Animation Spotlight

About the animator: Chris Wint is a third year fine arts student in the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program. They are spending their spring Co-op working with V+V to bring artist’s drawings and paintings to life. Chris is curating what speaks to them and animating the artwork one piece at a time. The next step consists of presenting the animation to artists for feedback and approval. This week features Bobby Jung’s “Car Wash”. Bobby is a mixed media artist who uses marker, colored pencil and acrylic to express his fascination with technology. Stay tuned for another animation next week! To see more of Chris’ work, go to https://christopherwint.weebly.com

About the process:
The process behind creating these animations requires a lot of patience and time, but it is usually very rewarding in the end to see one’s efforts come to life. How I create these animations comes from the utilization of different Adobe programs, such as Photoshop and After Effects. Firstly, I open the artwork in Photoshop and cut out every single component I plan on animating onto a single layer of its own. Since so many things move in these animations, this usually results in dozens of layers. Next, I go back to the original artwork’s layer and digitally removes the component that will be animated (and has already been added to a new layer), trying the best I can to make it look seamless. Afterwards, I take that Photoshop file and import it into After Effects, which is where the animating happens. There I control the position, scale, opacity, speed, and rotation of the individual components when animating them. This consists of a lot of moving anchor points around a timeline representing the span of the animation. Many important, otherwise overlooked details have to be considered, such as timing, finding the correct speed, and finding the correct amount of bounciness or waviness so as to make something move naturally and not like a robot. When the animation is finally done, the After Effects file gets exported to Adobe Media Encoder where it gets converted into a mp4 video file. The more animation a video will have, the longer this part of the process will take. When this is all over however, that is basically how I create my animations!  — Chris Wint
 

Dearest V+V Community:
 
As the impact of COVID-19 increases we have regretfully decided to temporarily close both V+V studio locations, effective November 30, 2020. The health and safety of our artists and staff is of the utmost importance to us. Due to the diligence of our staff and artists following strict safety precautions, we’ve been fortunate to not have any known cases. We want to keep it that way. We will continue to monitor the situation to determine when it is appropriate to reopen.
 
Although our studios and gallery will be temporarily closed, we remain committed to staying connected with our community. We will still be offering remote virtual services to artists who are interested.
 
If you are able to help us to bridge our expenses during this closure, here is how to do it:
V+V Artists: We already miss you! Wishes for a happy and safe holiday and we look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.
 
Thank you for your continuing support.
 
Peace, Love, and Health,

Robyn Winkler, Executive Director