Tutorials: Do you do them or do you just like to watch?

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I have to confess that I spend invest a lot of my time in keeping up with the huge number of fantastic tutorials available these days. I’m addicted. Vodafone will be happy to hear that as I’m almost always going over my monthly data limit.

One of the things that really interests me is motion graphics so any chance that I get to fire up After Effects  and Cinema 4D is welcomed.

However .. I recently went to attempt a small job that a Cinema 4D render would have been ideal for. Upon opening Cinema I realised that I actually had no idea how to do it. This was very strange as I was certain that I did know how to do it because I had seen a tutorial somewhere.

This quickly brought me to the realisation that, though I had been investing my time in watching these fantastic tutorials … I hadn’t actually been following along. I hadn’t been using the tools. It was theory vs practice and I wasn’t doing the doing.

So with that revelation I decided that I would follow along and complete at least one tutorial per week  then take that work and put my own spin on it.

The first one I attempted was the fabulous ‘Cascading Text tutorial’ from the Nick (HE is the gorilla) at www.greyscalegorilla.com

Here is my render of Nick’s tutorial.

And here’s the same technique in a completely different setting.

All in all – I highly recommend you putting aside a bit more time and working your way through the amazing tutorials that these talented people are kindly sharing.

Check out the links in the sidebar to some great Motion Graphics resources.

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