New Year 2020 is coming, and it is the great time to make New Year cartoons and greeting cards!
It has already become a good tradition for the General-Animation studio - to congratulate our friends on the New Year with animated greeting cards. And we choose it as the next assignment of our animation challenge. The approaching 2020 will be the year of the rat or mouse according to the Chinese horoscope, so the main characters of our greeting cards will be funny rats, mice and all kind of other cute rodents. We made some funny rodents already. But we will always be happy to see your own characters. Send us your works to take part in our animation challenge and help children in Africa.
New Year is coming, and we are ready for its arrival! I made a model of the symbol of 2019 - a nice cute little pig. We will use this little pig in the coming year to create our animation lessons, as well as for new cartoons about our adventures in Africa. You have already seen this character in our fishing scene. It is great for creating beautiful New Year greeting cards.
You can download the model of this cute piglet in PSD format. Do not forget that we also have a model of Piglet - a friend of Winnie the Pooh there. It also can be used to create New Year cards for the Year of the Pig. Make your merry Christmas cartoons, send it to us, and we will show it on our channel. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Let me introduce you to Urunji Siblings - M'nyamata and M'tsikana. These are our new characters which we will use to tell about Urunji Child-Care Trust, Malawi and Africa in general. They are very similar to each other, so I think they are brother and sister. By the way, in the language of Cheva M'nyamata and M'tsikana mean simply "boy" and "girl". I will use these characters in my animation lessons, and I want to encourage my students to make cartoons for Urunji too. I think it will be great - to learn animation and at the same time participate in such a wonderful charitable project.
Click this link to download the archive with the Urunji Siblings characters.
If you seriously intend to make cartoons, you can not do without creating your own models for animation. To do this, you need a graphics editor with transparency support to create images on a transparent background. This can be, for example, GIMP or SAI.
I'm in the habit of using Photoshop. You can find many online analogues of Photoshop simply by using Google search. Or use my old photoshop. It is quite enough for learning and creating models for animation in Adobe After Effects.
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Here we have made in Photoshop model of Butters - one of the most popular characters in the South Park series. Please note that all parts of the model that we are going to animate drawn on separate layers so you can easy animate it.
To download this charming Butters just click on the picture.
After downloading you can take the file with our Butters directly from Windows window and drag and drop it on the project panel of Adobe After Effects. This will open the Import window for multilayer Photoshop file. In this window, you first of all must indicate how you will import the file - as a single picture or as a whole composition with separate layers for each part of a model. Choose a method of import “Composition”. Next you need to choose the dimension of the images on the layer. Choose “Layer Size” - this will reduce the time required to process your film. Click OK.
Here you are - the after Effects imported file, and even made of him a composition, the size of which corresponds to our model. It remains only to open composition by double-clicking, and here is our Butters on the timeline. You need only to properly connect all the layers together, to get a fully functional model.
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