The Christmas Buns (A Hallmark Christmas eCard) + My Process

The Christmas Buns (A Hallmark Christmas eCard) + My Process

The Christmas Buns (A Hallmark Christmas eCard) + My Process

With only less than a month left until Christmas, one gift you can send your friends, family, and all your loves ones are digital greeting cards. Not only are they inexpensive, but they are a fun and entertaining way to send some holiday wishes to everyone you know regardless of where they are in the world…as long as they have internet access, of course! 😉

With that said, I’m very excited to share with you my latest eCard project for Hallmark eCards!

 

Christmas Buns Loop Animated GIF Jeca Martinez

This would be my first Christmas eCard commission for Hallmark (the Season’s Greetings one was a GIF that I made for fun and was turned into an eCard).

Storyboard

Christmas is always a fun theme to make art and animation for because there is a lot of possibilities. I was really excited when they chose to go with this eCard concept I had of bunnies with bells tied to their tails, swaying their hips to create a melody. It’s two of my favorite things to animate–animals and dancing!

Christmas Buns eCard Animation Storyboard Jeca Martinez

Backgrounds

This one I had a bit of trouble with…I sketched a bunch of different backgrounds but none of them felt quite right. The background in the left I was pretty happy with so I used that in the animation I sent for approval. However when they suggested that the intro be a long camera pan going down instead of just a steady shot above the trees, I changed the background to have a bunch of tall Christmas trees instead of a plain sky to make the intro look more interesting. I think the new background works better and is a lot more vibrant than the first!

Christmas Buns eCard Animation Background Jeca Martinez

Animation

Here are process GIFs of some of the animation:

Christmas Buns eCard GIF Animation Process Jeca Martinez

Using the bouncing ball as a guide helped achieve a very “squishy” look for the bunny’s bottom…weird sentence, but yeah.

For those who may not be familiar with the bouncing ball, this is usually one of the first exercises that schools use when teaching animation because it involves one of the 12 Principles of Animation– the squash and stretch. Maybe this can be a topic for another blog post?

Christmas Buns eCard GIF Animation Process Jeca Martinez

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Christmas Buns Loop Animated GIF Jeca Martinez

I do hope you enjoyed reading a bit of the process behind The Christmas Bunnies and that you found this post helpful! I always like reading or watching “behind the scenes” things about animation, so I thought it’ll be fun to have this as a regular segment of my blog whenever I have a new one to share.

I’m also editing a speed animation vlog for this, so that should be something fun to look forward to in the next post! Subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can get notified right away when I upload a new vlog.

Also, don’t forget to drop by Hallmark eCards to check out all the fun new animated greetings they have for the season! My favorite ones are Dance of the Marshmallows, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas 😉

Your Turn!

  • What are you plans for the holidays? My family and I will probably just keep it low-key with Noche Buena (a Christmas Eve dinner) at home.
  • Do you have a favorite Christmas animation or eCard? (can be from any website…I genuinely enjoy watching them!)

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4 Comments

  • yan December 10, 2015 at 5:48 am

    hats off!! this is soooooo adorable! <3

  • Josie January 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm

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    • Jeca Martinez Author January 2, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Hi Josie, thanks for your comment! Have you tried using the sign-up form on my sidebar? It will subscribe you to my mailing list so that you will immediately get an email when I publish a new blog post. I just tried it and it seems to work fine 😀 Let me know if it works for you 🙂

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