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!