Some panels from my short story “One Step Behind the Sun” that I felt like animating today.
Used Illustrator, Photoshop, Power Point, and Camtasia Studio 8.
All my illustrations are made with a combination of Photoshop and Illustrator. In a nutshell, Photoshop lets me sketch out the base drawing of a Nomad Woman, then I import that base into Illustrator. In ILL, multiple layers are set over the Nomad Woman and then I dedicate each layer to tracing over a particular part of her (the hand, the skull, the face, the legs, etc.) with the Pen Tool. The Pen tool in ILL is dynamite for exactitude and sharp image creation, while PS is more for editing previously created images. Once the tracings (AKA ‘Paths’) are created with the Pen Tool I just choose a preset stroke weight and brush style, and it all “magically” turns into the look I need. Original images like of the woman, the bearded man, the child, the grazing Land Beast, etc., each image can take an average of a day just because I want to get it right. I have a certain look in mind, and I do my best to achieve that. Some images come very quickly, others not so quickly. In some cases, I do use Live Trace with Live Paint to create an outline I can work with, but that trick definitely doesn’t work the way I need with all images, and it can create artistic obstacles in other areas as well.
As for the animation itself, I took the final ILL files and turned them into JPG images. I put the JPG images into an animated PowerPoint slideshow. Then I recorded that slide show with Camtasia. The I turned the Camtasia file into an Mp4, and uploaded it to YouTube. Then I copied the YouTube address and put into my WordPress post for all to see.
The whole process sounds ridiculously retarded, and it probably is. However, being a hermit, I haven’t discovered a better way yet. If you know of any ways to save time, please let me know.