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!
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).
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!
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!
Here are process GIFs of some of the animation:
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?
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 😉
- 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!)