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Animating Medium 2D FX

Elemental Studies

Instructors: Matthieu Petit, Tom De Vis, Chris Graf, Guillaume Degroote
Included with VFX-A All Access

Dive into these more complex animation studies, with different viscosities, multiple elements, and more complex shapes. Create directional fire, bubble bursts, water flings, and more!

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14+ Hours

This course includes over four hours of FX animation training.

Skill Level

Beginner Level One course for new and aspiring VFX artists. 

Software

Toon Boom Harmony,
Adobe Animate

Instant Access

This course is immediately available to All Access members. 

Course Breakdown

Lesson overview.

Water Fling

4 Lessons
FX Animation - Chris Graf
Commentary - Jason Keyser

Because various types of airborne liquid are a mainstay in 2D FX, you’ll get a lot of value from referring back to this lesson often.

Learn how to use mask layers to give you the freedom to set up your inner shapes, without having to worry about clean outer edges.

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Water Fling Style Target

Create a reusable water fling animation. Get a rundown of the style target, and explore the motion, shape design, and color of the effect.

Water Fling FX Animation

This effect can be quite complex to animate, so don't be afraid to just try things out and get in some practice!

Coloring the Water Fling

Use the coloring phase to start really defining the negative shapes of this water fling effect.

Water Fling Effect Timelapse

Watch the entire water fling effect animation by Chris Graf unnarrated. Follow along and create your own water fling.

Goo Orb

4 Lessons
FX Animation - Matthieu Petit
Commentary - Jason Keyser

Let's create a looping slimy anti-gravity goo orb animation.

Following the water fling effect, you will see how liquids behave similarly to each other with slight variations depending on the viscosity of the liquid.

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Goo Orb FX Base Animation

Nail down the feeling of your liquid substance, then add asymmetry and shape variation to your effect. Having an interesting motion will help to break up the repetition for looping effects.

Animation Finish & Coloring

Add interest by offsetting and duplicating the effect. This mirror technique will help you create the other half of the goo orb.

Goo Orb Animation Timelapse

Watch the entire Goo Orb effect animation with Matthieu Petit. Follow along and create your own effect.

Goo Orb Coloring Timelapse

Watch the entire Goo Orb effect color process with Matthieu Petit. Follow along and color your own effect.

Directional Fire

2 Lessons
FX Animation - Matthieu Petit
Commentary - Tom de Vis

Learn how to bend fire to your will! Animate fire rushing outwards, catching air currents, and dissipating into interesting shapes.

Heart Bubble Burst

2 Lessons
FX Animation - Matthieu Petit
Commentary - Tom de Vis

You're going to love this charming tutorial! Learn how this highly reusable asset uses snappy timing to delight the senses.

Directional Fire Animation & Color

Watch the pros at work! Learn from Tom de Vis about the shape language of fire, as he walks you through Matthieu's animation.

Directional Fire Effect Timelapse

Watch the original recording of the creation process for this amazing directional Fire effect by Matthieu Petit as bonus content.

Heart Bubble Burst Animation

Watch along with Tom De Vis, as Matthieu Petit works through animating some heart bubbles.

Heart Bubble Burst Timelapse

Watch the original animation process of these lovely bubbles as bonus content.

Heart Bubbles

3 Lessons

You're going to love this charming tutorial! Learn how this highly reusable asset uses snappy timing to delight the senses.

Animation Breakdown

Watch along with Tom De Vis, as Matthieu Petit works through animating some heart bubbles.

Animation (Raw Video)

Watch the original animation process of these lovely bubbles as bonus content.

Spiral Smoke Poof

3 Lessons
FX Animation - Matthieu Petit
Commentary - Tom de Vis

Create a spiral smoke puff animation, while learning about production constraints, like limited frame counts.

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Spiral Smoke Animation & Shading

Watch Matthieu Petit animate this awesome spiral smoke puff as Tom De Vis breaks down his workflow.

Spiral Smoke Poof Animation Timelapse

Watch the original recording by Matthieu Petit as bonus content, if you are interested in his thought process while animating.

Inner Shape & Shadows Timelapse

If you want to see even more, you can watch the raw coloring and shading process as well!

Electric Burst

3 Lessons
FX Animation - Guillaume Degroote

This ball of lightning packs a punch! Learn how to manipulate timing, shapes and motion to your advantage.

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Electric Burst Main Sphere Animation

Get started making an electric sphere with Guillaume Degroote by focusing on core composition first!

Electric Burst Windup & Dissolve

How do you create smooth transitions between animation frames? Learn more as Guillaume talks through his process building up the bolts around his effect.

Electric Burst Light Rays & Polish

In this video, Guillarme covers how to use rays and a full-screen flash to give the feeling of extra energy, without muddying your effect.

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This course doesn't end here! Learn how to polish these effects and composite them in the Post Process and MoGraph course. 

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