This was the final of my first motion graphics class. The requirements were to make an Ad layout for a magazine and a 30 second animation without using any video. What you see here is hand animated in other words a cartoon.


How did I get such a fluid animation?

I stared by having Gabi take pictures of me in different poses of an action.


Thanks Gab! I know I have you take a lot of pics, but you really saved me on this project.

Once I’ve brought the pics into After Effects, I then created a bunch of ” colored solids” for each part. arms, legs, head etc.


I then set a key frame for each part then move on to the next picture. Each individual control point has to be moved to the new parts.


Once new key frames are set there, the program then interpolates the in betweens on them. here’s what it looks like half way


If done fast enough with some motion blur, the result looks like real video. I’ve messed with key frame animation before, but never with a program that does it so well. I love after effects!

The rest of what you see on screen was done by STRAP (Stretch, Transparency, Rotate, Anchor points, Position) techniques.

You may be interested to see what I originally turned into class.


The reason I’m posting them both is to show how subtle the line is between professional and armature work. I didn’t see it, but not having the black drop shadow in the original made it look unfinished, now it looks solid.