2D Animations: Make Your Character Illustrations Move

A course by Nuria Boj , Digital illustrator and Motion Designer

Digital illustrator and Motion Designer. Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2021

Animate subtle movement in your character designs using After Effects and Procreate.

  • 96% positive reviews (23)
  • 979 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Animate subtle movement in your character designs using After Effects and Procreate.

A course by Nuria Boj

¨Animation is the perfect discipline to enhance our characters, captivate the viewer’s attention and immerse them in the narrative of your artwork¨, says the experienced digital illustrator and motion designer Nuria Boj. She's worked with Stoke to create looping animations for an Adobe project, created a Google Doodle representing the Scottish team on the 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup. She has been commissioned by Studio Bullpen to illustrate collaboration, togetherness and creativity and also, collaborated with various animation studios such as Ordinary Folk, designing for motion on a wide variety of projects.

In this online course, Nuria shows you how to implement simple animations to a character illustration using After Effects. She also teaches you to use Procreate to enhance details in your composition. The final project will be a looping animation of your own character, ready to share online. Give a special spark to your illustrations and bring them to life!

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What will you learn in this online course?

27 lessons & 31 downloads

  • 96% positive reviews (23)
  • 979 students
  • 27 lessons (6h 8m)
  • 31 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Animate a 2D illustration of a main character, with other narrative elements in the background.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to add subtle, looping animations to their illustrations.

Requirements and materials

Students should be familiar with After Effects and Procreate.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


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979 Students
23 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

Nuria Boj

A course by Nuria Boj

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Digital illustrator and Motion Designer

Nuria Boj is a digital illustrator and motion designer based in Scotland. She found her passion for all things digital at a young age when her mother taught her how to use a computer. She became interested in using Photoshop and creating her own animated GIFs to develop forum signatures and blogs.

Nuria moved from her native Spain to Edinburgh to study Graphic Design in 2016 and started using her free time to learn how to master After Effects. Eventually, realized her passion was in motion graphics. Since beginning work as a freelance motion designer, she has developed work for Google, such as a Google Doodle representing the Fifa Women's World Cup and created a series of blog animated illustrations for Stoke, on their Adobe project.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Getting Started

    • The Creative Brief
    • Reference, Inspiration, and Colour
    • Rough Sketch and Colour Script 1
    • Rough Sketch and Colour Script 2
    • Refining the Illustration 1
    • Refining the Illustration 2
  • U3

    Preparing for the Animation

    • What Are the Principles of Animation?
    • Planning the Animation
    • The After Effects Interface
  • U4

    Animation in After Effects and Procreate

    • After Effects: Basic Character Animation 1
    • After Effects: Basic Character Animation 2
    • After Effects: Basic Character Animation 3
    • After Effects: Overlapping Character Movement 1
    • After Effects: Overlapping Character Movement 2
    • After Effects: Overlapping Character Movement 3
    • After Effects: The Character’s Clothes
    • After Effects: Animating Flowers and Details 1
    • After Effects: Animating Flowers and Details 2
    • Procreate: Animating the Leaf 1
    • Procreate: Animating the Leaf 2
    • After Effects: Combining and Adjusting
  • U5

    Extras, Rendering, and Sharing

    • Adding Reflections
    • Colour Adjustments and Glow
    • Rendering for Social Media 1
    • Rendering for Social Media 2
  • FP

    Final project

    • 2D Animations: Make Your Character Illustrations Move

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2D Animations: Make Your Character Illustrations Move. 3D, Animation & Illustration course by Nuria Boj

2D Animations: Make Your Character Illustrations Move

A course by Nuria Boj
Digital illustrator and Motion Designer. Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2021
  • 96% positive reviews (23)
  • 979 students