With Creative Cabin’s unique Adobe Character Animator Training learn how to bring your artwork to life.
You’ll learn how to set up your own artwork for animating in Adobe’s new Character Animator software. Learn the principles of animation and how to apply them to your characters. You’ll discover how to compose a scene and a storyboard as well as hundreds of tips and tricks for making compelling and enjoyable character animations. Book now to hold your place at the special introductory price of £199.95 per day.
Did you know you can visit the homes of the Bloomsbury group in Sussex?
If you have watched the BBC’s Life in Squares you may be interested in finding out more about this amazing group of creative people.
The Creative Cabin is very close to several locations that featured heavily within the lives of the this group – an influential group of English artists, writers, intellectuals & philosophers. Members of this important group included Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, E. M. Forster, Vanessa Bell and Lytton Strachey.
Book into the cabin for a weekend of culture and inspiration. About four miles away is Monk’s House the home of Virginia Woolf. The gardens and house offer a fascinating insight into the mind and creativity of Virginia Woolf. Her sister, Vanessa Bell lived at Charleston Farm, near Lewes. Many artists and writers visited here and Monks House during their stay.
Entering these homes is pure inspiration, there’s hand-painted furniture and wallpaper as well as the artist’s studios, looking as if untouched since they were last there.
The gardens at Charleston are walled cottage gardens with a distinct Arts and Crafts influence. Summer is a great time to visit to see the sculptural flowers in full bloom. The series Life in Squares was filmed here.
Feel free to explore these places at your own leisure or have the Creative Cabin owner take you on a grand tour which incorporates Monk’s House, Charleston Farmhouse and Berwick Church. If you’d like to do a tour at your own pace the owner can suggest lovely places to stop off for refreshments on the way!
Character Animation with Adobe Character Animator and After Effects
Learn how to bring your artwork to life with a short course at Creative Cabin. You’ll learn how to set up your own artwork for animating in Adobe’s new Character Animator software. Learn the principles of animation and how to apply them to your characters. You’ll discover how to compose a scene and a storyboard as well as hundreds of tips and tricks for making compelling and enjoyable character animations. Book now to hold your place!
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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects
Intimidated by 3D modeling packages? Dip a toe in the water with CINEMA 4D (C4D) Lite, a slimmed down version of CINEMA 4D included with After Effects CC. Motion graphics designer Angie Taylor shows you how to build a complete sequence in C4D Lite, progressing from initial object modeling, to animation, lighting, camera rigging, texturing, and final render. Plus, learn to animate text, create random movement with wiggle expressions, track cameras in live-action footage to add new 3D elements, and light your scene. Angie also round-trips the project files to After Effects for visual effects and color correction. With over 100 videos, this course allows you to explore almost every aspect of 3D motion graphics creation, within this accessible introductory tool.
- What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
- Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects CC workflow
- Editing primitive objects
- Spline modeling with NURBS
- Animating with keyframes
- Using Xpresso to link properties
- Importing music and soundtracks
- Creating and animating cameras
- Working with text
- Creating and applying materials and textures
- 3D camera tracking
- Compositing layers
- Lighting with visible lights and ambient occlusion
- Adding visual effects in After Effects
- Rendering in After Effects and the Adobe Media Encoder
Using the Picture Viewer in CINEMA 4D
Linking body parts using object hierarchy
Adding surface detail with a Relief object
Creating multiple cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
Creating a wiggle expression
Casting shadows on layers in CINEWARE
Multipass compositing explained
Film Director/ Trainer – Lynda.com
Maxim rented the Creative Cabin for a week to record video tutorials for his training courses at Lynda.com. The Cabin is a nice, quiet place to record, with all the facilities needed.
I just had my first experience of the Creative Cabin. I work long hours and like to stretch my legs from time to time. There’s nothing quite like stepping out for fresh air and seeing a family of foxes, birds in the trees and a sunset across a wide open horizon. The cabin is like a secret place, far from the madding crowd, with wifi… Loved it!
Motion Graphic Designer
Like many motion graphics designers, I’m entirely self taught. In the early years of my career I spent a lot of time following tutorials, reading the Meyers’ fantastic books, and watching Total Training videos, alongside doing a lot of experimental work in After Effects.
10 years later, and I’ve been fortunate to build a successful business which has kept me very busy and earning a comfortable living throughout.
“When you stop learning, your work can start to look tired and repetitive”
I’m a firm believer that you should never stop learning, and with software applications as mature and ‘deep’ as After Effects there’s always something new to discover. Unfortunately the downside to being very busy all of the time is that it’s difficult to find time to learn. When you stop learning, your work can start to look tired and repetitive, and you can end up working on ‘auto pilot’ which is both boring and unsatisfying.
For those who aren’t familiar with Angie, she is a long-established motion graphics designer who has become well known for her teaching, through books, video tutorials, seminars and classroom teaching, as well as being a regular contributor to community forums.
The Creative Cabin is a residential studio space near Brighton, UK, which Angie has set up. The studio can either be booked as part of a one-to-one training course with Angie or purely as accommodation, providing a space for you to work on creative projects away from your usual working environment which can be a great boost to creativity.
The Creative Cabin appealed to me in three ways:
• Firstly, as an opportunity to take a break from work (as with many self-employed people, I don’t take nearly enough holiday time!)
