INSPIRATION: All the Things

I'm back, and today I wanted to share a bit of inspiration I found on Vimeo. This video, "All the Things" is a collection of short 3D animations created by Chris Guyot and Paul McMahon. Check out the fantastic use of color and the on-point animation. Great stuff! You'll also find a link to a project breakdown on Behance below - check it out!

INSPIRATION: Making of A Monster Calls (Animation Sequence)

So I've mentioned a few times already that I think it's important to really examine the work that inspires you - tear it apart, figure out how it was done, scrub through it frame-by-frame. Fortunately, the team at Glassworks Barcelona made this a simple task by posting a "making of/breakdown" of their work on an animation sequence for the movie "A Monster Calls." It is a fascinating look into the work that went into this animation sequence, and some of the setups are surprisingly simple, yet incredibly effective. I'm in love with the fusion of techniques and styles - 3D animation painted over frame-by-frame in some cases. Super cool! Check it out, I promise you'll be inspired!

INSPIRATION: Black Holes

A few weeks ago I was introduced to the "Black Holes" short film in a Lightwave 3D Facebook group. I was immediately blown away by the art style and overall quality of the animation and rendering. I'm sharing the short with you now because the creators are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund an entire first season of a Black Holes animated TV show. They have 7 days left to reach their goal, and I'm hoping they can do it! You can watch the short film below, and head on over to the Kickstarter page to read more about the story, see some cool character concept sketches and more!

INSPIRATION: Motionlab

Today I want to share a company whose work I find really inspiring: Motionlab, an animation and motion design firm from Sydney, Australia. These guys animate for TV, online video, music videos and more, and their work is always top notch. Embedded below is one of my favorite videos from Motionlab, but I highly recommend checking out their site for the rest of their portfolio. So. Awesome.

Envato: Motion Graphics Trends in Design for 2017

What's up! Today I found this article by Brenda Stokes Barron that discusses the top motion graphics trends to keep your eye on in 2017. I always find it's interesting and helpful to keep an eye on where the industry is headed. Take a look at the article to get up to speed with current trends, and watch some of the videos as well, there's great inspiration to be found in there (the Buck example from the kinetic typography section is unreal).

Best Motion Graphics Trends in Design for 2017

INSPIRATION: Johnson Ting

When I'm in pre-production on a new project, as I've mentioned before, I generally start by scouring the internet for any type of visual inspiration I can find that will help me start to develop the look for my project. Recently I happened to stumble upon Johnson Ting's portfolio on Art Station, and it blew me away! Now, his work and style wasn't even in the same universe as the explainer project I was working on, but I found his art to be so incredible that I bookmarked it anyway for future reference, and now I'm sharing it with you! Click the image below to look at Johnson's Art Station portfolio, you'll be glad you did!

INSPIRATION: Gigantic

Greetings! So right now I'm kicking off a new character animation project in which the client asked for a cartoony, flat style. One of my first steps when tackling a new project is to hop online and search for some visual inspiration. Sometimes I start with plain old Google, or Behance, or Art Station, but today I logged onto Youtube and searched for "flat character design." Lucky for me, I stumbled on this awesome Youtube channel that I wanted to share with all of you! Gigantic is Marke Rise's channel, where he has tons of videos showing his process in creating flat, geometric characters and illustrations in Adobe Illustrator. It's filled with super cool content, so check it out!

INSPIRATION: Giant Ant

Today I wanted to share another dose of inspiration from one of the best motion design studios around: Giant Ant. I've embedded one of my favorite Giant Ant productions below, but check out their whole site. It's just chock-full of top-notch mography goodness.

Love this use of texture:

Onion Skin: Read Between the Frames

One of the best ways to improve your skills in any creative field is to study the work of others. Find some killer piece of animation, and then go over it with a fine-tooth comb. Tear it apart, find out what makes it work. Try and decipher what techniques were used to create it.

With that in mind, I want to share a Youtube channel today called Onion Skin. On his channel, which is dedicated to the topic of animation, Colin has a series of videos called "Read Between the Frames" in which he examines animated sequences on a frame-by-frame basis, and figures out how they were put together. My favorite example of this (from my favorite animated show Rick & Morty) is embedded below. Check it out, and then check out the rest of what Onion Skin has to offer!

INSPIRATION: Buck

One of my plans for MotionApprentice.com is to frequently share work that inspires me, whether it's mograph, CG, graphic design, music.... anything really. To get started, I wanted to share the website of one of the motion design studios who consistently create incredible work that is very inspirational to me. One day, my goal is to regularly produce work that wouldn't look out of place on Buck's portfolio. A lofty goal, indeed!

Check these guys out: http://buck.tv