In motion graphics you can always spot trends (call it copycats or being inspired, whatever you prefer). After the popular geometric & circle animations, since a year there are more and more animations turning up in which organic shapes transform in a liquid way.
Shapes are smeared and splash back together, often at the moment of a peak in the action, moving in slight slow motion, with twists and bends. It kind of resembles the flowerpower / psychedelic shapes known from the 60’s.
One of the earlier motion graphics with this appearance, were some of the videos of the advertising agencies CRCR and Buck (2 years ago). I also found one example that appeared already in 2008 in the video Orgesticulanismus by Mathieu Labaye. And you can find this same kind of movement in earlier anime movies.
Abstract drops and smears, swirling typography, and even characters whose limbs are being stretched and swirled – yes, maybe it’s a countermovement against the downward trend of geometrical squares, triangles and circle-transitions.
In this tutorial I'm going to show you a really cool workflow for morphing between splines using Cinema 4D. This kind of spline morphing animation is awesome for using in conjunction your 2D workflow in After Effects by applying a Cel Shader material to your splines. The nice thing about using the Cel Shader or just flat colors in the Luminance channel of your material is that when you use Cineware, these type of scenes render out super fast as a Cineware layer in After Effects because you're not doing heavy shadow or shading calculations. So to begin, I'll go over the thinking behind the method I chose and how to achieve a nice, smooth spline morph. Then, I'll show you how I build a spline that is able to be affected by effectors to morph from one spline shape to another. I'll demonstrate how to use the Inheritance Effector to achieve this morph and ways to make your morph look super sexy and bouncy! Finally, I'll show you an alternate method of using MoSplines to morph and the shortcomings of going that route.
I'm back with yet another way to create a 2D effect in 3D fast & easy using Cinema 4D! In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how to recreate the popular cel animation style paint stroke/splash effect you see in a lot of 2D animations using Cinema 4D without third party plug-ins. The workflow I'll demonstrate is super flexible and applicable to achieving a bunch of different cool 2D paint stroke looks for revealing an object, writing on text, or painting on screen.
In addition to this paint stroke style, be sure to check out Matteo Forghieri's C4DAPT Challenge winning entry (vimeo.com/112196771) for a really genius method on how to create a different type of streak that is produced from an actual object!