Opus | Animation

Opus | Animation

Our senior trainer, Angie Taylor is a working animator, illustrator and motion graphic designer.

“it’s important for me to keep working at my day job – as well as being a training provider. About 50% of my work is training but I still take on a few creative jobs each year in order to test my skills and to develop new techniques. “

This animation was commisioned by Bright Marbles – a Silicon Valley company with an intruiging product, Opus. Opus is a product that uses artificial intellegence to help inventors to articulate and develop their products and ideas. Its a very difficult product to explain as it is quite unique.

“The company were looking for a new way to communicate the benefits of their product. They had previously used video of people talking about the product but felt that this was dull and did not get the concept of the product.

I directed and managed the project. I wanted a style of artwork that was loose, imaginative and humorous. So I decided to collaborate with illustrator, Belle Mellor on this project. I’ve worked with Belle before and I love the loose, freedom, humour and inventiveness of her work.

Together we brainstormed a few ideas, both sketching out a few core concepts. We then developed a script and storyboard based on the ideas becoming characters on a journey through a pipeline. Opus being the heroic, angelic character that helped the ideas on their journey from conception to final product production.

The first stage involved cleaning up the hand drawn images and splitting them into layers in Photoshop. Working out the correct scale of the images was an important factor. When you work in 3D, you tend to zoom in and out of the images. I had to ensure that all line work would look equal during the animation. It’s also important to remove any marks and backgrounds before animation takes place. I used Select and Mask and the Content-aware tools to adapt the drawings for this.

“I used Select & Mask in Photoshop to clean the layers, ready for animation in After Effects.”

I built a 3D pipeline in MasterpieceVR, using my trusty HTC Vive headset. I created the entire project on my Gigabyte Aero laptop. It’s a powerful beast with an on board NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 which coped admirably with all the VR and 3D rendering I threw at it.

This was all imported into Cinema 4D where I used the Sketch and Toon features to match Belle’s hand-drawn look & feel. I then imported the Cinema 4D file into After Effects via the Cineware plugin. In After Effects I composited Belle’s drawings and 2D stop-frame animations into the 3D scene. I also added some of my own animations here, animating some of the characters using the Rubberhose scripts and taking advantage of After Effects new Master properties to help make the complicated structure easier to manage. There’s a tutorial on Master Properties in my course about Rubberhose animation in After Effects here.

I then brought in musician, Lucy Edwards to help with the music. Together we came up with a humourous melody. Lucy played all the parts on my Roland W30 keyboard. I edited and produced it in Apple’s Garageband. I then added a few sound effects in Adobe Audition. I edited the Audio and the Sound effects to the animation in Adobe Premiere Pro. I found that the the Auto-ducking features to make this process failry quick and easy. The final voiceover was added at this satge so that it fitted the animation perfectly.”

You can find out more about Opus – the revolutionary IP Virtual Assistant here.

If you want to learn how to do any of the things mentioned in this article you can book Angie for one-to-one training at Creative Cabin. We run bespoke courses for all types of creative professionals. These courses can be booked at the Creative cabin studio, or can be done remotely via Adobe Connect.

Tiltbrush Karaoke night

Tiltbrush Karaoke night

Tiltbrush Karaoke

Draw, paint or sculpt to music in VR

A first in the world of VR entertainment! Its Karaoke – but with a creative twist.

Instead of singing a song you’ll draw, sculpt or paint – in VR – along with your chosen song. 

Free Tiltbrush lesson included

If you think you can’t draw – don’t worry. The entry cost includes a free lesson with Tiltbrush. If you’ve never tried VR drawing. 

This will get you up to speed. Tiltbrush is easy to use, even for those who think they can’t draw.

It’s amazing what you can create, just by waving your hands around in the air in time with music.

You can find out more about demo artist, Angie Taylor here.

 

 

 

19.00 - Beer, coffee, cocktails

Buy yourself a beer, coffee or a cocktail at Presuming Ed’s. Then make your way upstairs to GOVR cafe before 7.30pm

19.30 - Tiltbrush Demo

To kick off there will be a live demo of Tiltbrush by VR artist, Angie Taylor. 

