Smith Micro asked Moho artist Emanuel Rodriguez to explain how he made his Zen Froggie GIF.
And though it may seem like a simple GIF, he explains that the process is a bit more in-depth. To accompany his explanation, he also shares a 2-minute time-lapse video of the actual animation process – from conception to completion.
Here's what Rodriguez said:
For this GIF I wanted to do the character animation as fast as possible. I used three great Moho features to help me with that:
- The clean and hassle-free imports from Photoshop. They preserve layer hierarchy, scale, and position so I don’t have to redo steps inside Moho.
- Moho allows me to draw each bone where I want it knowing that with the “Use Selected Bones for Flexi-Binding” option, I will be able to choose what bones control each part of my character.
- Finally, I use the powerful Smart Bones feature. Being an animator involves constantly switching between being an artist and a problem solver. Smart Bones allows me to focus on the movements that I want and all the technical aspects of each pose. Once I start the animating process, I’m able to concentrate on timing.
Rigging and animating characters inside Moho becomes a natural process. It's the fastest and most enjoyable part of the production. Even if that production is just for a two-second GIF!