The project was to create a scrolling narrative. I didn't have a story of my own worth telling, so I decided to tell the story of Operation Market Garden, but I didn't want to just tell the story and that be the end of it.
I wanted to implement this story into a practical use, so I aimed to mock an animation for a tablet that would take advantage of interactivity within the story. My vision for the animation is that it is used at the National WWII Museum. Visitors at the museum would have a tablet that would have different interactive stories that would correspond to the part of the museum they are in.
I had two weeks from concepts to the finished piece. Here is my process.
Everything was penciled in on paper and then finalized in ink. While I was inking the initial parts I needed, I was constantly planning how I was going to build the animation in my head. The more I knew how the animation was going to look, the better I could plan on how each illustration would fit into the composition. I drew several variations of buildings and other parts that were never used in the final animation.
After inking the pieces, they were colored digitally.
A huge part of the digital files was that I wanted to ensure I had some way of falling back if I wanted to edit the illustrations. So I separated each piece into it's own Photoshop file, so when I built the composition in After Effects I could change the illustration in Photoshop and have it automatically update in After Effects.
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