There are constantly new and unique developments in the fast-moving CG industry. With software updates arriving all the time and fresh techniques to hone, it’s important to stay on top of your game.
As head of motion graphics at Escape Studios (opens in new tab), and an independent director and motion designer, I have more than 15 years of experience working on advertising, films, TV, video games and multimedia.
Here, I've pulled together some top tips to offer advice on how to really hone your motion graphic skills, and take them to the next level.
01. Don't be afraid to make mistakes
The creative process is all about trial and error. It’s important to brainstorm your ideas and sketch them out on paper to really work through each element.
Breaking things down and perfecting your skills will enable you to really see what might need changing, ultimately speeding up the process. It will also help you save time working on it in later with the software (opens in new tab).
02. It's not just about one set of skills
This may be obvious but it’s really important: throughout your motion graphic work you will need to have a strong knowledge of graphic design (opens in new tab) and as much knowledge of filmmaking as you can get. Arming yourself with this knowledge will ensure you are ready for any challenge that may come through.
03. Become an expert in typography
A motion graphics artist should have a strong understanding of typography and typography terms (opens in new tab). Type is widely used as a form across motion graphics, and in some cases it may be that this is all that’s used to convey the product to the audience. So it’s important to understand what the audience will engage with, ensuring that the graphic stays with them. Thankfully, there are plenty of typography tutorials (opens in new tab) to help you get started.
04. Experiment with 3D
As well as 2D, it is now more important than ever that artists really build their knowledge in 3D and learn how this can be used in the design process. With the industry constantly changing, it's key to offer a wide range of options and ensure you can constantly deliver new and exciting work.
05. Inspiration is everywhere
Remember to focus time on exploring new trends and techniques to draw inspiration from; know the industry and understand what game and film studios are delivering. Digest other media, books, films and TV to draw on trends in order to ensure your work stays at the top of the game.
This article was originally published in 3D World magazine (opens in new tab) issue 216. Buy it here. (opens in new tab)
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