Winner Suggestions & Methods Interview: The Making of Jop Gover’s “Far From Residence”

The “Winner Suggestions & Methods ” collection covers sensible workflows and methods shared by winners of the “2022 Animation At Work Contest”. To let customers see the total spectrum of the Cartoon Animator pipeline, we’re introducing tasks that obtained consideration and credit score from the neighborhood. Let’s now check out “Far From Residence” to see how Jop Govers labored his magic with Reallusion Cartoon Animator (CTA).

About Jop Govers

Hiya, I’m Jop Govers, a seventeen-year-old residing in Eindhoven, Netherlands. I used to be at all times curious in regards to the world round me and fascinated about studying new issues. I used to be both asking questions or creating issues from my creativeness. Round age eleven, I found that producing music was one thing I may do myself. I watched movies on YouTube and located an internet program (FL Studio) and simply began to supply and compose my very own music. Progressively, I refined my craft and even managed to get my first single document label deal at fourteen. I then taught myself to play the piano by watching YouTube movies and finally with the assistance of a instructor who helped me additional develop my piano abilities.

As soon as one thing grabs my consideration, as music did, I grow to be actually dedicated to pushing myself to study as a lot as I can about it. I don’t overthink it, fairly, I really like the training course of; and the identical has occurred with animation. As a younger child, I used to look at plenty of cartoons ⁠— who doesn’t? ⁠— and I bear in mind at all times wanting to know how they did it and even making an attempt to make the drawings myself. Having grown a bit older, I type of forgot about making my very own animations and simply loved watching them. This all modified when my nephew launched me to Rick and Morty. Wow, was I hooked? Then on, I began watching all types of animated exhibits past the normal youngsters’s cartoons.

I figured if I may study to supply and compose my very own music, I also can study to create my very own characters and animate them. I researched in my free time on the web, watched YouTube movies, and tried all types of various software program and instruments to make pc drawings and animations. One in every of my lecturers knew I used to be diving into this subject and he confirmed me how he used Adobe After Results and Photoshop for his commencement undertaking, then I made a decision to provide it a go.

The quantum leap ahead occurred just a few months later when I discovered Reallusion Cartoon Animator. I used to be amazed at how intuitive it was to study and how briskly you might create professional-looking animations. My childhood dream of constructing my very own animations was lastly inside attain with the assistance of the Cartoon Animator.

Why I made “Far From Residence”

I’m an enormous fan of Rick and Morty and really every little thing on Grownup Swim. Since my animation ambitions began with Rick and Morty, I needed to create one thing that had the identical appear and feel, but, I may nonetheless name mine.

Why I selected Cartoon Animator

Cartoon Animator permits me to create professional-quality animations quicker than every other software program I’ve used. Its easy-to-use interface permits me to faucet into my creativity and “simply do it”. I can create 360 heads in minutes as an alternative of hours and characters run in seconds with premade movement recordsdata whereas rigging is a breeze with Reallusion templates. Due to this fact, I extremely advocate Cartoon Animator no matter your proficiency as an animator: from “new children on the block” to those that’ve already skilled the magic of making animations. Surely, CTA will assist you enhance your abilities and ship your individual magic.

How I did it with CTA

Step 1: Script and voice performing

I write all my scripts in Google Docs and I search for inspiration by watching and analyzing different exhibits and cartoons. For my voice performing, I take advantage of a tremendous instrument referred to as Replica Studios which generates a few of the finest AI voice actings I’ve ever heard.

Step 2: Character Creation & Rigging

I draw all my characters in Photoshop utilizing the default brush. In Photoshop, my characters are created in an 8K doc to simply upscale if I needed to. I rig my characters utilizing a wide range of templates that are, by default, obtainable in Cartoon Animator.

For those who discover it tough to provide you with your individual characters, simply discover and examine cartoon characters you like and record why they attraction to you. Search the web for attention-grabbing shapes, humorous, stunning, and even ugly options. Combine and match all these components ⁠— something goes so long as it makes you smile. You may even do that on paper in order for you. Strive as many sketches as you want and don’t overthink it, let your creativity out and drift. As soon as pleased along with your paper sketch, attempt to attract it in your pc.

Step 3: Character Customization & Animation

The one factor that no different animation software program does like Cartoon Animator is Movement Clips. The outcomes are mind-blowing and but it’s tremendous straightforward to make your characters stroll when rigged correctly for lip sync. I simply hearken to the audio and apply the suitable mouth sprites on the proper time.

Step 4: Scenes creation & composition & Digicam setting

I drew all my backgrounds in Photoshop with inventory brushes — nothing too particular. Textured brushes have been typically utilized in Rick and Morty so as to add particulars, so I made a decision to do the identical because it provides a lot extra depth to the scenes, in my view.

Step 5: Composition in After Results

I used a blur that was set to a lesser opacity with overlay because the mix mode. I additionally added some colour correction utilizing adjustment layers. This was utilized to all of the scenes after which every little thing was put collectively.


Simple to study and intuitive to make use of with outcomes that impress: that’s the essence of why I really like CTA, and why I like to recommend it to anybody who needs to expertise the magic of making your individual animations. You don’t must be a seasoned skilled with years of expertise. You additionally don’t must be a pc whizz or have an expert animation studio, you solely want the desire to provide it your finest!

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