Archiemage's Sketchbook

Ok, decided to create this sketchbook to practice some VFX this year, it is more of a hobby done in free time with small, consistent steps.
The main focus is to make as many mistakes as possible, start and end things, share, learn and hopefully show some progress over time.
Particle simulations done in Cascade for Unreal Engine 4.

Do you know a cool thing? If you think about heroes, 2D VFX Animation looks like Sorcerers - The power of magic seems to come spontaneously and rather than rely on complex incantations they need to feel it so that it comes naturally (besides not having to memorize at the beginning of the day).

Real-time VFX on the other hand seems a Mage - Always seeking knowledge and studying things like: elements, words of power and reagents to mix into intricate formulas and produce spells that can challenge the mortal minds. Also walk in group to share and look for the next addition to your Grimoire.

Despite the similarity to these things (and tabletop role-playing games), everything here is fan art made for fun. It is a beautiful craft that deserves admiration for its own challenges and for the talent of the artists who work with it.

Hope this can be useful for you.

Very basic steps started with what was shared right here on the site.

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Did some flame practices to feel the process in 2D animation.
Loop with 5 frames: 3 keys and 2 in-betweens
It came out quite cut, but I was happy for the opportunity
to put it into practice.

Trying some blocking of the main shapes with two reading of values.

Thinking about vfx animation sounds crazy, flames have no bones and joints, water is tiny units clumped together in one form, and yet you can come here and find something new EVERY DAY. To think that an artist can find order in something naturally chaotic can blows your mind the first time.

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Some smoke practice

“Interpolation” as poor translation of “straight ahead” and “pose to pose” animation methods.

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Pretty handy stuff about smoke and dust effects on the artist channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EQIlwxcBco

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