Painstakingly animated STEEM token GIF!

in art •  last year

Good afternoon, Steemit friends! I took a day off from editing to work on a personal project that’s been in my head for a couple weeks now. I have early roots in illustration and animation. In my early 20’s, I worked for an animation studio for two years in my hometown of Scranton, PA. It was laborious work, mentally and creatively exhausting. I was subcontracted talent […typical in creative studios], and for every hour I made $15, the owner made $75. It beat stocking shelves in the local grocery store or waking up at 4:30a.m. for my previous job in a bakery. I learned skills way ahead of the curve. I was using Flash for animation when it was still owned by Macromedia in 2001, and became proficient in Final Cut in 2003. Skills that would later come in to play in making Steemit posts, apparently :P

I daydream about the things I’d create if I had “more time”, but time equals money and that’s usually where the equation ends for me. No time. Lately, however, Steemit has been making enough of a dent in my financial tide that I haven’t been as desperate to take on huge, stressful shoots. I’ve been able breath a cautious sigh of relief knowing some pressing bills and credit cards are paid, and with that, consider small projects “for fun”. Crazy concept. I haven’t been able to do that in over a decade.

This little animation is one of those “for fun” projects; the first of many I hope. I had this concept in my head of a spinning STEEM coin, similar to the iconic Bitcoin token. There was several ways I could approach it. Flash […my old faithful animation software] has become antiquated. I was considering modeling it in a 3D application such a ZBrush, but there is a pattern in my life where I choose the hardest road […I think just to keep myself honest and challenged] and that’s what I went with. 

Straight up pencil illustration […granted, digital pencil]. I did this frame by frame in Procreate with Apple Pencil and iPad Pro. I references individual frames of a spinning quarter to get the size and dimensions down, then manipulated the “STEEM” logo with a transform tool to that of the angle of the coin in motion. You can even see the onion skinning of the frames in stack. What I expected to take a couple hours has turned in to two days […on and off between other work]. Hard road, indeed. There's no short cut when animating traditionally. You have to just draw the same thing with slight changes a shitload of times.


Once the frames were complete, I exported them from Procreate one at a time and compiled them […in order] to ImgPlay animated GIF creator on the iOS app store. I’m pretty happy with how it looks for a first go. If you guys enjoy it, I can make improvements, maybe a back side of the coin, or other blockchain GIF’s entirely. Feel free to grab this art and use it anywhere on Steemit or the web. Just leave a link back to @kommienezuspadt if you don’t mind!

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That animated gif is so awesome @kommienezuspadt! Can't wait to see what other cool 'fun projects' that you've got in the works :)

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Thank you @applecrisp! Yeah, this was fun. It seems to be going over well with the community so I very well may come up with something else!

Will you color it in? I have a project involving a round persistence of vision LED display it would look great on.

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I don't think I'll be coloring right away @alexbeyman. I'm not too good with color theory, to be honest. It's doing well with the Steemit community, though, so I might try and color the next GIF.

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Wow, no kidding. You are making 4-5x what I do with fewer followers. What's your secret?

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Thank you for your information

That's great, it is obvious that you put those 2 days of work into it!

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Yeah, @digimad. WAY longer than I anticipated, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

That's incredible! I love it!

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Soul_Eater_43 The Cryptofiend tweeted @ 12 Jun 2017 - 20:34 UTC

Painstakingly animated #STEEM token GIF! — @Steemit #cryptocurrency #art buff.ly/2tepNr8 https://t.co/pm0WNxn0uj

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Thank, man! Appreciate the retweet and resteem as well! @thecryptofiend!

Nice work, it looks great!

Love this!

lol, that's very nice.....you should go work for disney :)...

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HA! If there's anything drawing the taught me, it's that I DON'T want to be an animator for a living! @themevlog! :P

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but u are so good at it

Very creative ,cheerz 🙂🙂

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Awesome work you did with this! It would be so cool if someone did some physical Steem coins like they did with Bitcoin, like Casascius and Titan Bitcoin.

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That would be incredible! There's got to be someone that can 3D print these coins, right @creutzy?

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I am sure there is someone out there with that know-how but I have no clue who it might be. I would be quite keen to get my hands on a some physical STEEM coins. Who do you think might be able get this done?

Thank you for your information

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Thanks for stopping by @mahaelsayed!

That's really sweet gif! Have you considered coloring it? Resteemed.

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I'm not very good at color @igster? This could be an opportunity to get better, though.

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You're already put a lot of effort in to this. Might as well make it perfect! People will be using this for years to come.

Hello my friend . Beautiful drawing of the social network logo

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Hot damn! This is fantastic! To think that you illustrated this by hand and painstakingly animated it to compile it into .gif format is amazing. Thank you for giving us this awesome resource!

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Thanks @anarcho-andrei! Yeah, it was a cool project. The community seems to be behind it so I'd like to try an other one.

always love me some cool gifs :)

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Thanks, @trismegistuz! I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

You're so creative and talented! Up voted, followed, and resteem!

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Thank you @zephyraijunzo! I appreciate it. Followed you back!

good job! followed!

That is so cool. I especially enjoyed reading about how you went about creating it. Your masochism is our gain : )

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HA! Yeah, it was cool. I had fun working on this @kunschj! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Typical Leo. So talented. :)

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Thank you, @vermillionfox. You're the best! <3

This is cool stuff, can't wait for the next post!!

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Thank you @hamiltonart! Yeah, this did well! I'd like to try another.

Looks Awesome!

Your work is inspiring, great GIF!

the mad thing is that all animations/cartoons used to be done like that.. Walt Disney was a wizard!

So impressive!

Awesome work

That look awesome, i have so much respect for this great a level of creativity! Upvoted and followed!

You've done an amazing job on this. I know how much work traditional animation is. I actually just downloaded an app for the iPad Pro called Animation & Drawing by Do Ink. It's a frame by frame style animation creation app. On my first attempt I spend over 3 hours drawing 50 frames for just about 3 seconds of animation. I have a new found admiration for all of the animation artists out there. So thank you for your hard work 👍

🍒 Love it! I will use it :D

I had the exact same idea as you! Only you beat me to it. Nice job, looks great.