Butterfly

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Character Design, GIF

I decided to keep pushing my limits with this piece.

First up was sketching it in Adobe Photoshop. I usually have a rough idea of how the illustration would look like but of course it might change over the course unpredictably and that is fine.

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After sketching, I would push onto with the lining and base colours. Sometimes it takes me days for this because I need to get everything right or else I’d kick myself down the track.face22

Of course next is rendering it which I think is the fun part (or fun because I’m slightly masochistic in retrospect). But this time, I decided to push it further, except how? What tools can I use to make it different compared to my previous works? Well, after looking around on Instagram for inspiration, I remembered about Ilya Kuvshinov’s works and how he applies his photography knowledge into his works. So I decided, hey why not? Thus I ended up learning a bit about bokeh.

Which then made me remember about the Art Deco movement (think to the Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby film). Boom, new graphic elements to play with.

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The last thing to do? Make it animated! Of course I had a lot of fixing up to do (and I still forgot to fix up that flower but oh well), including drawing his whole face behind the butterfly and fixing up his nose which was a bit too low for my liking. Then I had to switch over to After Effects for the flashy bokeh particle motion along with the flapping butterfly wings.

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I’m super thankful to be born in this era because thanks to the internet and YouTube, I managed to accomplish things that I couldn’t have thought of before and now, its time to apply my knowledge of illustration, graphic, photography and animation towards everything I do from now on.

Until next time 🙂

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