• Secondly, to do some much needed learning to reinvigorate my passion and creativity, away from the pressures of deadlines, emails and the phone ringing
• Thirdly, to spend some time talking with a fellow motion graphics designer.
“Unlike the USA, with it’s many “After Effects User Groups”, the UK doesn’t really have a social scene for motion graphics”
Although I’ve been ‘in the business’ for 10 years, I’ve never actually spent any time in the company of fellow motion graphics designers. Unlike the USA, with it’s many “After Effects User Groups”, the UK doesn’t really have a social scene for motion graphics and this makes it difficult to meet other designers if you are self-employed. So the closest I’ve come to socialising is via the online forums, which just isn’t the same as being face-to-face with somebody.
So I booked a two day course at the Creative Cabin and a few weeks later took a train from Manchester to Brighton. From here I took a short bus journey out to the Creative Cabin which is actually situated out of town, slightly further along the coast. Before getting down to work, Angie showed me around the newly refurbished studio which has a picturesque view out over her garden to the sea.
The studio is equipped with basic cooking facilities to allow self-catering (sink, fridge, combi microwave oven), a comfortable double bed, and shower room with underfloor heating, plus there’s an outdoor patio area so you can sit and enjoy the garden and sea view.
At the ‘business end’, there is a large desk which you can either set your own computer up on, or use a provided Mac which has the Adobe Creative Collection installed along with Cinema 4D.
Prior to arriving, I had discussed my requirements with Angie by email. I knew Angie was experienced at 2D character animation, which is an area I’ve shied away from in the past but needed to master for a forthcoming project. So I brought some illustrated characters with me, and together we worked through bringing them to life in After Effects, starting with preparing the artwork in Illustrator, then breaking it down and animating the various components using a combination of methods.
Despite ten years of using After Effects, there were still loads of little AE tips and shortcuts that I picked up from Angie over the course of the two days, but where I actually gained most was from what Angie taught me about using Illustrator.
I’ve been using Illustrator for as long as I’ve been using After Effects, but have only scraped the surface of what it’s capable of – I’ve never explored its features properly (always wanting to jump back to After Effects at the soonest opportunity!) and was really excited to discover just what is possible with Illustrator when you delve in a bit further.
We also did a bit of training in Cinema 4D – another package I’ve been using for years, but only as a secondary tool to AE, so had a list of ‘weak areas’ which we explored.
“she’s a great teacher, and has a warm, friendly personality which immediately puts you at ease”
I found Angie extremely easy to learn from and get along with – she’s a great teacher, and has a warm, friendly personality which immediately puts you at ease (important when you’re going to spend two days sat at a desk together!). An added bonus is her Scottish East-Coast accent which, as anyone who has watched her tutorials video will know, is very easy on the ears!
In the evening I decided it would be nice to try one of the local pubs for dinner, as recommended by Angie, and she was kind enough to give up her evening and join me for dinner. We had a great chat about how we’d got into the industry, the highs and lows of being a self-employed motion graphics designer, and discovered shared interests (DJing, cooking and gardening) which gave us plenty to chat about. It was really refreshing to chat to somebody about work without fear of boring them(!) and who had been through all the same kind of experiences along the way. The food was also good, as promised!
I like to go for a run first thing in the morning (an essential stress-buster and counter-balance for the sedentary day sat in front of a monitor) – the Creative Cabin is situated close to a cliff-top, which provided a picturesque route for jogging and fresh sea air – a perfect start to the day!
“I came away feeling relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated”
My two-day stay was everything I hoped it would be – I came away feeling relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated, excited to use the new skills and tricks I’ve picked up from Angie. It’s been a pleasure to meet her and we will undoubtedly keep in touch.
I would recommend Angie and the Creative Cabin to anyone who wants to sharpen up their creative skills – whether you’re a complete novice, or an experienced professional – or to anyone who wants a change of scenery to work on a creative project, and I wish Angie every success with this new venture.
There’s free parking and for fun nights out you can catch the bus at the end of the lane. Regular buses take only 20 minutes to Brighton Marina or 25 minutes to the center of Brighton. Night buses back from Brighton run till 3.30 am.
Booking the Cabin
The Cabin is available to rent from February 2014. It can be rented simply as a place to be creative, away from the stresses and strains of life. If you’re interested in booking the cabin or if you’d like training please use the Booking Form.
Motion graphics course | Nico Jones
Motion Graphics Artist
Big Button TV
“My professional life as a Motion Graphics Artist can be divided neatly into two parts – before and after Angie Taylor. Within one training session she had solved a number of issues that had troubled me for over a year, shone a clear light on some bad habits, and opened doors to countless techniques I hadn’t even considered. Three years on my output is virtually unrecognizable from my early work; I’d hate to see what I’d be producing had I not had the good fortune to be able to learn from Angie’s near-outrageous levels of technical and creative expertise. In addition, her post-training support has helped me out of many a tight spot.
I think having a good ‘mentor’ is something that is under-appreciated in today’s age of impersonal video tutorials, useful though they are. Interacting with someone who can not only answer your questions but inspire you, will allow anyone to improve faster than they may have thought possible. I believe a session, or simply a conversation with Angie Taylor will certainly be enough to convince you of this.”