• 6 Free Tutorials for Learning How to Animate in One Hour or Less
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    6 Free Tutorials for Learning How to Animate in One Hour or Less

    Add movement to your ideas with a little help from Domestika teachers From the first magic lanterns to super 3D audiovisual productions, animation is an art that never ceases to amaze. Many creators and brands favor this technique to convey their ideas, tell a story, and provide information clearly while entertaining their audience. Animation is reaching more and more ground on social media too. If you want to learn to animate to expand your portfolio, rest assured that this technique is not as complicated as it seems. Have a look at the selected tutorials below, designed to learn a skill in 60 minutes or less. To access the content, simply click on the red titles. Procreate Tutorial: How to Create a Gif Using Static Images GIF is one of the most widespread digital graphic formats today, allowing you to reproduce animations with a maximum of 256 colors. GIFs are small in size and communicate ideas in a simple way, which is why it this format is perfect for social media. If you want to learn how to animate photos or illustrations, check out this tutorial by Natalia Rojas (@LosNaked), a Colombian designer who will teach you how to take still images and turn them into a GIF to share on multiple platforms.

  • 6 Online Professional Animation Courses for Beginners
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    6 Online Professional Animation Courses for Beginners

    Learn 2D and 3D animation techniques, character design, typography, and more from top professionals When Pixar released its much-loved animated film Toy Story back in 1995, 3D illustration was far from being mainstream. In fact, the studio took a big gamble with the film... and it paid off. Toy Story grossed more than $300 million and paved the way for a new market that continues to expand today. If we look back at the different uses of animation that we’ve seen since then, 3D language has become a standard format for telling infinite stories, from television series to video games, coming on in leaps and bounds as technology has evolved.

  • Essential Animation Shortcuts for Adobe Animate and Photoshop 2021
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    Essential Animation Shortcuts for Adobe Animate and Photoshop 2021

    Designer Pablo Cuello shares the most popular shortcuts for animating with these two programs You don't need complicated tools to create impressive animations. By learning just a few tricks, you'll be able to simplify your design process and make frame-by-frame animations. In this blog post, designer and animator Pablo Cuello (@pablocuello) shares Adobe Animate and Adobe Photoshop’s most popular shortcuts, so you can save time when creating your next mesmerizing animation.

  • Scan The World: Free Access to Over 16,000 3D-Printable Sculptures
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    Scan The World: Free Access to Over 16,000 3D-Printable Sculptures

    This digital collection allows you to 3D-print sculptures and other works from museums around the world While 3D technology emerged in the 1980s, today we are constantly discovering new ways to use it and experiment with it. Tools, furniture, and more or less anything you can imagine can now be printed in three dimensions. The artworld is also exploring what this technology has to offer, case in point: Scan The World. This digital archive, which continues to expand every day, shares 3D-printable sculptures and monuments that you can download for free. If you are passionate about art and have access to this technology, be sure to get involved in this remarkable project!

  • Free InDesign Template for Mixed Media Animation Projects
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    Free InDesign Template for Mixed Media Animation Projects

    Unfold your creative ideas with this InDesign grid template for experimental animation Digital animation allows us to unfold the creative ideas that live in our imagination. Experimental animator Danaé Gosset (@danaegosset) combines digital animation with traditional art supplies to create ethereal, dream-like pieces that intrigue her viewers. If you like to explore the world of experimental animation and create sequences using mixed media techniques, you can let your imagination guide you through creating vibrant animations inspired by your creativity.

  • 5 Online Courses for Mastering 3D Modeling in Blender
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    5 Online Courses for Mastering 3D Modeling in Blender

    Discover five ways to get the most out of this animation program for 3D artists Blender is one of the most widely-used programs for animation. You can use it to model, light, render, and animate 3D characters. This program allows users to create and manipulate basic objects and create base structures to bring new characters to life. Lots of big-budget films have used Blender at some stage during production. Spider-Man 2 was the first professional project to successfully use Blender for previsualization, which complemented traditional storyboarding. Other productions then went on to do the same.

