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Rhianne Hartshorn Illustration ☮
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Graphic Design student at Sheffield Hallam. I eat, I sleep, I drink tea & when I'm done with that I like to think I'm an illustrator.

I created this in my second After Effects session expanding on experimenting with key frames and adding different effects to the animation.

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After Effects

The first time looking at After Effects was a bit daunting as it takes some time to get used to but I’m enjoying learning all the different elements there are to it. I decided to download the free trial so I could practice the techniques I learned in university at home. I’m still yet to finish my After Effects sessions so I’ve not really been able to make anything towards my project but it’s useful seeing the processes I can use so far and getting used to the timing. 

I decided it would be best to download the months free trial of After Effects so I can continue working at home and practice using the software.

I decided it would be best to download the months free trial of After Effects so I can continue working at home and practice using the software.

I bought a whiteboard to experiment with stop motion and possible ways of creating my animation. This is a section taken from my storyboard that I practiced drawing/ photographing. The images were taken by hand so I know it’s a bit wobbly but it’s just a first attempt at a quick animation. I used movie maker to put it together as I’ve not quite got the handle of creating them in After Effects yet. There are 49 frames played at 0.08 seconds each, it seemed to flow best at this speed. 

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10% Assessment

I was worried my storyboard wasn’t as strong as other peoples’ or that my idea wouldn’t be liked but I got quite a lot of positive feedback in my assessment. Trying to keep my animation simple but effective paid off as my tutor really liked the idea and thought it had potential to be an interesting composition. It was decided that the concept behind my animation was a little unclear and not so obvious visually so I went back to my original ideas and decided to reincorporate a head and face in the animation to reinforce the brain illustration. I worked out all the individual time frames for my animation so what’s left to do is experiment with how I’m going to create my animation, whether I should introduce colour and generally just get on with work towards my final outcome. I’m considering drawing up my storyboard again in a little more detail and depth but I’ll see whether it will really be beneficial after I’ve done some further work. 

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Simple pattern animation. I like the detail in the patterns and how quickly the animation was produced meaning a lot could be captured in a short space of time. I have to consider how much I will be adding to the frames per second of my animation to determine how much I can produce within the timescale.

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Further research into pattern/movement animations.

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