Announcing 5 Day Mograph Animation Fundamentals Week

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It’s Week 2 of my 5 week long 5 Day Mograph challenge series on Lynda.com!  This weeks challenge is all about the art of keyframing; breathing life and character into even a simple sphere through animation. The overarching theme will be Animation Fundamentals and what terms like “Easy Ease, Squash & Stretch, and Timing & Spacing” mean and why they’re important.  You’ll learn about the most important animation fundamentals that will beef up your knowledge and understanding of what makes an animation look good and why. You’ll be able to apply this knowledge to every single animation you create in the future. Many people who perhaps didn’t go to school for animation, like myself, were not necessarily taught these principles and needed to figure them out all on their own. This Animation Fundamentals challenge will help to build your skills from the ground up each and every day!

I invite anyone who wants to sharpen their animation skills, learn new ones, or just needs a little extra inspiration in order to create to take on these challenges! How these challenges will work is every weekday I’ll present a theme and you’ll then create a short animated GIF based on that theme. There are 5 weeks to this challenge and the schedule is as follows:

Week 1: 08/03/15
Week 2: 08/17/15
Week 3: 08/31/15
Week 4: 09/21/15
Week 5: 10/05/15

Join the 5 Day Mograph Challenge

VERY IMPORTANT! These challenges are completely FREE and open to non-lynda.com subscribers for the week of release up until the release of the next challenge.  For example, the Week 2 challenge will be open the week of 08/17/15 and close 08/31/15 when the Week 3 challenge beings so be sure to join in & watch the challenge videos during the week of that challenges release up until the days leading up to the next challenge.  If you’re a lynda.com subscriber you can join in at any time!

When you’re finished with your animation, please share it on social media using the hashtag #5DayMograph and post it to the challenges Tumblr page: http://5daymograph.tumblr.com

Need more convincing? Here is why daily creation is so important:

1. It expands your creativity by training your brain to find creative solutions to daily design problems & at the same time making those decisions quickly! That translates to being able to handle inevitable tight client deadlines!
2. It gives you an opportunity to try a new technique or style that you may not get the chance to in your normal work day
3. Beef up your demo reel! This is a perfect opportunity to add more work to your reel & show off what you can do
4. Creating work means you can show it off! You won’t learn what’s good or bad design until you share your work and see what people think. You won’t learn that well in a vacuum.
5. Daily challenges will teach you commitment & perseverance. Everyone who is good at design & animation is a former noob, but they didn’t get to be good at their craft overnight. Every day you’ll make small improvements that over time become large improvements!

Did I convince you yet? Ready to join in?

Join the 5 Day Mograph Challenge

You won’t become an amazing animator overnight, it takes time to craft great animations so let’s drop some keyframes!

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Announcing the 5 Day Mograph Challenge

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I’m excited to announce the start of the 5 Day Mograph Challenge that I am hosting on lynda.com! What is the 5 Day Mograph Challenge? The 5 day mograph challenge is all about getting better day by day and honing your skills as a designer and an animator. Just like athletes need to train every day to get stronger physically and musicians need to practice their instrument everyday, designers need to practice creating everyday. By getting into the routine of daily creation you’re exercising a very important part of your brain…the part of your brain that problem solves. While creating new neural connections, you’re making this part of your brain stronger and expanding on your creativity. So why is it so hard to creating something, anything daily? Many people have the best intentions to try to get creating but always get stuck by the question: “What do I create?” The task of creating then becomes daunting and it’s all too easy to ultimately get overwhelmed by the infinite possibilities and you end up just not creating anything at all.

This is where my 5 day motion graphics challenges come in. They’ll narrow your focus and give you a theme to then create something from. I invite anyone who wants to sharpen their skills, learn new ones, or just needs a little extra inspiration in order to create to take on these challenges! How these challenges will work is every weekday I’ll present a theme and you’ll then create a short animated GIF based on that theme. There are 5 weeks to this challenge and the schedule is as follows:

Week 1: 08/03/15
Week 2: 08/17/15
Week 3: 08/31/15
Week 4: 09/21/15
Week 5: 10/05/15

Join the 5 Day Mograph Challenge

VERY IMPORTANT! These challenges are completely FREE and open to non-lynda.com subscribers for the week of release up until the release of the next challenge.  For example, the Week 1 challenge will be open the week of 08/03/15 and close 08/17/15 when the Week 2 challenge beings so be sure to join in & watch the challenge videos during the week of that challenges release up until the days leading up to the next challenge.  If you’re a lynda,com subscriber you can join in at any time!

When you’re finished with your animation, please share it on social media using the hashtag #5DayMograph and post it to the challenges Tumblr page: http://5daymograph.tumblr.com

Need more convincing? Here is why daily creation is so important:

1. It expands your creativity by training your brain to find creative solutions to daily design problems & at the same time making those decisions quickly!  That translates to being able to handle inevitable tight client deadlines!
2. It gives you an opportunity to try a new technique or style that you may not get the chance to in your normal work day
3. Beef up your demo reel! This is a perfect opportunity to add more work to your reel & show off what you can do
4. Creating work means you can show it off! You won’t learn what’s good or bad design until you share your work and see what people think. You won’t learn that well in a vacuum.
5. Daily challenges will teach you commitment & perseverance. Everyone who is good at design & animation is a former noob, but they didn’t get to be good at their craft overnight. Every day you’ll make small improvements that over time become large improvements!

Did I convince you yet? Ready to join in?

Join the 5 Day Mograph Challenge

The hardest part of creating is going from creating nothing to creating something, so let’s go!