  • After Effects Shortcuts to Become a Professional Motion Grapher
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    After Effects Shortcuts to Become a Professional Motion Grapher

    Discover in this video tutorial the essential shortcuts for working with the animation and effects software Carlos "Zenzuke" Albarrán (@zenzuke) is a motion graphics director and animator and founding partner of Maaambo studio. Carlos uses the program Adobe After Effects to experiment with animation and has created a casual and colorful style that has impressed the most prestigious production companies and agencies in Spain, resulting in him becoming one of their regular collaborators. Carlos has been freelancing as a 2D and 3D animation specialist for over 10 years. Not only does he know how to make the most of the tools offered by Adobe After Effects, but he is also an expert in teaching others how to use them. Using a rigorous method and sharing his extensive experience, Carlos can turn you into an advanced motion graphics designer who works confidently and makes efficient use of their time. In this exclusive video tutorial for Domestika's PRO community, the expert director explains how to simplify your creative processes using some essential keyboard shortcuts. Like many other programs, After Effects enables you to execute actions and methods in a matter of keystrokes. This helps to reduce the time spent on repetitive tasks so you can focus more on the creation, composition, and execution of your ideas. Discover them below with Zenzuke!

  • Free Set of Textures for Creating 3D Backgrounds
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    Free Set of Textures for Creating 3D Backgrounds

    Use textures designed by a 4D cinema expert to create backgrounds with realistic objects, shapes, and colors If you are interested in the 3D universe, you are probably always on the lookout for ways to improve your work and creating new compositions. Getting inspiration from other artists’ creations is essential to get your imagination juices flow and explore new routes. You also get to know their resources and creative processes. Francisco Cortés (@effcy), industrial designer and illlustrator, is specialized in creating still images in 3D. In his projects, textures are the main protagonist as they help inject life and color to a scene. In this post, Francisco shares his favorite textures—62 of them—that you can also use in your designs.

  • The Stories Behind 7 of the Most Iconic Olympic Mascots
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    The Stories Behind 7 of the Most Iconic Olympic Mascots

    Popular, baffling, or despised: we take a look at the most memorable Olympic mascots Pictograms, logo designs, advertising copy, and the world-famous Olympic rings: these are just a few examples of the pieces that make up the corporate identity of the Summer Olympic Games. Every four years, each host city creates a series of visual and graphic components to be reproduced throughout the month-long multi-sport event.

  • Cinema 4D Tutorial: How to Create a Basic Animation
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    Cinema 4D Tutorial: How to Create a Basic Animation

    Learn how to animate a cube in Cinema 4D step-by-step, with director, animator, and designer Danaé Gosset Cinema 4D is an essential program for anyone interested in animation, allowing you to create 3D models and bring them to life with innovative tools. Danaé Gosset (@danaegosset) is a director, animator, and designer who specializes in mixed-media moving images. Her work has been recognized by institutions such as SXSW, D&AD, The Art Directors Club, Graphis, Adobe, Indigo Awards, and the Type Directors Club. Join her in this beginner’s tutorial as she demonstrates some fun and simple ways to animate an object on Cinema 4D using the twist deformer tool.

  • 50 Rhinoceros 3D Shortcuts for 3D Modeling
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    50 Rhinoceros 3D Shortcuts for 3D Modeling

    Speed up your workflow in Rhinoceros 3D with these basic keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac Rhinoceros 3D is a program that allows you to design, create prototypes, and manufacture all your ideas with precision. Industrial designer and Domestika teacher Diego Fernández (@diego1177) uses it for projects ranging from packaging to industrial design and furniture design. From aviation to jewelry, you can use it to model several versions of the same project you have in your head. This program offers many tools, from the most basic to the most complex. The challenge professionals face is knowing how to combine them to develop their own way of working within this 3D environment. This way, you will get a complete vision of three-dimensional modeling. If you have already started to familiarize yourself with Rhinoceros, you will find the following keyboard shortcuts very useful. They will help you to be more agile in your practical exercises and focus on your designs.

  • 10 Online Courses to Learn 3D Animation For Beginners
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    10 Online Courses to Learn 3D Animation For Beginners

    Learn how to use different programs and techniques to improve your 3D animation skills The world of 3D animation is becoming more and more popular, and it’s no wonder given all the exciting possibilities it offer. Moreover, you can choose from many software options that could fit your skills level and preferences to match your projects needs. Learning to create, design and manipulate three-dimensional graphics are indispensable skills in different disciplines and professions. Therefore, acquiring knowledge and practice in this area has become a must in design, architecture, content creation in different formats and digital communication projects. Whether you are taking your first steps or improving your 3D animation abilities, these ten courses will inspire you to reach new levels in your professional career.

