TED’s Audacious Project recently announced a new partnership with The Nature Conservancy which involves using blue bonds to restructure island nations’ debt and provide funds for ocean conservation. I created illustrations and animations to accompany the presentation of this plan, which you can learn more about here. Thank you to the team at TED!
The Wall Street Journal’s Glossary series uses animation to explain foundational economic concepts. I designed and animated this latest episode, which focuses on how GDP is calculated. Check out the video below and thank you to the team at WSJ.
The Wall Street Journal’s new series ‘Glossary’ explains economic concepts in a cutout, dictionary-inspired style. I designed and animated this first episode about the Yield Curve and how it signals economic confidence. Check it out (and brush up on some economic concepts) below:
Here is another installment in ‘The Way We Work’ from TED. This episode with Amy Nicole Baker explores the topic of workplace romance.
Here are the original storyboard sketches and subsequent design boards:
These became the final animations. We animated almost everything in Photoshop, with some After Effects animation in select sequences.
Last fall I created animations for ‘The Way We Work’, which is a new series from TED. This episode, hosted by Wendy De La Rosa, discusses ways to trick yourself into making better spending decisions.
It was a pleasure to collaborate with illustrator Karen Ko on the designs for this episode. Below are the animated sequences in gif form; keep scrolling for process work.
After receiving the script from TED, I sketched out greyscale storyboards for an animatic. The rough ideas in these frames ended up carrying through to the final images in some cases; in others, the shots were cut or the imagery re-imagined. Next came illustrations created by Karen.
From there, the animation started to take shape. Everything for this episode was animated in After Effects, using mainly core tools in addition to Duik Bassel.
Thank you to Karen for the beautiful illustration work, and thank you TED for working with me on this one.
The Wall Street Journal’s Moving Upstream series explores on innovations in technology and business. Recently I created animation to accompany an episode that discusses the topic of ‘clean meat’ or meat grown from stem cells in a lab setting. Check out the whole video here and gifs from the animation explaining the science of clean meat below:
Visualizing the science in this topic was an interesting challenge and a fun process. Thank you WSJ team.
The Red Cards series from Vice Sports investigates some of the most notorious true crime stories in sports. I created sequences for the latest episode that looks into the shooting death of New Orleans Saints player Will Smith.
The sequence above was drawn and animated in Photoshop with a bit of compositing in After Effects. I consulted research materials including google maps to re-create the specific buildings at the intersection where Will Smith and Cardell Hayes confronted one another. Similarly for the sequence below, which was a few blocks away, I illustrated the precise buildings on Magazine Street in New Orleans where the initial collision occurred.
The sequence below, which shows an overhead view of the cars driven by Will Smith and Cardell Hays, was created in a mix of Illustrator and Photoshop with After Effects for animation. Creating an accurate representation of the events surrounding the case was crucial, so once again, maps and documentation proved key.
Growing up in Georgia, I loved curling up with a book under a tree in the backyard during the summer. Now my New York Public Library card is one of my most prized possessions and I love audiobooks just as much as turning a paper page. In celebration, I made this animation.
I started out with a sketch on paper and then created the final illustration in Photoshop. Some elements were animated in Photoshop and some in After Effects with very simple rigs. Here's a little look behind the scenes on the cel animation in PS:
I used the AnimDessin and AnimCouleur extensions to speed up the process in PS, and then brought the animation to After Effects to composite. The background elements were all animated in After Effects. For the little dog, I wanted to keep the animation simple I just puppeted body parts together and animated with FK kinematics instead of IK, and as such, didn't need to build a DuiK rig (as much as I love DuiK!). Here's a little peek as well:
For the swaying plants in the background, I traced everything 3 times to create a boil in Photoshop, and then animated the swaying movement in After Effects with the puppet tool. Once upon a time, I used to keyframe the puppet pins by hand, but then discovered a script called AutoSway that is available on AE Scripts. It's always good to know how to do things by hand but now I can speed the process up substantially.
Oh and back to the original topic of summer reading! Here's my summer reading list so far (including a number of re-reads of old favorites): The Alchemist, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Daring Greatly, Neverwhere, the entire Harry Potter series (Jim Dale audiobook, though I just got Stephen Fry's read and am excited to compare), Norse Mythology, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Bad Feminist, and Walk Through Walls.
What have you been reading this summer? Send me recommendations!
Here is a little test incorporating photographic footage shot with a Canon EOS 6D and illustrations made and animated digitally. Planning more explorations mixing physical and digital materials soon.
Doodled this new character in my sketchbook and decided to bring her to life. Animating her walk cycle was also a great excuse to test out the new Duik Bassel (version 16 of Duik -- download & donate here). It is amazing. The big difference is that the rig can be build completely separately from the artwork, and then the artwork attached via parenting. So you can edit either of these components and re-link them without rebuilding the whole rig. It's seriously great.
I got so excited about the new Duik this that I also rigged this cat. The face turn is rigged with Joysticks n Sliders, but the tail rigged with Duik. I'm hard at work this summer on testing out new ideas and putting them into motion. This is part of a push to combine shorter tests and experiments with a longer personal project. More about that soon!
Starting this blog to serve as a place to share process work and updates on what I’ve been working on. Thank you in advance for reading!