This Week in Animation: August 25

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Adobe unveils new weekly tutorial video series

Artists from around the world will share their favourite tools and techniques in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Animate for a new Adobe series of weekly video tutorials.

Adobe hopes that its The Art Makers: How Did They Do That? collection will help both emerging and established creatives increase their understanding and abilities.

“Feed your (inspiration) with this series that profiles art makers from around the world,” says Adobe. “See how they sweat the details, applying their own techniques to create images, illustrations, and animations using common and not-so-common features in Adobe Creative Cloud apps.”

Pantone creates custom colour to represent and honour Prince

The pop icon Prince and the colour purple go hand-in-hand. Therefore, the Pantone Colour Institute felt it was only fitting to represent and honour this Academy Award-winning artist with his very own standardised custom colour.

The purple hue, known as “Love Symbol #2,” took inspiration from Prince’s custom-made Yamaha piano, which was scheduled to tour with him before his untimely passing last year aged 57.

“The colour purple was synonymous with who Prince was and will always be. This is an incredible way for his legacy to live on forever,” said Troy Carter, Entertainment Advisor to Prince’s Estate.

Missed the solar eclipse? Create your own with this After Effects tutorial

The recent solar eclipse in North America was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for millions of people. even if it was somewhat ‘overshadowed’ by President Donald Trump ignoring ‘fake news’ warnings about looking at the sun without glasses by looking at the sun without glasses.

With the next total solar eclipse in Australia not for another 11 years, you could always replicate this natural phenomenon for yourself in After Effects.

Caleb Ward has created a step-by-step tutorial for creating an authentic-looking eclipse, which makes use of basic tools like masking and keyframes.

3D artist Filip Hodas creates ‘pop culture dystopia’ series

As part of his quest to learn what’s possible in various 3D programs, Prague-based artist Filip Hodas has created a beautiful and beguiling series of ‘pop culture dystopia’ art.

His collection imagines a desolate and overgrown world where giant Coca-Cola cans and Happy Meal boxes have been neglected or abandoned. Software such as Cinema 4D and Octane Renderer allowed Filip to create complex surface geometry.

“I explored adding minor details to my objects via Displacement and creating realistic rust, wear and dirt maps based on the model shape,” Filip told DigitalArts. “This project was ideal because the main objects weren’t too complex and I could go all in with the rust and dirt.”

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