Creative Animation

The goal for this next project is to have fun in a different way than our commercial project. The commercial project was about selling, branding, etc. This project is about being playful and creative.

Find your favorite painting, drawing, photograph from your OWN portfolio and add brushes, effects, motion, etc. You must have a cohesive (at least) 200 – frame animation.

Project due: March 25 – mid class critique. 

Video/tutorials to watch/read to prepare for this project: 

Shape Tweening

Brushes within Animate

Adding audio

Learning objectives:

  1. Using the drawing tools (paintbrush, pencil, shape tools), 3D rotation
  2.  Onion skinning + filters
  3. Filters and masking


20 Most Famous Paintings

Mark Rothko, Romare Beardon, Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollack, Munch

Do you have a favorite artist? Use this project to add your own creative touch to their classic work. Using the brush tools, simple shapes and effects, we will create a playful and animated version of a classic.

OR: animate one of your own paintings!

Examples online:

Classic paintings, animated

Van Gogh, animated

Mona Lisa, redrawn

Clever…(“running ants”)

Art History nudes + Photoshop

Gorgeous Japanese woodblock prints

Greek sculpture

“The world is spinning” (3D tool possibilities)

Please watch the above videos and bring two ideas to class for this project. I will do some technical demos as help you get your idea executed.


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