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Learning to Animate

 

Sometime ago when I was working at Google, I was always wanted to learn how to animate -- Specially when I saw all the cool prototypes my colleagues were making! When I asked one of them to teach me how to animate on After Affects, I was immediately intimidated by the interface. I was telling myself "Fu**, I'm never going to learn this." I was able to create a little something with the help of my colleague, but even more discouraged when the animation was not used for the final design iteration of the app. 

 
Much intimidated.

Much intimidated.

 

Fast forward 2 years later to last night. I opened After Affects, and said to myself "Anna, you can do this." I watched so many tutorials online, and spent a good chunk of my time just trying to figure out what simple and basic commands did. Each little thing that went right was a huge achievement for me. 

Long story short, yesterday I had no idea how to animate in After Affects. Today I kinda know. Tomorrow I will just keep getting better! 

So never give up on learning something, keep at it and kick ass :]


Here are some links to videos that helped me create this:
How to create animated GIFs | SlimJim (James Curran)
After Effects character animation workflow | Emanuele Colombo
How To Make a Cartoon | For Beginners - After Effects Tutorial | Ross Plaskow
 

 
My first animation!! (Boo from Super Mario)

My first animation!! (Boo from Super Mario)

Anna Salazar