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Brigitta Nagy

Production Artist / Illustrator

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Ani-MCM-ated Dream Home

Hi everyone!

I thought it would be fun to do a cool, retro / mid-century modern home for this project, particularly since the prevailing architecture of the era was so strongly anchored in interesting geometries, it would be "easy" to recreate with basic shapes. (feel free to laugh at my assumption - turns out there are many intricacies that are decidedly un-simple) :)

I started looking for some inspiration (read: fell down the ol' Pintrest rabbit hole for hoouuuurrrrssss) and sketched out a couple houses that I found which incorporated features I liked.

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The bottom one is a mash-up of all my favorite things into one design, but it's a little too complex for the first stab at this, so I'm going with the one above it, since it seems like the most basic of the bunch.

Here's the initial design in Illustrator:

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I'd like to add couple plants in front, but this is what I'm going with for now. I think there's room for a lot of embellishments/animations once I get the basics down (lights next to the door turning on/off, louvered windows opening/closing, chimney animated to look like it's being built out of bricks, etc.).

Now I'm off to import it into AE!

...[later that day]...

And it's in AfterEffects! I gotta say, I really like working organized in files. I am one of those weirdos who will happily spend an hour setting up swatch palettes and character styles and layer names - though I suppose it's no surprise, considering I'm a Production Artist and spend my workdays cleaning up and organizing people's InDesign files. :D  Anyway - this part was really fun for little OCD me. 

Here's my screenshot after Step 5:
(I recolored the layer comps from brown to pink, since the brown kept blending in with my background)

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I realize I should have made more repeating shapes to practice the duplication step a little more, but the lamp and windows in the door enabled me to use all the distribute and align options that were covered, so I did get some practice.

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