Mythical Monday 1 - The Leshy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leshy (http://instagram.com/p/qu00SfMPoS)
Green beast

Green beast

Midnight Rider - circa 2012

Midnight Rider - circa 2012

Quick sketch for a poster idea.

Quick sketch for a poster idea.

Environment study from my project graveyard.

Environment study from my project graveyard.

theprudden asked:
Hey Greg. Just wanted to ask how you create such fantastic light and shadow in your animations (particularly looking at Death tooth)? Any techniques, tips or tricks you could pass on to someone who is struggling with working it out in AE? Keep up the great work. Cheers.

Thanks for the note, Ben.  For ‘Death Tooth’ (http://vimeo.com/65156055) I didn’t have a lot of time to draw my shadows/ highlights as I normally would–as in, draw them frame by frame as a separate layer in Photoshop–so I opted to animate a dark blue shape-layer mask over everything in AE. That’s the hard edged shadow you’re seeing cutting the character in half.  It’s kinda sloppy, but it worked in that instance.

Usually, I will hand animate a highlight and a shadow pass and use them as mattes in AE to comp with. You’d be surprised how much you can do with a couple of mattes, blending modes and lots of blurs!

Lunch sketchin’

Lunch sketchin’

Character study for an upcoming short…

Character study for an upcoming short…

Now that tumblr can handle wacky gifs, thought I’d post this accidental remix of Blinky; courtesy of Photoshop glitching out on me.

Now that tumblr can handle wacky gifs, thought I’d post this accidental remix of Blinky; courtesy of Photoshop glitching out on me.

Hey Greg Gunn, What technique do use to get the noise on your animations? Love the style you create. I imagine its a textured brush in ps?? Anyways, shoutout "Love your work!"

I use a mix of brushes to give things texture and generally prefer to paint any noise that appears over my animation. I LOVE Shady Safadi’s brush set – lots of interesting stuff and tutorials over there.

But when I need some quick, overall noise, I’ll make it in AE. Here’s my effect setup from the Blinky gif: