Yesterday, I realized that my GIF-making skills from way back in high school had gotten a little rusty. By that I mean I completely forgot how to make them. As such, and because I was on my lunch break, I immediately hopped on Skillshare and searched for GIF-making lessons. When I got home last night I reviewed the lessons again and spent a couple of hours playing around with Photoshop to see what I could do. First was this beauty:
The lesson creators are in the campy camp (that was very gratifying to type), so psychedelic colors and tasty junk foods floating through space were the obvious first choice of project. I modified mine slightly from the project parameters to have a little more fun with it.
There are actually two different timeline features in Photoshop, and I wanted to play with the other one (with frames, as opposed to the timeline method above), so I went off-project and used my rudimentary animation skills to throw together a little character.
These were done pretty quickly for the purpose of learning, but I can't wait to make a few polished ones, and try some different styles of GIF. I haven't even touched video-based ones yet. So many possibilities!
I also learned definitively that GIF is pronounced with a hard "G" sound, unlike the JIF peanut butter. I've heard it both ways for so long that I wasn't sure there was a correct way to say it, but considering GIF stands for "Graphics Interchange Format" and "graphics" has a hard "G" I'll stick with the hard "G." Don't ever say I didn't teach you anything.
I have been working at a design company in northern Virginia for the past year but, shame on me, I haven't touched my own site in all that time! I've finally updated the site with new branding, a new web address, and new work in my gallery.
I also have renewed interest in keeping a blog about my adventures in the art world, among other miscellany, so this seems like a good opportunity to start! There are always new sketches and experiences to share, and I'm constantly learning new things that I'd love to pass on to others. Never stop learning, that's what I say!