I recently finished up a cartoon that will be used in an educational video at AIMS Education Foundation. It’s a 1st Grade math video and this particular cartoon is to help exemplify in visual form what the on-camera talent is explaining to the viewer.
So, being geared to 1st Grade means the art must be simple and fun which tends to make cartooning easier. This is the longest one I think I’ve done yet and it’s not even that long. It’s amazing how much time is needed to draw and ink all the art that goes into a cartoon. The actual animation doesn’t take that long, thanks to Adobe After Effects and the like. Inking is really the longest process, which I do in Adobe Illustrator.
At any rate, this first video shows the rough animation using just the drawn art I did with pencil and paper which was scanned into Adobe Photoshop to tweak and then placed into Adobe After Effects to animate.
That rough was then used as my guide for the final which is below. I used the same After Effects project and just swapped the old art with the new inked art. However, this always poses a few issues in that the images don’t typically swap seamlessly, so tweaking and reanimating here and there often occurs.
I believe this project took me a couple of weeks if not three weeks. I’m not entirely sure, but again, the animating was done around 2 or so days; whereas the inking of the art took 1 1/2 weeks or so. I love doing this sort of stuff and always invite the opportunity to do some animating. I hope you enjoyed watching as much as I enjoyed making.
Oh, and before I forget, the lovely on-camera talent in this video is Erin Heasley.
The animator of this piece is Micah Buzan a local in Kansas whom my brother met not too long back in a life drawing class. His animation is all hand drawn and has a very ethereal, esoteric feel to it. Reminds me of a mash up of 70s experimental animation and 30s Disney.
At any rate, he apparently won some contest to make an animation to go with the Flaming Lips song ”Look… The Sun Is Rising”. I’m taken aback at how much synchronization he has to use on something like this. According to the description, this is the result of over 2000 drawings. wow. At any rate, he’s quite talented and thinks a lot differently than I. Enjoy.
There is one name in microphones that many audio engineers find to be THE mic maker of all mic makers. It is Neumann. I, personally, have never been blessed enough to work with any of their mics, but from what I gather they are pretty darn sweet. I recently had an email conversation with my brother who informed me that there are sites out there where one can learn how to make your very own Neumann mic at a very affordable price. I have heard of many people making their own microphones, but have never thought of doing so for myself. I’m still not quite that interested, because I’m not really handy with a soldering iron, but… who knows.. perhaps down the road. It definitely beats paying money I don’t have in order to get one.
With that said, I came across a video of a real Neumann U87 being made. This appears to be an old “behind the scenes” type video they produced some years ago, but it is fascinating if nothing else as to how many steps, people and parts go into making any microphone, let alone a Neumann mic. I found it very interesting and thought perhaps you would too.
Some time ago I was given the opportunity to work on a promo video for my dear old brother for his magic act. He and his magic act partner do several shows and whatnot around the KC area and for their newly established website, they needed a promo video. He had the general idea of what he wanted, so he filmed it, recorded the voice over and sent it to me to add all the effects.
I used After Effects for all of the effects and the little bit of editing I did (some of the voice over didn’t match up with the visual cues). But my main role was to add that vintage look to the video and that MTV text writing that happens. It really didn’t take too long and I somehow forgot to ever put this thing up on the blog (it was created quite a while ago), but here it is in all of it’s glory.