In this blog I am going to share my story of becoming a motion graphic designer from scratch. However this time in a bit unusual and different way from those you may find on the internet when looking for success stories. This time my story reveals as you read it in my following posts. That’s right. My story is not a story just yet. I am sharing my progress of becoming a motion graphic designer as I become one and that could be a great opportunity for you to catch the train and become a motion graphic designer as well. I will share my progress and you may share yours and that way we will benefit one from each other.
Although I said becoming a motion graphic designer from scratch I am already over three years in motion graphics industry switching between part time and full time. However, when I started to create my first motion graphic projects I realised that a very big part of the motion design is actually based on a graphic design. You have to have something before you can even start to animate it. And that is leading me to the basics – becoming a graphic designer, which is where “from scratch” phrase takes place as graphic design is all based on a simple traditional drawing ability.
I’ve never drawn in my life since I was convinced that I don’t have this ability, however, as I read about it and try to draw, I can tell that it is more like a skill and not some gift that you need to have in order to be able to draw. The more you draw the better you become which is definitely applies to any skill you learn.
I’ve never studied art in an academy in fact all I have is an Electronics Engineering degree which is not much related to my passion of motion graphics nor graphic design.
You may ask how did I created the videos in portfolio without any graphic design skill? The answer is in stock libraries. I animate graphics that were created by others. That is very limiting, however, it makes me able to animate and understand how the graphic element should be designed or altered in order to be suitable for animation.
Most of my work is created using Adobe tools such as Adobe Illustrator for graphic design and Adobe After Effects for animation. Right now I am concentrating on those tools and 2D and 2.5D animation only, however, I plan to expand the tools I use to Adobe Flash, for character animation, and to 3D animation software as I become more confident with current ones.
The goal is clear. Learn to draw, learn to illustrate, learn to animate while becoming a motion graphic designer.
Join me and become a part of this challenging carriere adventure.