madebyabvh.tumblr.com/
Paulo Passaro is an Brazilian animator who studied at UWE (Bristol, UK) but who also graduated in Advertising and Graphic Design. He's currently working at Lobo/Vetor, an amazing and very creative animation studio located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I'm trying to find my way in this "nonsense" world in which we live. Here is some of my work that I hope you all enjoy. If you want to know more about me, you can follow me on twitter (@Paulo_Passaro) Latest Reel Latest Reel from Paulo Passaro on Vimeo. Some Works For more information visit http://cargocollective.com/paulopassaro/
Video Inspiration is a weekly post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to firstname.lastname@example.org with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I've gathered up an awesome collection of videos from around the web. We've got a good mix of animation, commercials, short films, and fun experiments. Hope you enjoy them!
Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to email@example.com with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I'm proud to feature the talent of our many readers world-wide by posting the work they've submitted. So get comfortable, hit play, and leave some encouragement in the comments below for these amazing video artists!
Video Inspiration is a weekly(ish) post where we either feature a specific artist or show a sort of "best of" list of videos we've discovered during the week. Everything here may not be brand new, but we felt it worth sharing with the community. If you have good finds that you'd like to share, please feel free to send your links to firstname.lastname@example.org with "video inspiration" in the subject line. This week I've gathered some amazing videos by some incredibly unique artists. Next week, I plan to pick the top five videos submitted by YOU our readers. Stay tuned!
Photoshop CS6 has some great features, one of them is the new timeline for basic animations and this time Photoshop gets a little bit of the After Effects taste. As the idea of the blog is to play with these tools, we decided to come up with something for this new feature. So in this tutorial we will show you a simple animation using the new timeline and some light effect tricks. The whole process is super simple and won't take you more than 20 minutes. Step 1 Open Photoshop CS6 and create a new document. Fill the background layer with any color, then go to Layer>Layer>Styles>Gradient Overlay. Use Radial for the Style and for the colors use black and #38556f for the center. Step 2 Add a new layer and fill it with a pattern. I am using one from http://subtlepatterns.com/ called Broken Noise. Use Soft Light for the Blend Mode. Step 3 Add a text you want to use for the light effect. I am using the letter A of Abduzeedo using a stencil font called Major Snafu. You can download it at http://www.dafont.com/major-snafu.font?text=a+A Step 4 To create the light effect we will use Layer Styles. Just follow the instructions below for Bevel & Emboss, Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, Color Overlay, Outer Glow and Drop Shadow. Step 5 Duplicate the layer and disable the layer styles. Use Inner Shadow and Inner Glow using the settings below. Step 6 This is the results you will get after the layer styles. It's very similar with another tutorial I wrote a few years ago showing how to create a neon effect in Photoshop. Again the idea of this tutorial is to play with the timeline feature. That's why I will cover the first steps quickly. Step 7 Add 2 layers on top of the other layers and name them right and left. After that group these 2 layers in a folder. Change the folder's Blend Mode to Color Dodge. With the Brush Tool (B) and a very soft brush, paint with white on top of the right part of the letter A. Select the left layer and paint another spot of light on top of the left part. Use the image below for reference. Step 8 Go to Window>Timeline. You will see the timeline panel. The first thing you will notice is that all layers are in the timeline. Select the 2 layers in the folder. Expand them in the tree and make sure that the timeline is in the 0 frame. Click on the Position option to create a keyframe. Step 9 Move the timeline to the position 1:00 and then move the layers in the composition where you want them to move to. Step 10 This would be the second position of the light spots. Step 11 Move the timeline again and after that move the layers to create new keyframes. Step 12 Keep moving them until you complete the animation you want. Timeline This is how the timeline looks like. Note the keyframes for the points where the animation changes position. Conclusion After a few steps this is the final animation. Using the timeline is quite simple if you compare the number of steps necessary to create the light effect. The cool thing is that Photoshop makes our lives much easier when it comes to create simple animations. Download the Photoshop file Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial.