Animating Vincent van Gogh

Animating Vincent van Gogh

In this video Dutch animator Stefan de Groot (Stayf) explains how he animated Vincent van Gogh in Anime Studio Pro 11.
Photoshop
You can animate paintings or other original artwork and make it come alive. For most of my animations I use Anime Studio. I have been working with that for many years.
I animated several Children Books and animated the original illustrations. To achieve a good effect you need to create a PSD file in Photoshop. First you need to cut out the main character. In this case it was Vincent van Gogh. Then you are left with a hole in the background. In Photoshop I paint in the background using the clone tool and paint in the rest with brushes, but within the style of Van Gogh. It is a great way to study an artist.
Next i separated all the moving parts of Vincent. His head, eyes, pupils,mouth and arm. The canvas in front of him was also put on a different layer. In the video Van Gogh moves behind his canvas. His shoulder is cut-off in the original painting. I had to paint that with in the style and used the clone tool and a pencil brush to recreate his shoulder. When I am finished with the Photoshop file I open up Anime Studio Pro 11.

Anime Studio Pro 11
In Anime Studio I import the PSD file and choose the option Individually. Anime Studio creates a structured file with all the Photoshop layers. You can set bones to your character and animate your character by just using the bones. Take a look at the video and you will see what you can achieve by using Anime Studio Pro.

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