Simon Spilsbury also spills ( ahem) the beans on his award winning animations toComputer Arts:
“The transition from illustration to animation, to get my work moving, is a very tangible one,” says Simon Spilsbury. “I don’t really start by trying to make individual stills look good. Because my line is very fluid, it’s almost expected to move.”
A good example is his short animation for the Mission, a UK communication group.Simon began with the characters, after scouring though old sketchbooks for previously sketched suitable characters he then drew out additional assets needed to make them move.
‘The hypnotic fluidity needed to make animated rowers look convincing took some jiggery pokery, but nothing a day or two in After Effects couldn’t sort. It also features a great soundtrack from Wave Sound and Beatsuite, plus an inspired voiceover by Hugh Bonneville.’
Its credibility as animation - as opposed to a mobile illustration- lies in the way it moves. The viewer remains interested throughout because the movements of the characters don’t feel like an add-ons – they’re seamless. See for yourself :