Getting started on the Synaptic Kush Animated Series

Getting started on the Synaptic Kush Animated Series

Since I was a kid I always dreamed of creating my own animated series based on the comics I was working on at the time. Up until recently, any individual artist creating an animated feature would be faced with countless hours (maybe years) of animation. With the introduction of Macromedia Flash in the early 2000s, I got a taste of how modern digital tools could speed up the animation process and allow for one person to create a singular vision.

Since the discountinuation of Flash and a technology I transitioned to using Adobe AfterEffects to create my animated features using the amazing  Puppet Tool. It allow artists to take their character designs and create “rigs’ which allow you to create a full posable character that you can then pose and animate within scenes. 

My goal is to create several 1 minute episodes of my comic strip Synaptic Kush

In future posts I’ll do a more thourough turotial. In the meantime take a look a the art below from which I’ll be basing my character designs for the series. 

Below is a promo video that I created for the series. 

My name is Anthony Tyrone Howard and I’ve been creating visual art & creative Technology for two decades. I’m dedicated to solving business and creative problems using a combination of digital and traditional tools. I’m a visual problem-solver, business designer, and creative technologist. I help companies and organizations transform their ideas into influential products and services. I have years of diverse experience. I started my career as a Flash animator but over the past 20 years, I’ve worked within the realms of online education, commercial advertising, branding design, interactive development, pharmaceutical marketing, STEM program development, graphic novel illustration, and game design.

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