3D Modeling and Animation
Adobe Illustrator is a powerful and versatile tool for creating illustrations, logos, and graphics for motion design. You can learn to produce detailed and scalable art in this online Illustrator course. Working with an expert instructor, you’ll build a strong foundation, exploring selection tools, drawing tools, layers, the Pen tool (a lesson unto itself) as well as transformations/distortions, type tools, and modifying paths and shapes.
Next up, we’ll get into design elements and principles as well as colour theory and typography. We’ll work through the fundamentals and how they translate from static design to the moving image.
Creative direction and art direction are strategic approaches to developing the concept, messaging and visual language of design and media projects. They provide the framework from which design decisions can be made to ensure that all elements of the project are focused and consistent with the overall message. This course will enable you to explore design principles while trying out different approaches to develop the creative direction and art direction of a project.
This course introduces you to the principles and practices for production of digital illustration and design, and covers the fundamental tools and techniques of bitmap software such as photo-retouching, colour correction, blending and combining images, using masks, applying filters and adding text to an image. students will get an overview of photography. They will learn the basic tools they need to shoot photography as a graphic designer, will learn how graphic designer’s work with professional photographers and will learn how to source online stock photography.
All about character design. We’ll chat about what makes for great character design and best practice for creating models that rig easily in After Effects. On day two, you’ll be given a brief to create your own character for animation later in the course
It’s animation time! Get a comprehensive first look at After Effects, including importing assets, working with different types of After Effects layers, and making things move. We’ll also look at creating simple flourishes and animating with masks and mattes.
Now we’re ready to start making those animations look nice and polished. We’ll work through the key principles of animation as they relate to motion graphics and deconstruct the almighty graph editor, bending it to our will.
The characters we created in week four return, ready for rigging and animation. We’ll use the awesome plugin that is DUIK to rig and animate our little heroes as they strut their stuff across the screen.
Transitions are the magic that make up the most powerful and engaging motion graphics pieces. On day one we’ll experiment with different ways to transition assets, while day two is spent diving into scene transitions for super dynamic motion.
We’ve got a few favourite After Effects plugins that are absolute must-haves for any high-end motion graphics gig. We’ll work through our top three plugins, using them to animate the super swish title cards we created back in week three.
Real 3D in After Effects?! That’s right, another of our favourite After Effects plugins brings real 3D assets into After Effects ready to rig, texture, light, and animate
inside of our regular compositions featuring 2D elements.
We’ll go through the whole process together to create an animated scene with Element 3D.
- It’s project time! You’ll receive your first brief and spend this week creating storyboards and styleframes.
- Over the next two weeks, we’ll be creating assets and animating our first project with a bit of a twist… In a real studio, you’ll often be working on someone else’s pre-production. So, with this project, we’ll be switching you up to create assets and animate someone else’s styles and storyboards.
- character animation. You’ll be focusing your animation around a central hero character, which will include at least one complete walk cycle. This time the project is all yours, with one week of pre-production and one week of production to perfect your masterpiece.
- It’s the last project of the semester and time to pool all you’ve learned so far into a short title sequence, in line with a provided brief. Choose your preferred genre and get ready to impress!
- We’ll talk through the process for developing sound design and composition for motion graphics
In this, our last week together, produce your pièce de résistance – a showreel of your most impressive work
Creativity and imagination.
Patience and attention to detail.
Computer literacy and familiarity with graphics software.
Communication and presentation skills.
Ability to meet deadlines and work as part of a team. luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.
Professional 3D animators often pursue careers in gaming and film, but opportunities are available in other industries as well. Job titles include concept artist, animator, character animator, storyboard artist, special effects animator, visual effects artist and game designer.
3D animators in the film industry create photo-realistic models and animations for everything from scenery to creatures. Knowledge of acting, lighting, cinematography, storyboarding, animal and human motion, scriptwriting and anatomy are all in the bailiwick of 3D film animators. Jobs in the industry may involve the creation of 3-dimensional models, storyboarding or match moving, which is the art of tracking a camera through a shot to allow 3D models to be inserted with the correct positioning and motion.
Another popular career path for 3D animators is in computer and console game production. Nearly all modern electronic games rely on some form of 3D animation. While some of the skill sets required in 3D animation for gaming, like lighting and conveying animal and human motion, are similar to those needed for the film industry, others, such as character design and interactive storytelling, are unique.
3D animation is also used in web design, graphic design and advertising. Career possibilities in these fields vary, but designers generally work on a freelance basis and often need additional knowledge in web programming, graphic art or illustration.