  • 10 Tips for Selling Your Digital Artwork on NFT Marketplaces
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    10 Tips for Selling Your Digital Artwork on NFT Marketplaces

    Digital artists share the strategies they use to promote their digital artworks on NFT marketplaces NFTs have revolutionized the digital art world over a matter of weeks, making it possible for artists to sell their work for substantial sums of money. In January alone, the value of Ether, the cryptocurrency traded in this market, grew 10 times, and it is said that this is only the beginning. The figures sales are fetching are very tantalizing sums, and many artists have jumped on the NFT bandwagon. This new venture has not only opened up a world of possibilities but also comes with news tasks, such as self-promotion. If you have already tokenized your works and been granted access to a marketplace such as Foundation, Opensea, Superrare, Rarible, or Makers Place, you are probably wondering what you need to do to make a sale. We asked artists experienced selling art online which communication strategies work best for them, which social media platforms they need to have a presence on, and what kind of content tends to attract collectors. These are their top ten marketing strategies for promoting your digital art:

  • Free Guide for Designing 3D Characters
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    Free Guide for Designing 3D Characters

    Do you want to learn to create reference images for developing your 3D characters? Check out this guide Animator, illustrator, and director Laurie Rowan (@laulrowan) knows the importance of collecting inspiration and distilling it into a compelling image that will inform your 3D rendered illustration process. In 3D characters illustration, you need to learn how to turn hand-drawn sketches into 3D rendered images. Laurie shares a guide with his personal approach to character design to help you discover new sources of inspiration and explore your imagination when building your characters and sets.

  • 10 Online Courses to Master 3D Modeling with Maya
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    10 Online Courses to Master 3D Modeling with Maya

    Give free rein to your imagination and transform your ideas into 3D images with programs like Maya Learning to create, design and manipulate three-dimensional graphics are indispensable skills in different disciplines and professions. Therefore, acquiring knowledge and practice in this area has become a must in design, architecture, content creation in different formats and digital communication projects. Digital creation of 3D elements, whether animated or static, has invaded our daily lives. Marketing, cinema and television series or video games are just some of the applications of the techniques of conception, modeling and animation of objects, characters or landscapes in three dimensions.

  • Why Are Oddly Satisfying Videos Trending In the World of Crypto Art?
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    Why Are Oddly Satisfying Videos Trending In the World of Crypto Art?

    Learn about the oddly satisfying 3D animation videos that are fetching high prices in the NFT market Thanks to the fascinating universe of NFTs, the option to tokenize digital artworks, as well as the sudden emergence of a marketplace where you can trade them, have opened up new possibilities for artists. Two of the factors that have brought about this transformation of the digital art world are the global economic crisis and the subsequent need to generate new sources of income. Many digital artists have already dived straight into exploring the market, taking a practical approach–in other words, looking at supply and demand–and have found themselves drawn in by the substantial (or not quite so substantial) figures that sales are fetching every day at auctions held by new galleries. Within this arena, a genre of animation known as oddly satisfying videos has stood out as one of the most highly valued forms of digital art. In this post, we explain exactly what oddly satisfying videos are and share examples of works currently on sale.

  • Interview With Ana Porta, 3D Illustrator Winner of Domestika Scholarships 2018
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    Interview With Ana Porta, 3D Illustrator Winner of Domestika Scholarships 2018

    One of our 2018 winners tells us how the 50 free courses influenced her work Ana Porta (@anaporta_) is a Spanish graphic designer and 3D illustrator who specializes in branding. Thanks to the striking personality of her work, which has led her to collaborate on brilliant projects and having work published in The Washington Post, she was one of the winners of our Domestika Scholarships in 2018. She was granted access to 50 courses to develop her skills and train in creative areas of her choosing. We talked to her about how she used her prize and how it helped her evolve her career since then. Find out what benefits the opportunity to win a Domestika Scholarship—now in its third edition—can bring to a creative’s work.

  • 45 Basic Toon Boom Harmony Shortcuts for Windows and Mac
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    45 Basic Toon Boom Harmony Shortcuts for Windows and Mac

    Simplify your 2D and 3D Toon Boom Harmony animated projects with these basic shortcuts for Windows and macOS Toon Boom Harmony is a 2D animation tool that has become essential in television and film productions. You can make characters look realistic in a couple of clicks. The tool offers a wide range of possibilities and resources. Advanced versions also have 3D options. Several Disney movies and famous series, such as The Simpsons, are created using Toon Boom Harmony. Highly intuitive, it is the leading software to create animations and bring stories to life.

