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Illustration: “F Is for Frog”

Illustration: “F Is for Frog”


Illustration: “F Is for Frog”

Full recording of a frog illustration!

This illustration took 45 minutes to complete.

I drew the work on paper first with a pencil, took a picture of the image with my phone, emailed the image to myself, and finally imported the image into FlashCS6.

Using the INK TOOL and FILL TOOL, create the linework and color in the character.

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A fly was added to the illustration.frog_illustration_0025_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.38.45 AM

Find an environmental scene. frog_illustration_0024_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.38.48 AM

Bring in the image and go to:  TRACE BITMAP


The higher the numbers on the threshold and pixel area, the lower amount of colors and points made to keep the look of the original image. frog_illustration_0023_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.38.51 AM

The BITMAP process was also used to create the flower…frog_illustration_0020_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.39.08 AM

The flower was edited and turned into a symbol.frog_illustration_0019_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.39.12 AM

The flower was copied and if you make the image smaller or larger, it can add depth to the illustraion.frog_illustration_0014_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.39.36 AM

The lilypad was then created. frog_illustration_0011_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.39.47 AM

Filters added to the lighting and shading…


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Filters wee added to other parts of the illustration. frog_illustration_0001_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.40.15 AM

Final image… 😉frog_illustration_0000_Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 12.40.19 AM

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If you are considering becoming an Animator, it’s a great practice to make up random 5-10 second long animations. When I was in school, the teachers asked the students to constantly create short stories. Some students found it difficult to keep their stories short and simple, receiving failing grades in some cases because they got too lost in their stories.

Tips on creating short stories:

Starting the story as close to the end as you can.
Including at last one character the viewer can strongly identify with – either negatively or positively.
Reveal character motivation or traits essential to the story.
Ensuring that each character included needs something to do – even if the action was simply deliver a newspaper.
Metaphors are a great tool – but keep the related to everyday life – or you will lose your audience. In animation, you can be very creative in how you express your point of view in the story. You can be very literal or “trippy” depending on who your audience is.
Know your basic audience and avoid alienating them. Appealing to what people can relate to is an important foundation if you want people to watch your videos.
Keep a notebook at all times! A quick note now can be a great story tomorrow.
Have fun with it! If you are not having fun, take a nap. Ideas have to marinate and evolve within you, so relax, have fun and let them flow.



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