Tips For Traditionally Animating Smoke And Dust Effects

Traditional animation techniques are the perfect way to create smoke and dust effects. Animator Tracy Strong, winner of an Academy Award for her work on Beowulf demonstrates how it’s done in this short video!

Smoke and dust add a great deal to the look of motion graphics pieces or animations. There are many ways you can go about creating such special effects from particle systems, full-on fluid simulations all the way down to traditional handcrafted animation which is still popular today thanks in part because it has that charmgetic feel lacking with modern computer generated films.

The traditional animation of smoke and dust can be challenging to create. It’s chaotic, amorphous with lots-o’ detail on every frame!

Animator Tracy Strong makes it look super-easy though. If you are beginner who wants to add more traditional animation into your work, then the Animator has amazing tips and workflow tricks that can make fire or smoke effects with frames for each individual element on screen at once!

Tracey goes into detail about the process of firing a gun, from loading up the chamber to when it’s time for you to clean your weapon. She also talks about different drawing styles and how they affect smoke erosion on various materials in order deliver an informative yet captivating speech!