20.00 - Karaoke & Lessons

Put your name down on the list and choose your favourite tune to draw, sculpt or paint to. We’ll shout when it’s your time to get your VR on!

21.30 - Tiltbrush Demo

There will be a second Tiltbrush demo, showing you some new techniques to use in the second half.

22.00 - 23.00 - Karaoke

The music will be turned up and we’ll deejay for you as draw your dreams.

VR Art & 3D modelling training

VR Art & 3D modelling training

VR Art & 3D modelling

Learn how to use VR drawing, painting, animation and Sculpting apps to free up your workflow.

New VR Apps like Masterpiece VR, Gravity Sketch, Medium, Quill and Google’s Blocks and Tiltbrush are revolutionising the design world. They allow you to design with a sense of freedom and focus that desktop software cannot provide. 

In this course you will learn how to use this software withn your workflow. See how to get artwork from these apps into other software or game engines like Unity or Unreal Engine.

You can find out more about these apps on the right hand side of this page. Or, use the button below to find out about our unique 1-2-1 courses in creating VR art, sculpture and animation.

Adobe Medium (Previously Oculus)

Medium lets you sculpt and paint in  virtual reality. You no longer need to feel restricted by the edge of your 2D screen. It’s like sculpting with real clay. The possibilities are endless. Check out some of the Artwork created using Medium on Artstation . This could be you after a day or two of training.

Tiltbrush

Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless. Check out some of the artists using Tiltbrush in their work. This could be you!

Quill

Painting and animation tool Quill 2.0 is an end-to-end solution for making full VR-native animated stories. With Quill 2.0, storytellers can now become full-fledged VR directors, in addition to creating 3D painted scenes and short animated loops.

Masterpiece VR & Motion

MasterpieceVR is a collaborative sculpting and painting tool that allows users to easily create 3D content in virtual reality.

Its sister product, Masterpiece Motion, allows you to easily rig your characters. Drawing bones in our 3D environment is quick and easy. Fully rig your model from scratch, import one that’s pre-rigged, or use the auto-rig feature to accelerate this step.

Gravity Sketch

Gravity Sketch is an intuitive and immersive 3D design tool enabling designers to unleash their creativity. Quickly ideate, visualise and communicate concepts in real-time. With Gravity Sketch, your creativity is limitless.

Kanova

Kanova is the new tool for sculpting in VR that uniquely allows you to choose the format you work in – unlike other VR sculpting tools.

Use it with a headset, on desktop, or a mix of both.

Because it’s based on powerful ADF technology, Kanova also gives you greater efficiency and power: zoom in to create intricate details, or zoom out and work at much larger scales.

After Effects training | Spring 2019

After Effects training | Spring 2019

Mel Jennings | motion graphic designer

I highly recommend the Creative Cabin for Adobe After effects training. Angie is extremely knowledgeable, a great tutor and lovely person.

After completing the two day After Effects training course (fundamentals), I felt confident to jump into creating projects back at work.

The 1:1 nature of the training meant Angie tailored the training to our business needs which was superb and helped build my skills and confidence when I got back to the office.

Angie’s knowledge and flair were super inspiring. She’s super helpful and offers lots of tips and tricks.

Totally recommend training at the Creative Cabin! I hope to plan another trip to extend my skills.

Premiere Pro training| Summer 2019

Premiere Pro training| Summer 2019

Mel Jennings | motion graphic designer

I highly recommend the Creative Cabin for Adobe After effects training. Angie is extremely knowledgeable, a great tutor and lovely person.

After completing the two day After Effects training course (fundamentals), I felt confident to jump into creating projects back at work.

The 1:1 nature of the training meant Angie tailored the training to our business needs which was superb and helped build my skills and confidence when I got back to the office.

Angie’s knowledge and flair were super inspiring. She’s super helpful and offers lots of tips and tricks.

Totally recommend training at the Creative Cabin! I hope to plan another trip to extend my skills.