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Mete Erdogan

Designer and Art Director

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My illustrated reaction GIF: Niiice!

I've been having a conversation with a highchool friend about a film he's making. After four years of getting the movie off the ground, he's finally found a great soundtrack for it, so my response to him is 'Niiice!'

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Then I sketched out how I wanted my piece to look, I used round, soft and plump shapes to express my happiness and excitement for him. 

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Once happy with my sketch, I placed tracing paper over the sketch and traced it three times with a Sharpie permanent marker. My animation will be three frames long, hence the three illustrations. I didn't worry too much about making the lines follow the sketch perfectly because I wanted a cute, jittery effect in my GIF. The lines raying out of the type added an additional animated element to express excitement.

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I scanned the traced artwork and opened it in photoshop where I separated the artwork from the background and created three layer groups in my document, these layer groups eventually became the three frames for my animation.

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Once cropped and aligned, I applied colours and textures to each individual layer group

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Then I used the Timeline tool to animate the three frame animation. I adjusted the frame speed to 0.1 seconds per frame but the speed totally depends on the individual artwork.

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I finally exported the document as a GIF ready to share online via channels like email, twitter, facebook and tumblr.

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And shared it with the world!

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Here's the final GIF for you to share around on those niiice occasions :-)

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Excited to see everyone else's!

Mete.

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