Traditional Animation: How to Create Smoke Effects

Johannes Fast, Traditional Animator / Motion Designer

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11 Lessons (1h 15m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. What is Cel Animation?

    • 3. The Theory of Smoke pt.1

    • 4. The Theory of Smoke pt.2

    • 5. Animating a Smoke Trail

    • 6. Animating a Smoke Cloud

    • 7. Animating a Smoke Loop

    • 8. Animating Smoke on Live action pt.1

    • 9. Animating Smoke on Live action pt.2

    • 10. BONUS!

    • 11. Conclusion

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About This Class

Join animator Johannes Fast for this class on how to animate smoke effects digitally using "cel" animation.

You'll learn the theory behind why smoke moves the way it does, and how to apply this to your own animations to create a believable effect. 

The class is aimed towards beginner or intermediate animators with some prior experience animating traditionally. It's a great class for new animators wanting to learn their first effects, or for more experienced animators looking to spice up their work. Even film editors can use these techniques to add cool effects to their live action work. 

By the end of this course, you'll know the basics on how to animate smoke traditionally and how to apply it to your work.

A digital animation program is required for the class, preferably Adobe Animate. You'll also need a form of digital drawing tablet. A mouse will work but it will make the process a lot harder. An iPad with an animation app also works great.