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Cinema 4D Quick Tip: Creatively Using Dynamics for 2D Style Animation

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In this Cinema 4D quick tip I’ll go over how you can utilize Cinema 4D’s Dynamics & Cineware creatively to spice up your 2D animations by applying real world physics to them.  To get real world physics to be applied to your 2D animations, you either need to painstakingly keyframe it by hand or buy an expensive plug-in for After Effects, not to mention taking the time to learn it!  But for those of us that have Cinema 4D, you can use it as a “plug-in” and apply dynamics to your 2D style objects in Cinema 4D and easily bring them into After Effects via Cineware.  Check out the link below to see a free excerpt from my Lynda.com course on Mixing 2D and 3D with After Effects and CINEMA 4D.

You can also view the rest of my Cinema 4D courses on Lynda.com here.

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Cinema 4D Quick Tip: Using PSR Constraint Tag Targets

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In this Cinema 4D quick tip I’ll go over a useful option when doing character animation, Constraint Tags.  Specifically, I’ll be demonstrating how to use the PSR Target option to be able to morph an object from one target to another.  For example, this can come in handy when you have a character picking up an object or placing it down, this option allows you to morph between the grasp of the character and the final placement of the object.  Check out the link below to see a free excerpt from my Lynda.com course on rigging a robot arm and find out more about using PSR Constraint Tag Targets.

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Cinema 4D Quick Tip: Freeze Transformation

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In this Cinema 4D quick tip I’ll go over an option that you see a ton but might not know what it does, Freeze Transformation.  Freeze Transformation is very useful when doing character animation as well as other workflows.  Check out the link below to see a free excerpt from my Lynda.com course on rigging a robot arm and find out more about the Freeze Transformation option.

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Cinema 4D Training on Lynda.com

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You all may have noticed I’ve been quiet on the tutorials front the past couple months, but not without good reason! I’ve been very busy preparing my first in depth project based Cinema 4D course for Lynda.com, and I’m super excited to announce that it has finally released!  Check it out here!

I am honored to be a part of the Lynda community and getting the opportunity to share my creative process through my courses!

What’s It About?

So you might be thinking, “What’s it about and why should I watch it?”  Well, for one, it’s my first project based Cinema 4D course.  Unlike my tutorials I host here on my blog which are fairly short, quick blurbs on a certain workflow technique or tip; in my Lynda course I’ll show you from start to finish the process I go about creating a finished and polished animation.  From setting up and animating a project in Cinema 4D, preparing it for render, and importing and putting on the finishing touches inside of After Effects.  In this course, I’ll show you how to create a network promo bumper for a fictitious TV network using Mograph effectors efficiently so to animate the entire thing, all it takes is two keyframes, along with some workflow tips and tricks along the way.

How Do You Learn?

I’ve found that I learn a ton from watching people go through the process of creating a project from start to finish and developing my first course demonstrating how I do it was very interesting because I literally had to write down all my steps, all the things I do to create an animation.  When I watch other people work, I love observing all the little habits and processes someone goes through while working in Cinema 4D or After Effects.  Being a freelancer, I don’t have the benefit of sitting around a bunch of other artists and being exposed to how other people work day to day and learning from them, so I hope seeing my process is just as beneficial for those of you out there in similar situations.

Future Courses

Some people have already asked me if I have any more courses in the pipeline, and I’m happy to say that I’m planning on releasing a total of 8 courses this year for Lynda.  It’ll be a challenge, but I’m definitely excited to take it on.  The course I released is almost 2 hours of content, so it was definitely an adjustment coming from doing 5-15 minute tutorials for my blog.  My Lynda producer was great in mentoring me in the process of creating professional training content so I’m looking forward to my continued improvements in how I can deliver information and knowledge to you all in the future!

What’s This Mean For the Blog?

It means better content for you!  I’m going to continue producing my own short Cinema 4D based content here on eyedesyn.com just like I’ve always been, I’m committed to creating better and better content and my experiences working with the great Lynda.com folks will only make me better at creating training content.  I already have tons of tutorial ideas backlogged in my brain!  Not to mention a big update to Text Edge FX that should be coming out soon!

Feedback

For those of you who check out my course (or for just those who watch tutorials on my blog), please let me know if there’s anything I can do better, or if there’s anything you’d like to see for any of my next Lynda courses or even my tutorials here on my blog.  What’s something you’d really like to learn?  What’s some workflows you’d like to see me demonstrate?  I’d greatly appreciate any and all input you can give!

What is Lynda.com?

Lynda.com has a multitude of excellent training content for everyone, not just motion graphics artists.  For example, they have great courses on how to be a freelancer, how to conduct business meetings, photography, setting up video shoots, and the list goes on and on!  Not only that, but they’ve joined up with Video2Brain.com to add even MORE great content (including multilingual content) to the Lynda.com universe.  And even if you’re just interested in After Effects and Cinema 4D, they have some AMAZING artists on there sharing their knowledge such as my fellow authors Chris & Trish Meyers, Chad Perkins, Mark Christiansen, and Rob Garrot.  In the coming year there is going to be a ton of new AE and C4D content to go along with the highly anticipated updates for both pieces of software, so stay tuned!

Thank You

When I first launched my blog a little over a year ago, I didn’t imagine that it would grow as much as it did, that I would be presenting for MAXON, working for Lynda.com, or having all the other great opportunities I’ve been given along the way.  I couldn’t have done it without the support of all you out there pushing me to keep doing what I’m doing and seeing that people are learning a bit of something here on my blog.  I did this in an attempt to pay forward all the training that has been provided to me for free online when I have been learning Cinema 4D the past few years, to give back to the awesome motion graphics community that inspired me all these years.  Thank you!