Serif Animation Project

Lesson 1 – Getting started with digital art

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson you will be introduced to creating a fun and unique cartoon characters simply by using QuickShapes in DrawPlus X6. This tutorial will take you through the process of creating a cartoon fish. Being able to create and manipulate shapes is a fundamental part of digital art and animation. Complete the following tasks before moving on to the next lesson.

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Complete the video tutorial
  • Create and save your version of the cartoon fish from this project

 

Assessment:

Print out / Save and Export your completed work from this lesson and add to your portfolio folder. This should be organised under Digital Graphics and Animation

 

Lesson 2 – Introduction to digital drawing and animation

 

Lesson Overview

In this lesson you will learn the basics of Serif Draw Plus, this includes the drawing tools and some basic animation techniques. Complete the task list below before moving on

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Open Draw Plus and start a new project
  • Create a simple graphic using multiple quick shapes combined, this should also include text
  • Complete a poster for a bakery company called “Crust”
  • Cut out the background of This Picture (CLICK THIS LINK), then save and export your version as a .png file (PNG 32 will maintain the transparent background for later use)
  • Create a simple bumblebee animation, then save and export as a .swf file

 

 

At the end of this lesson you should have the following four items for your portfolio folder:

 

Banner Graphic

Crust-banner

 

Crust Poster

Crust-Bakery-Poster

 

Picture with transparent background

Cut-out-the-background-2

 

Bumblebee Animation

Bumble-bee-animation

Assessment:

Print out / Save and Export your completed work from this lesson and add to your portfolio folder. This should be organised under Digital Graphics and Animation

 

Lesson 3 – Introduction to keyframe animation

 

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson you will learn how to compose a scene for a simple keyframe animation. This lesson will consolidate a lot of the information learnt in the last lesson and build on it, so you can start create more advanced graphics.

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Create the scenery for your animation, this can be the same as the one on the video or completely unique. The items for your scenery should come from the Serif Draw Plus ‘Gallery Tab’
  • Create a movement Animation of a single object, as shown in the video, this can be the Bumblebee or something else
  • Create a movement Animation of a second object, as shown in the video, this can be the Bumblebee or something else
  • Save and Export your animation

 

 

Extension Tasks:

  • Create a new scene. When dealing with keyframe animation there are three types of movement, these are Position, Rotation and Scale.
  • In your new scene create an object from the ‘Gallery Tab’
  • This time experiment with animating the objects Position, Rotation and Scale.
  • Save and Export your animation

 

 

Assessment:

Save and Export your completed work from this lesson and add to your Animation portfolio folder, you could also include screenshots of your work

Lesson 4 – Introduction to stopframe animation
Video Player

 

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson you will learn how to compose a scene for a simple stopframe animation. This lesson will consolidate a lot of the information learnt in the last lessons and build on it, so you can start create more advanced graphic animations

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Open a new project and choose a canvas size
  • Create an object from either the media gallery or the shapes menu
  • Make your object move across the page in a minimum of  12 frames
  • In each of the frames change the size of the object to make it look as if it is getting closer
  • Now experiment with the rotate tool to give a spinning effect
  • Finally in the colour tab adjust and animate the opacity of the object as it moves across the page e.g. from transparent to fully visible
  • Save and Export your animation

 

Extension Tasks:

Using the ‘Lesson Tasks’ above, only this time experiment with animating text. Experiment this other options and thinking about creative possibilities. Finally Save and Export your animation

 

Assessment:

Save and Export your completed work from this lesson and add to your Animation portfolio folder, you could also include screenshots of your work (where necessary)

 

Lesson 5 – Using the pen and pencil tools

 

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson you will learn how to compose a scene for a simple stopframe animation. This lesson will consolidate a lot of the information learnt in the last lessons and build on it, so you can start create more advanced graphic animations

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Open a new project and choose a canvas size
  • Create a line using the pencil tool

Still need to finish

  • Save and Export your drawing

 

Extension Tasks:

As an extra challenge why not try this tutorial for sketching a persons face and drawing all of the finer details using vector drawing skills – https://community.serif.com/tutorials/details/76/shading-drawplus-x6 (Save and export the finished project to your portfolio)

 

Assessment:

Save and Export your completed work from this lesson and add to your Drawing / Animation portfolio folder, you could also include screenshots of your work (where necessary)

Lesson 6 – Creating and using layers
Lesson 7 – Creating and using interactions
Lesson 8 – The Project

For your final assessment your will need to choose one of the following briefs and complete the associated tasks. Hand all finished work into your teacher and keep a copy for your portfolio.

 

Project Brief 1: Create an E-Card e.g. Get well soon, Christmas greetings or Happy Birthday

Project Brief 2: Create an animated / digital poster for a shoe company

Project Brief 3: Create an animated web banner for Sea World, promoting their attractions or event

 

Project Objectives

  • Use a variety of the skills learnt in this course
  • Plan your project. use a mood / story board to plan your project, you must include: Target Audience and Purpose of end product
  • Include screenshots to show the step by step development of this project
  • Finally a written evaluation describing the success of this project

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