What is the course about?
A two-section course where you will learn how to develop your children’s book character using a variety of research methods and materials; create assets ready for animation and incorporate your character into an exciting animated scene using 2D and 3D transformations and cameras in After Effects CC. This course is suitable for all levels, including beginners to both children’s book illustration and animation.
What will we cover?
- Experimenting with a variety of media: pen and ink, watercolour, crayon, pencil, charcoal and pastel., whilst exploring character development, the relationship between character and setting, and scene creation.
- You will learn to use Photoshop layers to isolate elements and create transparent areas in preparation for animation.
- Importing your illustrated images into Adobe After Effects and positioning and animating them using 2D and 3D transformations.
- Creating and animating a camera to move around the scene.
- Creating and animating text and rendering your composition as a movie clip.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand how to design a children’s book character
- Research elements necessary for character and scene development.
- Develop a scene or setting for your character
- Isolate the elements/assets for animation
- Import images into After Effects CC using footage and compositions
- Create and animate 2D and 3D transformations
- Create and animate a camera to move through the scene
- Add titles
- Render project as movie file using the appropriate format.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for all levels, whether you’re a beginner, have some art and design background or you’re a practicing illustrator. You should have a basic knowledge of using computers including opening and closing applications, finding and opening files and saving work.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will combine demonstration, workshop tasks, group discussion and critique, and individual tutorial and tuition. You will be encouraged to contribute ideas and present your work.
In the illustration part of the course you will examine different approaches and styles of illustration, and through experimentation with a variety of media, will learn how to tackle the development of ideas and character. Homework will include research and image development.
For the animation part of the course it would be useful (but not required) to have access to the software Adobe After Effects CC so you can practice techniques learnt in each session.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The course fee covers basic materials and equipment. It would be very useful for you to have the following to allow you to keep and develop work outside the class: an A4 or A3 sketchbook, a notebook, HB, B and 2B pencils, an eraser and a sharpener. It would be useful to record your work on your phone or any digital camera , though this is not essential. Please bring a USB stick or portable hard drive to store your digital animation work (please note PC formatted hard drives can be read by Apple mac computers, but not written to.).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can revise and develop your animation skills in After Effects further on the VK415 or VK345 After Effects course. You can develop your illustration skills further on VK501 City Lit Children’s Book Illustration course or VK379 Children's book illustration: intermediate and advanced. You can also compliment your skills through a range of illustration and digital and traditional animation courses.