  • Top 10 Creative Projects of March 2021
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    Top 10 Creative Projects of March 2021

    We put together the projects that received the most likes in March within the Domestika community We kick off the new month by introducing you to the 10 favorite community projects for March. Final projects of courses from different disciplines, teachers' works and commissions are mixed in this space open to creativity. All of them different but with something in common: they are the projects that have received the most likes. In March, watercolor has had a lot of prominence, but also crochet and illustration. Nature has been one of the most inspiring themes and has also been the highlighted theme in other disciplines, such as packaging. And as for digital arts, a work done with the SketchUp design program stands out. To check their creative processes, click on the red titles. Don't forget to add your comment at the end of the article and let us know your favorite.

  • We Talk to Serafim Mendes, Graphic Designer and Winner of Domestika Scholarships 2017
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    We Talk to Serafim Mendes, Graphic Designer and Winner of Domestika Scholarships 2017

    One of the 2017 winners, Serafim Mendes how he’s evolved as a designer thanks to Domestika's 50-course scholarship Serafim Mendes (@serafimmendes) is a young Portuguese designer who is passionate about 3D design and likes to experiment with different textures and materials to create pieces full of color and present different perspectives. Aside from already having participated in the 36 Days of Type challenge, in 2017, he was crowned a winner of Domestika Scholarships. We caught up with Serafim to discuss his career, his progress over the last four years, the influence the scholarship has had on his work, and any advice he would give to those who are starting out and want to participate in the third edition of Domestika Scholarships.

  • How Can Artists Tokenize Their Work and Enter the New Crypto Art Market?
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    How Can Artists Tokenize Their Work and Enter the New Crypto Art Market?

    Digital artists share their experiences selling NFT artworks on the new digital art market Over the last month, you have probably heard a lot about the possibility of tokenizing your art. Doing this means turning your work into an NFT (non-fungible token), which allows you to verify the originality of the piece and therefore access a huge emerging market. The emergence of new digital art galleries–or marketplaces–that permit you to buy and sell original digital artworks has greatly aroused the interest of digital artists around the world. But what are NFTs, how are they created, and above all, how do you access these galleries? Three artists from the Domestika community who have ventured into the world of crypto art answer all of our questions and share their own experiences.

  • Interview with 3D Designer Alejandro Olmedo, Winner of Domestika Scholarships 2017
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    Interview with 3D Designer Alejandro Olmedo, Winner of Domestika Scholarships 2017

    One of the winners of the 2017 edition of Domestika Scholarships tells us how he developed his work as a designer thanks to winning 50 Domestika courses 3D and graphic designer Alejandro Olmedo (@hollmed) was one of the winners of the first edition of Domestika Scholarships in 2017. He gained free access to 50 Domestika courses by submitting a strong portfolio that showed great commitment and creativity. Four years on, we decided to speak to him to find out how he made the most of this opportunity. We find out which courses he opted for, what benefits these brought to his practice, and generally what advantages can be reaped as a creative by taking part in Domestika Scholarships.

  • What Is Blocking in Animation and Why Is It So Important?
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    What Is Blocking in Animation and Why Is It So Important?

    Learn about this technique and how it is used in 3D animation projects When it comes to working on a 3D animation project, not only do you need a strong concept, you also need to work out scale, volumes, and proportions in order to best position the characters and props within a scene. In this context, blocking is essential: it saves time and prevents mistakes. But what exactly is it?

  • 9 Free Websites With Textures and Models for Your 3D Projects
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    9 Free Websites With Textures and Models for Your 3D Projects

    Discover where to find textures, models, and resources to give your 3D projects an edge When starting a 3D project or assembling a mood board for one, one of the most important steps is researching and gathering reference images. This stage will give you a more precise and more defined idea of what you will need to create the final project in terms of assets, models, textures, and other graphic elements. To help you find free textures and varied types of assets, Ali Sahba (@alisahba), a multidisciplinary designer and photographer, shares a list of the sites he uses in his projects and what you will find in each of them. When searching for textures Textures.com This site features numerous royalty-free textures but is mostly limited to 1k (1024 x 768 pixels) or 2k (2048 x 1080 pixels) resolutions. These images are not ideal for close-ups, but you will find varied textures—fabrics, ceilings, floors, metal, and many others—and you can use them to have a general idea of how your project will end up looking