Instead of illustrating a Valentine’s Day card, I thought I’d create an animation of one instead!
Watch my Musical Candy Hearts animation and enjoy some sweet tunes for you and your sweetheart, multiple sweethearts, or just yourself to delight in!
[Video Description: Video of Musical Heart Animation with a play button, embedded from YouTube.]
How I Created My Animation
Hello, fellow creatives!
For 2021, one of my goals is to understand my animation workflow and better organize my creative process. Having a clean workflow is vital to my ongoing career as an artist who wants to support themselves sustainably through their art. My current workflow is a bit messy since I’m usually the only person seeing the behind-the-scenes process.
It’s all of my thoughts coming out of my head and trying to squeeze themselves into a physical reality.
Having a clean workflow is vital to my ongoing career as an artist who wants to support themselves sustainably through their art. My current process is an infinite loop of “Damn it! If only I had a storyboard!”. I’m always going back and forth with how I want my animation or design to look like at the end because I don’t think it through strategically in the beginning.
Musical Candy Hearts is probably my most planned-out animation so far. For my process, I used Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere Pro.
I didn’t use any storyboard programs, but I plan to use Millanote for future projects to keep everything clear and organized for myself, teams, and clients.
My art usually begins with a daydream sparked from a sound, an image, or a picture. That spark grows into an idea that becomes multiple sketches until I create a concept that I like. Most of my drawings are in plain pen or pencil since I know I'll recolor the artwork digitally to find my final color palette. This is the second animation that I've created with a basic storyboard for, and I can see how much stronger my workflow has become with them.
I then bring my sketches into Adobe Illustrator to refine the animation's shape, colors, style, and feel. Most importantly, I make sure that my designs are made with motion in mind. That means labeling everything, breaking each moving piece into its own layer, and keeping my files organized. When I can, I use plugins like Overload for a quicker Illustrator to After Effects workflow.
Most importantly, I make sure that my designs are made with motion in mind. Once I have my designs finalized, it’s time to get things moving! For every new project I start, I’m always learning something new in After Effects.
Since I didn’t go to animation school (traditional or digital), I usually find myself stuck at some point in my animation. I become discouraged and frustrated when I get stuck, but I remind myself to take breaks to clear my head. Still, I’m grateful for the vast online community of artists who have contributed their knowledge publicly, so artists like myself can draw from their experiences (and mistakes!)
The music I used comes from Louie Zong, and you can find more of his great tunes (and illustrations) here: https://louiezong.bandcamp.com.
Finally, I use Premiere Pro to finalize and sync the music. I then create GIFS and export my animation as a video file for social media, my website, and my supporters.
Until next time, stay creative!
– Afro Flower